From Our Mashpiim
Interview by Shmuel
in Lubavitch yeshivos around the world discuss inyanei
Moshiach and Geula with a focus on questions such as: What is
the source of our absolute bitachon in the immediate
revelation of the Rebbe MH"M? Why is the constant
involvement in the besuras ha’Geula so important? How can we
fortify ourselves during this difficult time?
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Yosef Yitzchok Butman
mashpia Tomchei Tmimim, Lud
Levi Yitzchok Ginsberg
mashpia Tomchei Tmimim, Kfar Chabad
Yitzchok Meir Gurary
mashpia Tomchei Tmimim, Montreal
Yosef Yitzchok Kesselman
mashpia Tomchei Tmimim, South Africa
mashpia Oholei Torah, Crown Heights
Shlomo Zalman Landau
mashpia Tomchei Tmimim, Bnei Brak
mashpia Toras Emes, Yerushalayim
Yosef Yitzchok Offen
mashpia Tomchei Tmimim, Tzfas and Yerushalayim
mashpia Oholei Torah, Crown Heights
from issue 300.)
The proclamation of
"Yechi" has become a central tenet for many
Chassidim, to the point that they proclaim it after every t’filla.
What is this proclamation about, since when do we make
proclamations, and why has it become so important?
Shapiro: The first
rule for Chassidim is to koch zich in what the Rebbe kocht
zich. In the final year and a half that we saw the Rebbe,
our open connection with the Rebbe was through the singing of
"Yechi," which the Rebbe encouraged in front
of the entire world. Therefore, the koch in singing and
proclaiming "Yechi" is the most obvious
activity for a Chassid. It’s surprising that there are those
who are not involved in this! How can it be that some
individuals, r’l, disparage such a holy inyan which
the Rebbe supported?
have been making these proclamations for almost ten years. At
a certain point, the Rebbe began encouraging the saying of
"Yechi." It began on Simchas Torah 5753, in
the middle of the seventh hakafa. The Rebbe sat on the
balcony holding a seifer Torah. When the Rebbe finished
saying the pesukim of the hakafos, the crowd
began proclaiming "Yechi Adoneinu."
The Rebbe continued looking at the page in front of him and
then, when the crowd proclaimed "Yechi" a
second time, the Rebbe looked up and began nodding his head
strongly. It was a simple proclamation without singing. They
simply said "Yechi," and the Rebbe encouraged
it. Only later, when the Rebbe continued to encourage it, did
the congregation begin singing the famous "Yechi"
proclamation is especially important after each t’filla,
because in the sicha of Chaf-Ches Nissan 5751, the
Rebbe asked how it was possible for ten Jews to gather without
demanding the revelation of Moshiach. Think about it: People
had just finished Sh’moneh Esrei, in which they asked
that "the sprouting forth of Dovid, Your servant, quickly
sprout, etc.," and the Rebbe said that that was not
enough. They have to proclaim it and demand that Hashem send
Y.Y. Offen: The need
to proclaim "Yechi" is understood from the sicha
of Mishpatim 5751, in which the Rebbe said, "The
appointment of Dovid Malka Meshicha already took place, as it
says, "I found Dovid, My servant; I anointed him with My
holy oil," and all that is needed is for his kingship to
be accepted by the people." Throughout the generations,
people accepted a king by proclaiming, "Yechi HaMelech,"
as it says about Dovid (Melachim I 1:31): "Yechi
Adoni HaMelech Dovid L’olam."
far as the significance of the proclamation, let’s see what
the Rebbe himself said about it, in the sicha of Toldos
Haftora of this past week...ends with the proclamation,
Yechi Adoni HaMelech Dovid L’olam." [This
proclaims] the eternality of Malchus Dovid, which
continued with Shlomo’s reign, and whose completion will
take place with Moshiach, who is "from the house of Dovid
and the seed of Shlomo." The content of this proclamation
is the revelation of the existence of Moshiach. And through
this and following this comes the revelation before all,
through his activities, etc."
in the sicha of 2 Nissan 5748, the Rebbe explained that
the proclamation of "Yechi HaMelech"
accomplishes, "arise and sing Dovid Malka Meshicha."
these two sichos we clearly see that this proclamation
accomplishes: 1) "through this and following this the
revelation before all," and 2) "arise and sing Dovid
Malka Meshicha." This is in addition to the sicha
of Mishpatim, in which the Rebbe said, "We just need kabbalas
malchuso by the people."
