Rebbe Sicha – Vayichi Asarah Biteves
When Moshiach comes, not only will the gentiles bring Jews to Jerusalem, they themselves -as it says, every Sukkois (all, and during Shabbos and Rosh Chodesh) many themselves will visit!
The gentiles will happily provide for the Jews their material needs, so the Jews can study Torah.
The Soul of every Jew comes both from Jacob and Moshiach (source souls) which on the flipside means, that Moshiach is a composite of every Jew.
Rebbe Sicha 5752
- A fast day in fact has incredible potential, the potential to transform the negative to the positive (in fact, had the Jews taken seriously to heart the message, this would have happened) yet as all comes from above, the ultimate purpose of Asarah Biteves (the shocking beginning of a series of calamities that led to the first Temple’s destruction, exile etc.) the inner essence is that this potent potential should be used – a potential which heralds the transformation to Moshiach.
- The ultimate purpose of life is transformation, and the exile of Edom represented in iron, the toughest hardness – is to transform this obstinacy – for the dark side (the satan is stupidity – arrogance) to be used for the side of light.
- In fact, the very beginning of the destruction (of the First Beis Hamikdosh) is only for the ultimate construction of the Third.
- We are the final generation of exile about to enter – as everything needed for the coming of Moshiach has been completed – redemption, forever and ever!
- The practical directive is that we must infinitely – in other words, apply the infinite strength – increase our Torah and Mitzvos, especially in education of our children and our spiritual children, that every act we do will last infinitely.
- May it be God’s will – who sees the heart – that from taking on the hachlatah (resolution) to increase our activities in the manner of infinity, this immediately brings about the complete and final redemption.
Rebbe Sicha – Vayichi 5752
- We know Jacob never died, “Just as his children live, so does he” this is specifically a. because unlike Abraham and Isaac (who respectively had Yishmoel and Eisav…) all of his children were righteous and we continue in his path.
- One may ask a question, are all Jews, truly following the path of Jacob? – the answer is similar to the question, is Jacob still alive? for our sages state, “Jacob never dies” – ask one of the sages, but does the Torah not say, “He was mourned and embalmed?” answer the sage (who said, the previous comment) “but I am quoting a verse…” – in other words, “though your eyes may see one reality, the true reality may be another” – similarly, anyone who thinks Jews are not alive – for as we know, the Rambam says, every Jew truly desires closeness to God and to follow His will (it is but the Yetzer Hara – that gets in the way) is not seeing truth.
- A Jew is always intrinsically one with the Torah.
- Furthermore Jews in our generation who are removed – are not out of choice – rather they have been brought up in societies which was removed, and hence as the Rambam Halachicly teaches, we must consider that their sins are involuntary and we – through love, must draw them close.
- (The Rebbe was writing in responce to an evil “rabbi” who had threatened Jews that unless they “repent,” G-d forbid..) : To speak evil, as we know is evil – and it is also opposite the truth.
- The truth is the Jewish people as mentioned, are very good – the fact that they may lack in a specific Mitzvah does not create a negative judgment, as the Rambam writes, the only judge is God, and sometime one great deed outweighs many misdeeds, and there is no Jew who is not filled with good deeds! Especially seeing as tens of thousands (by now hundreds of thousands) of Jews brought up distant, have voluntarily chosen to come close!
- In addition it is an erroneous (and reprehensible) view of God… as some kind of evil King who awaits for the Jews to fill their basket with evil, and then he can strike him – in actual fact, God as the Talmud teaches, is busy trying to increase Jewish joy, beginning with marriages, children etc. etc. and finally it is a disgrace against the Jewish people who are God’s apple – like its God’s children.
- God desires that we should speak positively about the Jewish people – positive words are so powerful (imagine if you tell a parent something positive about their child – even if it wasn’t true it exhilarates them).
- Considering specifically our generation, is like an ember saved from a fire – the horrific worst holocaust to ever beset our people (perhaps any…) therefore there was no justification according to Torah (it comes under the jurisdiction of “an unfathomable decree”) and God’s love (imagine the love a parent would have for a sole surviving child) is infinite.
