The Maggid of Trisk would begin the year by citing various sources from the Torah indicating that this would be the year in which Moshiach would come and the long-awaited Redemption would be achieved. Come next year, the Maggid would again find allusions and proofs that this year would be the year of the Redemption.
When asked about his reasons for this annual exercise, he explained:
“When a person sees his father doing something wrong, a certain dilemma arises. On the one hand, one is commanded to “Honor your father”; on the other hand, one is obligated to rebuke one who transgresses a commandment of the Torah. The Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law), instructs that, in such a case, one should say to one’s father: ‘Father, doesn’t the Torah say such-and-such?’ This way, one makes him aware of his wrongdoing without directly criticizing him.
“G-d has promised to redeem us, and the Talmud tells us that all the deadlines for the Redemption have come and gone. But G-d is our Father, who, even when He fails to do what He should, must be respected and revered. So each year I say to G-d: ‘Father, doesn’t the Torah say that the Redemption must come this year?!’”
Adapted from the teachings of the Rebbe by Yanki Tauber
. Exodus 20:12.
. Leviticus 19:17.
. Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah 240:11.
. Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a.