The writings of the Ari"zal1 explain that the generation
of the future Redemption is the reincarnation of the generation that went
out of Egypt. Accordingly, the righteous women of our generation, in whose
merit we will be redeemed, are the same righteous women in whose merit we
Our generation is the last generation of exile and the first generation of
Redemption, for, in the words of my sainted father-in-law, all aspects of
the Divine service have been completed and we stand ready to greet our righteous
Moshiach. Since this is the case, my sainted father-in-law, the leader of
our generation, endeavored to affect and influence the women, in order to
hasten the Redemption in the merit of the righteous women of our generation.
There is a unique and essential lesson in regards to the concept of
the song, as exemplified by the song of Miryam and the song of Devorah:
Just as in the exodus from Egypt "the righteous women of the generation
were confident that G-d would perform miracles for them, and they brought
tambourines from Egypt,"2 so too in this final Redemption
from exile, the righteous women of Israel must be confident, and certainly
they are confident, that immediately and imminently the true and complete
Redemption is actually coming. [So strong is their conviction that] "they
begin immediately (in the last moments of exile) to sing with tambourines
and with dances, for the coming of the true and complete Redemption!
More specifically: there is the prayer, entreaty and supplication that G-d
will actually bring the Redemption, imminently and immediately that is said
with the feeling of pain and bitterness ("Miryam because of the
bitterness"3) over the length of the exile. [This pain
and bitterness] are expressed in the cry from the depths of the heart,
"until when, until when, until when!"... [Together with the cry of
pain, the righteous women are (also and essentially) imbued with the feeling
of joy; a joy so great that it is expressed in song, because
of the greatness of the trust that "Behold he (the king Moshiach) is
coming",4 and he has already come!
(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Bo, 6 Shvat, and Shabbos
Parshas Beshallach, Shabbos Shirah, 13 Shvat, 5752)
1. Introduction of Shaar HaGilgulim, Hakdamah 20. Likkutei Torah
and Sefer HaLikkutim Shmos 3:4.
2. Rashi's commentary on Shmos 15:20.
3. Shmos Rabba, beginning of chapter 26. Shir HaShirim Rabbah
2:11. [Miryam and merirus (bitterness) share the same root letters in
Hebrew. Translator's note.]
4. Shir HaShirim 2:8 and Shir HaShirim Rabba on the verse.