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THE WORLD ITSELF DEMANDS OF EVERY JEW TO RISE UP TO REDEMPTION

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!

Translated by Boruch Merkur

THE “BLESSED REIGN” OF MOSHIACH OVER THE PHYSICAL REALM

Notwithstanding all the lengthy elucidation on the great significance and symbolism of the Leviasan and the Shor HaBar, this dimension of meaning does not rival the quality of the meal specifically as it is enjoyed physically, experienced in the earthly realm.Every single person is asked to do all that is dependent upon him not only in preparing for the redemption but in conducting himself now in a manner that is appropriate for the redemption, in a manner that is in line with the redemption in its ultimate state of perfection. That is, when the redemption is drawn down until it is recognized below, in the physicality of the world, finding expression even in the lowly coarseness of the physical world!

True, the coarseness of the world must be made into gashmius (physicality) that can be described as “gishmei bracha (literally, “blessed rain,” but referring here to) physicality that has been refined,” and the physicality itself [i.e., refined of its coarseness] must be connected with spirituality so thoroughly that it expresses how “their souls are primary and their bodies are secondary.” Nevertheless the ultimate redemption is achieved specifically when the spiritual draws vitality from the physical, the soul draws life from the body!

FEASTING ON THE LEVIASON AND THE SHOR HA’BAR

The above is also to be understood in light of the teachings of Chassidus regarding the Feast of the Leviason and the Shor HaBar, for this feast will be experienced specifically as a physical meal. That is, notwithstanding all the lengthy elucidation on the great significance and symbolism of the Leviasan and the Shor HaBar, this dimension of meaning does not rival the quality of the meal specifically as it is enjoyed physically, experienced in the earthly realm. In fact, in the Future Era it will be perceived how all these explanations, brought from the teachings of Chassidus and Musar, draw vitality from the feast in the literal and physical sense.

And as has been mentioned repeatedly, 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!

Since we say that the world is now ready for the complete redemption, certainly the Mikdash, the Holy Temple, is ready as well. And in particular, there, in the Holy of Holies, the Even HaSh’siya, the Foundation Stone, which remains unchanged from the time of the creation of the world, is ready for the time of redemption. Thus, immediately we see how the Beis HaMikdash “built and perfected will come down from the heavens and be revealed,” and it will materialize in its physical place here below.

THE WORLD WAS CREATED FOR ME

Moreover, since every single person is obligated to say, “The world was created for me,” in the singular, it is understood that even if only one Jew were to open his eyes, as above, it would have an impact on the entire world, which was created for his sake. That is, the entire world would see how immediately the door opens up and Dovid Malka Meshicha enters, passing through the threshold – and the leader of our generation at our lead!

(From the address of Shabbos Parshas VaYigash, 7 Teives 5752, bilti muga)

 

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