Monday, July 8, 2013

It is a Must!

Yearning for Mashiach Needs Fit Expression:
An Increase in Torah and in Mitzvos .....

     The sincerity of this intent, however, must be reflected in the performance of activities to hasten Mashiach’s coming for, as our Sages teach, [131] “Action is what matters.” Every man, woman, and child has an individual responsibility to work to bring about Mashiach’s coming. No one else can shoulder this burden for him: his own efforts and energy are needed. Each of us must prepare for the coming of Mashiach by increasing his study of the Torah and enhancing his performance of its commandments behiddur, in a beautiful and conscientious manner.
     Why is it that these are the activities which will hasten Mashiach’s coming? – Because they are intrinsically parallel to the manner in which Mashiach will relate to the Jewish people.
     To explain: The manner in which G-d rewards the Jewish people follows the principle of “measure for measure.” [132] Thus our efforts to prepare for and draw down a particular revelation must reflect the nature of that revelation itself. Mashiach will serve as both a king [133] and as a teacher, [134] simultaneously. [135] Therefore, to hasten his coming, our activities should anticipate each of these two functions.

Tractate Niddah 70b Tefillia without action – One without the other is insufficient. Prayers must be accompanied by action.

Hidden Motives: Just as the spies had hidden motives the same holds true in our times, even among rabbis, rebbes, and Chassidim. This one has a good rabbinical position; this one is an established Admor, and this one has a profitable business or factory, or a prestigious job which provides great satisfaction. They are afraid that their status will decline if they go to Eretz Yisrael (The author of Sefer HaBrit (Vol. 1, 9:16) writes in a similar vein as he bemoans the lengthiness of our exile.) – page 50 EIM HABANIM SEMEICHAH

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