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Moshiach Yom Yom: 5-29 Nissan
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5 Nissan: Not Being Able to Fulfill “and you will be satisfied”
…Therefore, he protests to Hashem saying that he cannot truly fulfill the mitzva of “and you shall eat and be satisfied and you shall bless,” until Hashem will seat him at His table for the meal of the Future to Come.

(Sichos VaYeira, 18 Cheshvan 5752)


6 Nissan: Actual Danger to Life
The Jewish people must cry out about the length of the exile, and then Hashem will fulfill their request…as it says, “Take this object and give it to me — and He gives it” [See entry for 20 Nissan], and all the more so regarding something so essential, a matter pertinent to life itself, when there is actual danger to life!

(Sicha B’Shalach, 15 Shvat 5747; unedited)


7 Nissan: Having the fulfilled the requirement of exile
After more than 1900 years have passed, aside from the 70 years of the Babylonian exile, the Jewish people have certainly fulfilled the requirement of exile according to all opinions, especially when it states as a clear psak din in the Gemara that “all endpoints have been reached!”

Therefore, there must certainly be an end to the exile, the length of which is something that has no explanation at all, as the well-known expression goes, “ad masai” ... “Elokim do not be still, do not be silent, do not be quiet, Keil” ... Until the fulfillment of the promise, “and they will know that You, Your name Hashem alone, is elevated above the entire earth.”

(Sicha B’Shalach, 11 Shvat 5745; unedited)


8 Nissan: P’ru U’rvu in Our Times
There is a special connection between the mitzva of p’ru u’rvu (be fruitful and multiply) and our generation. The Gemara states that “Ben Dovid will not come until all the souls in [the treasury of souls, called] guf are used up.” This means that the birth of another Jewish child hastens the complete Redemption of the Jewish people through Dovid Malka Meshicha.

Since we are in the generation of the “heels of Moshiach,” as has been stated a number of times, and we hope and pray, “the sprouting of Dovid Your servant should quickly sprout,” now mamash, obviously this will hasten the “coming of ben Dovid,” the true and complete Redemption through Moshiach Tzidkeinu.

(Likkutei Sichos vol. 25 p. 37)


9 Nissan: One still must “work”
A person is likely to think that since we are on the threshold of Redemption , all he has to do is “pack his bags” and wait for Moshiach’s coming, for there is no need to work for it anymore. The response to this is that even when the Jewish people camped in the desert for a brief period of time, their camping was done in a permanent way, including erecting the Mishkan and the service performed there, even though the Mishkan had to be dismantled the very next day. (See Likkutei Dibburim vol. 3 393, 2.)

Here too, even if we are to remain in exile for only a brief while longer, only one more moment — even this moment must be b’ofen shel k’vius, in a permanent manner, which should be done by “erecting the Mishkan,” with Torah and mitzvos.

This avoda is in a manner of joining opposites, for on the one hand there is the movement which is above measurement and limitation, the longing and pining for the future Redemption. And on the other hand, the avoda is done with the utmost exactitude, with the greatest of measurement and limitation.

(Sicha VaYigash 5747)


10 Nissan: Kashrus and Tahara
When the Jewish people were in the desert on the verge of entering Eretz Yisroel, they were commanded to be careful about the kashrus of vessels (the laws of hagalas keilim in Parshas Mattos), as well as family purity (the law about a woman immersing in a mikva is learned from the words b’mei nidda in Parshas Mattos).

So too in our days, the final days of exile, we must strengthen these two mitzvos, the kashrus of food and taharas ha’mishpacha, in preparation for entering the land with Moshiach Tzidkeinu.

(Likkutei Sichos vol. 13)


11 Nissan: the Number 11 and Moshiach
The idea of the 11th of Nissan — “on the eleventh day, the nasi of bnei Asher,” “from Asher, whose bread is rich,” “and he immerses his foot in oil” ... “I found Dovid My servant, I anointed him with holy oil” — is the main idea and the completion of, “when you raise up the head of the Jewish people,” by anointing “the head of the Jewish people” (Moshe Rabbeinu who is the first and final redeemer) as Melech HaMoshiach, who will come and redeem us and lead us upright to our land immediately.

