Rabbi Avrohom Richter
Tevet 1, 5760 * Dec. 10, 1999
The Lubavitcher Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach Shlita showed us on Parshas Miketz 5751/1991 how Moshiach permeates the life of every Jew. The proof: When a person is strongly involved in a certain concept, he will relate that concept to everything that he is dealing with. We are now holding Parshas Miketz. When a Jew goes to Shul and hears the Ba'al Koreh reading the Parsha, which begins with the words "Vayehi Mikeitz," he right away relates the word Mikeitz to the Ketz (end) of exile. He thinks about the fact that it is mentioned in the Talmud that "All the Kitzin have ended", meaning - all of the predicted times for the end of exile have passed, and here comes Moshiach. Even now, as one finds himself in exile, his mind is set on the wonders which will occur in the time of the redemption.
On the same hand, when a Jew listens to the Haftorah, which discusses "The Menorah of pure gold", he will remind himself of the Menorah, which will be in the third Holy Temple. The same applies to Chanukah when we light the Menorah. What we can learn from this is that Moshiach is no longer a foreign thing that nobody knows about. The Jews are beginning to "Live with Moshiach" - connecting it to everything in their lives. This is yet another sign of how close we are to the redemption. We must hold strong, for exile is about to end. May it be so immediately!
The key to open the doors of redemption lies in the hands of every single Jew. As the Alter Rebbe explained in the name of the Tikkunei Zohar that if even one righteous person will repent, Moshiach would immediately arrive. This is actually a clear ruling of the Rambam, who says that when one does even one Mitzvah he tips the global scale and brings upon the Jewish Nation, and the whole world, the redemption.
An Unhealthy Mezuzah (2)
(Continued from last week)
Immediately upon receiving the Rebbe's answer, Reb Dovid called the local sofer (scribe), Rebbi Kaplan, to check his mezuzos. He stood by his side waiting to see if the sofer found anything. Suddenly Rabbi Kaplan turned pale. He showed Reb Dovid where the word, "Levevcha" - your heart - had faded and was almost unreadable.
"Now you know the reason for your illness," the sofer told him, still in shock from what he had just discovered.
Reb Dovid immediately had all the mezuzos in his house replaced with new ones.
That night, when Reb Dovid went to bed, he could hardly sleep. This time, it was not because of pain,but because of his excitement. He kept thinking, "the doctors might have failed with all their expertise, but luckily for me, the rebbe has succeeded with his Ruach Hakodesh!"
For the first time in ages, Reb Dovid was able to sleep undisturbed by aches and pains. The next morning, he got up with the intention of leaving the house to go to shul to daven.
When his wife saw him getting ready to go out that morning, she did not know what was happening. She thought that he had gone out of his mind!
"What has happened to you?" she asked. "where do you think you are going?"
"I am going to Shul to Daven." He answered simply.
"You are making a mistake, Dovid!, have you forgotten that the doctors instructed you to stay in bed today and not to exert yourself at all?"
"Yes, but I am not the same as I was yesterday or the day before that. I told you all about the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and the mezuzah that was invalid. Since I changed the mezuzos I feel like a different person."
His wife did not want to hear anything about the whole story. She was sure that he was going out of his mind, and was not going to allow him to continue this silly game. As far as she was concerned, the slightest exertion could cast him his life.
Seeing that she was not going to move from her position, reb dovid suggested a compromise. "all right. Let's find out what my situation is by going to my doctor and seeing what he has to say."
His wife readily agreed to his suggestion. "then he'll see that I am right," she thought to herself.
(To be continued next week)
So shall it be in actuality, and "Miyad" immediately - with all explanations of the word "Miyad," including its acronym, Moshe, Yisroel (the Baal Shem Tov) and Dovid (King Moshiach).
[In the footnote:]
More detailed, how it relates to our generation. The acronym relates to The periods of the Rebbe my father-in-law [and I will mention them] in the order closest to us. Moshiach (Menachem is his name), Yosef Yitzchok, [the name of the previous Rebbe] DovBer (the second name of the Rebbe RaShaB).
King Moshiach... stands on the roof of the Holy Temple and announces to Israel and says "Humble ones, the time of your redemption has arrived" - As it has been announced and continues to be announced lately. For the deceleration "Humble ones, the time of your redemption has arrived" comes from outside the land of Israel.
(Chayeh Sarah 5752)
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