nation, as it says in the bookof Yeshayahu the Prophet, theProphet of Salvation, “Whereis the bill of divorce with youthat I have sent?” (stated as arhetorical question) – meaningthat it does not exist!The fact that it appearsotherwise (and similararguments) – MoshiachTzidkeinu will answer that. Orperhaps this itself is the answer– that the matter is only one of appearance. And since this is so: Whatis holding Him back?! [Thatis, there is nothing preventingG-d from resuming His intimateconnection with the Jewishpeople by redeeming us.]Rambam writes (in the dailylesson of this Shabbos) that aJew “wants to be part of theJewish heritage, and wants toobserve all the Mitzvos, etc.,” itis just that “his [evil] inclinationovercame him.” However,regarding the Alm-ghty, sucha thing cannot be said. Theoutcry is, therefore, even morepronounced: “
How much longer must we suffer inthis bitter exile?!”
ACCORDING TO HER NEEDS
Since G-d married theJewish people, He must providefor them, as derived from thefollowing logic. If G-d “providesfor the entire world with His benevolence, with grace,kindness, and mercy,” how muchmore so must He provide for Hisown wife, the Jewish people!To elaborate, the Torahdefines the role of husband: “Hersustenance, her clothing, andher conjugal rights he shall not withhold from her [his wife].”Indeed, all of this is according tothe perspective and benefit of the wife, the Jewish people. Thus,if the husband provides food(sustenance) that is appropriatefor himself but not for his wife(for she cannot eat it, or it isnot appealing to her) – thatis not “her sustenance” (herfood). Similarly with regardto her clothes – they should be appropriate for her needsand dignity, etc., and likewise with regard to intimacy, it must be specifically in a manner of affection and good will (asRambam elaborates).[But since the Jewish peopleremain in exile, denied theserights] there is no other recourse but to make a great outcry...
BANG ON THE TABLES!
[The Rebbe smiled andcontinued.] Were we to bang on the tables with the necessary force, thetables would surely break, andthere would be no place to putthe cups. Moreover, those whoare sleeping will have no table tolean on... Therefore, the tablesmust stay intact.But it makes no difference what happens to the tablesand all the other things. Themain thing is that we bringMoshiach Tzidkeinu “below tenhandbreadths,” overtly manifestin this world: “A king fromthe Davidic dynasty proficientin Torah and occupied withMitzvos, as Dovid, his forefather.He will compel all the Jewishpeople to go in its way andstrengthen its breaches, wage the wars of G-d and be victorious,and build the Holy Temple inits place,” or in a manner of “if they are found to be meritorious– it will be with the clouds of heaven,” for then the HolyTemple will be revealed fromHeaven.Simply speaking, [we areanticipating the redemptionimminently] literally in ourtimes, “He did not hold back[on redeeming the Jewishpeople] even the blink of aneye.” The promise, “I will causeyou to walk upright,” will then be fulfilled, and we will seehow “night will be as bright asday.” Indeed, the meaning of all the blessings of the portionof the daily Chumash will bereadily apparent in a manner of revealed blessings, with visiblyrevealed goodness, “below tenhandbreadths,” “from His full,and open, holy (
)and generous hand,” including“
(full, overflowing)”[in place of “
”] (as was printed in the
of theBaal Shem Tov), “an overflowingcup” in a manner of “enoughand then some,” speedily in ourtimes, literally![Those present then sang“We Want Moshiach Now” withgreat enthusiasm for an hour anda half!]
(From the address of Lag B’Omer5746, bilti muga)
Since G-d married the Jewish people, He must providefor them, as derived from the following logic. If G-d“provides for the entire world with His benevolence, with grace,kindness, and mercy,” how much more so must He provide forHis own wife, the Jewish people! ... But since the Jewish peopleremain in exile, denied these rights, there is no other recoursebut to make a great outcry!