MULTIPLE JOURNEYS : If there is one word that describes all of existence it is “journeys,” the subject and title of this week’s parsha—Massei.
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As we stand on the very threshold of the Final Redemption, the Rebbe exhorted us to engage the mind in subjects that relate to Moshiach and Redemption. This way, the Rebbe explained, we reshape our way of thinking; we experience a paradigm shift. And this is how we begin the process of conquering, not only the Seven Lands which correspond to our emotions, but also the Three Lands which correspond to the way we think.
The words of the Tzemach Tzedek to the Chasid to “make Israel here” were not intended to extinguish the Chasid’s passion for the Land of Israel. On the contrary, it was meant to take the ideal of the Land of Israel and extend it to his own turf. Moreover, making our own environment an extension of Israel is a stepping stone to getting there.