End Of Two Jubilees Of "Insult"
Rabbi Shmuel Menachem Mendel Butman
of Lubavitch Youth Organization
enemies have insulted, O L-rd…they have insulted the footsteps of Your
Moshiach" (Tehillim 89:52).
hundred years ago, on Simchas Torah 5661, the Rebbe Rashab, founder of Yeshiva
Tomchei Tmimim, held a farbrengen in Lubavitch in honor of the yeshiva’s
third anniversary. At this special farbrengen, celebrated in the big
zal of the yeshiva, the Rebbe Rashab uttered an astounding prophecy
about the very times we are living in today.
on the statement in the Gemara (Shabbos 56a), "Whoever goes out to wage war
for the House of David must issue a writ of divorce to his wife," the Rebbe
explained that the House of David refers to the "revelation of Moshiach,
the son of David," which will come about when the wellsprings of Chassidus
will have been disseminated, as Moshiach said to the Baal Shem Tov. The writ of
divorce, the Rebbe further explained, refers to the detachment from
"physical, corporeal matters that worldly people engage in."
Rebbe Rashab then spoke about the saying of our Sages in Shir HaShirim Rabba
2:13: "When you see one insolent generation following another, anticipate
Moshiach’s footsteps. How do we know this? Because it states, ‘Your enemies
have insulted, O L-rd…they have insulted the footsteps of Your Moshiach
[anointed one].’ And what is written immediately afterward? ‘Blessed be the
L-rd forevermore; Amen, and amen.’"
Rebbe explained that our Sages were alluding to two different generations: one
generation of "Your enemies, O L-rd," and one generation of "the
footsteps of Your Moshiach." The generation of the "enemies of the
L-rd" refers to the "old apikorsim, Maskilim (proponents
of the Enlightenment), and the teachers in their dangerous schools and their
disciples…who are all enemies of G-d, whose whole objective is to insult G-d
and His Torah."
the second level," the Rebbe Rashab continued, "that of the ‘footsteps
of Moshiach,’ there are many different categories, all the way up to true
Torah scholars, who are nonetheless weak when it comes to believing in the
Redemption. They even explain [their lack of belief] in terms of fear of Heaven.
But in truth, it is a weakness in faith in the coming of Moshiach."
accurately these prophetic words describe the times we are now living in!
Absolutely Open Prophecy"
Shabbos Chayei Sara 5745, the Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach commented on the above sicha
of the Rebbe Rashab (free translation):
in preface, there is something wonderful [in the sicha] that no one is
paying attention to that more than 80 years ago the baal yom huledes
[i.e., the Rebbe Rashab], with his ruach ha’kodesh, foresaw our current
state of affairs – an absolutely open prophecy!
the above sicha the [Rebbe Rashab] explains that before the Redemption
there will be two stages or generations of ‘insulters’: The first stage (or
generation) – ‘Your enemies have insulted, O L-rd’ – consists of those
who actively oppose G-d and His Torah and mitzvos. The second stage (or
generation), corresponding to ‘they have insulted the footsteps of Your
Moshiach,’ refers to Jews who in general ‘believe in G-d and in His Torah’
(they can even be faine bnei Torah), yet they are weak in their
belief in the Redemption, so much so that they ‘insult the footsteps of Your
Moshiach.’ In other words, they make fun of and mock the whole idea!
indeed, this is absolutely amazing. Who could have imagined 80 years ago that
such a peculiar creature could ever arise – a Jew who ‘believes in G-d and
in His Torah,’ yet at the same time, mocks and insults ‘the footsteps of
Menachem, Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah, page 671.)
Second "Yovel" is Already Over
the same way that there are different levels of belief in the Redemption and in
the Redeemer, there are also various levels of "insulting the footsteps of
the sicha of Simchas Torah 5661 the Rebbe Rashab said:
are those who must serve in the war of the House of David. They are the ones who
must save Klal Yisroel in the [End of Days] yovel (jubilee) of ‘the
enemies of the L-rd,’ that is, the proponents of the Enlightenment and their
students and disciples…who insult G-d. These are the ones ‘who insult the
footsteps of Moshiach.’"
100 years have elapsed since the Rebbe Rashab uttered these prophetic words, a
period of time equal to two yovels: The first yovel of "Your
enemies have insulted, O L-rd" consisted of the battle against the
Enlightenment and its proponents. The second yovel corresponded to
"they have insulted the footsteps of Your Moshiach."
the first yovel began in 5661, and continued throughout the years of the
Rebbe Rayatz’s nesiyus (5680-5710). The Rebbe Rayatz was primarily
involved in fighting the "enemies of G-d" (i.e., the Yevsektziya), not
only in Russia but even after he arrived in the United States. (See Seifer
HaSichos 5702, page 140, where the Rebbe Rayatz says that the struggle
continues "until this very day.")
first yovel ended in the year of the Rebbe Rayatz’s histalkus
and the beginning of the Rebbe MH"M’s nesiyus.
second yovel, of "insulting the footsteps of Moshiach," began
in 5711. That was the year in which the Rebbe MH"M officially accepted the nesiyus
and said his first maamer, in which he emphasized that his function is to
bring about the revelation of Moshiach on the lowest physical plane.
the Rebbe MH"M’s battle has never been directed against the "enemies
of G-d" – Maskilim, the Yevsektziya, etc., as they no longer
present any threat. Rather, the Rebbe’s focus has always been on the
"footsteps of Moshiach."
Simchas Torah of this year, 5761, exactly 100 years after the Rebbe Rashab’s sicha,
the second yovel of "they have insulted the footsteps of Your
Moshiach" ended. Thus, it is more clear than ever how all that is left for
us to do is to "greet Moshiach Tzidkeinu in actuality."
we immediately merit to see the Rebbe again with our physical eyes, and he will
bring us out of exile and lead us to the true and complete Redemption now.
on Rabbi Butman’s radio program "Moshiach is In the Air" of 20