Nov 21, 2009
RCA Bans 'Messianic Rabbis'

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) is banning Chabad rabbis with messianic beliefs from membership in its group.

By COLlive reporter

A rabbinical Modern Orthodox umbrella group in the U.S. is banning Chabad rabbis with messianic beliefs from membership.

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), one of the world's largest organizations of Orthodox rabbis, includes an "affirmation regarding messianic belief" clause to its membership application.

The clause states: "By checking this box and with my signature below, I affirm that the following resolution, adopted at the RCA's 1996 Annual Convention, reflects my beliefs:

"In light of disturbing developments which have recently arisen in the Jewish community... declares that there is not and never has been a place in Judaism for the belief that Mashiach ben David will begin his Messianic mission only to experience death, burial and resurrection before completing it."

This is seen as a direct rebuff to a group within the Chabad-Lubavitch movement who believes that the Lubavitcher Rebbe can still be the messiah.

While the Rebbe passed away on the third of Tammuz 5754, the group cites what Rav Nachman says in Gemara Sanhedrin implying the Moshiach could also come from the dead.

The RCA, associated with Yeshiva University, which employs critic of Chabad messianism Dr. David Berger, dates back to 1923 and its key member was Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik who was known to have had a friendship with the Rebbe.

His brother, Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago, wrote in 2000: "We should not label subscribers to these beliefs as heretics."

Among its members are Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Av Beit Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, and Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of the Israeli city of Efrat - both friends of Chabad.


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1
excuse me
Rsikin is far from a friend of chabad
(11/22/2009 8:06:47 AM)
2
GO LEARN !

"In light of disturbing developments which have recently arisen in the Jewish community... declares that there is not and never has been a place in Judaism for the belief that Mashiach ben David will begin his Messianic mission only to experience death, burial and resurrection before completing it." WOW I LOVE HOW THESE RCA RABBIS ARE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE IN TORAH! DID THEY EVERY LOOK IN KABBALAH! DID THEY EVERY LEARN ABARBANAL! THE LIST GOES ON AND ON...
(11/22/2009 8:15:21 AM)
3
what about the gemoro
the gemoro says moshiach can come "min hamaisim".
and many many other poskim, say the same thing

i guess they cant join either

reminds me of the joke
once a Lubavitcher wanted to join RCA but was refued, so he cried himself to sleep in his dream hashem comes to him and askes why his crying, "the RCA wont let me in" he cries.
"dont worry" hashem tells him "they dont let me in either"
(11/22/2009 8:16:38 AM)
4
correct
i dont disagree with them. they are correct. that beleif is against torah.
(11/22/2009 8:21:23 AM)
5
ok dont know !
"Mimenu yirue vchain yasu "
(11/22/2009 8:23:55 AM)
6
Rabbi
This has been part of the application process for many years now! What's the NEWS?
(11/22/2009 8:26:40 AM)
7
wether or not we like the tzfatim or not is not the issue
we want torah truth and freedom of speech and really its a general attack against the chabad membership using the few yechidim as cannonfodder
(11/22/2009 8:33:28 AM)
8
LUBAVITCH SHOULD UNITE
OPEN A NEW RCA, WHO NEEDS THEM???? WE HAVE ENOUGH RABBI'S AND I"M SURE MANY NON LUBAVITCH RAABI'S WOULD JOIN, THE CAN NOT STAND THE SUCCESS OF THE KINUS 4000 RABBI'S ......

