LIVING WITH MOSHIACH
Weekly Digest About Moshiach
Parshat Noach, 5766
2 Cheshvan, 5766
Nov. 4, 2005
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"I BELIEVE WITH COMPLETE FAITH IN THE ARRIVAL OF THE MOSHIACH.
"AND THOUGH HE MAY TARRY, I SHALL WAIT EACH DAY, ANTICIPATING HIS
Maimonides, Principles of the Faith, No. 12
THIS PUBLICATION IS DEDICATED
TO THE REBBE,
RABBI MENACHEM M. SCHNEERSON
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In this week's issue, we focus on The Seven
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publication, published by the Lubavitch Youth Organization, for allowing
us to use their material.
Also, many thanks to our copy editor,
Reb Mordechai Staiman of blessed
memory, for his tireless efforts.
It is our fervent hope that our learning about Moshiach and the Redemption
will hasten the coming of Moshiach, NOW!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Shagalov,
Committee for the Blind
27 Tishrei, 5766
Los Angeles, California
In this week's Torah portion, Noach, we find the verse, "In the six
hundredth year of Noah's life...all the fountains of the great deep were
split and the windows of Heaven were opened." The Zohar (the basic
book of Jewish mysticism) explains that this refers to the beginning of the
sixth century of the sixth millennium of Creation (the year 5500/1740, 266
years ago). At that time, the Divine fountains of knowledge would open up,
both above in the celestial spheres and below in the physical realm, and
the world would thus be prepared to enter the seventh millennium, the Messianic
The Zohar describes the two types of knowledge that would be revealed
during this time frame. The first is the opening of the "gates of knowledge
above," referring to Torah and G-dly wisdom, and the second is the "fountains
of wisdom below," referring to science and our understanding of nature and
the physical world.
Indeed, we find that the world began to undergo great changes during that
time, just as the Zohar prophesied. The amount of knowledge and
understanding began to reach levels unprecedented in history. In the Torah
world, this was the time when chasidic philosophy began to be revealed, and
in the secular world, scientific discoveries and developments began a frenetic
pace that continues to the present day.
This period of revelation of knowledge, both G-dly and secular, came about
as a preparation for the seventh millennium and the days of Moshiach. It
is easy to understand how increased revelation of Torah serves as preparation,
for the Messianic Era is a time when "knowledge of G-d will cover the earth
like the water of the sea." But what has this to do with scientific advances
and the Industrial Revolution?
A fundamental innovation of Moshiach will be that our perception of reality
will change. Chasidic philosophy explains that after Moshiach reveals himself,
"all flesh will see" -- our physical flesh will be cognizant of the
G-dliness that permeates and sustains the entire world.
Advances in scientific knowledge and understanding of the natural world are
a preparation for this time. Medical, astronomic and nuclear discoveries
have been revealed to man so that he can use this knowledge to serve G-d.
As with everything else, we are given the free will with which to utilize
these discoveries, as increased knowledge carries with it increased
responsibility. When a Jew employs modern technology to serve G-d, perform
mitzvot and further goodness in the world, he is utilizing these
We have been granted the increased understanding of the dynamics of the physical
world so that we can elevate these elements as well. Furthermore, the greater
our understanding of science, the greater our appreciation and understanding
of the ultimate unity of G-d and Creation. We see in the progress of history
the positive development of knowledge and how it leads to an understanding
of G-d. In antiquity man believed in the divinity of each of the natural
forces, and believed that physical matter was composed of many different
elements. Modern science, however, is proving the existence of fundamental,
atomic structure, proving yet another example of G-d's ultimate unity.
The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of Lubavitch, issued a call that
"The time of our Redemption has arrived!" and "Moshiach is on his
The Rebbe stressed that he is saying this as
a prophecy, and asks us all to prepare ourselves for the Redemption,
through increasing acts of goodness and kindness.
