“Just as until now it was clear to every one of us that the Rebbe would lead us to greet our righteous Moshiach, so should it be clear now. What happened is only from our material point of view. It is nothing more than a trial, this being one of the tests of the birth-pangs of Moshiach which will need to occur before the arrival of the righteous redeemer. The sole purpose of these tests is to conceal the truth [of the workings of G-d in the world].
“This leaves us with a need to understand why the Torah requires us now to say Kaddish, and [similar mourning practices].
“The intent of the test is to draw out the powers and strength necessary to overcome it. This, in turn, removes the concealment and reveals the truth (as explained in Chasidic teaching). Through strengthening our connection [to him] by means of studying his teachings and following his instructions, we will immediately merit (since we are on the edge of the redemption) to see the Rebbe again, in the material sense, and that he should lead us to the Redemption.”
(Sicha of Shabbos Terumah 5710–February 25, 1950)
“Who is Moshiach?
“I will not be troubled if one will translate ‘Moshiach’ literally, i.e. the righteous Moshiach since that is indeed the truth. The leader of the generation is, in fact, Moshiach of the generation.”
(Eve of Simchas Torah 5746–October 27, 1985)
“May we actually merit (the Redemption) immediately [miyad] with all the meanings of ‘miyad.’ This also includes the acronym of the leaders of generations in a general sense, Moshe, Yisroel (the Baal Shem Tov), and Dovid (King Moshiach).”
In footnote 148, the Rebbe inserts: “And more specifically pertaining to our generation, the acronym of ‘MiYaD’ indicates the three eras of the Rebbe, my father-in-law, leader of our generation, [See Shabbos Vaeira 5752 ch. 10], from the most recent in order: Moshiach (whose name is Menachem), Yosef Yitzchok, Dovber (the second name of the Rebbe Rashab).”
(Shabbos Mishpatim, 5752–February 1, 1992)
“The King Moshiach . . . stands atop the roof of the Holy Temple and announces to Israel, ‘Humble ones, the time of your Redemption has arrived’–as has been announced and is being announced lately . . . This announcement is coming from the diaspora . . .”
(Shabbos Chayei Soroh, 5751–November 10, 1990)
“Beis Rabbeinu [‘the house of our Rebbe’] has the address ‘770’. Indeed, it has come to be called by the name ‘770’ by all Israel. This number is, in fact, the numerical value of [the Hebrew word] ‘Poratzta’ [a Biblical word meaning “you have jumped out”]. Our rabbis interpret this to be a reference to Moshiach himself, as it states ‘the Poretz [jumper, one who breaks boundaries, said of Peretz, ancestor of Moshiach] will rise up before us’.
“It should be noted that ‘Beis Moshiach’ [house of Moshiach] also possesses this numerical value of ‘Poratzta’–770.”
(Kuntres Beis Rabbeinu Shab’bavel)
“At the time of the arrival of Melech HaMoshiach [King Moshiach], he will stand on the rooftop of the Holy Temple and announce to Israel, “Humble ones, the time of your Redemption has arrived!’ This ‘roof of the Holy Temple’ refers to the miniature sanctuary of the diasporas which substitutes for the Temple of Jerusalem.”
(Footnote 38 of the above.)
“Moshiach Tzidkeinu [our Righteous Moshiach], the emissary regarding whom it was said [by Moses as he petitioned the Almighty], ‘Please send the one whom You will eventually send,’ namely, the [previous] Rebbe, leader of our generation. This likewise applies to his successor, the continuation and extension [of his leadership] after him.”
(Sichos Kodesh 5752 vol. 1, pg. 318)
“We are talking about the Moshiach of the generation, or the actual Moshiach, the long-awaited Redeemer?
“Our generation is the final generation of Golus and the first generation of the Geulah . . .”
(Shabbos Vayigash, 5751–December 22, 1990)
“Moshiach himself is literally present, existing now in the world. As it is known, ‘In every generation, there is someone born from the seed of Yehuda who is worthy of being Moshiach, Redeemer of the Jews’ (the quintessential point of the general soul of Israel) . . . If only negative factors would not mix in to impede and withhold, etc., he would reveal himself and actually come.
