Moshiach & Redemption
The arduous journey of life leads toward a light brightened by our travel. This destination keeps us going.
Today, physical matter is empirical and divine sublimity is innovated. We strive for a time when divine sublimity will be empirical and physical matter will be innovated. Today, the world is covered in bacteria, particles, and molecules. We work towards the day when the world will be covered with Divine knowledge as the waters over the sea. As wine is to grape, tomorrow’s Redemption is to today’s exile. At night a world slumbers, intact, breathing, dreaming, alive, but unaware and unconscious. When the sun rises the world awakes and the world smiles, suddenly aware that all its dreams had become conscious reality.
Esau wished to tithe the straw of life, to attribute spiritual worth to animal fodder. Instead of exploiting the material to serve the spiritual, he wished to invest the material with a significance and value of its own, which is the spiritual meaning of straw.Read More
In breaking the tablets, Moses was acting on his own, contrary to his divine mission to deliver G-d’s Torah to the world. In breaking the tablets, Moses, who could not presume that G-d was to replace the first tablets with a second pair, was eradicating his very being, his very raison d’etre, for the sake of his people.Read More
The ultimate criterion of “free choice” is not “Is it determined?” but “What determines it?” Every choice is determined by something, be it a rational motive or an intuitive flash of no traceable origin. True choice is when one’s course of action is determined by, and only by, the very quintessence of self.Read More
The following is a transcript of the Rebbe’s remarks given in a private meeting on Av 5, 5727 (August 12, 1967), shortly after the Six-Day War, as recalled by Rabbi Chaim Gutnick of Melbourne, Australia, and published (in Hebrew) in Kfar Chabad Magazine, issue no. 806.Read More