Let us all heed the Rebbe's call.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR FRIEND AND COPY EDITOR
Reb Mordechai ben Reb Shaul
Passed away on 22 Tamuz, 5763
This week's Torah portion is Noach. Therefore, this is the perfect
opportunity to consider the implications of the Rebbe's campaign to disseminate,
among non-Jews, the knowledge and observance of the
Seven Noachide Laws.
The nations of the world were given a Divine code of conduct, the Seven Noachide
Laws, which consist of six prohibitions against: adultery, murder, robbery,
idolatry, blasphemy, cruelty to animals -- and one positive command, to establish
a judicial system.
The Rebbe has encouraged his emissaries around the world to meet with
governmental officials and heads of state to sign proclamations, encouraging
the study and observance of the Seven Noachide laws. Governmental proclamations,
however, are not the rebbe's only concern.
An important part of the Jew's task is to see to it that all people, not
just Jews, acknowledge G-d as Creator and Ruler of the world and to therefore
conduct themselves according to the Seven Noachide Laws. Each and every Jew
has an important role to play in this task. But how can this be accomplished?
When a Jew conducts himself properly in all areas of his life -- business,
recreation, family, and religious -- he will automatically influence the
people around him. When the nations of the world see Jews acknowledging G-d
as Ruler of the world, through prayer and by following His commandments,
they, too, will come to realize the importance and truth of G-d's omnipotence.
"The future Redemption will apply not only to Israel, but to the whole world
as well. In preparation for this Redemption, therefore, action needs to be
taken so that the world at large will be ready for such a state.
"This is to be achieved through the efforts of the Jewish people to influence
the nations of the world to conduct themselves in the spirit of the verse
that states that G-d 'formed the world in order that it be settled' (Isaiah
45:18) in a civilized manner, through the observance of their seven
The Rebbe, 5743/1983
For more information about The Seven Noachide laws, go to:
This week we read the Torah portion of Noach in which we find G-d's
promise that the world will continue to exist forever; it will never end.
"The end is near." What does this phrase mean? Certainly not the end of the
world but the end of the bitter days of exile. The end of oppression and
hatred, poverty and sickness, war and crime.
Why should we be afraid that the end is approaching? Should that thought
truly place fear in our hearts? Or should we not be excited that "the world
will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the ocean"?
Fear is not necessarily the appropriate feeling. Rather, possibly a sense
of regret, as the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, stated,
"When Moshiach comes, then we will long for the days of exile." Why? Because
at that time we will look back at a replay of our lives and see all of the
instances when we could have done more good, more mitzvot, judged
less harshly, been more generous. Thus, we might look toward the imminently
approaching days of Moshiach with a little anxiety. But the positive anticipation
should far outweigh our trepidation.
Would the Jews, from our greatest leaders to the simplest person, have looked
forward to, longed for, prayed, begged and beseeched G-d for 2,000 years
if the Redemption would not be good for everyone? In fact, we are told that
this redemption for which we wait anxiously is called the "geula ha-amitit
v'hashleima" -- the true and complete redemption -- because every single
Jew, as well as all righteous gentiles, have a portion in the Redemption.
Let us take one more lesson from this week's Torah portion and relate it
to the topic of Redemption as well. Noach was a tzaddik, a righteous
person. But he had one major failing. He was commanded by G-d to build an
ark, which he did obediently and gladly. But he did not actively seek to
help the people of his generation return to G-d. He was content to save himself
and his family.
Let us all make sure not only to prepare ourselves and to feel positive and
anxious about the imminent redemption. Let us make sure to influence those
in our surroundings as well.
by Rabbi Avraham Kotlarsky(1)
The fourth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel (the Rebbe Maharash),
had a chasid who was a successful businessman. Before undertaking
any significant deal, he always consulted the Rebbe and followed his
One time, the chasid was offered a fabulous opportunity. If successful
-- and most certainly it would be -- he would make millions. The deal, however,
required that he invest almost his entire fortune. Before the chasid
would make such a major move, he set off to the city of Lubavitch to seek
the Rebbe's advice.
After hearing the details of the proposition the Rebbe Maharash told
him that he should not go through with the deal.
