The Announcement of the Redemption:
May it be G-d's Will - and this is the essential point - that each and every
one of us should become a "shaliach" (a messenger) to inform oneself, one's
family, and all the Jews around him or her that: "Here he [Moshiach]
comes." and "Behold, this is our G-d... this is the L-rd
for whom we hoped."
(Note that the word "this" [indicating a clear recognition] is mentioned
twice.) and "Behold, David the Anointed King" [is here]- and
therefore Eliyahu HaNavi [the prophet] already appeared a day earlier
in T'verya [Tiberius] to announce the arrival of our righteous
It may be suggested that, since Moshiach can come any day - "I await his
coming every day" - and since Eliyahu HaNavi
must announce Moshiach's arrival the day before, that therefore Eliyahu
HaNavi actually comes every day to T'verya and announces the coming
of Moshiach. The announcement is directed particularly to those who put
themselves in a position of "I await his coming every day," even though (as
is the custom of Chabad) they do not actually articulate
this verbally, but only think about it. [The announcement is made specifically
to us] when we recite [this year], from the well-known Psalm,
the verse: "I have found My servant David, I have anointed him with My holy
...Added emphasis should be placed on all of the above this year, for two
reasons. First, this year it is customary to recite the Psalm, which makes
reference to the coming of Moshiach, when it states: "I have found
my servant David, I have anointed him with my holy oil." In addition, this
year we have reached the milestone of forty years since the passing of the
Previous Rebbe, at which time "G-d has given you a heart to know and eyes
to see and ears to hear." These [being a "shaliach"
to announce "Behold he comes" and hearing Eliyahu's pronouncement because
"I await him every day"] become even more significant since seven days have
already passed since we entered into the year 51 -
ð"àùú which Jews have
designated and disseminated as the year in which
Arenu Niflaos - I will show him wonders, following the initials
of the year.
(From the talk of Wednesday, Parshas Beracha, 7 Tishrei 5751)
1. Expression used in Shir HaShirim [Song of Songs], 2:8.
2. Yeshayahu [Isaiah], 25:9. See end of [tractate] Ta'anis.
3. Shemos Rabbah, end of chapter 23.
4. See Eiruvin 43b: Eliyahu has arrived yesterday... to the Great
Court." In turn, the Great Court will first be restored in T'verya [Tiberius]"
Rambam, Hilchos Sanhedrin, end of chapter 14.
5. Twelfth of the "Thirteen Principles of Faith."
6. See Likkutei Sichos, vol. IX, p. 282 ff.
7. [It is a Chassidic custom to recite Psalms corresponding to one's age
as well the Psalm corresponding to the Rebbe's age. This sicha was said during
the Rebbe's 89th year. Translator's note.]
9. Tavo 29:3.