Once the Bochurim of Tomchei Temmimim were singing a Niggun (melody) as an introduction to a Mammer and being eager to hear the Mammer they were rushing the niggun.
The Rebbe Rashab (fifth Chabad) Rebbe, stopped the song and commented, someone who is genuine is completely immersed in what he is doing. Even if something is only an introduction to something else we need to be fully present.
Shabbos Parshas Pinchos Shabbos Mevarchim Menachem Av 5751
“He shall rule from sea to sea and from the river to the ends of the earth” – what we need to observe and inculcate from Moshiach’s behavior: Self discipline on all of our abilities!
It states regarding Moshiach “He shall rule from sea to sea and from the river to the end of the earth.”
Why do we mention the seas when the rulership of Moshiach is over people who live on dry land?
The completion of the days of Moshiach result from our Avodah (Torah and Mitzvos) in Galus (exile)
The answer can be explained in light of what the Alter Rebbe teaches in Tanya that the completion of the revelation in the messianic times is actually a result of the Torah and Mitzvos we currently do in exile. For through learning Torah and adhering to its Mitzvos we prepare the world and particularly the Jewish people for the messianic revelation.
As God repays in kind, hence its self understood that our efforts bringing the messianic revelation must be “in kind,” similar to the revelation that will be revealed then.
In other words – in order to reveal Moshiach from “sea to sea and from the river to the end of the earth” we need to do something that mimics such a consummate rulership.
The Part of Moshiach’s Soul Within Every Jew Must Rule Him
This will be understood based on what is explained in the Sefer (holy book) Meor Eineyim (light of the eyes) written by the Tzaddik etc. of Tshernobel in the name of the Baal Shem Tov “Each and every Jew must repair and prepare his part of the general soul of Moshiach of his soul.” [And as explained elsewhere how the Talmud Yerushamli alludes to this – hence this is mentioned in the revealed part of Torah as well – for in the Yerushalmi they homiletically interpret the verse “A star shoots forth from Jacob” referring to every Jew and elsewhere in the Yerushalmi and in many other commentaries) this refers to Moshiach, the meaning behind this dual interpretation is, for in every Jew there exists a part of the soul of Moshiach] and as explained in the Tanya that the revelation of the innermost part of the Jewish heart (soul) which refers to a Jews inner bond to God transcending any logical reason, this mimics “releasing the Shechinah (Divinity) contained within exile – permanently, eternally and forevermore.”
Based on the above we can deduce, this is the emphasis of the verse “he will rule from sea to sea and from the river to the end of the earth” as the process of revealing Moshiach in the entire world (the general revelation) mimics the personal redemption (within every Jew) that each Jew’s spark of Moshiach within him or her (his inner heartfelt love for God) needs to awaken and control his body and his affairs – and the main affairs of man divide themselves into “from sea to sea and from the river to the end of the earth.”
He will rule from sea to sea” – to have self discipline from our thoughts to our actions
The explanation of the above is:
The difference between the sea and dry land is, that the sea indicates on objects that are concealed (just as the sea creatures are concealed within the ocean) and dry land indicates on objects that are revealed.
Referring to each and every person person’s Avodah (Divine service) Sea refers to the latent powers within man and “land” indicates what man effects on his environment surrounding him.
So in reference to the sea, the verse emphasizes from sea to sea for there are two forms of seas that a person needs to gain control over.
These two seas in reference to mans Avodah (Divine Service) are – basing ourselves on what is written in Zecharyah’s prophecy) “It will be on that day living water will flow from Jerusalem, half will go to the Jordan river and half to the Mediterranean sea” and based on this we can explain that the two seas mentioned regarding Moshiach are the first (in Hebrew in this context the Jordan is called the first sea) and the last sea (also in Hebrew in this context the Mediterranean is called the last sea.)
In reference to man’s service “The first sea” this refers to our first abilities, the ability of Chochmah, the beginning of thought and the last sea is the last of our abilities the ability of action and man’s service to God is only complete when he rules (manifests his Divine purpose) from the beginning of his abilities (thoughts) to the end of his abilities (actions.)
In other words, to begin with a person must be in charge of his thoughts that they should only be involved in holiness for everything a man does down to its last detail are all dependent on his decisions made in his mind; that the mind should have the strength to overcome the negative desires found in the heart etc.
On the other hand, it is not enough for man’s intellect alone to be into holiness this must translate in practical application of man’s decisions for it is self-evident that a person’s decisions may be noble but it doesn’t translate into practical good deeds for he simply lacks the self discipline to do what he himself wishes to. It is entirely possible for a person to have true heartfelt positive feelings for all matters of holiness including positive thoughts and positive speech but yet he cannot effect positive deeds and the main thing is the deeds.
This is the emphasis that mans Avodah (service to God) must be from sea to sea, for it is impossible for our service to be a full one without having self discipline on both these “seas” (fronts) thoughts and deeds.