The Bible – Modern Translation/Explanation

Chapter 15

  1. After the above mentioned episodes, the word of God came to Avram in a vision, saying, “Fear not Avram, for I am your protector, and your reward is exceedingly great.”
  2. But Avram replied, “God my Lord, what (is the value) in what you can give, for I am childless and the steward of my household is Eliezer from Damascus.”
  3.  And Avram said, “But to me you have not given children, and therefore one of my household will inherent.”
  4. Then the words of God came to him saying, “This, will not inherit you – rather, one who will go from your loins.”
  5. And he took him outside and told him “Gaze please at the heavens and count the stars – Can you??!” And he said to him “So, many, will be your children.”
  6. And he trusted in G-d – and God considered (this trust) as a merit.
  7. And God said to him – “I am God who took you out of the land of Ur Casdim, to give you this land to inherit.”
  8. And he said “God my Lord, how will I know that I will inherit it.”
  9. And he said to him – “Take for me, three young cows and three goats, and three rams, and a turtle dove, and a young bird.”
  10. And he took for God all of these, and he split them in half, and he placed each part opposite its other half, and the bird, he didn’t (split.)
  11. And the vultures descended on the carcasses and Avram chased them away.
  12. And the sun began to set, and a deep sleep fell upon Avram, and a deep dark dear fear fell upon him.
  13. And he said to Avram, “You should know that strangers will be your children, in a foreign land, and they will enslave and torture them for four hundred years.
  14. Now the nation that will enslave them, I will judge, and afterwards they will leave with great wealth.
  15. And you will die in peace – you will be buried at a ripe old age.
  16. The fourth generation will return here – for the sin of the Amorites (whose land will be repossesed) will not have been completed yet.”
  17. And the sun set and it was dark, and a pillar of ash and fire passed between the (animal) parts.
  18. That day, God made a pact with Avram saying – “To your children I have given this land – from the river of Egypt, until the great Euphrates river.
  19. The Keini, The Kinizi, The Kadmoini.
  20. The Chiti, The Pirizi, The Rifaim.
  21. The Emoiri, The Kinani, The Girgashi, And The Yivusi.”

The Rebbe on Moshiach

Redemption = Completed

We should continually add in all things that bring Moshiach – as Yaakov felt, that as the complete redemption hadn’t arrived, therefore he felt, even 130 years of life were meaningless.

Shabbos Parshas Mikeitz 5752

Crying Ad Masai

As we are dealing with something that long should have occurred – especially as we stand in the month of Elul – we comprehend, how impassioned the plea of “Ad Masia” should be.

Seeing that the one who is shouting is a Jew – and a Jew and G-d are one, so it is self-understood that this has the capacity to bring the redemption! (as we see, it was our cries in the exile of Egypt that brought about that redemption.)

In fact and mainly, as the verse states, “Before they cry, I already answer” – the very fact, a Jew exists (with the capacity to cry) is enough.

Though our Rebbes have said, “It is not with our will, we went into exile; nor with it, we will go out” – this is only as a Jew and his will are separate – however, as a Jew fulfills the will of God – as our sages teach, that the Jew’s will become’s God’s, and vice-versa – hence this has an immediate effect.

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The Last Cry

Everything is already ready! As if a chest with its key has already been delivered!

The last thing that is needed, is that a Jew should again and yet again cry to G-d, “Ad Maasi – how much longer?!”

And through this, he achieves that Moshiach will enter into 770, and bring everyone to Jerusalem!

Shabbos Parshas Devarim 5751

We Demand!

And lest G-d, for some reason seeks the pleasure of the Jew’s Avoda / service in exile, a Jew demands – “All that the owner tells you to do, Do; except for Leave…” – hence we belong in Israel! (in the Holy Temple.)

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Kiddush Levana

To explain the greatness of sanctifying the Moon – Kiddush Levanah, as our sages teach, “Whoever blesses the month (the moon during the right period) will merit Moshiach!”

The sign of the moon is representative of the Jewish people, whose rebirth will be a glory to their Creator; hence, one who blesses the moon, will witness this.

Based on this, when we calculate that the last straw, is only that Moshiach Himself must come! – one must be careful, that we celebrate Kiddush Levanah publicly, with beautiful clothing, in the street, etc.

