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All We Can Do

Over the 40 years of his leadership the Rebbe gave many, many talks. And all his addresses were avidly followed by his chassidim, who transcribed them, studied them and earnestly tried to put them into practice. But it can be argued that the one most discussed, most debated, most pondered upon was a talk the Rebbe gave in the later years of his leadership, on the 28th of Nissan, 5751 (April 11, 1991), 21 years ago today:

“Because of the unique stress on the Redemption in this time, an astonishing question arises: How is it possible that despite all these factors, Moshiach has not yet come? This is beyond all possible comprehension.

“It is also beyond comprehension that when ten (and many times ten) Jews gather together at a time that is appropriate for the Redemption to come, they do not raise a clamor great enough to cause Moshiach to come immediately. They are, heaven forbid, able to accept the possibility that Moshiach will not arrive tonight, and even that he will not arrive tomorrow, or on the day after tomorrow, heaven forbid.

“Even when people cry out ‘Ad mosai--Until when will we remain in exile?’ they do so only because they were told to. If they had sincere intent and earnest desire, and cried out in truth, Moshiach would surely have come already.

“What more can I do to motivate the entire Jewish people to clamor and cry out, and thus actually bring about the coming of Moshiach? All that has been done until now has been to no avail, for we are still in exile; moreover, we are in an inner exile in regard to our own service of G-d.

“All that I can possibly do is to give the matter over to you. Now, do everything you can to bring Moshiach, here and now, immediately.

“May it be G-d's will that ultimately ten Jews will be found who are stubborn enough to resolve to secure G-d's consent to actually bring about the true and ultimate Redemption, here and now, immediately. Their stubborn resolve will surely evoke G-d's favor, as reflected by the interpretation of the verse, 'For they are a stiff-necked people; You will pardon our sins and wrongdoings and make us Your possession.'

“I have done whatever I can; from now on, you must do whatever you can. May it be G-d's will that there will be one, two, or three among you who will appreciate what needs to be done and how it needs to be done, and may you actually be successful and bring about the true and complete Redemption. May this take place immediately, in a spirit of happiness and gladness of heart.”

It is 21 years since the Rebbe said these words, and it is obvious that we have not done all we could. Because if we had, the Geulah would have long been here already. So what more can we do? More Torah study? More mitzvot? More acts of kindness? Will doing more of the same finally bring the long-awaited Redemption to the universe?

The time is ripe for a radical change. The Rebbe said that all he needs is 10 akshanim, resolute ones, to take his words to heart and lead a transformation. It’s hard to maintain the same drive and passion as time goes on, but it’s imperative now, more than ever before. The world is waiting.
 

 


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