Rebbe Sicha – 5752
- We are always commanded to recall the Exodus from Egypt – as Rabbeinu Bechaya says – this is a great principle of the Jewish faith.
As the Maharal of Prague says, when God took us out of Egypt, he fundamentally altered our identity, from slave to free (to the extent a Jew can hence never be enslaved.)
- The ultimate goal of God was not to transcend boundaries, rather to place within boundaries transcendence.
- In essence, the redemption from Egypt is the future redemption and the future redemption is the redemption from Egypt (for the former inculcates.)
- Our job is to live currently Moshiach.
- The job of the Rebbe, is to help the Jews of their generation inculcate.
- The Rebbe (ability) comes, after having refined the seventy nations – for then (as the ultimate goal is, reveal God) the revelation of God manifests and exponentially (infinitely) increases.
- We see, from the Rambam, who he wrote a book to enlighten the Jewish people (as there was little understanding of the laws) that the job of a Rebbe, is to bring Moshiach to the people.
- Considering, that we had not only the input of the Rambam, but all the Tzaddikim, including the Rebbes who come from the House of David, therefore all that is left is a. a Jew must open his eyes and realize we are all ready for Moshiach (as the Previous Rebbe said, we have already polished the buttons) all that we need to do is b. live currently redemption.
- The main thing (or practical directive) is, that we must increase in our learning of Rambam, especially the last two chapters regarding Moshiach, that now that we have (as in every generation, there is one who from his righteousness, is ready to be the redeemer) we should have through God’s mercy, compassion, love and repayment (for all the good we did) the complete and final redemption NOW!!
Rebbe Sicha – 5749
- One of the reasons we say Kaddish as is known, to save a soul from the punishments of hell (every Kaddish is for 1, ½ hours, which is why in Chabad we try to increase the Kadishis, equaling 16(=24h hours,) we also stop saying Kadish at 11 months, and the reason for this is, because the way we judge (as is known, when a person passes, God says to the angels, “let us go below and see what people say about him,” when they are judged righteously, their soul immediately is elevated).
- Based on this, we can ask, why do we say Kaddish on the Yortzeit, as the soul already is in Gan Eden?
- The answer is, because Kaddish is mainly not to save the soul, but to elevate the soul, as we know, in our daily prayers, as we ascend through the four spiritual worlds (asiyah, beriyiah, yetzira and atzilus.)
- When we say Kaddish – even when we are saving the soul, it also – after time, serves, as its elevation.
- When one says Kaddish for a loved one, which benefits the soul above, in reciprocity, they arouse mercy.
- Whenever we lower ourselves, to elevate – so, say you speak to a Jew who (in terms of Jewish knowledge) knows nothing – even if one sees not an immediate result, the results is guaranteed (though it may be after a while – like planting a (dormant) seed.)
- One must do all in their part – notwithstanding their hesitation (as we see the Jews in the exile of Mitzrayim, notwithstanding horrific well-intentioned hesitation, nonetheless, did all in their power) to bear children – this includes of-course teaching Jews, Judaism, including using science to prove Judaism (as we find in the book of Kuzari etc.)
- Today, unlike previous generations (which as they were stronger it was o.k.) achieved spiritual levels through fasting, today we exclusively do this, through
positive means such as charity.
- The practical directive is, that (seeing as we are coming to the Alter Rebbes Yor Tziet) to increase in the study of his holy works, such as the Tanya and Shulchan Oruch – bringing the infinite, represented in his name “two lights” (the light of the revealed and concealed Torah) into time (our dimension.)
Rebbe Sicha – 5751
Why does the Torah start the book of Shemois, “These are the names of the Jews who came to Egypt.”?
The answer is, our forefathers were souls of Atzilus – though our souls descend through the lower realms, hence take on more of the ego/arrogance of selfhood – which is why they being directly linked to God were the ones who were role models and showed us how to merge Divinity and reality.
However, their work, was merely the beginning (hence the book of Brieshis) is the prototype (architype,) however the actual work begins with the Jews in exile.
The Jewish people and God are one, therefore it makes no sense for them to be enslaved, rather the purpose of this descent was to elevate (all the sparks in Egypt, as we know, when they left, it was like a net that captured all the fish.)
Furthermore, this is the reason it mentions (not in the past, which would have made more sense, but present) tense, these are the Jews who came to exile – for our place, is in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem – being in exile is a temporary necessary mission (hence we must never feel complacent nor comfortable – sort of like a soldier, on a foreign territory.)
Leaving Egypt, is a daily Avodah (Jewish spiritual service) as the Alter Rebbe says, it is the job of the soul daily to redeem herself from the body’s constraints through uniting with God in Torah study, and especially giving one’s life to God during the Shema.
Every night, we go to sleep tired, and we wake up refreshed, every morning we say Modeh Ani, we thank God for restoring the soul into us – every day is a mission – we are not subsumed within the chaos, we are the light – and when Moshiach soon comes, we will realize, that the chaos, like a dream was merely apparitions.
Moses told God, “the Jews will not believe me,” and God rebuked him – seemingly, Moses had a logical argument, as having been so ingrained to being slaves… could they believe in freedom? – but God knowing the essence of the Jews told him “A Jew is never – even after two hundred years of slavery, a slave.”
At every moment, a Jew is ready to be redeemed!
The Jewish people will soon be in their rightful spiritual homeland.
A Jew always intrinsically stands -as the Previous Rebbe has predicted and as clear from the Talmud’s prediction (regarding our times) that we are ready for Moshiach! – as such, we must only uplift (and God-forbid never despond) the Jewish spirit.!
We see clearly, God doesn’t tell Moses to God-forbid threaten the Jews, rather rebukes Moses for speaking (though it would appear somewhat logical) negatively about the Jews – as God loves and seeks Jewish redemption.
If this was the case before Matan Torah, when Jews were in the Egyptian exile, how much infinitely more so, after thousands of years of Jews sacrificing themselves for God, through recognizing the greatness of Jews, we merit Moshiach!
The Rebbe was responding to an evil “rabbi” who was threatening God-forbid if Jews didn’t repent – this idea of threatening is against the will of God and even though one may claim that prophets did so – a. they were speaking with the words of God (which was not meant to threaten, but cause the exact opposite – repentance) b. even then, they were reprimanded.