LETS GET OUR ACT TOGETHER
(11/22/2009 8:42:28 AM)
9
RCA is worthless
They are all but a letterhead, i cannot remember anything positive that they have done for Jews. Its a bunch of Trim breaded rabbis with tie clips.
(11/22/2009 8:43:16 AM)
10
So what?
"No Chabad rabbis, messianic or otherwise, are currently members of the RCA" So what??? What's the purpose of that clause if no Chabad Rabbis are members?
(11/22/2009 8:44:00 AM)
11
wow
so is kabala part of the Muslim faith or what?
(11/22/2009 8:46:06 AM)
12
RCA: Check your own backyard first.
Maybe they should take a poll of how many RCA Rabbis believe in the coming of Moshiach. Moshiach Now!!!
(11/22/2009 8:52:31 AM)
13
RCA = Modern Rabbis Club of America
In present times of such major calamities befalling Jews worldwide, The Berger-ites just need some more material to stir up sinas chinam. This issue has been chewed over and over ad nausum. Resolution is really irrelevant anyway because RCA is nothing more than a boy scout club for modern rabbis. They have'nt done a thing for klal yisrael.
(11/22/2009 8:56:38 AM)
14
CHABAD NO BUT WOMAN YES?
WHAT ARE THE TWO WOMAN RABBIS DOING AMONG THE MEN IN THE ABOVE PICTURE I GUESS THAT DOES HAVE A PLACE IN JUDAISM
(11/22/2009 9:04:52 AM)
15
What are two women doing there? That's against halacha and
more of an affront to Judaism than pondering about Moshiach matters. Shame on RCA. They were always at the forefront of "chepping" chassidim. Keep up the good work boys. Your close-mindedness attitude will only make us crazy lubavitchers more zealous in our holy work! Moshiach Now!
(11/22/2009 9:21:43 AM)
16
no one asked their opinion
and we still ain't asking for it!
(11/22/2009 9:22:48 AM)
17
#14
I don't believe they are Rabbis but an Ortodox Rabbi should know better to have a woman sittinf between men.
(11/22/2009 9:28:08 AM)
18
Who cares?
I dont see why anyone should want to be part of the RCA. To come out openly against Chabad like that does not sound so "kosher"....
(11/22/2009 9:32:32 AM)
19
Dovid Hamelech himself is Moshiach
If Moshiach can be someone who has already died, then Moshiach can only be none other than Dovid HaMelech.
(11/22/2009 9:37:58 AM)
20
MAYBE THEY SHOULD
ENDORSE WEARING A BEARD!!!!!!??? ALSO AL HALACHA?? NO???

i AM SURE ALL OF THERE GRANDPARENTS WORE THEM,
(11/22/2009 9:43:55 AM)
21
All b/c of some retards…
B/c of some looser, who is jealos that he didn't have a rebbe, u r going to go against everything the rebbe, nosi hador, and novi and father begged us to do... Because for sure he knows better right???!!!!!?!! I don't belive u can call urself a chassid if u can say these words: "rebbe, I know ur nearly hear, I know everything u told us re. moshiach, but never the less, I am going to not care about u, all u were is a great godol that helped for 40 yrs and left us nice memories (CH'V) and I am going to listen to this looser"- say those words infront of a picture of the rebbe, and if u can... U r truly not a chossid!!!!!
(11/22/2009 10:50:00 AM)
22
RCA IS RESPECTABLE... and PROFESSIONAL...
BUT LIVE and LET LIVE. Moshiach Matters is a personal thing, like DAVENING. This is as low as it gets for SNAGS.
(11/22/2009 10:55:48 AM)
23
Laughable...learn Gemara !
Uh, don't these "Rabbi's" learn Gemara? They'll find in Sanhendrin 98 that Moshiach could come from the dead and his name is Menachem. Scary these so-called Orthodox Rabbis are asking Jews to sign away the Oral Torah.
(11/22/2009 11:11:04 AM)
24
Lubavitch wake up and smell the....
if you believe in the Rebbe and consider your self lubavitch
the Rebbe said that the freiediker Rebbe is moshiach (after yud shevat) WE BELIEVE THAT THE REBBE IS MOSHIACH (this is with out any chassidsish hergaishim this is poshut emunah in a tzaddik which can even change torah [see lekutei sichos cheleg hey parshas toldos the second sicha])
(11/22/2009 11:35:51 AM)
25
to 14
they are "rabbis" too
(11/22/2009 11:48:32 AM)
26
interested
it would be interesting to know if and, if so how many, Lubavitcher Rabbonim have signed this
(11/22/2009 11:52:55 AM)
27
Berel G. --- biting the hand who fed them. . .
YU/RCA (the same thing) is duplicating (or trying to) many of the Peulos the Rebbe instituted, so it's only natural to bite the hand . . . etc:
1. sending out YU students to small communities for Simchas Torah to "be Mesameach" . . . (. . . Talucha)
2. they also send out students to Russia to make camps
3. they began setting up Kollelim (with Rabbi Brander at the helm) in over 20 communities with the stated intent . . "for the continuity of Judaism"

if you can't give credit to the originator, then claim that he is evil, ergo, you become the first.

