All the signs for Redemption indicate that we are literally at the Redemption.
As my sainted father-in-law publicized and declared, we have completed everything
necessary for Redemption. Even the "polishing of the buttons"
and "stand, all of you ready," have also been achieved. This
means that "all is prepared and ready for the banquet" and
we are ready to approach the table and partake of the feast of Livyoson and
the Shor HaBor, because "Behold he (the King Moshiach) is
coming" - imminently!
* * *
As we stand in such close proximity to the Redemption, every Jew must accustom
himself to this reality. Everyone must internalize a state and feeling of
Redemption, by making his personal day a "personal day of Redemption," and
transforming one's private space into "the land of Israel." One achieves
this by doing, at each moment and in every place, one's service in thought,
speech and action to utter perfection.
Also, the result of perfecting one's service (in thought, speech and action)
must be expressed in one's speech. That is, just as the "the lots themselves
spoke," so too when one has internalized one's Divine service
to "make Israel here," to the point of penetration of one's
very core, one speaks to others about it with enthusiasm. At that point one
will eagerly publicize the directive of "make Israel here" to one's family
and acquaintances, and certainly to one's students, and ultimately to all
those he can reach. Because this message comes from within, one's words are
words which come from the heart, which are guaranteed to enter the
heart and will have their intended effect. When one actually
becomes a living example of this ideal in his own efforts, he can certainly
have the effect on others. This is true to such an extent that the listeners
themselves become speakers - "the lots themselves begin to speak."
(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Pinchos, Mevorchim
HaChodesh Menachem Av, 24 Tammuz, 5751)
1. See talk of Simchas Torah, 5689.
2. See Igros Kodesh, Admor MaHaRayatz, vol. 4, p. 279. See Hayom
Yom 15 Teves.
3. Mishnaic expression, Avos 3:16.
4. Shir HaShirim 2:8 and Shir HaShirim Rabbah on this verse.
5. [When the land of Israel was divided among the 12 tribes, the lots
that were used to determine the division miraculously spoke, declaring out
loud which territory belonged to which tribe. Translator's note.]
6. See Igros Kodesh, Admor MaHaRayatz, vol. 1, p. 485 ff.
7. Sefer HaYashar by Rabeinu Tam 13, cited in Shaloh,