From what was said previously, one may discover several lessons regarding
the service of the Jews to bring the Redemption, and what must be done to
prepare for the Redemption, as we stand now at the end of exile, "golah,"
with the Redemption coming momentarily.
...Worldly affairs themselves and the nations of the world themselves (even
in the time of exile) are (in truth) assisting in the service of bringing
It may be suggested that at the end of the time of exile, close to the
Redemption, this assistance appears in a more open fashion.
We see this especially in the recent generations and even more in recent
times, specifically in the latest days:
In previous generations, (most) Jews lived among countries which in general
were a hindrance and an obstacle, etc. ([the trouble] will not rise
twice) to the service of G-d.
However, in recent generations, (most) Jews live among benevolent governments,
primarily this country (in which the largest number of Jews
and Jewish institutions are located). This enables the Jews to achieve an
inner Redemption in their service, so that they should perform the service
which will bring the actual Redemption. Then the benevolent government will
also help the Jews to return to the land of Israel (in the language of
Scriptures: And they will bring all your brethren, etc.).
And in this last year we see how this attitude towards the Jewish people
has spread to other countries, even to that country, which
(until recently) placed limitations on the freedom of the Jews in their
observance of Torah and mitzvos, and also on their emigration from that country.
Their attitude has now been reversed, for they permit Jews to observe Torah
and mitzvos and allow Jews to leave there (without the previous restrictions).
On the contrary - they are now helping the Jews to travel to the Holy Land.
This is a prelude of the assistance the nations of the world will give the
Jewish people to go out of exile and into the Holy Land, in the complete
and true Redemption.
In addition to the direct assistance from the nations of the world to the
Jews, we also see instances where the nations of the world themselves perform
acts of goodness and kindness, which reveal even more that there is a Master
to this palace. All of this is a preparation for "And the kingdom
will be the L-rd's" in the complete and true Redemption.
It was not this way previously, when specifically the Jewish people (even
though "You are the smallest of all the nations") accomplished
the intention of making a dwelling place in the lower world,
while several governments of the nations of the world behaved in a cruel
fashion to each other. Their main occupation was their own benefit, either
by conquering the other countries, etc.
Among the obvious things which occurred very recently, where we see how the
world and the nations of the world are preparing and assisting the way to
the Redemption, are the areas of tzedekah and education, two fundamental
foundations for civilizing the world, "He formed it to be
The recent events have become well-known and publicized (in all the newspapers).
This country (founded on tzedekah and kindness, as is known) has used its
great power to help and rescue people in a distant region of the world (far
away from the country), even though the citizens of this country receive
no direct benefit.
This country sent many people and soldiers from its army to assist the refugees
in those places, together with food, clothing and medicine. Instead of using
the planes for conquest, and instead of using the food and clothing for its
own citizens, it used them to rescue unfortunate people, particularly small
children, from the cold, and indeed, from the very opposite of
One sees thereby the compassion of the citizens of this country: when they
heard and saw the suffering or others, not their own relatives, and with
whom they had no connection - the country was aroused to help them. According
to the principles of this country regarding tzedekah, it helps people throughout
the whole world, and it doesn't even wait to be asked to help.
Similarly, it's also known that recently the leader of this country came
out with a declaration and detailed directive regarding children's education.
This was consistent with a declaration the president made at the beginning
of his tenure, concerning his ambition to be remembered as the "education
president" for the actions and large, positive reforms that he would introduce
to strengthen education in the country.
'And this is in addition to the many things that daily occur by Divine
Providence, whether in general or in relation to each one in their personal
matters. The purpose of all this is to reveal even more how the world is
helping to make a dwelling place for G-d in this lowest world and bring the
(This includes the discovery last week of precious stones and pearls in the
farthest corner of the world, through the blessings of G-d. (This is analogous
to "The princes brought the onyx stones and the stones for the ephod and
breastplate." (These were used for the priestly garments,
that were [miraculously] brought to them by the clouds.) The
intention is they should be used for adorning brides, increasing tzedekah,
The practical conclusion of what has been said is: the Redemption comes precisely
through the service in exile, from revealing the master of the world in
"exile," so that this generation, the last generation of exile,
will be the first generation of Redemption.
And G-d helps us see in the recent world events how the world itself is assisting
and leading to the Redemption.
This simply means - as mentioned above - that every Jew must increase in
"our actions and our service" in general that bring the Redemption, including
and particularly - as talked about in the previous gathering - learning the
Torah concerning Redemption, in the Written Torah (that "all
the books are filled with this subject") and the Oral Torah: Mishneh, Gemara,
(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim, 13 Iyar 5751)
1. The language of Scriptures - Nachum 1:9. And see Likkutei
Sichos volume 23, page 306, note 55.
2. [The United States. Translator's note.]
3. Yeshayahu 66:20.
4. [The Soviet Union. Translators note.]
5. See Bereishis Rabba beginning of chapter 39.
6. The end of Ovadyah.
7. Va'eschanan 7:7.
8. [The Previous Rebbe explains in his discourse Basi L'gani that G-d's
intention behind creation was to make a dwelling place for G-dliness in even
the lowest physical realm of existence, that is, this world. Translator's
9. Yeshayahu 45:18.
10 [The Rebbe - in the spirit of the Talmudic dictum to employ clean and
positive language - frequently employed the euphemism "the opposite of life."
11. Vayakhel 35:27.
12. Targum Yonasan on the verse.
13. [There is a play on words in the Hebrew: exile is "golah" and redemption
is "geulah." The difference between them in Hebrew is the letter "Aleph."
The word "Alufo" means L-rd or master. The letter "Aleph" also has the numerical
value of one. Thus, the "Master of the world" is the "Alufo of the world."
He is also the "Alef" - the only One. By revealing the "Alufo," the "Alef"
is also revealed, which transforms "golah" (without an alef) into "geulah"
(with an alef). Translator's note.]
14. Rambam, Laws of Kings, chapter 11, halacha 2.