Are we talking about the Moshiach of the Generation,
or the Actual Moshiach, the Long-Awaited Redeemer?

1. "Our generation is the final generation of Galus and the first generation of the Geulah..."

(Shabbos Vayigash, 5751, ch. 8, and in countless other sichos.
See Maamar Basi LeGani, 5711, at length)

2. "The appointing of David, King Moshiach ['Dovid Malka Meshicha,' a commonly-used title referring to Moshiach] has already taken place, as it is written [Tehillim 89:21] 'I have found My servant David, with My holy oil I have anointed him.' The only thing that is [currently] necessary is the acceptance of his kingship by the people."

(Shabbos Mishpatim, 5751, ch. 10)

3. "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 Yehudah 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 Galus 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)

4. "We actually see how the [ruling of Maimonides that Moshiach] 'will wage the war of Hashem' and he will be victorious has been and is being fulfilled in many respects."

(Shabbos Chayei Sarah, 5752, ch. 13)

5. "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 [commandments] 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 G-d...' who 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)

6. "Every single Jew must perform his Divine service in a manner similar to and befitting the days of Moshiach and the subsequent era of Techiyas HaMeisim [Resurrection of the Dead]. This is exhibited first and foremost through faith, anticipation and knowledge that supernatural events will occur in the days of Moshiach, namely Techiyas HaMeisim. [This knowledge is in addition to belief in] all the details as described by the Rambam, 'A king will rise from the House of David... He is rightfully presumed to be Moshiach.'

"Belief in these concepts must be with certainty, and must be as unshakably firm as the belief in the Ten Commandments. Obviously the belief in Techiyas HaMeisim requires that same degree of certainty and anticipation.

"This must be emphasized so much more in our present generation, when many Messianic signs are unfolding. These constitute a clear indication that Moshiach is already present in the world. Moreover, he is already a prominent Jewish leader, 'a king from the House of David, deeply absorbed in the study of Torah,' etc.

"Therefore, in our present generation, great emphasis must be placed on belief in the coming of Moshiach and anything which relates to it."

(Shabbos Acharei, 5746, Hisvaduyos, unedited)

7. "...The resolution and proclamation of the rulers of the nations of the world this past Friday... in accordance with the verse, 'They will beat their swords into plowshares,' is a direct result of the resolution and proclamation of '[our] rulers the Rabbis' that 'Hinei zeh Melech HaMoshiach ba' ['Behold! Here he is. Here comes King Moshiach!'], beginning with the halachic ruling of the Rebbe, my father-in-law, leader of our generation, that all our actions and Divine service throughout Exile have already been completed and perfected, and we are prepared to greet Moshiach Tzidkeinu.

"[This includes] as well the ruling of the [worldwide] Rabbinic authorities... that the time of the Redemption has arrived, [in which] 'A king will rise from the House of David... he is presumed to be Moshiach,' and even the time of, 'This is certainly Moshiach'--a ruling with the authority of Mount Sinai.

"[This halachic proclamation] has been drawn down into the physical world, causing such an all-pervading impact, demonstrating a foretaste and beginning of the effects of Moshiach among the gentile nations."

(Shabbos Mishpatim, 5752, ch.6)

"Since we currently find ourselves at 'the high point' of Moshiach Tzidkeinu's coming, 'Behold! Here comes Moshiach!' we are already seeing (a sampling and) a beginning of the influence and effect of King Moshiach on the nations."

(ibid., ch. 2)

8. "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, ch. 9)

9. "One should understand, see and sense, in the literal sense in this materialistic world, the true and complete Redemption in all actuality, and one should study the teachings of Moshiach (pnimiyus haTorah) in a way that he can actually visualize it.

"All this is here already. We need only to open our eyes and we will see it."

(Shabbos Vayeitzei, 5752, ch. 18)

10. "The words, 'Please send the one whom You will eventually send,' [said by Moshe as he petitioned the Almighty to send the final Redeemer, Moshiach] are beginning to be fulfilled. [This is] the mission of the Rebbe, my father-in-law... leader of our generation, the only emissary of our generation, and the only Moshiach of our generation."