The chasid was stunned. He tried to convince the Rebbe that this was
a sound proposal; he described all of the great profits to be made, but to
no avail. The Rebbe's answer was final: NO!
A few days later, the would-be business partners came to the chasid.
When they heard that he was not interested, based upon the Rebbe's answer,
they began to laugh at him. "Certainly you didn't understand the Rebbe's
words," they told him. "And anyway, maybe there were some important details
you left out that would solicit a different answer. After all," they said,
"isn't there a saying that 'according to how you ask, that is how you're
answered'? Go back to the Rebbe and make sure to tell him all the details.
You'll see, the answer will be different this time."
Back to Lubavitch the chasid went. "Rebbe," he pleaded, "obviously
I did not explain myself well enough last time. We're talking about tremendous
sums of money. I can become rich overnight and give much tzeddakah
(charity) as well..."
The Rebbe listened patiently once again, and at the end of the presentation
his answer was simple and direct: "No. It's not worthwhile."
The chasid made his way home, thinking about all the money he could
have made, if only the Rebbe would have agreed. "The Rebbe doesn't even explain
his reasons," thought the chasid.
But his friends and family wouldn't let up. "It's forbidden to lose such
an opportunity," they cried. "Go back to the Rebbe again and certainly the
answer will be different."
In his third attempt, the chasid tried everything, even begging the
Rebbe to let him make the deal, but the Rebbe answered once again: "No."
When the chasid came home, he couldn't stand up to the pressure of
family and friends, and contrary to the Rebbe's advice, he signed the deal.
He quieted his conscience by telling himself that he would now really give
a lot of tzeddakah.
Unfortunately, things did not go well. In a short while, the chasid
lost all his money.
The chasid realized how wrong it was to not follow the Rebbe's
instruction. Full of regret, he made his way back a fourth time to see the
The chasid spent a long time in private with the Rebbe. When he came
out, he revealed only one thing the Rebbe had told him.
"There are people," said the Rebbe, "big businessmen among them, who come
to ask my advice concerning important matters. Sometimes the issues are quite
complex; matters which I have never engaged in, nor did my ancestors. So
then why do they ask me my advice, and follow my instructions and counsel?
"There are three answers, each one matching a different type of Jew who comes
"One person thinks, 'It's very simple. The Rebbe has Ruach HaKodesh
-- Divine Inspiration! The Rebbe is a G-dly man, a prophet. It is G-d's words
coming from his mouth and therefore we must follow him, no questions asked!'
"Another type," continued the Rebbe, "is a person who operates on a different
level, somewhat more down to earth. 'The Rebbe studies Torah all the time
and serves G-d with his entire being. His intellect is totally nullified
to G-d's Will. Therefore, everything he says stems from Torah and certainly
his words will be fulfilled.'
"The third type," explained the Rebbe, "says, 'The Rebbe meets so many people,
from all over the world and from all walks of life. He has acquired an incredibly
broad knowledge of worldly matters. With this knowledge and his ability to
see things from many different angles, the Rebbe sees what others cannot.
Therefore, we must listen to him.'
"Whichever group you might belong to," the Rebbe Maharash concluded,
"you should never have gone through with the deal after hearing from me not
once, not twice, but three times clearly 'no!'"
* * *
I remember the morning of Gimmel Tammuz 5754/1994, when I walked into
the Chabad House for Sunday morning services. One of the people who had come
to pray asked me, "What do we do now?"
What do we do now? The Rebbe told us that the Redemption is at the door;
that we must prepare ourselves and the whole world for the revelation of
Moshiach. It was true that even while the Rebbe was critically ill we believed
that G-d would heal the Rebbe; that the Redemption we so eagerly awaited
and anticipated would be heralded in with the revelation of the Rebbe as
Moshiach, and that he would miraculously lead us to the Holy Land.
What now? Who will lead us on? Was the Rebbe wrong? Is the Redemption, after
all, a beautiful dream to take place in another time, another place, but
not in this "real" world of sorrow and pain?