(Sichos Parshas Tetzaveh 5752; edited)

12 Nissan: Going out of the Loftiest Constraints
Since the departure from Mitzrayim every day is in an ever loftier manner, we understand that when in exile, the departure from constraints and limitations is from even loftier constraints than the constraints that existed during the time of the Temple.

...Through the avoda of leaving Mitzrayim in the final days before Moshiach comes, when the departure from limitations during these days is from the loftiest of constraints, we will soon merit the future Redemption, when we will go out of all constraints and limitations.

(Seifer HaMaamarim Meluket 3, Maamer “K’yemei Tzeischa)


13 Nissan: Moshiach, literally
When the Tzemach Tzedek stated, in connection with the printing of Likkutei Torah, that this was the fulfillment of a keitz, the Rebbe Maharash responded that we need Moshiach in the most literal sense. Now obviously the Tzemach Tzedek knew that the Jewish people need the actual Moshiach (and could not suffice with the printing of Likkutei Torah), nevertheless the Tzemach Tzedek wanted to hear this from his son and student, his mekabel, so that through him this idea should carry over to Chassidim in all generations, so that they would all want Moshiach Now!

It is specifically when we hear this (“Moshiach now!”) stated verbally, that decrees are annulled, i.e. the decree of limitations and constraints of time and place.

(Sicha leil 15 Shvat 5742 - unedited)


14 Nissan: Actually bringing the Korban Pesach
The idea of Chag ha’Pesach, which begins by bringing the korban Pesach, does not remain in the world of thought or the world of speech, which are above the world of action. Rather it is drawn down into the limitations of the physical world of action, with actual action by Moshiach Tzidkeinu in immediately bringing the true and complete Redemption, when we will actually sacrifice the korban Pesach.

Even though the time for sacrificing the korban Pesach already passed in Eretz Yisroel, one can say that the eating of the z’vachim and pesachim will be from that which Eliyahu HaNavi sacrificed, for “the Sages said about him that he sacrifices temidim in the Beis HaMikdash even though it is destroyed, for it still remains in its holiness.”

(Sicha erev Pesach 5751; edited)


15 Nissan: Perfection in Avoda is not Contradictory to Yearning for the Redemption
When a person contemplates the fact that the Redemption is about to come, the difficulties and darkness of exile will not disturb him from performing his service of G-d with joy and gladness of heart. His avoda will be complete, i.e., in a manner of redemption from all obstacles, similar to the future Redemption, on a level of, “you will see your World [to Come] in your lifetime.”

Obviously this perfect avoda in no way contradicts the yearning, request, and heartfelt demand for the future Redemption, because this perfection does not compare to the perfection we will have with the future Redemption, both regarding the mitzvos we cannot perform now and those which can be done now.

(Likkutei Sichos vol. 29, p. 275)


16 Nissan: A Second Day of Yom Tov even after the Redemption
We will still celebrate the second day of Yom Tov (which is observed in exile) even though we will sanctify the new moon by witnesses, and we will no longer have a “doubtful day” as we will be able to inform everyone about the kiddush ha’chodesh, because this is what Jews have done for many generations. [See entry for 23 Nissan]

An example of this is the Yom Tov of Shavuos, as we celebrate a second day even though this is not a “doubtful day” (since its determination has nothing to do with the days of the month but it is simply fifty days after the 15th of Nissan; by then messengers certainly came and informed people about when Rosh Chodesh Nissan and the 15th of Nissan were) in order not to differentiate between the holidays (i.e., that all are observed for two days except Shavuos).