“Now, according to the announcement of the Rebbe, my father-in-law, leader of our generation, Moshiach of our generation, that all areas of our Divine service throughout Golus have been completed and perfected, we are standing ready to greet the righteous Moshiach. This means that all impediments and obstacles have been nullified. As such, not only is the actual bodily existence of Moshiach here, but also the revelation of Moshiach. Now, all one needs to do is actually greet and accept Moshiach!”
(Shabbos Vayeira, 5752, ch. 14–October 26, 1991)
“We actually see how the [ruling of Maimonides that Moshiach] ‘will wage the war of Hashem’ has been fulfilled and [the second part of that ruling about the certain Moshiach] ‘and he will be victorious’ has also been and is being fulfilled in many respects.”
(Shabbos Chayei Soroh, 5752, ch. 13–November 2, 1991)
“Once we already have [in the words of the Rambam] the ‘king from the House of David, deeply absorbed in the study of Torah and occupied with mitzvos, like his ancestor David . . . and he will prevail upon all Jews to walk in [the way of the Torah] and repair its breaches, and will wage the war of Hashem . . .,’ so [since we already have all the above] he is rightfully presumed to be Moshiach [b’chezkas shehu Moshiach], we should thus immediately merit that he already become Moshiach b’vadai [definitely Moshiach].”
(Shabbos Shemos, 5752, ch. 14–December 28, 1991)
“Thus it is important to realize the ruling of Jewish law also for our times (even before the Redemption), that the revelation of prophecy does exist (for Moshiach, even prior to the Redemption) . . .”
(Shabbos Shoftim, 5751–August 17, 1991)
“We see in recent years how the verse ‘and Moshe gathered . . . the Jews’ is occurring literally–the ingathering of the exiles of Jews from all over the world, who are returning to the Holy Land. The [current number of] aliyos [Jews ascending to the Land of Israel] is incomparably greater than those of previous generations.”
(Shabbos Vayakhel, 5752–February 29, 1991)
“. . . There is nothing left to wait for any longer, since [the Jewish people] have already completed all areas of Divine service and have done teshuva. It is now solely up to the coming of Moshiach himself.”
(6th of Cheshvan, 5752–October 14, 1991)
“What is our task?
“There only needs to be the acceptance of his [Moshaich’s] kingship by the people, and the devotion and attachment between the king and the people in a most revealed sense.”
(Shabbos Mishpatim, 5751, ch. 10–February 9, 1991)
“[The instruction is] to proclaim and publicize everywhere, using sincere words, that Hashem tells every single Jew (through His servants, the prophets): ‘Look! I am placing before you a blessing!’, and that literally today we shall see the blessing of the true and complete Redemption with physical eyes.”
(Shabbos Re’eh, 5751, ch. 11–August 10, 1991)
“We must publicize to all people of the generation, that we have merited that Hashem has chosen and appointed a human being, one who possesses free choice, to fill the role of judge and advisor and the prophet of the generation, to issue directives and give advice . . .
“And everyone must publicize his most essential prophecy, the prophecy of ‘Immediate Redemption!’ and right away, ‘Behold! Here comes Moshiach!’ ”
(Shabbos Shoftim, 5751–August 17, 1991)
“The essential thing is we should have this in actuality; moreover, [the truth is that] we indeed have it already, in past tense. This is especially true in light of the well-known adage of our Rebbes [of Chabad who said that the news] of Moshiach’s coming would appear in the newspapers. Indeed, this has recently been fulfilled quite literally, as it has recently been fulfilled quite literally, as it has been publicized in various newspapers worldwide (and they should continue publicizing it even more) that ‘Behold! He (Melech HaMoshiach) is coming!’, and immediately [they will herald] ‘He has already come!’ literally and in fact.”
(Shabbos Nitzovim, 5751, ch. 12–September 7, 1991)
“What is relevant to action is that despite the turmoil [surrounding the anticipation of Moshiach] lately this year, the year of ‘I will show you wonders’ [niflaos arenu, acrostic for 5751], and despite have witnessed the wonders which attest to the fact that this year is indeed ‘the year in which Melech HaMoshiach is revealed,’ nonetheless we see that it is difficult to internalize this awareness and recognition, that we are literally standing at the threshold of the Messianic era, to the extent that one begins to ‘live’ with Moshiach and Redemption [as part of one’s daily life] . . .