Some people see in the Rebbe a great charismatic leader. Others see a Torah
genius. Others emphasize the Rebbe's knack for finding the right button to
push in the hearts of his followers, his admirers, or any stranger who approached
him at Sunday dollars.(2) Others speak of the Rebbe's
organizational skills and his foresight that has put him light-years ahead
of prevailing thought.
The final word is that the Rebbe is a G-dly man. The Rebbe is not "us-plus,"
so to speak, a person who is merely more brilliant, more sensitive,
more insightful, more spiritual, and capable of leadership
than we. Rather, his teachings and personal life reveal him to be carved
from a different substance altogether. His every word -- carefully chosen
and full of meaning; his every move -- calculated, corresponding to Divine
Emanations in a world concealed from our sight; someone transplanted from
another world, to bring light to a darkened world, to lead the final generation
of exile to Redemption.
The Rebbe is revealed to each person as he perceives the Rebbe. Like the
three types of Jews who came to the Rebbe Maharash, every individual
relates to the Rebbe on a different level.
Not once, not twice, nor three times, but literally hundreds of times --
publicly and privately, in writing and verbally -- the Rebbe has told all
Jews of this generation what we must do in these last moments before the
"Do everything you can to bring Moshiach, here and now." (28 Nissan,
"...Publicize to all people that we have merited that G-d has chosen and
appointed an individual incomparably greater than all other people in this
generation as the judge, adviser and prophet of the generation to give
instructions and advice in both the Divine service and daily activities of
all Jews ... up to and including the main prophecy, "Redemption is imminent"
and "Moshiach is coming." (Shabbat Shoftim, 5751/1991)
"All the service that was expected of the Jewish people in exile has been
completed and perfected and we are now ready to receive Moshiach ... Moshiach
not only exists, but is also revealed. All that remains is for us to receive
and greet Moshiach in actual fact." (Shabbat Vayeira,
"Every sheliach [emissary of the Rebbe] must prepare himself and all
the Jews of his neighborhood, city, etc., to greet Moshiach through explaining
the concept of Moshiach, as discussed in the Written and Oral Torah, in a
way that each and every individual can relate to .... Since this is the necessary
service of the time, it is self-understood that this is incumbent upon every
single Jew, without any exception." (Shabbat Chayei Sarah,
The Rebbe has told us to learn more about Moshiach and the Redemption; to
start "living with Moshiach" by increasing our acts of kindness and
mitzvot; to share this message with others.
Whatever group we belong to, regardless of how we define ourselves and at
what level of faith we may operate, we should listen to the Rebbe.
There is no question that all that the Rebbe said will be fulfilled. There
is no question that what the Rebbe said is not open now to reinterpretation.
There is no question that we will see the Redemption very soon unfold before
our eyes, precisely as the Rebbe said. There is no question what we must
do now, for everything the Rebbe has said to us, all of the directions that
he has given to this generation, must continue on and with greater strength,
with more vigor and vitality.
We are the generation of the Redemption. And we will make it happen. Let
us commit ourselves to fulfilling the Rebbe's directives, and then we will
be able to see the realization of the Rebbe's most important prophecy, the
revelation of Moshiach in the true and complete Redemption.
1. Executive Director, Chabad Lubavitch of Rockland, NY.
2. In the years 1986-1992, the Rebbe, every Sunday, personally distributed
to each of the thousands of visitors who came to receive his blessings a
dollar to give to charity.
The following story was related by Rabbi Zalman Notik, the mashpia --
spiritual advisor -- of Yeshivat Torat Emet in
A group of yeshivah students were on their regular Friday afternoon
schedule of helping Jewish boys and men put on tefillin. The students
met a group of recent immigrants from the Soviet Union.
The students were teaching the men how to put on tefillin when all
of a sudden an old Russian-born Jew approached them excitedly: "You're from
Lubavitch?" he asked them. "Do I have a story to tell you!