Vhamaivin Yavin
(11/22/2009 12:13:59 PM)
28
"modern"
RCA?
Don't they make or watch a lot of TVs or something?
Isnt there a famous Gemara about a wife asking her Rabbi husband who was deceased in an attic questions from people for many years? And when they asked the Rebbe why he didnt say zt"l about his father in law,he retorted " are you trying to bury him?"
(11/22/2009 12:36:07 PM)
29
Sam
Thank you mishchitim for making the a mockery amoung our fellow Jews. Time for tsuvah.
(11/22/2009 12:47:43 PM)
30
t s
why is this news? what is rca?

lubavs are so insecure.
(11/22/2009 1:20:10 PM)
31
sarah
stop defending the no gooders.
(11/22/2009 1:30:09 PM)
32
finally!!!
(11/22/2009 1:35:10 PM)
33
So most of them dont have Mishojist brothers in law yet? Strange.
They would rather see the geulah from TV in their living room rather than participate.No problemo, but you'll get a better seat at the Rebbe's table when he comes if you stop this anti semitism
(11/22/2009 1:39:48 PM)
34
B"H
n'eNow!
(11/22/2009 1:42:58 PM)
35
Rubish
they wondered what to do with their ink, so they wrote something so stupid. Whether The Rebbe is or is not the
Messiah, the Torah clearly teaches that believing that
Moshiach can come from the dead is acceptable and
feasible.

Everyone had forgotten the existence of the RCA, then to be remember to the good memories of the Jewish world, they decided to talk about Chabad. It is a well known strategy: when you lose popularity, say (bad or good) things about Chabad. Pathetic RCA!
(11/22/2009 1:55:53 PM)
36
They are right
But what they don’t realize is that they have now alienated most Luavitchers as they also believe the rebbes Moshiach - regardless if one wears a yellow pin or flag.
(11/22/2009 2:48:05 PM)
37
Goy Gadol Utzum Vorov
(11/22/2009 2:58:03 PM)
38
they are bored
whoever decided this is either extremly bored or a chabad hater!
(11/22/2009 3:30:48 PM)
39
The Rebbe agrees!
No real Lubavitcher should have a problem with this, since the Rebbe also holds that "declares that there is not and never has been a place in Judaism for the belief that Mashiach ben David will begin his Messianic mission only to experience death, burial and resurrection before completing it."

See the well known sicha in LS, V35, Vayigash.
(11/22/2009 5:22:31 PM)
40
Of no concern
There is no Chabad member of the RCA and its standards of practice (and belief) are far below ours. No sense even reacting to this.

What we do know is that plenty of children of parents who daven at shuls run by RCA members are Lubavitchers today.

Rabbi Riskin was a friend of Chabad; however today he espouses a position on mihu Yehudi that is totally against what the Rebbe stood for.
(11/22/2009 5:36:27 PM)
41
be above it!
why are all of you wasting your time, its childish foolish what they wrote, besides being a chilul hashem, why dont you all go on with your work and thank g-d they are keeping away from us.You know, I once needed to send my daughter to beis yaakov due to some circumstance and they heard I was a lubavitcher they denied my daughter entery, thats the way I was protected from above, so lets thank g-d they dont want us so if some fool wants to join them he will be protected! get it!
(11/22/2009 6:46:10 PM)
42
Cool Heads
Guys chill. No comment here is actually coherent or makes any specific points besides a distinctive lack of ahavas yisroel or respect to other yidden. Any RCA member reading the comments which are very defensive will simply feel that they are right and we have nothing to say.

