It is never too late

We are approaching the special Yom Tov of Pesach Sheini. On Pesach Sheini 1941, the Frierdike Rebbe led a Farbrengen. During this Farbrengen (Sefer HaSichos 5701, page 115), the Frierdike Rebbe said the following:”Chassidim like to say that three things are described as sheni (“the second”), namely: [a] nefesh hasheni (the second soul); [b] cheder sheni (the second room); and [c] Pesach Sheni (the “second” Pesach).

[a] The “second soul” of which the Alter Rebbe spoke [referring to the Divine soul, and uniquely using that term, because it is revealed second in a Jew; in so much as it is the animal soul which is the dominant force from birth, with the nefesh Elokis, the Divine soul, only being revealed in stages as the person’s intellect develops, and being (potentially) fully revealed only at the age of 13/12 when he/she is bar/bas mitzvah] is [not an actual innovation, but, rather] the Word of G-d that he [the Alter Rebbe] revealed.

In general, if someone claims that he has innovated insights in the Torah, that is a lie. A Torah scholar who claims that he innovates is not a Torah scholar. His statement is falsehood, bordering on a lack of faith because, as is widely known, “whatever a veteran scholar is ever going to innovate… was already spoken to Moshe at Sinai.” It is likewise written that “my soul has said: My portion, G-d.” That scholar has merely revealed, not innovated – as with the [Talmudic] discussions of laws that were forgotten, and later, as a result of scholarly toil, they were revealed.

The claim that someone has made actual innovations is simply not true. If someone comes up with an invalid argument, the scholarly convention is to dismiss it euphemistically as “not belonging here”; whereas, in truth, if it does not belong here, then it is falsehood. The would be innovator likewise is merely uncovering something that was previously hidden. Likewise, the Alter Rebbe revealed the Word of G-d [in the Torah] concerning the second soul, the Divine soul.

[b] The cheder sheni: Every chassidisher shul used to be built with a little adjoining “second room,” known as a chabadnitze. Now, for whom was it intended? For the rabbis? Beneath their dignity! For the shochtim? They have no time! It’s made for the ordinary chassidisher householder who knew that he ought to drop into the local chabadnitze [for some measured meditation on Chassidus as he davens].

[c] Pesach Sheni (HaYom Yom, 14 Iyar) : Its message is that there’s no such thing as “too late.” One can always rectify things. That includes someone who was ritually impure, or on a remote road – even if that handicap was voluntary, for the word lachem (“on a remote road of yours”) indicates even a remote road “of your choosing.”

[In conclusion, let us now link the three things that are described as sheni (“the second”), as follows:] If one activates his “second soul” and enters the “second room” [in order to accompany his davenen by meditation on Chassidus], he then experiences a personal “Second Pesach.” At that time everything in his spiritual life is rectified, [just as the historical Pesach Sheni enabled a person to rectify a “missed” opportunity].

We find an amazing Geula concept in Pesach Sheini. Hashem always wanted that also those Jews who were not pure should bring the Karban. It is only that He waited for them to ask? Why wait, why not just tell them to begin with? Simply speaking: He wanted to see how much they cared about it. If they would just use their impurity as an excuse not to bring the karban, it would show that they do not really have a true desire to be connected to Hashem through this special Karban. By their demanding “Lama Nigara – why are we worse off than our brothers?”, they showed their sincerity and commitment. This is what Hashem wanted to see, and he gave them the special Mitzvah.

This is obviously a tremendous lesson for us in our times: Hashem wants to redeem us from Galus! But He is “waiting” for us to “ask”.  We must not cease demanding the Geula from Hashem – this is what He wants! We must have tremendous kavanah in the parts of davening that speak about Moshiach, and add our Tefillos for the revelation of Moshiach. If someone feels that “All is lost” and he can’t get involved in Moshiach (chas v’shalom), we need to remind them of Pesach Sheini: ” It’s never too late!  One can always rectify things.  Moshiach Now!