"When I was a youth back in Russia," he began, "I used to attend the secret
Torah gatherings (farbrengens -- chasidic gatherings) of the Lubavitchers.
I also used to pray with them and went to their classes.
"At one farbrengen I will always remember, the main discussion was
the desire to be reunited with the Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok (the Previous
Rebbe). We sang 'G-d should give us good health and life, and we will be
reunited with our Rebbe.' Our intense yearning to be with the Rebbe was almost
palpable, and was growing from minute to minute.
"In the middle of the farbrengen, a few of the Chasidim suddenly
stood up and decided to 'take action.' Grabbing some chairs, they turned
them upside-down and arranged them in a row to make a 'train.' Just picture
it -- grown men behaving like kindergarten children, sitting on overturned
chairs and making believe they were going to the Rebbe!
"Most of the others, myself included, stood around watching. We laughed at
them and told them they were crazy. What ridiculous, childish nonsense!
"But, do you know," concluded the man in amazement, "within a short time,
all of the Chasidim who rode the 'train' received permission to leave
Russia, and actually did go to the Rebbe. Whereas the rest of us, the 'normal'
ones, were left behind. As you can see, most of us did not have the strength
to keep up our observance of Torah and mitzvot (commandments), and
are only now beginning to catch up..."
3. Adapted from Beis Moshiach Magazine.
The most important principle in the Torah is the protection of Jewish life.
It's more important than Shabbat, more important than holidays, even
fasting on Yom Kippur.
Right now, in Israel, and everywhere, Jews must stand together in unity and
do whatever possible to protect Jewish life.
The Rebbe teaches that there are ten important
Mitzvot we can do to protect life. See what you can do:
1) Ahavat Yisroel: Behave with love towards another Jew.
2) Learn Torah: Join a Torah class.
3) Make sure that Jewish children get a Torah true education.
4) Affix kosher Mezuzot on all doorways of the house.
5) For men and boys over 13: Put on Tefillin every weekday.
6) Give Charity.
7) Buy Jewish holy books and learn them.
8) Light Shabbat & Yom Tov candles. A Mitzvah
for women and girls.
9) Eat and drink only Kosher Food.
10) Observe the laws of Jewish Family Purity.
In addition, the Rebbe also urged every man, woman and child to Purchase
a Letter in a Sefer Torah. There are several Torah scrolls
being written to unite Jewish people and protect Jewish life.
Letters for children can be purchased for only $1. Send your Hebrew name
and your mother's Hebrew name plus $1 to:
"Children's Sefer Torah,"
P. O. Box 8,
Kfar Chabad, 72915, Israel
or via the Internet, at:
The Rebbe's slogan is: "The main thing is the deed." We therefore present
from the Rebbe's talks, suggestions what we can do to complete his work of
bringing the Redemption.
The Seven Universal Laws of Noah:
Influence non-Jews to observe the seven universal laws commanded to Noah
and his descendants.
The Seven Noachide Laws consist of six
prohibitions against: adultery, murder, robbery, idolatry, blasphemy, cruelty
to animals -- and one positive command, to establish a judicial system.
Jewish Women and Girls Light Shabbat
For local candle lighting times:
consult your local Rabbi, Chabad-Lubavitch Center.
For a free candle lighting kit:
contact your local Chabad-Lubavitch Center.
For a listing of the Centers in your area:
In the USA, call: 1-800-Lubavitch (1-800-582-2848).
Times shown are for Metro NY - NJ
Eastern Standard Time
Friday, Nov. 4, Erev Shabbat Parshat Noach:
Light Shabbat Candles,(4) by 4:31 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5, Shabbat Parshat Noach:
Shabbat ends at nightfall, at 5:30 p.m.
4. The Shabbat candles must be lit 18 minutes before
sunset. It is prohibited and is a desecration of the Shabbat
to light the candles after sunset.
Laws of Shabbat Candle Lighting for the Blind
Shabbat Candle Lighting Blessing
"Let There Be Light" - The Jewish Women's Guide
to Lighting Shabbat Candles.
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