far as the claim that the Rebbe said "Yechi HaMelech"
and not "Yechi Adoneinu," even if the
Rebbe had not encouraged the proclamation of "Yechi
Adoneinu" for over a year, the significance of
both proclamations is not in any way different. Which king are
we referring to if not Melech HaMoshiach? In
addition, we have maaseh rav – the actions of the
Rebbe encouraging the singing of "Yechi" for
over a year’s time!
emphasize this proclamation because in all the sichos
(like those quoted above), the Rebbe used the word hachraza
(proclamation), which is statement that is said aloud.
important point to remember is that the proclamation be
engraved in our souls. The act of "saying it out loud
arouses one’s concentration." Saying it out loud also
draws the matter down into this physical world.
I am not truly ready to accept his kingdom, why should I
person must daven every day, even if he is not properly
prepared. Although the Rambam says that after returning from a
long trip, a person should wait three days and then daven,
we don’t pasken that way l’halacha, because
according to this reasoning, many Jews would never daven.
If one day’s davening is not up to par, a person must
make sure he improves his davening next time.
same is true for proclaiming "Yechi." You
have to proclaim it whether you feel ready for it or not, but
you must always bear in mind that more preparation is
Gurary: The inyan of
"Yechi" is something the Rebbe instilled in
us, and it is meant to constantly remind us of the imminent
Redemption. Proclaiming "Yechi" is also a way
of reminding ourselves to be permeated with the truth and the
inner meaning of the concept of Moshiach.
hung a large "Yechi" sign, like the one in
770, in our yeshiva in Montreal. I once said to one of
the bachurim: The sign on the wall is supposed to
remind you to be completely engrossed in this important
Butman: Our chayus
is in what the Rebbe instilled in us most recently. When
the Rebbe’s koch was in Mivtza T’fillin,
that was our main chayus. When the Rebbe’s koch was
in "asei lecha rav," that was our koch.
So too now, since the Rebbe’s koch became "Yechi,"
this unequivocally became the most important thing.
remember that during the period of time the Rebbe led us in
proclaiming "Yechi," we did not hear the
Rebbe say sichos and maamarim. Dollars were also
not a common occurrence, so that for over a year, our sole
connection with the Rebbe was through proclaiming "Yechi."
The maamarim were "Yechi," the sichos
were "Yechi," the yechiduyos were "Yechi,"
the t’fillos were "Yechi" – the
Rebbe made "Yechi" all-inclusive.
we can say that the Rebbe wanted the entire world to cry out
for Moshiach. The Baal Shem Tov traveled about and conversed
with people in order to elicit from them the response, "baruch
Hashem." By doing so, the Baal Shem Tov brought
about a G-dly revelation in the world. At that time, every
story the Baal Shem Tov told was connected to thanking G-d. In
5689, the Rebbe Rayatz said that the act of speaking about
Moshiach draws Moshiach down into the world. Perhaps the Rebbe
wanted to make sure that the subject of Moshiach would remain
the number one topic.
Landau: We see that "Yechi"
symbolizes emuna. When Chassidim sang "Yechi"
before the Rebbe, it was the demonstration of a fiery inner
faith in the imminent hisgalus of the Rebbe, and when
the Rebbe encouraged it, he was actually encouraging this emuna.
reason "Yechi" is said so often is simple.
Why do we say Sh’ma twice a day? Would it not be
enough to say it one time? If the purpose in saying it is to
know it, then maybe once is enough. But if the purpose is to
galvanize us, then we need to say it again and again.
In order to arouse our emuna, it’s important to
proclaim "Yechi" and mention it time and
Kesselman: The Rebbe
often blessed the Jews of Russia that they should merit true
freedom. The Rebbe said this bracha hundreds if not
thousands of times. Then one fine day, the Jews of Russia
left. This exodus was surely in the merit of all those brachos,
which together led to unprecedented results. Every
proclamation of "Yechi" is added to the
previous proclamations, until we merit the Geula.
heard that when the Rebbe spoke a great deal about Moshiach’s
coming, the famous Yerushalmi Chassid, Rabbi Moshe Weber, a’h,
would get up in the morning, say Modeh Ani, and
then break out into Chassidic dance.
and singing "Yechi" expresses our joy over
the wonderful news of "behold he comes," and
encourages us during these difficult times.
Dovid Offen: The fact
that the Rebbe encouraged it so much gives it great
importance, which is why we treat it with such reverence.
Adoneinu Moreinu V’Rabbeinu Melech HaMoshiach L’olam Va’ed