(Rambam hilchos Kiddush HaChodesh perek 3, halacha 12; sicha Simchas Torah 5749; based on listeners’ notes)


17 Nissan: “Zeh” two times
In the future we will also celebrate hidden miracles, miracles invested in nature. That is why it says the word “zeh” (this) two times, “Hinei Elokeinu zeh, zeh Hashem kivinu lo” (Yeshaya 25:9; “Behold, this is our G-d, this is Hashem for Whom we have hoped”) regarding the future Redemption, though regarding the departure from Egypt it says “zeh” only once, “Zeh Keili v’anveihu” (B’Shalach 15:2; “This is my G-d and I will glorify Him”).

For at the splitting of the sea there was a manifest miracle, but in the Future to Come, in addition to open miracles, those miracles invested in nature will be revealed.

(Likkutei Sichos vol. 1 p. 259)


18 Nissan: To Truly Ask for Moshiach Now
Not only does he join in upon seeing children singing, “We Want Moshiach Now,” but the idea is that he wants and truly asks for Moshiach Tzidkeinu to come now!

(The Rebbe’s face became very serious, and after pausing for a moment he smiled and said:) Let us conclude as is the custom of the maggidim: “U’va l’Tziyon go’el v’nomar amen,” “yehi ratzon milfanecha sh’yibaneh Beis HaMikdash b’mheira b’yameinu v’sein chelkeinu b’sorasecha.”

(Sicha VaYikra 5742; unedited)


19 Nissan: No “Hunger” and No “War”
Regarding that which it says in Rambam’s laws of Moshiach, “at that time there will be no hunger and no war and no competition” (which it doesn’t say in the laws of teshuva) — this refers to a spiritual hunger, as it says, “Not hungry for bread and not thirsty for water, but to hear the word of G-d.” It is also a negation of spiritual war, jealousy and competition, “the war of Torah,” the “jealousy of scribes,” and the like. For the concepts of hunger and war, jealousy and competition (even in holy matters and avodas Hashem) refer only to when a person’s ego is felt. But when he becomes a G-dly being, “as waters cover the oceans,” then hunger and war, jealousy and competition cannot exist.

(Sichos VaYigash, 9 Teives, yom Alef VaYechi, 10 Teives, Shabbos VaYechi 5749; edited)


20 Nissan: To Request and Cry over the Length of the Galus
Even when the Jewish people are in exile, in the “desert of nations,” they must know that Hashem is with them and is concerned about all their needs, “I am constantly among you and prepared for all your needs,” like “the example of the man who carried his son on his shoulder ... the son saw some object and said, Father, take that object and give it to me, and he gives it to him.”

Indeed, the son’s request of his father is emphasized, “Father, take that object and give it to me,” for then “he gives it to him.” The same is true in the analogue: the Jewish people must ask for “all their needs” from their Father in Heaven. All the more so regarding the most important request, departure from exile, certainly the Jewish people must ask of Hashem and cry about the length of the exile, ad masai?!

(Sicha B’Shalach, 15 Shvat 5747; unedited)


21 Nissan: To Ask for True Freedom
On Pesach, which is called “the time of our freedom,” when you tell a Jew that since the time itself “proclaims” that one ought to be in a state of liberation, and that true freedom is with the true and complete Redemption (a Redemption with no exile to follow), therefore he ought to raise a hue and cry over the length of the exile, ad masai, and ask and demand for the immediate Redemption .

(Sichos leil Pesach 5748; unedited)


22 Nissan: the meaning of the Moshiach Dance
The Rebbe Rayatz would dance a Moshiach Dance (Moshiach’s tantz) on Acharon shel Pesach. You can interpret the phrase “Moshiach’s tantz” in two ways: 1) a dance that pertains to and is a preparation for Moshiach, 2) a dance in which Moshiach himself participates.

Since it is up to us to interpret it, let us do it in the way that benefits us (“vi es loint undz”) as in the second interpretation, that Moshiach is already here and participates and dances together with us in his dance...