“The suggestion for this is the study of the Torah on the topics of Moshiach and the Redemption. For it is within the ability of Torah (Hashem’s Wisdom, beyond the natural boundaries of the world) to transform human nature. It is possible that one may be, heaven-forfend, ‘outside’ and far-removed from the concept of Redemption, as far as one’s own perception is concerned, (since he has not yet emerged from his own internal exile). Yet, through Torah study in the topics of Redemption, he uplifts himself to a ‘Redemption state of mind,’ and begins to ‘live’ with the concept of Redemption, amidst the realization and cognizance that ‘Behold, here he comes!’ ”
(Shabbos Balak, 17th of Tammuz, 5751, ch. 10–June 29, 1991)
“Therefore, the final effort of every single Jew to bring Moshiach is necessary. Simply put, . . . [this means through] Torah study in the areas which discuss Melech HaMoshiach and the redemption, as explained and expounded upon in countless places . . . and particularly the study of Chasidus (as through ‘the dissemination of your wellsprings abroad, the master, Melech HaMoshiach, will come’) in the teachings of our Rebbes, and specifically the teachings (Maamarim and Likutei Sichos) of the leader of the generation. This is a sampling, foretaste, and preparation for the study of the teachings of Moshiach, ‘A new Torah will issue forth from Me’.”
(Shabbos Tazria-Metzorah, 5751, ch. 12–April 20, 1991)
“Furthermore, since they have completed their shlichus [mission], every shliach [emissary of the Rebbe] approaches the true Sender, the Almighty, and informs Him: ‘I have done my shlichus, and now the time has arrived for You to do Your shlichus, as it were . . . ‘Shlach na b’yad tishlach!’–Send us Moshiach Tzidkeinu literally and actually!”
(Shabbos Chayei Soroh, 5752, ch. 15–November 2, 1991)
“Every shliach must prepare himself and prepare all the Jews of his neighbourhood, city, etc., to greet the righteous Moshiach. [This is done] through explaining the concept of Moshiach, as discussed in the Written and Oral Torah, in a way that each and every individual can relate to, according to his understanding. This especially includes studying [with him] topics in Torah which discuss Moshiach and Redemption, in a way of chochma, Bina, and da’as [wisdom, comprehension, and knowledge].
“Does all this apply now as well?
“The Rebbe, who descends from the House of Dovid . . ., he bore our maladies . . . Speedily in our days, he will redeem his flock from both the spiritual and physical exile . . . Then, we will merit to see and be together with the Rebbe down here in a physical body, and he will redeem us!”
(Maamar Basi L’gani, 5711)
“. . . the Rebbe, my father-in-law, should come, in a physical body, and take us out of exile!
“Although in chronological order, the advent of Moshiach will precede techiyas hamaisim [the Resurrection], special individuals will nonetheless be resurrected prior to Moshiach’s coming.
“And first and foremost, the Rebbe, my father-in-law, will once again enclothe himself in [his] body, and return. (In reality, it makes no difference how he comes, whether through the door, through the window, or through the roof . . .) He will then gather all the Jewish people together and proclaim, ‘The time has come to leave exile! Come, let us go to our Holy Land!’ ”
(2nd day of Shavuos, 5710, unedited–May 23, 1950)
“People have asked me, how can I say that ‘there will soon be the [Resurrection, concerning which it states], “Awake and give praise, those who rest in the dust,” and [then] the Rebbe will lead us out of exile’? This is contrary to the sequential order of events . . .!
“The answer is that although chronologically, the coming of Moshiach precedes techiyas hamaisim. . ., nevertheless, the Resurrection of certain individuals has occurred in the past [as we find such phenomena in various places in the Prophets] and will yet occur, prior to Moshiach’s coming.”
