Thursday, December 07, 2017

Following the Footsteps of Moshiach in 5778

Some footprints of the Rebbe in action 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 primordial brightness, unbearable for mankind to have seen over the course of most of its history, until recently, is now finally becoming easy to behold. Chabad had turned this day into a Rosh Hashanna of Chassidus. This holiday is in commemoration of the Alter Rebbe's emancipation from certain death at the hands of the KGB in Soviet Russia. His freedom had vindicated his efforts to further disseminate the wellsprings of Chassidus. Permission was granted to spread these hidden aspects of Torah wholesale worldwide. Thereafter with every Chabad Rebbe these teachings gushed forth and burgeoned even more. Of course, that primordial bright light is the light of Moshiach.

The Alter Rebbe spurred 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, its intent transformed to mean that all you see, feel, hear and interact with should be included on the imminent Messianic landscape as the backdrop. The Rebbe urged us to - “think Moshiach!”

So, this Yud-Tes Kislev, what does the industrious talmid find in today’s portion of Chumash, parshas Vayeishev, in the 4th section, 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, suffering ignominious trappings to serve a glorious cause, so too Jerusalem must first suffer disgrace before it exults by its return to dominion.

This he learns from a word (see image of search results - 2 "hits" in all of Tanach) that repeats itself only twice in all Tanach, one in reference to Tamar; The other referencing Jerusalem. This is what these two exact words in two different places portend, as this relationship is alluded to by King Solomn in Shir Hashirim (7:8), where Tamar is compared to Jerusalem.

I think by coinciding Yud-Tes Kislev to the day Trump made his epic announcement, the Rebbe is trying to tell us something. These are the footsteps of Moshiach. We must "live with the times", and therefore today’s Baal Haturim bespeak of worldly events -- happening today in our times!

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

Hope to see you all at the dancing in Yerushalayim very soon, in our days!

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) and became President of the USA! So here we have yet another of the Rebbe's imprints.

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