Thursday, December 07, 2017

Following the Footsteps of Moshiach in 5778

Some footprints the Rebbe leaves are easy to spot.

Today’s deserves mention. Today is
י׳׳ט כסלו תשע׳׳ח.

World events after all stem from Torah - the blueprint of the world. So let's look at secular developments to see how Torah life renders a refreshing perspective.

Today President Trump announced that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish People! As far as America and most of the world was concerned, Israel was a country without a capital until now.

Today is Yud-Tes Kislev! Yud-Tes Kislev is a rather new chassidic holiday. An ancient brightness, unbearable for mankind to see all along, is now becoming easy to behold. Chabad has turned this day into a Rosh Hashanna of Chassidus. This day is in commemoration of the Alter Rebbe's emancipation from certain death in KGB Soviet Russia. He was vindicated in his effort to further disseminate the wellsprings of Chassidus. Then with every Chabad Rebbe these teachings gushed forth and burgeoned. Permission was granted to spread these hidden aspects of Torah wholesale worldwide. Of course, that new bright light is the light of Moshiach.

The Alter Rebbe said to his chassidim to live with the times!”. He meant put your heart into study of Torah as apportioned by the week and by the day of the week.

According to the Rebbe MH”M, it also means to include all you see, feel, hear and interact with, against the imminent Messianic landscape. The Rebbe meant - “Think Moshiach!”

So, on this Yud-Tes Kislev, what does that industrious talmid find in today’s portion of Chumash, parshas Vayeishev, in the fourth section of it, being that today was Wednesday? He learns the segment about Yehuda and Tamar.

In perek 38, possuk 15, says the Baal Haturim:

לזונה. ב' במסורה. ויחשבה לזונה. איכה היתה לזונה (ישעיה א, כא). מה תמר בבזיון ולבסוף בכבוד אף ירושלים סופה בכבוד, כדכתיב (זכריה ב, ט) ולכבוד אהיה בתוכה. וזהו זאת קומתך דמתה לתמר  (שה"ש ז, ח

Translation: Just as Tamar had to compromise herself for the sake of lawful progeny in ignominious trappings to serve a glorious cause, so too Jerusalem must suffer disgrace before it exults in return to dominion. This we learn from the hold word (see image with search results - two "hits" in all Tanach) that repeats itself twice in Tanach. What do these two references to the same word portend? One references Tamar, the other references, Jerusalem. Then too the name Tamar appears in the same verse with reference to Jerusalem - in Shir Hashirim.

Well, by coinciding Yud-Tes Kislev, the day Trump made his epic announcement, is the Rebbe trying to tell us something, or not? Are you hearing footsteps of Moshiach yet? Does today’s Baal Haturim not bespeak of worldly events happening today under our watch?

Here’s another "living with the times" point:
This week is among the shortest days of the year. That means that midday is indeed noon and not much later than 12 p.m. as midday would be on a summer day, when midday is much later than 12 p.m.

Well, if you make the Jewish calculation where every "God's day" counts as 1,000 human years, then we are already into Friday, erev Shabbos. That means by the year 5778 we are plenty past 12 noon already (ie, past 5500)! The timing of the rise of Jerusalem on a day when Shabbat enters earliest is significant. It implies the quick arrival of The Era of Ultimate Redemption, the day of eternal Shabbat. See you at the dancing in Yerushalayim!

UPDATE (12/24/17):
Just discovered too that last year, on Yud-Tes Kislev 5777, Monday, December 19, 2016, Donald Trump won the electoral college vote (which counts, as opposed to the popular vote,) to become President of the USA! Another of the Rebbe's imprints.