But you're right - I applied to join and was appalled by this clause. They don't ask you if you believe in Torah Min Hashamayim or check you are not Neturei Karta or Jews for Yoshke - but this they ask. Read it carefully though - it speaks of technically a "second coming" I think many of us would agree with the idea that the Rebbe can be moshiach but we don' necessarily follow the Abarbanel and probably hold that Moshiach has not "come" yet - however Abarbanel is also Torah!
As to why to join the RCA - they offer various benefits e.g. pensions, life insurance, legal advice - which no shluchim organization has yet come up with. Plus in PRINCIPLE it's a good idea for Chabad Rabbis to join rabbinic groups to have a "seat at the table" with other Rabbis though not at the expense of our beliefs.
For the record I did not join and intend to tell them why. It is actually irrelevant if you are the biggest moshichist or the biggest anti, their mccarthy--ism and witch-hunting is outrageous.
(11/22/2009 9:00:43 PM)
43
Simple question to RCA
"In light of disturbing developments which have recently arisen in the Jewish community... declares that there is not and never has been a place in Judaism for the belief that Mashiach ben David will begin his Messianic mission only to experience death, burial and resurrection before completing it."
Simple question to RCA:
How do you reconcile this with: Gemoro Sanhendrin 98, some of the greatest Rishonim & Acharonim incl. explicit statement by HaRav HaGaon R. Aharon Soloveichik ZaTZa"L!!!
(11/22/2009 9:42:34 PM)
44
ceo
the RCA is a bit intimidated by the Rebbe's brilliance (to say the least) and this is in the back of their minds when they choose to use their control. What have they done besides control, to set trends for growth and returnees to Judaism.
(11/23/2009 2:23:46 AM)
45
RCA benefits and housecleaning
A quick look at the membership roster of the RCA includes at least one rabbi known to me personally as someone whose views on many issues are similar to those of the "conservative" movement. I recognize another name as one of the so called Orthodox clergymen who came out of the woodwork to bash Agri. He, too, is a left winger who would not be out of place in the "conservative" movement. I would be far more worried about the opinions of some of their members regarding Torah meSinai than anyone should be about any Meshichist joining their ranks. Anyone can eat at the home of any normal meshichist and not worry about kashrus (except those extremists who claim meshichisten are ovdei a"z chas vesholom which is pure nonsense); even some RCA members would have trouble accepting the kashrus of others in their ranks.

This paper organization would be wise to clean its own house first.

However, the shluchim organization should at this point be providing some of the benefits that the RCA provides. We have the funds and the numbers; at the very least we should institute a group purchasing plan for insurance and the like which would benefit shluchim and mekuravim alike.
(11/23/2009 2:47:45 AM)
46
kashrus of shuls
They should have their members sign that they will not preside over shuls that do not have a kosher mechitza (shoulder height).
(11/23/2009 3:53:58 AM)
47
Members
There are a number of chabad rabonim who are members - they joined before this was instituted
(11/23/2009 9:05:12 AM)
48
Right but Stupid
Why the uproar? Nothing wrong - though distatsteful - with that RCA clause. It does not say that Mashiach cannot come from the dead, which is a possibility which even David Berger agrees with. It objects to saying that the actual Mashiach has already come and STARTED the ge'ulah, and then died, and then will come back again to FINISH THE GE'ULAH. There is nothing wrong with that, and every one can agree to that (unless some crackpot really believes that the ge'ulah itself has already started in the Rebbe's lifetime (can anyone please show how, when and with what???!!!!). So even meshichists can sign on to that clause.
The criticism that it is most distasteful, for making this the ikar ha'ikarim of Judaism, is justified and makes the RCA look like a bunch of real fools. They don't worry whether their members believe in Torah min Hashamayim (and many of them do accept Biblical Criticism etc.), or re ordination of women (vs. melech velo malkah) etc. In short, fools and hypocrites, and that is still being complimentary to the RCA and its members.
(11/23/2009 9:17:22 AM)
49
number 19
thats displaying simple ignorance because it says " Moshiach BEN DOVID avdecha. So please check out the facts before posting next time.
(11/23/2009 9:30:29 AM)
50
Boycott& embarass the Rca.
Have some of these so called idiots ever heard of the Medrash? how about Zohar? how about the Gemara (Talmud in their Language!) let's Start with Sanhedrin page 97. Even in old english (soncino) it proves they not now not never! knew what they were talking about! they should be renamed the council of ignorant phony Rabbis!!!!!!!!!
(11/23/2009 10:46:40 AM)
51
Berger King
YU should change its name to Berger-King
(11/23/2009 12:24:29 PM)
(11/23/2009 1:38:09 PM)
53
How??!!
How does the RCA determine who is or isn't of that belief!!??,,
Is there some sort of application quiz??
(11/23/2009 2:15:07 PM)
54
to # 48
did you ever learn the sicha of parshat mishpatim 5752?

In regard to recent events:

First of all, it occurred that on the eve of this Shabbos, the heads of the great and important countries of the world, and at their head the leaders of the two superpowers, convened together. They resolved and announced a new era in the relationship between the countries of the world. The status of war between the nations of the world was nullified, to be expressed in a reduction and elimination of weapons of destruction until there is peace and unity, a working partnership and strong cooperation between nations for the good of all mankind.