And the main thing is, we have in mind, that we celebrate Kiddush Levana, to hasten the coming of Moshiach, through imploring G-d for redemption.

As we conclude Kiddush Levana – “And they requested G-d their G-d, and King David their King – Amen.”

Shabbos Parshas Noach 5752

Chapter 2 – Learning Torah

Study = Living

We must study all about Moshaich – the reason for this is, not as a merit to bring Moshiach, rather to fill the mind and the heart – in order for us to begin to live Moshiach.

Shabbos Parshas Balak 5751

Be In The Know

Knowing that Moshiach is about to arrive, as we have finished all that needs to be prepared, is not in contradiction to the statement of our sages, that Moshiach will come, “Beyond Knowledge,” (misinterpreted “when people don’t consciously engage”) for once one has a firm comparison, then it becomes known.

Shabbos Parshas Balak 5751

It’s Here

As we are standing on the threshold of redemption, it is self-understood, that the learning of the laws of building the Beis Hamikdosh, must be with a completely renewed vigor.

To begin with, we are studying, not as a mourning of the past, but, a celebration of the future!

And the main thing is, we learn with the knowledge, that this will be practically applied, as the Third Holy Temple, is standing, ready to descend from on high!

Shabbos Parshas Balak 5751

Moshiach Has Come

We must tell everybody, that we are at the end of Galus, and the beginning of redemption! Hence, the beginning of the reward! (for all our wonderful thousands of years of goodness and kindness, Torah and Mitzvos!) hence, we must learn about Moshiach with joy and tranquility!

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I have come to arouse everyone for a practical purpose – namely to bring Moshiach! – to do so, all men women and children need to add in their learning Torah – especially in regards to the coming of Moshiach.

Best would be, to have at least ten people studying – for in addition to the fact, as it states, the Shechina is present wherever ten Jews are – when there is a large crowd, this inspires people!

Therefore, though there are some who prefer to learn individually, as this allows them to innovate novel concepts on this topic, nonetheless, from time to time, they should join larger groups.

How To Bring Moshiach

Simply speaking, every Jew has a sacred duty to add in whatever s/he can, to bring Moshiach…

And the way to do this, is simply by adding more study of Torah, both in the inner and outer dimension, as well as adding in our Mitzvos.

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The Straightest Route To Bring Moshiach

The straightest route to bring Moshiach is through adding in our study of the Torah about Moshiach.

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How To Bring Moshiach

The way to do our great generation’s mission of bringing Moshiach is through adding in Torah and Mitzvos – In Torah, both in the revealed and inner dimension, and in Mitzvos – to do so with added vim, vigor, energy, and dedication.

Shabbos Parshas Shemini 5751

Pirkei Avos

In addition to studying (from Shavous till Rosh Hashanah) Pirkei Avas, it would be most laudable for everyone to study one Mishnah, at-least in depth.

Shabbos Parshas Nasoi 5751

Studying Rambam

When Moshiach comes, the greatness of pure Halachah (studying of Jewish laws) will be revealed – therefore studying the book of the Rambam, hastens his coming.

Kuntres Halachos Shel Torah Shebal Peh 5752

Study Toirah Oir and Likuite Torah

We should undertake to study the entire book of Toirah Oir and Likuitei Torah – especially as when we learn these concepts, we manifest them.

Study Torah / Mishnayous

By learning Torah books, especially Mishnayous, we redeem our soul, hence bring Moshiach.

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Novel Torah Insights

Every soul has the capacity and therefore duty to add novel insights in the dimensions of Torah, such as Aggadah and Kabbalah, and most importantly Chassidus.

Shabbos Parshas Nasoi 5751

Part 3 Mitzvos and Jewish Customs

And the main thing – which is also obvious – to add in Mitzvos to bring Moshiach, particularly the Mitzvah of giving Tzeddakah.

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Extra Charity

The Mitzvah we know that has the greatest ability to bring Moshiach is Tzeddakah – so it could be that it is but a few missing coins, as we know the Rambam says that – we must always imagine the world as being half-righteous and half-evil and the next good-deed will bring redemption.

Shabbos Nasoi 5751

Help Now

We have to re-inspire ourselves from the depths of our essence – from our essential soul – to bring Moshiach – this is through adding in another Mitzvah – not necessarily lofty mysticism, but simply helping a fellow Jew.

Erev R”H 5752