This person has not given any thought to the concept of redemption. His mind is steeped in other things. Naturally, kosher – even glatt kosher – things, but matters that have nothing to do with the redemption … He is simply not at all accustomed to thinking about the redemption. Thus, when all of a sudden he is faced with the news that Moshiach has arrived – for him, that is the greatest possible wonder.
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R’ Moshe Akselrod, a talmid in Tomchei T’mimim in Lubavitch, was asked by the Rebbe Rashab to study for smicha. He served as a rav in a number of Russian towns in a strong and fearless manner. * With the help of Agudas Chabad in the United States he was able to leave Russia for Eretz Yisroel. He settled in Ramat Gan and was appointed as rav. *
When R’ Shaul would buy a lottery ticket, he would call over one of the bachurim and say: If this is a winning ticket, the money will go to the yeshiva and the yeshiva will repay me the two liras I paid for the ticket. Otherwise, I’ll lose the two liras. * Stories and sayings from R’ Chaim Shaul Brook a”h as recorded by his close talmid, R’ Chaim Ashkenazi a”h.
If it is the case that the entire world will be elevated to such a spiritual state, will the spiritual requirements of women change as well? Will they become responsible for all the commandments just like men?
In the HaYom Yom it says, “Whoever has faith in individual Divine Providence knows that ‘Man’s steps are established by G-d,’ that this particular soul must purify and improve something specific in a particular place. For centuries, or even since the world’s creation, that which needs purification or improvement waits for this soul to come and purify or improve it. The soul too, has been waiting – ever since it came into being for its time to descend – so that it can discharge the tasks of purification and improvement assigned to it.”
The first time I walked into the yeshiva, a farbrengen had just ended and the hundreds of bachurim stood up and were singing “Shluchei Adoneinu” with gusto. I was very moved by this. I saw genuine joy on their faces, something deep that only someone from the outside can sense. I immediately felt that I wanted to be a part of this. I quickly felt at home.
The absurdity is that, for some reason, when it comes to Inyanei Moshiach, people feel they can express their opinions based on their feelings, “I think …” Then others say that so-and-so is a big lamdan and has Daas Torah …
Just as the Beis HaMikdash was a place that was not governed by nature – as was reflected in the ten constant miracles that were witnessed there – so too in the Mikdash Me’at, Beis Rabbeinu Sh’B’Bavel, there is no subjugation to the laws of nature.
The Admur Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov of Sadigora zt”l was the elder of the Ruzhiner Admurim, one of the leaders in the battle for shleimus ha’aretz and a close friend of Chabad.