Afterwards I began to think to myself: I do not know this lady who wrote the letter to me, nor does she know me. She has merely heard of my name, and sought advice from me, etc. If so, what is the intent of this chain letter coming to my attention?! Eventually I concluded that the purpose is to utilize this approach for the sake of holiness. * On publicizing the words of the Chida and the Radak on bringing about the redemption.
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The event that transpired etc. is only [as it appears] to our physical eyes; it is only a test (one of the tests of the “birth pangs of Moshiach” that must take place prior to the coming of the Goel Tzedek, the Righteous Redeemer). The only purpose of this test is to hide and conceal the truth. * The purpose of the test, however, is in order [for us] to prevail and stand firm in the face of it. By doing so, the concealment and obscurity is pushed away and nullified, and the truth is revealed.
If G-d’s will determines reality, then how can I possibly fail? Doesn’t G-d want me to succeed? If everything exists only by virtue of it being the Creator’s will, then does that mean He wants me to fail?
On Shabbos Parshas Balak 5751, the Rebbe once again spoke very strongly about it: “Despite the uproar associated with this matter in recent times within this year… we see how difficult it is to inculcate the awareness and the feeling that we are literally standing on the threshold of the Messianic Era, to the point that one begins to thrive on matters of Moshiach and Redemption..
A problem arises when we give up on continuing on the journey to finally reach our destination. Whether our hiatus is a result of our being intimidated by the obstacles, enticed by the glitter, or complacent with our achievements in exile, it must be overcome.
He went through the usual “routine” of a Chabad Chassid in Soviet Russia – Jewish activity, arrest, exile to Siberia. But there, in the frozen tundra, he experienced great miracles. * While preparing this article about R’ Yisroel Konson, the Rebbe’s miraculous intervention was discovered.
A young couple waiting anxiously for the birth of their first child had suddenly discovered that the fetus was suffering from a serious heart condition. And if that wasn’t enough, they quickly learned that there were other problems that simply made the situation worse. There wasn’t much time before the birth, and the doctors were urging them to undergo serious and complex examinations, until the Rebbe decided otherwise…
“I had yechidus at two in the morning. I stood there facing the Rebbe and I, the tough sailor who wasn’t afraid in the face of mighty waves that threatened my ship, lost my bravado with a split second glance from the Rebbe. I was mute.” * The life story of Uziel Paltin, a sailor for many years who crossed the Atlantic and saw Hashem’s hashgacha pratis.
Rabbi Shneur Zalman Eliyahu HaKohen Hendel, executive director of “Ohr Menachem” Educational Institutions in Tzfas, was privileged to receive constant guidance from the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, at every major turning point in his life. In a special interview in commemoration of his fortieth year of shlichus in Tzfas, Rabbi Hendel gives Beis Moshiach a rare look at some of the correspondences he received, including his personal notes from private audiences with the Rebbe.