Prior to this event (by Divine Providence) the President of this country declared to all his people (on Wednesday, "the preparation for Shabbos,"1 the beginning of the eve of this Shabbos) that he would announce and publicize a reduction and elimination of weapons of destruction, utilizing the money that was not spent to procure weapons to expand economic programs that provide for the citizenry. The announcement was confirmed by Congress, wherein the laws of the country are established and which have the force of law according to Torah ("the law of the government is the law"2)

One has to consider the lesson as well as the details of the event - its place and time, including its connection to the contents of the time in the Torah, the Parsha of the week, as will be explained.

The lesson of this event is a general and fundamental aspect of the Divine service of the Jewish people ("our work and Divine service while in exile"3) - to bring the coming of Moshiach:"4

One of the promises of the true and final Redemption through our righteous Moshiach is connected to the conduct of the nations of the world: "they shall beat their swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."5

Furthermore, this will occur through the activity of our righteous Moshiach himself, as stated at the beginning of the verse,6 "He will judge among the nations and reprove many peoples" ("The judge is king Moshiach... for he is the master of all the peoples, and he reproves them; he says to whoever in whom is found sin, let the crooked be made straight... and because of this there will not be war between one nation and another because he will make peace between them, and they will not need weapons of war, and they will beat them to make of them utensils for working the ground"7). For "At the end of days the mount of the House of the L-rd will be mended... and all the nations will flow to it, and many peoples will go and they will say let us go up to the mount of G-d, to the House of the G-d of Yaakov and learn from his way and go in his paths, because Torah goes forth from Tzion and the word of G-d from Jerusalem,"8 and "the one who will teach them is the king Moshiach, about whom it is said, and he will judge."9

The heads of the nations of the world are resolving and announcing the reduction and elimination of weapons of destruction and an expansion of programs that provide sustenance for the country and the world as a whole. This is the content of the promise that "they shall beat their swords into plowshares," breaking weapons of war to make them vessels for working the ground, "ground from which comes bread."10 [Since they are currently making this resolution,] this is a clear sign concerning the beginning of the fulfillment of this promise of the true and complete Redemption through our righteous Moshiach.

A further clarification:

Since we find ourselves in the "highest time" of the coming of our righteous Moshiach, "Behold he (the king Moshiach) comes,"11 we already see (an example) and the beginning of the effect of the king Moshiach on the nations - "and he judges between the nations and reproves many peoples and they shall beat their swords to plowshares..." Essentially, G-d is inspiring the rulers of the world ("the heart of kings and princes is in the hand of G-d"12) to resolve and announce together concerning the position and situation of "they shall beat their swords into plowshares."

The resolution and announcement occurred specifically at this time, because of its special connection with the true and complete Redemption through our righteous Moshiach.

It may be added, that the connection of the event to the beginning of the activities of our righteous Moshiach is also emphasized in the details of the event - the time and place wherein the heads of state made the resolution and announcement concerning the position and situation of "they shall beat their swords into plowshares":

The place wherein this event occurred (a place designated for representatives of the nations of the world to gather to deliberate among themselves in a courteous and peaceful manner) is in this country and this city. In the country and city wherein is "Beis Rabbeinu Sh'B'Bavel"13 [The House of our Rebbe in Babel], "Beis Chayeinu" [The House of our Life], the synagogue and study hall, the house of Torah, Prayer and acts of loving-kindness, [all creations] of my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation. He chose [this place] and established here the headquarters from which "Torah will go forth," the dissemination outward of Torah and the wellsprings into all corners of the world until the coming of our righteous Moshiach (when your wellsprings extend outward14). For then also will the promise be fulfilled that "they shall beat their swords into plowshares."

The meaning of this concept is:

When the leader of our generation came to the lower hemisphere and established his residence in this country and city, there began in force the purification and refinement of the lower hemisphere, extending there the revelation of the giving of the Torah (which had been in the upper hemisphere15). More than this, it became the source from which extended and spread the fundamental activity of disseminating the Wellsprings outward literally into all corners of the world. This was done through the shluchim [emissaries] that he sent throughout the world (also to the upper hemisphere), to the farthest corner imaginable, in order to disseminate Torah and Judaism to all the Jewish people (including and specifically those dwelling among the gentiles and speaking their language and acting in all appearances like them).