Rebbe Sicha – Vayechi 5750
- Life is the most fundamental and main factor.
- As life is all encompassing (the difference between the life force in an older and younger person – though they may have different intelligence) is the same, and as the human can only experience details (our mind cannot handle all-encompassing factors) therefore though it is the essence (and certainly as we speak, of the essence of the essence) we do not sense it (though of-course we know that it is the main factor.)
- Based on this we need to query, how is it that we thank God every morning for our soul – in other words, we are aware not only of the details (as we see, for our specifics in our morning blessings…) but not only of our general life, but we are referring to the essence (of our soul.)
- While of course we are limited – thereby we cannot feel both a general and specific – for example, if my hand is hurting there goes my general philosiphizations… but as God is unlimited, therefore through his power, though intrinsically the soul is beyond us, he gives us the ability to perceive.
- This then is the goal/meaning of Modeh Ani, that we need to take our Divine soul (which may G-d forbid remain amorphous) and we need (like oil) to spread it into all aspects (through the day.)
- Torah as well, has both an inner and outer, general and specific – as mentioned, we are more (invariably) predisposed to understanding details, hence we get Torah in details (especially the weekly Parsha – and as it teaches us a lesson) however the goal is to connect the outer to the inner, in a mechanism whereby we are a. aware of the inner, which b. permeates the outer, thereby c. the lesson (as the inner is infinite “upgrading” inspiration) makes, the outer infinite (a life-lesson.)
- This in a way is life’s goal, namely, to take the Divine essence, through the soul, to transform the body/world.
- This then is the millenniull goal, namely, that – as we see, Yaakov blessed Yosef’s sons, and the twelve tribes, that he imparts – as Yaakov is the Divine essence (for his soul includes every single future Jew,) accompanying us to our journey in exile – as it states, “Rueven and Shimoin they entered, and Rueven and Shimoin they came back.”
- And the main thing is, we should all live! we should use our Divine soul in all aspects of our life – including adding in Torah study on Shabbos.
Rebbe – Sicha – 5749
- True life is eternal – this is why Yaakov never died.
- However the question can be asked – though his best years were in Egypt (to the extent they made up for all his bad ones) nevertheless, towards the end of the Parsha, it seems like things are getting bad… (not to mention as the next Parsha goes, into the exile etc.)
- The answer is that when is one eternally alive, that in any given circumstance – despite the difficulties one is (still proudly Jewish – this proves that Yaakov is eternal!)
- On one hand Teves is a month in which the very name has in it Tav / good, yet on the flipside, it is the month that Galus (the exile, from the siege of Babylonia, leading to the first Temple’s destruction ) begins – as mentioned, it is actually in the very darkness – and notwithstanding the external forces, the Jews (as history has proven) stand tall, proud, resolute, that true eternity (which proves that there is no alternative, no force that can extinguish) shines.
- Now, though it is true that exile revealed the eternity of the Jewish people, as we have concluded two thousand years!! of a horrific series of persecutions worldwide and we have proven – even to gentiles – that our connection to God is eternal we enter (in the final days before Moshiach) a positive time, both individually and collectively.
- This primarily manifests through the study of Torah, that not only – as what happened to Jacob – do we study Torah in Galus, but the Torah not only influences us and the world, but it causes, that the very way the world functions (is based on Torah.)
- This in the co-partnership of Yosef and his brothers – whereas Yosef was involved in the affairs of the country – his brothers were primarily shepherds and Torah scholars – and we must be simultaneously both.
- Practically speaking, we must add in great measure in our Torah study – especially in the realm of Ein Yaakov (where most of the secrets of Torah are found) and in practical Halachois – in this way our interaction with the world is one which is influenced by the light, beauty, harmony, unity and Divinity of Torah – this includes of-course teaching gentiles about the Seven Noahide laws, and when we do this, in appreciation, they will fulfil their role of being a support to the Jewish people.
- This is connected to the study of the Rambam – for the Rambam includes all the laws of Torah – everyone should include themselves amongst those who study Rambam (particularly as we are coming to the 20th of Teves, his Yor-Tzeit, and hence a gathering in which the conclusion of the Rambam and celebrating the cycle, should be made.)