(Likutei Sichos, vol. 2, pg. 517)
“Our generation is the final generation of exile and the first generation of the Redemption. As the Rebbe, my father-in-law . . . has announced and informed us various times, we have completed everything, and now we must only greet the righteous Moshiach in actuality. It is thus self-understood, that if a histalkus [passing] has occurred in the interim, as transpired on the 22nd of Shevat, four years ago (5748) [the passing of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka o.b.m.], its sole purpose is to accomplish the remaining aliyah [ascent, generally referring to a spiritual transcendence], the aliyah of the true and complete Redemption.”
(Shabbos Yisro, 5752, ch. 3–January 25, 1992)
“There needs to be an increase in life, through the action of the people who proclaim ‘Yechi HaMelech!’ [‘May the king live!’]. For the meaning of this proclamation is that the time has come for [the Resurrection, regarding which it states] ‘Awake and give praise, those who rest in the dust,’ of the Rebbe, my father-in-law, the leader of our generation, and up to and including the ‘raise up and sing’ of David King Moshiach!”
(2nd of Nissan, 5748, ch. 5–March 20, 1988)
“What will the world say?
“One may wonder, ‘What will the world say if a Jew performs his Divine service . . . particularly trying to speed the Redemption?’ ‘Seemingly,’ he argues, ‘[in order to succeed,] one must take into consideration how the world will view it.’
“The answer is that the world is ready and prepared! When a Jew goes about his Divine service properly, rising beyond all limitations and constraints, yet doing so in a way that [his service] can be enclothed in the vestments of nature, he will see how the world, nature, and gentiles, are indeed aiding him in his service.”
(Shabbos Korach, 3rd of Tammuz, 5751, ch. 12–June 15, 1991)
“The lesson from the above-mentioned [episode of the Jews’ refusing to allow Moshe Rabbeinu to ascend to Mt. Nevo for his demise] is the extent of the hiskashrus [devotion and attachment] we must have to the leader of our generation: we must have a tenacious and relentless desire that the Nasi of our generation should accompany us, souls in [his] physical body, to the Land of Israel, in the true and complete Redemption through the righteous Moshiach.
“As regards that which occurred in the year 5710 [the passing of the previous Rebbe], . . . we are immediately going to merit the fulfilment of the Messianic promise, ‘Awake and give praise, those who rest in the dust,’ as stated in Zohar, that Tzadikim and Jewish generational leaders will arise immediately . . .
“Some people ask in amazement, ‘How can you say such radically wild statements?’
“The answer is two-fold: Firstly, since we currently find ourselves in a ‘wild’ period of time, when darkness enshrouds the earth, . . . it is necessary to say ‘wild’ things . . . Secondly, and essentially, this is no ‘wild’ matter at all! Every Jew says it in prayer every day . . . Moreover, it is one of the thirteen fundamentals of faith . . . [As the Rambam writes concerning Moshiach] ‘Anyone who does not believe in him, or does not anticipate his coming, is not only rejecting the Prophets but is rejecting the Torah and Moshe Rabbeinu!’ After all, this, why the astonishment and wonder that we are speaking about the fulfilment of the promise ‘Awake and give praise, those who rest in the dust’? ‘How can one possibly say that such statements are ‘wild’!? . . .
“When the Gentiles ‘will hear all your mitzvos, [when they will observe you proudly representing Judaism and advocating the basic tenet of Judaism]’ they will exclaim, ‘What a wise and sagacious people this great nation is!’ [Devarim 4, 6] (and particularly when the Jew speaks sincerely and from his heart). This is certainly true with regard to the ‘foreign G-d [evil inclination] inside [each of] you!’ ”
(Shabbos Ha’azinu, 5746, unedited–September 28, 1985)
“With this inspiration, with the strength of Moshe, they [chassidim] are able to walk to the synagogues and to explain to the Jews whom they meet there, that in fact ‘Moshe did not die,’ and that nothing has changed, except that it has left a possibility for [questions] to be raised.
“If they accept this, fine. What if they have queries or arguments? When a young pupil asks a question to which his teacher does not know an answer, the teacher [sometimes] punishes the child, saying, ‘When you grow up, you’ll understand!’ . . .
“This is how one must respond to a Jew who asks questions. “This is the fact, whether you understand it or not!”
(Simchas Torah, 5711, unedited–October 4, 1950)