(Sicha leil 15 Shvat 5739; unedited) R


23 Nissan: Isru Chag when Moshiach Comes
We must look into what the law will be if Moshiach comes on the day which is Isru Chag outside of Eretz Yisroel. There are two possibilities: 1) Since we will know retroactively that the second day of Yom Tov (which we observe out of doubt) was not Yom Tov, there will be no reason to observe Isru Chag on the following day. 2) Since the second day of Yom Tov was already observed, there is Isru Chag the following day even though we now know that Isru Chag was actually on the day before. [See also entry for 16 Nissan]

(Sicha Bereishis 5751; based on listeners’ notes)


24 Nissan: the Sh’hechiyanu Blessing
In the final Redemption, when we will merit to see Moshiach Tzidkeinu for the first time, we will most likely have to say the sh’hechiyanu blessing, for this far exceeds the sh’hechiyanu one says after not having seen his friend in thirty days.

(Rambam Hilchos Brachos, chapter 10, halacha 2; sicha leil Simchas Torah 5749; based on listeners’ notes)

25 Nissan: New Avoda
Our generation has a new and special avoda... that every single Jew must prepare himself and prepare his entire environment to greet Moshiach Tzidkeinu. For the avoda of preparing for Moshiach’s coming was not that pertinent ten years ago or so, and the proof is the fact that Moshiach didn’t come then. However in our times this is especially pertinent, because Moshiach is coming very soon, and the proof is, “I await him each day that he will come,” and as we say in each tefilla, “and our eyes will see when you return to Tziyon,” and a matter does not depart from its literal meaning.

(Sicha Acharon shel Pesach 5742; unedited)


26 Nissan: Through Proper Chinuch
The Rebbe Rayatz related: the Rebbe Rashab once asked his grandfather the Tzemach Tzedek why Hashem revealed himself to Avrohom Avinu but not to him. The Tzemach Tzedek answered: When a tzaddik at the age of 99 decides to circumcise himself, Hashem comes and reveals himself to him.

...Once the Rebbe Rayatz revealed this story and said it should be printed, he clearly opened a new channel and a new path so that now, through the proper chinuch, we can break through the natural boundaries of Jewish children and accustom them to want spirituality, and to make them have a wondrous yearning that Hashem reveal himself to them.

... By doing so we establish Tzivos Hashem who will go out of exile, with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, through Moshiach Tzidkeinu, now.

(Likkutei Sichos vol. 15, p. 129)


27 Nissan: the Yearning of the Son for the Father
Obviously he does not think about G-dliness; he thinks about the world, albeit in a kosher manner according to Shulchan Aruch, and he even studies Torah as one should. However,to think during his Torah study about the Giver of the Torah, or think that his business dealings should be honest, or that Hashem is the “One who gives you the strength...to amass wealth” — he stopped thinking about that!

When you come to him with complaints he says, why do you come complaining to me... complain to Hashem... as we said earlier, ad masai!

It is true that the father must hide from his son...in order that the son desires to seek him, and so that the desire of “a land which is parched and weary without water” be aroused, but when He sticks him into a doubled and redoubled darkness...

(Sicha leil 15 Shvat 5739; unedited)


28 Nissan: the 28th, Koach and Redemption
On this auspicious day, regarding the most important matter of the true and complete Redemption ... we must arouse and remind and stress yet again the finish and completion of our deeds and work to bring the true and complete Redemption...and the 28th of Nissan, the letters [that spell] “koach” indicate and stress the strength and force of Nissan (Redemption), including and especially — obviously — (the conferring of) strength to actually bring the Redemption.

(Sicha Sh’mini, 28 Nissan 5751; edited)


29 Nissan: To Think About Redemption
Why come and complain to a person of “flesh and blood”...who is limited (by Hashem himself, thus you cannot come with complaints to him) how it is that he does not think about Redemption, even though he says (or knows that others say and he thinks about that) that “I await him every day that he come,” and we want him to be in such a state all day — that is impossible, he says... But Hashem says, “I only ask according to their strength,” and He himself did not give any additional strength!

(Sicha leil 15 Shvat 5739; unedited)




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