The Announcement of the Redemption:
[This talk refers to the publication, and the Rebbe's subsequent distribution
to men, women and children, of two special treatises by the Rebbe Rashab.
The first, "Kuntres Eitz HaChaim," was written shortly after the Rebbe Rashab
founded the Yeshivah Tomchei Temimim and appointed his son and successor,
the Rebbe Rayatz, director. In "Kuntres Eitz HaChaim" he outlines the objective
of the founding of the Yeshivah and what was expected from its students.
The second treatise was a previously unpublished Chassidic discourse of the
...One of the reasons for the publication of the special edition of Kuntres
Eitz HaChaim and its distribution to all the men, women and children
at the conclusion of the Rebbe Rashab's birthday on the 20th of MarCheshvan
(which led into this erev Shabbos)... is to emphasize that all these words
of the Kuntres Eitz HaChaim have retained their power and perfection
(with even added force) through the leadership of his son and successor,
my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation, the "director" of
the Yeshivah Tomchei Temimim. This is especially true since forty years after
his passing "one can fathom the ideas of his teacher."
Consequently, the service of the third generation (from the Rebbe Rashab),
the generation of Redemption, has already been completed. Concerning this
generation, it is said: "On the third day He will raise them up and we will
live before Him."
...May it be G-d's will that: the increased study of the teachings of Chassidus
and its dissemination, along with an increase in the study of the revealed
parts of Torah; the propagation of Torah and Judaism, including
- and with special emphasis on - the establishment of new institutions; and
the fortification and strengthening of the existing institutions of Torah,
prayer (Divine service) and loving kindness - shall hasten and bring immediately
the true and complete Redemption through our righteous Moshiach. Then, according
to the Midrash, we will say specifically to the Patriarch Yitzchak, "That
you are our father," and thus we will be called "Toldos Yitzchak
- the offspring of Isaac."
The reference of the Redemption to Yitzchak gains added importance because
of the connection to my sainted father-in- law, the leader of our generation
- whose second (and final) name was Yitzchak, since already in his time he
declared that all of our service was completed, including the "polishing
of the buttons." He therefore directed and empowered us to
"stand ready all of you" to greet our righteous Moshiach. How
much more so is this true in our own day.
The relationship between the future Redemption and Yitzchak becomes even
more significant when we consider the recent developments involving the
"offspring of Yishmael" (discussed in the conclusion of this week's Torah
portion). Generally speaking, conflicts among nations - any nation - constitute
one of the signs of Redemption. As our sages said: "If you
see nations provoking one another, anticipate the footsteps of Moshiach."
Involvement of the "descendants of Yishmael" in the conflict magnifies the
connection to Moshiach, as specified in the Yalkut Shimoni:
"The year in which the King Moshiach will be revealed... the king of Persia
will be in conflict with the Arabian king... All the nations of the world
will be in turmoil and terror." (Indeed, we have clearly seen how confused
and disoriented the nations of the world were, not knowing how to react,
groping for solutions, etc.) And G-d says to Israel, "My children do not
fear. Whatever I have done, I have done only for your sake... the time for
your Redemption has arrived." The Yalkut then continues: "The King Moshiach...
will stand on the roof of the Beis HaMikdash and proclaim to
Israel: "Humble ones, the time for your Redemption has arrived." As was,
and continues, to be proclaimed, especially most recently.
(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah,
22 MarCheshvan, 5751)
1. Avodah Zara 5b3)
2. Hoshea 6:2. See Metzudas David there.
3. [As indeed several matters of the revealed part of Torah can be found
in this additional discourse of the Rebbe Rashab which was recently discovered
and distributed. Translator's note.]
4. Yeshayahu 63:16. Shabbos 89b.
5. Talk of Simchas Torah 5689.
6. His Igros Kodesh, vol. IV, beg. p. 279.
7. Bereishis Rabba, 42:4. Midrash Lekach Tov, Lech Lecha 14:1.
8. Yeshayahu 499.
9. Note the emphasis of the Midrash that "he will stand on the roof of the
Baish HaMikdash" - the roof being a part of the Temple which was not sanctified
(Pesachim 85, end b. Rambam, Hilchos Bais HeBechirah 6:7). It may be suggested
that this alludes to the fact that the announcement "Humble ones, the time
for your Redemption has arrived," comes from the diaspora which has not been
sanctified with the holiness of Eretz Yisrael, analogous to the distinction
between the roof of the Beis HaMikdash and the Beis HaMikdash itself.