Our generation is the last generation of exile and the first generation of
the Redemption. As my sainted father-in-law, the one whose yahrtzeit we
commemorate, announced and publicized many times, all requirements have already
been completed and all that is necessary is to actually greet our righteous
Moshiach. Obviously then, if in the meantime there was a physical removal,
as was the case on the twenty-second of Shvat four years ago
(5748)1, this is surely only to bring the only elevation
that still remains - the elevation of the true and immediate Redemption.
The amazing innovation and advantage of this generation - the last
generation of exile and the first generation of Redemption - has been mentioned
frequently, that it completes and concludes "our work and our Divine
service"2 of the Jews of all previous generations. It completes
the last purification of exile, as expressed by my sainted
father-in-law,3 "polishing the buttons." Our Divine service
consists of bringing the Redemption into reality, for this generation and
for all generations preceding it! This means, that this generation concludes
the work and Divine service of all preceding generations of Jews.
The generation of the leader of our generation itself comprises several
stages and periods. In general, there are three stages:) the tenth day of
the eleventh month (10th of Shvat, 5710), the conclusion of the period
of my sainted father-in-law's Divine service during his life in this world;
2) the day after - the eleventh day of the eleventh month (the first complete
day after his passing), particularly commencing with the eleventh year
(5711)4, when the progression and innovation of
a new period began, and "the lights were hung" of the seventh generation
from the Alter Rebbe (or the ninth generation from the Baal Shem Tov); 3)
the period after the passing of the daughter of my sainted father-in-law
on the twenty-second of the eleventh month (22 Shvat 5748).
The tenth day of the eleventh month is connected with and completes
the Divine service of purifying the last "remnants" of exile, "polishing
The day afterwards, the eleventh day of the eleventh month, signifies
that in addition to and after the Divine service of the tenth day of the
eleventh month, one has achieved and been elevated (according to the principle,
"elevate in holiness"5) to the revelation of the eleventh
(day) as well.
One comes afterward to yet a higher level. After the Divine service
of all the purifications has already been completed, and we have already
also "polished the buttons," etc., we need only stand ready to receive our
righteous Moshiach. This is the perfection of eleven (completely incomparable
to ten)... as alluded to in 22 Shvat - eleven doubled.
After the 22nd of Shvat (the day of passing of his daughter), the last
stage in preparing the world (as a dwelling place for G-d here below) for
the Redemption has been accomplished. The completion of this matter comes
through and in the merit of the wives and daughters of Israel.
Therefore, the lesson for the wives and daughters of Israel in general, and
in particular for the shluchos [emissaries], may they live and be
well, of my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation, who have
gathered from all corners of the world for the "International Convention
of Shluchos" At this time, the last moments before Redemption one must raise
one's own awareness and that of all the wives and daughters of Israel concerning
the great merit of the wives and daughters of Israel to actually bring the
true and complete Redemption, imminently and immediately. This comes "in
the merit of the righteous women of the generation,"6 as
(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Yisro, 20 Shvat,
and Sunday night and Monday, 22 Shvat, 5752)
1. [Passing of the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka. Translator's note.]
2. Tanya, beginning of chapter 37.
3. Talk of Simchas Torah, 5689.
4. See Sefer HaSichos, 5750, vol. 1, p. 255, note 99.
5. Brochos 28a. See cross references there.
6. Yalkut Shimoni Rus, remez 606 at the end (from Midrash Zuta