MOSHIACH FLOURISHESIN OUR FAITH
Translated by Boruch Merkur
Regarding the meaning of the name “Tzemach Tzedek”– it is an allusion to MoshiachTzidkeinu:The first part of the name,Tzemach, is the name of Moshiach, as said in the liturgyof Hoshana Rabba, “
Ish Tzemach shmo –
A man, whose name isTzemach” (Zecharia 6:12, seeTargum; Talmud YerushalmiMeseches Brachos 4:4; also see Zecharia 3:8). Similarly, thesecond part of the name, Tzedek,is one of the identifying signs of Moshiach, which is referred toin the prophecy of Yeshayahu(beginning with the words, “A shoot shall spring forth from thestem of Yishai, and a twig shallsprout from his roots” (Yeshaya11:1)). There it describesMoshiach’s distinction of rendering honest judgment: “Heshall judge with
, justly,etc., and
, righteousness,shall be the girdle of his loins”(ibid 11:4-5).The message here is thatthe name Tzemach Tzedekexpresses the faith of chassidim,the perfect faith of every chassid,that their Rebbe – for example,the leader of this generation[see the commentary of EvenEzra on Zecharia 3:8, “Tzemachis Moshiach…for ‘Tzemach’is numerically equivalent to‘Menachem’”] – is in factMoshiach, and if we had merited,the matter would have beenfulfilled and manifest outwardly;Moshiach would be visible to thehuman eye.
(From the address of the fifthnight of Sukkos 5747, bilti muga)
No reseNtmeNt iNideNtifyiNg moshiach
Every person in thisgeneration was born as theRebbe’s
, the emissary of the leader of our generation, andthe Rebbe is the leader of all thepeople of the generation. And when the
utilizeshis 10 soul-powers, “
”(his measure; i.e., his faculties),in the practical fulfillment of the mission the leader sent himon (as discussed above), theconcept of Moshiach is revealed(for “Moshiach” is the numericalequivalent of “
” along with (the) 10 (soul-power)). Inso doing, he also reveals how hereflects the
, the one who sent him (“just as you aremembers of the covenant, so areyour emissaries, etc.”). Indeed,he even becomes one with the
(for a person’semissary is like himself), one with the leader of our generation, who is Moshiach, with all theconnotations of “Moshiach”:1)
, anointed; 2)chosen; 3) guide and shepherdof the Jewish people – includingthe simple interpretation of “Moshiach”: leader or ruler.There shouldn’t beany resentment sparked inconcluding that the leader of our generation is MoshiachTzidkeinu in the literal sense, forthis is the fact: the leader of ourgeneration is the Moshiach of thegeneration!
(From the address of the nightof Simchas Torah, prior to Hakafos,5746, bilti muga)
May it be G-d’s will – andthis is the main thing – thatcalling out the name “Tzemach,”the name of MoshiachTzidkeinu, causes Moshiach tocome in actuality.In simple terms – by callingand crying out the name“Tzemach,” with the intent that by calling out his name certainlyhe will answer those who callhim – they effect the actualadvent of Moshiach Tzidkeinu.(The notion that Moshiach willanswer those who call is deducedfrom the effect that results fromcalling out the name of a livinghuman being, “as the
, therighteous individual lives uponthe earth…within a [corporeal] vessel and garment [the body]… within the dimensions of physical space.” For the resultsof appealing to a
wholives in this world is constrained by limitations in the degree of revelation and the capacity of itsreach [yet calling out to him isstill powerfully efficacious]. How much more is this so after theselimitations are negated!)Thus, when they now proclaim “Tzemach” three times– Tzemach, Tzemach, Tzemach– Moshiach Tzidkeinu willliterally come now!
(From the address of the fifthnight of Sukkos 5750, bilti muga)