Further, and this is also essential, he disseminated matters of goodness, justice and integrity between the nations of the world as well, through fulfillment of the commandments of the children of Noach.16 As greatly emphasized in recent years, as we come closer to and approach the time of the coming of our righteous Moshiach, "Then I will turn to the nations a pure language to call all of them on the name of G-d and to serve Him with one consent."17

In this last period (beginning with the year of miracles, and continuing into the years of "wonders I will show him" and "wonders in everything") this activity has reached its climax, with the breaking down of the boundaries of the country [Russia] that at its inception engraved on its flag and declared a war against the dissemination of Torah and Judaism, to the extent of waging war against belief in the Creator and Guide of the world. (This also includes the imprisonment of my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation, and consequently his expulsion from the borders of that country.) Nevertheless, the activities of the shluchim of the leader of our generation extended even there, spreading Torah and Judaism in secret and with real mesiros nefesh [self-sacrifice]. This continued until the recent period, when the decrees of the country were nullified, and it became possible to continue the activities of spreading Torah and Judaism with greater strength and vigor, openly and publicly. Finally, the previous government fell and a new government was established, declaring itself for justice, integrity and peace, based on belief in the Creator and Guide of the world.

As a continuation of this, on the eve of this Shabbos a meeting between the new president of that country and the president of this country occurred, in partnership with many other leaders of the great countries of the world. There they accepted the resolution and publicized its contents that "they shall beat their swords into plowshares."

The location of this conference, its resolution and announcement in the city of the leader of our generation, my sainted father-in-law (in which gathered the leaders of the countries, including as well the president of this country, who had to come from the capital city to this city18) implies that all this came as a result of the activities in disseminating Torah and Judaism, justice and integrity throughout the world. That was done, and is being done, through the leader of our generation, the Moshiach of the generation.19 This is so to such an extent that through the completion of the Divine service mentioned above, at this time the whole world is made ready for the beginning of the activities of the king Moshiach, "and he will judge between the nations and reprove many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares.20


The time in which this event occurred is also appropriately connected with the Redemption because of its connection to the life of the leader of our generation; for it occurred on the eve of the last Shabbos of the month of Shvat, the eleventh month, on the tenth of which is the hilulo21 (the completion and perfection of the Divine service) of my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation. The eleventh [of Shvat] produced an expansion and innovation in his leadership, with greater strength and greater vigor, until the completion and conclusion of all the Divine service of our generation (the last generation of exile which is the first generation of Redemption). [This happened] during the [past] forty-two years, which correspond to the forty-two stages of travel in the desert of the nations [i.e., exile]. Thus we are already prepared and poised to enter the land in the true and final Redemption (as discussed at length at a previous gathering).22 For the time (as well as the place) of the announcement that "they shall beat their swords into plowshares" emphasized the connection with the activities of the leader of our generation, my sainted father-in-law, the Moshiach of the generation, through whom is fulfilled the promise that "they will beat their swords into plowshares."

…It may be said that the resolution and announcement of the leaders of the nations of the world on the eve of Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim concerning the condition and situation of "they shall beat their swords into plowshares" is an effect of the resolution and announcement of "our kings, the Rabbis" that "Behold he (the king Moshiach) comes." [The situation today] began with the legal decree of my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation, that we have already completed our work and Divine service in the course of the exile and we are already prepared to greet our righteous Moshiach. It then continued through the legal decree of the rabbis and authorities of the Jewish people that the time of Redemption has arrived, "a king from the house of Dovid will arise... it is presumed [b'chezkas] that he is Moshiach " until the situation and position of "behold, he is certainly Moshiach [vadai]."23 [These are] legal decrees "from Sinai," which extend into and penetrate the barriers of the world as well, to such an extent that the leaders of the nations24 resolve and announce voluntarily (and "in their courts" for they have the force "the law of the country is the law") concerning the situation and position that "they shall beat their swords into plowshares."

…According to what was said above, the wonder and amazement becomes much stronger, together with the great pain and confusion (a pain so great that one should not go into lengthy discussion of this matter on the Sabbath) - how is it possible that the Jewish people still find themselves in exile?!... Until when?!...

