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What Takes So Long?
by Rabbi Gershon Avtzon
Previously, we discussed the uniqueness of the era of Moshiach. We described our lifestyle then.

We were left with a question:

What can we do in the time of exile to usher in this wonderful and miraculous era?

We first have to establish a basic fact. The Baal Hatanya writes (Tanya chapter 37) that "All the revelations of the era of Moshiach, are dependent on our actions in the time of exile."

We must realize that Moshiach is in our hands.

This is all stressed more once we were told by the Lubavitcher Rebbe - as a prophecy - that Moshiach is ready to come, (Shoftim 5751) and the job and obligation to make Moshiach areality is in our hands (28 Nissan 5751).

We must incorporate that lifestyle of Moshiach into our lives today. As the Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke regarding the Mitzvah of Ahavas Yisroel (Matos-Masei 5751) "As mentioned, this directive is particularly relevant at present, for we need to accustom ourselves to the spirit of the Redemption. Previously it had been explained that an emphasis on Ahavas Yisrael ("love for one's fellow Jew") was necessary as a preparation for the Era of Redemption. Since the exile came about because of unwarranted hatred, we would nullify the reason for the exile by spreading love among our people. And this in turn would cause the exile itself to cease.

Since, however, to borrow an expression used by the Previous Rebbe, we have already completed all the spiritual service necessary to bring Mashiach, to the point that "we have evenpolished the buttons," we can assume that the reason for the exile has also been eradicated already. At present, therefore, the emphasis on Ahavas Yisrael comes primarily as a foretaste to the Era of the Redemption."

The same is true regarding doing Mitzvos in general. The Rebbe says (Yisro 5752) that while in the past, we focused on making a dwelling place for Hashem, we now should focus on making a "nice and beautiful dwelling place for Hashem". This is accomplished by doing Mitzvas in a nice and beautiful manner.

Above all, we must learn - and encourage others to learn - about Moshiach. We heard from the Rebbe himself (Tazria-Metzorah 5751) that learning about Moshiach is the "Direct Path" to bringing Moshiach!"

We are sure that through living in the spirit of the Redemption, accustoming ourselves to this way of thinking, and more significantly, to this form of conduct,we will hasten the actual coming of the Redemption. May this take place in the immediate future.


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