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Devar Torah - Devarim

Friday, 16 July, 2021 - 9:02 am

Shabbos Chazon is the Time to Convert Golus to Geula

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

Because of the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, the Nine Days, the time of the destruction, are days of mourning. We do not mend or clean our clothes. We do not make weddings or take haircuts. We don't eat meat or drink wine except on Shabbos or for a Bris.

The Rebbe has emphasized an alternative approach to the Three Weeks and the Nine Days. The Rebbe disrupts the pattern of mourning of the Nine Days and focuses on the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdash and bringing the Geula. With this approach we do our part to nullify the mourning. Following the Rebbe’s guidance we learn about the Beis HaMikdash, make siyumim, increase in Ahavas Yisroel, add in Torah study and  give additional Tzedaka. 

The approach of the Rebbe to Shabbos Chazon, this Shabbos, has always been one of great simcha. It’s based on a  statement of Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev that on Shabbos Chazon Hashem shows every individual a vision of the Third Beis HaMikdash. Since Halacha forbids mourning on the Shabbos, we view Shabbos as above the Three Weeks entirely. Actually, the Shabbosim that fall out during the Three Weeks are their antidote, they give us the strength to counteract and eventually to overturn the cause of mourning during the Three Weeks. Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev’s vision gives us the additional strength to change and to merit to convert the Galus into Geula both spiritually and physically.

The Third Beis HaMikdash is already built and waiting for us to do our part to allow it to descend. Rav Levi Yitzchok elaborated with a parable of a father who sewed a beautiful garment and gave it to his beloved son. The son, not realizing the value wasn't careful and soon ripped the garment. The father sewed him a second garment and then again the son ripped the garment. The father then sewed a third garment for his son but did not give it to him. Instead he just showed it to him from time to time and reminded him that when he will learn to take care of it, this is what he will get. So too on Shabbos Chazon; Hashem shows us the 3rd Beis HaMikdash, and reminds us that when we will change and do teshuva this is what we will receive. If a person will ask; I don't see? There is a part of the neshama that does see that gets strength and pushes us to do our part.

Although this sounds so beautiful, practically speaking we still find ourselves still immersed in the Galus. As we await with great anticipation for the emergence of the dawn of our Redemption, far from the vision of the Third Beis HaMikdash, the world seems to be getting darker from one day to the next. How do we rise above our daily experience and go on to see the vision of the Third Beis HaMikdash as described by Rav Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev?

To bring this about, the Rebbe advised us to learn about Moshiach and Geula in detail. The Rebbe also guided us to see the Geula and to live with Moshiach already now in our present situation. The fact that the Rebbe provided us with this guidance is a sign that we are fully capable of upgrading our perspective and sharing the Rebbe’s vision that we are in the final generation  of Galus. As we develop and expand more we are able to sense that today is the last day of Galus and this hour to be the final hour of Galus, to the point that Moshiach is arriving now. But how do we, practically speaking, get there in our situation and share in the vision of Geula, Moshiach and the Third Beis HaMikdash?

The Rebbe gave us a remedy. Living with Moshiach means to understand the purpose of Moshiach. Learning about the Geula enables us to understand and to envision what  the condition the world will be in with the Geula. The end result of our learning inculcates within us true hope and emunah in the final outcome which motivates our actions to transform that vision into reality.

The more involved and focused we are and the more attention that we give to assure that every deed we do for the sake of the Geula brings that reality closer. We are partners in the process.  It's hard to live this way at first, but as time goes by we recognise that Geula is the deeper truth, and that with focus and purpose we fulfill our purpose of bringing Moshiach and rebuilding the Third Beis HaMikdash, today and everyday.

Getting ready for the Geula and having an attitude of expectation that it could come at any moment comes from learning about Geula and Moshiach. We have done our job when Galus is in our eyes as the dream and the Geula  it is no longer a dream, it is reality. 

A Good Shabbos

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