In our times, all the preparations for the redemption have been completed. Even the buttons have been polished [i.e., the finishing touches of preparing for the redemption have already been done]! If people would simply open their eyes, they would immediately behold how the entire world is ready. Indeed, they would see how the world itself demands of every Jew that he should rise up to the status of redemption in a complete and overt manner!
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Being that shtus d’l’umas zeh and sins cause the Divine presence to depart, in order to bring about a change of course, so that “I shall dwell among you” [as before the sin], there must be “make for Me a Mikdash (specifically) of Acacia Trees, atzei Shittim” – shtus d’k’dusha is required.
Many argued that Israel should not initiate war but find a peaceful solution instead. With G-d’s mercy, Israel opened the attack, disregarding world opinion. The entire world saw the miraculous victory. After the Six Day War, the view not to retreat from the territories took precedence… * The fact is that whenever Israel took the initiative when faced with war, the number of dead was minimal.
R’ Zalman continues with his big dreams for the yeshiva even in the face of low enrollment and community apathy. * The Rebbe decides in favor of R’ Zalman’s position and assures those involved that positive changes are coming. * From the life of R’ Yehoshua Shneur Zalman Serebryanski a”h.
The question is even more pronounced when we consider the role of Yehudah as the progenitor of royalty. Yehuda was the ancestor of King David and of a long line of kings and leaders that occupied leadership positions throughout Jewish history to this very day. And, indeed, one of Moshiach’s—the ultimate leader and king—qualifications is that he descend from the Davidic line that traces itself back to Yehudah. Royalty and scholarship, while not mutually exclusive, do not necessarily complement each other. Why then the emphasis on Yehudah, the leader, being the one to establish a center of Torah learning?
How would you like to find out that Chanuka could be extended to nine days? It would be another night to light Menorah, to eat Latkes, to receive Chanukah gelt, and to play Dreidel! Well according to some commentaries that is what will happen in the times of Yemos HaMoshiach!
It is ten years since the passing of the Chassid, R’ Zalman Levin a”h of Kfar Chabad. He walked among us, but he belonged to the generation of giants, Chassidim who lived lives of mesirus nefesh. In a series of meetings, he recounted the story of his childhood in a Chassidishe home in the Soviet Union where children learned Torah and where kosher meat was secretly slaughtered. * Part 5 of 9
At the Kinus HaShluchim 5753, in front of thousands of shluchim, the Rebbe sent a clear message: I am going out before you with the proclamation of Yechi in order to accomplish this in the world. * The moving speech by Rabbi Yisroel Hershkowitz, shliach and rav in Ofakim, at the Kinus HaShluchim banquet, Motzaei Shabbos in 770.
On Simchas Torah 5711, sixty-two years ago, the Rebbe spoke in a unique manner about the privilege and importance of walking to shuls and reviewing a point or idea from Chassidic teachings. * Since then, the phenomenon has grown and spread, not only on Yomim Tovim, but every Shabbos. This is not something done only by shluchim or bachurim. Many balabatim have also adopted shuls where they repeat a point from the Rebbe’s sicha every Shabbos.