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Heralding the imminent arrival of Moshiach
Heralding the imminent arrival of Moshiach

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to the connection between G-d
and the Jewish people. To put it
succinctly: The link between G-d
and the Jewish people comes
through Torah. The degree to
which we are connected to G-d,
and He is to us, is commensurate
with the degree of our fidelity to
the Torah.

This idea of Torah linkage
is alluded to in the words of the
Zohar: “There are three knots
that are tied together, Israel is
bound to the Torah and the Torah
is bound to the Holy one Blessed
is He.”

A question has been raised
about the way the Zohar puts
this. If we are connected to
Torah, and the Torah is connected
to G-d, then there must be only
two knots. Why does the Zohar
speak of three? The answer given

in Chassidic philosophy is that
there is a third connection that
we enjoy with G-d, one that is
direct. We are connected to G-d
as well as to the Torah. However,
that connection between us and
G-d can only be appreciated and
activated through the medium of

In effect, there are two
avenues through which we
connect to G-d: The first
is indirectly through Torah.
However, the Torah also
illuminates the other more direct
and unconditional connection we

It may be suggested that
concluding VaYikra with the
theme of fidelity to Torah alludes
to the power Torah has to reveal
the deepest bond we have with

In times of exile, we don’t see
clearly the role that G-d plays in
this world and we certainly do not
intuitively see G-d’s exclusivity.
Likewise, the status of the Jewish
people is left compromised
due to galus conditions and
To remove the screen that
separates G-d from us and us
from Him, it is imperative that
we turn on the lights of Torah,
specifically, the parts of Torah
that are designed to bring
unfiltered light to the world—the
light that existed on the very first
day of creation that transcended
the limits of the world. These are
the very teachings of Chassidus,
particularly, the parts that discuss
the theme of Geula, the ultimate,
true and complete Redemption.

There were also those who were
angry at him for not falling in
line with his family’s views, but
the honor of heaven and the
inviolability of halacha reigned
supreme for him.”



Two years ago, he was arrested
on suspicion of incitement to
racism for his endorsement of
the book Toras HaMelech (The
King’s Torah), which discusses
when it is permissible for a Jew
to kill a gentile. He remained
fearless and did not report to the
police for questioning, because
“divrei Torah have no place in
interrogation rooms. Although
one must obey the law of the
land, that is only when there is
equality before the law. When the
Justice Office has a department
for special projects whose only
purpose is to persecute those

faithful to Eretz Yisroel, while
they remain silent in the face of
announcements of murder and
hatred on the part of the Left, we
must protest and not report for
questioning. Boruch Hashem,
I and Rabbi Lior were able to
rouse public opinion to the fact
that Jews are being discriminated
against. The purpose of the
current investigation was to
denigrate the honor of the Torah
and not for law and order.”
The Thursday before he was
arrested, I went to his shiur in
Rechovos and gave him the new
book, Pada B’shalom about
the arrest of the Rebbe Rayatz.
His children told me that over
Shabbos, R’ Yosef read through
the entire book and he told
them that he would interact with
the police following the Rebbe
Rayatz’s approach, i.e. not
answering them and not fearing

He later said that the book
gave him the strength and inner

fortitude to see what Jewish
heroism is, without fearing the
authorities. He even read to the
police the part which describes
the interrogator threatening
the Rebbe Rayatz with his gun,
and the Rebbe not flinching but
saying that one who has one G-d
and two worlds is unafraid of
“that toy.”


R’ Yosef’s mesirus nefesh
for Torah was apparent this past
year when he was ill and suffered
terribly, but continued giving
shiurim, even in distant places.
He passed away on 2 Iyar,
Tiferes of Tiferes in the presence
of his family and rabbanim. I
attended his funeral, which took
place shortly before Shabbos.
Tens of thousands came to pay
their final respects to a talmid
chacham whose entire life was
dedicated to Hashem, His Torah,
and the Rebbe’s battles.

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When a Jew has a problem that bothers him,

especially if he is on shlichus and there is a

problem that interferes with his shlichus, this is

an auspicious time to ask for the Geula, to daven

and hope with utmost bitachon that it will all

work out.

By Rabbi Yaakov Shmuelevitz

Shliach, Beit Shaan

In an unusual sicha said to

hundreds of Chassidim and
bachurim who had returned
from Tahalucha the night
of Shavuos 5751, the Rebbe
quoted from a Poilishe Rebbe that
Shavuos is an auspicious time to
daven for the Geula. The Gemara
in P’sachim states, “all concede
that on Atzeres (Shavuos) ba’inan
– we need, nami lachem (lit. also
for you, i.e. that one must celebrate
through physical means).” The
Rebbe explains that the words
“nami lachem” are numerically
equivalent to the word “keitz.”
In other words, for Shavuos, all
concede that ba’inan (lit. we need,
but can also be translated as we
ask) for the “keitz,” that we need
to ask and daven for the Geula.

Perhaps we can explain
the concept of asking for the
Geula in a number of ways: 1)
literally, the coming of Moshiach
Tzidkeinu immediately, 2) when
a Jew has a personal problem that
bothers him, especially if he is on
shlichus and there is a problem
that interferes with his shlichus,
then this is an auspicious time
to ask for a personal Geula, to
daven and hope with utmost
bitachon that it will all work out,
as illustrated by the following




R’ Shimon Yardeni is a shliach

in Azur for over twenty years.
He held a dinner a few years
ago in order to raise money for
a spacious building that would
contain a shul and the manifold
activities of his Chabad house.
This is the astounding story
that took place a number of
years before the dinner. For
many years, the municipality
of Azur had refused to approve
giving R’ Yardeni and the Chabad
community a building. During
those years, the k’hilla wandered
from place to place. The
davening on Shabbos took place
in private homes, in preschools
and sometimes, even on the
street. Ten years ago R’ Yardeni
finally got permission to put a
caravan near the center of town.

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