The timely theme now is the true and complete Redemption. As discussed several
times, especially most recently, since one must "await his coming every
day" and all of the signs indicate that "behold, he (Moshiach)
is coming" we therefore continuously think and speak of the
Redemption. We also make every effort to connect all matters of current concern
with the Redemption. Our service now as Jews is to hasten the Redemption.
'It has been discussed many times that my sainted father-in-law testified
and proclaimed that we have already completed all that was needed, including
the "polishing of the buttons." The only thing left is the one simple gesture
on G-d's part to take the Jews out of exile and to bring them to the Holy
Land... Thus, Jews implore and cry out, time and again - and now with much
more intensity than previously - "how much longer?!"...
'A Jew not only has the capacity to awaken himself and other Jews, but also
to "arouse" G-d, as it were, to "come and let us calculate the calculations
of the world." According to all calculations (which G-d had
indicated in His Torah and in the miracles He wrought in the world), G-d
should long ago have brought the true and complete Redemption through our
righteous Moshiach. [This should have happened] particularly in this year,
which according to all of the calculations and the signs is "the year when
King Moshiach will be revealed," as was discussed several times
in recent months.
A Jew acquires (in this place and time) the most potent energies as well
as the greatest privilege and responsibility to implore and cry out to G-d:
"How much longer"?!...
* * *
Since we have already completed all the requirements of "our deeds and
efforts," which is why we cry out and demand "how much longer"
(as was discussed earlier), the raging question remains the same: Since we
have already accomplished everything, how is it that our righteous Moshiach
has not yet arrived?!...
(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Ekev,
23 Menachem Av, Mevorchim Hachodesh Elul, 5751)
1. The text of "Ani Ma'amin" published in prayer books etc. See Likkutei
Sichos, vol. 23, p. 394.
2. Shir HaShirim 2:8 and Shir HaShirim Rabbah on this verse.
3. Talmudic expression, Bava Basra 78b.
4. Yalkut Shimoni 499.
5. See Tanya, beginning of ch. 37.