(Shabbos Chayei Sarah, 5752, ch. 13)

11. "We already have the Leviyasan, the Shor Habar, and the Yayin Hameshumar [the giant fish, wild ox, and ancient wine, preserved since the six days of creation, designated for the Messianic Feast].

"The Jewish people are already sitting at the table, the table of their Father, the Holy One, blessed be He, together with Moshiach Tzidkeinu (as it is written in holy books, that in every generation there is 'one person from the seed of Yehudah who is worthy of being Moshiach' [Bartenura on Megillas Rus, and elsewhere]. In our generation, this is the Rebbe, my father-in-law."

(Shabbos Vayeitzei, 5752, ch. 18)

12. "We find ourselves already in 'the days of Moshiach.' We only need to open our eyes."

(Chof Kislev, communal Yechidus, 5752, ch. 7)

13. "The Redemption is nothing new. All its elements have already begun, and have already been brought down and accepted in the physical world, the level beyond which there is nothing lower. Therefore, it should be no surprise when immediate Redemption arrives."

(Shabbos Shoftim, 5751, ch. 11)

14. "...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, unedited)

15. "...There is nothing left to wait for any longer, since [the Jewish people] have already completed all areas of Divine service and have done teshuvah [repentance]. It is now solely up to the coming of Moshiach himself.

"[The statements of the Gemara that] 'It only depends on teshuvah' applied some time ago, but now (after teshuvah has already been done), it only depends on the arrival of Moshiach himself. The only thing that is necessary is that Moshiach should actually come, in [such a real way] that one can point to him and exclaim, 'Here he is. This is Moshiach Tzidkeinu!' "

(6th of Cheshvan, 5752, during the visit of Rav
Mordechai Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Israel, ch. 17)

16. "Moreover, this [Messianic promise, '...and they will beat their swords into plowshares'] will come about through the efforts of Melech HaMoshiach himself. This is expressed in the beginning of the passage, 'And he will judge between the gentile peoples and admonish many nations.' This judge is Melech HaMoshiach... As leaders of nations of the world are currently resolving and announcing to reduce and entirely abolish weapons of destruction... it is a clear indication of the beginning of the fulfillment of this promise in the true and complete Geulah, through Moshiach Tzidkeinu."

(Shabbos Mishpatim, 5752, ch. 2)

17. " 'Like the days of your Exodus from Egypt, I will show you wonders.' This has begun with the manifest wonders which we have seen (in addition to those which we still have yet to see in the future, as 'I will show you' is in future tense). These wonders, revealed for all the nations to see, constitute the fulfillment of the [following] prophetic words of the Yalkut Shimoni:

''The year in which Melech HaMoshiach is revealed, all the kings of the nations of the world will engage in a dispute. The king of Persia [Iraq] will antagonize the king of Arabia... And [Hashem] tells the Jewish people, 'My children, do not fear! Everything which I have done, I have done only for your sake...' [The Rabbis taught, that at the time of the arrival of Moshiach, he will stand on the rooftop of the Beis HaMikdash and announce to the Jewish people,] "Humble ones, the time of your Redemption has arrived!" '

"And since then (particularly from the month of Nisan, 'the month of Redemption'), we are already 'at the time of the arrival of Moshiach,' ('Behold! Here he comes!')... and he is announcing to the Jewish people, 'Humble ones, the time of your Redemption has arrived!' " [see ch. 1, par. 9]

(Shabbos Naso, 5751, ch. 13)

18. "According to all our Sages' predictions concerning the end of Exile [lit. footsteps of Moshiach], our generation is the final generation of Galus and the first generation of the Geulah...

"...It is certain, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the time of the Redemption has already arrived... Even the prerequisite for teshuvah has already been accomplished and perfected.

"...We have already seen actual wonders which attest to the fact that this is 'the year in which King Moshiach is revealed,' and [that this is] 'the moment that Moshiach arrives,... and he is announcing to the Jewish people, "Humble ones, the time of your Redemption has arrived!" ' and 'Behold! Here comes King Moshiach!' that he has already come.

"For we are presently standing at the threshold of the commencement of the Redemption. Its continuation and consummation will immediately ensue."

(Shabbos Balak, 5751, ch. 8)

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