Is it possible that after all the signs that the true and complete Redemption is coming imminently and immediately in actual reality, including the event of this eve of Shabbos, when even the nations of the world announce that the time has arrived for "they shall beat their swords into plowshares" we find ourselves on the holy Shabbos day outside the land? Instead of being together with all the Jewish people from all corners of the world, is in our holy land, in Yerushalayim the holy city, and in the Beis HaMikdash [Temple], gathered at the "table prepared and set for the meal before the people,"25 upon which is set the Livyosan, the Shor HaBor and the Yayin Meshumar!

Further, and this is essential, the announcement, the commandment and the power to "make me a Sanctuary and I will dwell among them" (as we read in the Torah at Mincha) in regard to building the Third Beis HaMikdash has not yet been received!

From this is understood the great need and the urgency to increase with greater vigor and greater force involvement those things which draw closer, hasten and bring in actual reality the Redemption, imminently and immediately.

First of all, in the matter emphasized in Parshas Mishpatim:

"Mishpatim" are the details of the laws between people in order to achieve peace26 (and obviously the absence of its opposite, nullifying the cause of the final exile27), which brings the Redemption, as our Sages of blessed memory28 said about the advantage of justice [mishpat], that "with it Tzion will be built, as it says,29 Tzion will be redeemed with justice." [This also applies] to tzedekah ("and its captives through tzedekah"29) and acts of loving kindness,30 as explained in our Parsha,31 "If you will lend money to any of my people that is poor" and "Acts of loving kindness are greater than tzedekah."32 Also the relevant section of Bava Basra33 (the "explanation" of parshas Mishpatim in the Oral Torah) explains in detail the concepts of the mitzvah of tzedekah. Among the fundamental ones is "Great34 is tzedekah for it brings close the Redemption, as it says,35 "Thus says the L-rd, keep judgment and do justice [tzedekah], for my salvation is near to come and my righteousness to be revealed."

As a continuation of this, there is also the lesson from the beginning of parshas Terumah (which is read at Mincha on Shabbos): "Make me a Sanctuary and I will dwell among them," beginning with the individual sanctuary within each and every Jew ("within it is not written but within them, within each an every one"36), within his inner heart. [The Sanctuary should also be] in his house and his room, making it a house of Torah, prayer and acts of loving-kindness. This includes in particular joining in building and expanding synagogues and Houses of Study in a manner of "Take for me terumah... gold and silver and copper"37 (all thirteen (fifteen)38 things enumerated in the Torah), through which is accelerated and hastened and effected immediately the building of the third Beis HaMikdash in reality, in the simple sense.

This resolution39 should bring immediately the reward,40 bringing the Redemption, imminently and immediately in reality, for then the Melave Malka [the meal after Shabbos], "the meal of Dovid, king Moshiach,"41 will be arranged in partnership with the leader of our generation, our righteous Moshiach, at our head, in our holy land, in Yerushalayim the holy city, in the third Beis HaMikdash.

May it be His Will, and this is the most fundamental matter, that he true and complete Redemption through our righteous Moshiach comes into actual reality imminently and immediately... with all the explanations of "MiYaD" (including as well the acronym that encompasses the generations, Moshe, Yisroel (the Baal Shem Tov), Dovid (king Moshiach)).

And specifically to our generation, that the acronym of "MiYaD" alludes to the three periods connected to my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation:42 in the order closest to us, Moshiach (Menachem is his name), Yosef Yitzchak, DovBer (the second name of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe).

And all the explanations of "mamosh" [really], and above all immediately in the literal meaning of "mamosh", really, really, really.

(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, 27 Shvat,
Blessing of the New Month Adar I, 5752)

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1. Pesachim 106, end of side a.

2. Gittin 10b. See there for cross-references.

3. Tanya, beginning of chapter 37.

4. The expression of our Sages, of blessed memory - in the Mishneh at the end of the first chapter of Brochos.

5. Yeshayahu 2:4. Micha 4:3.

6. Yeshayahu 2:4. Micha 4:3.

7. Commentary of Radak on the verse.

8. Yeshayahu ibid, 2-3. Micha ibid, 1-2.

9. Commentary of Radak on the verse.

10. Iyov 28:5.

11. Shir HaShirim 2:8 and Shir HaShirim Rabba on the verse.

12. A common expression - based on Mishlei 21:1. See Likkutei Sichos, vol. 13, p. 285, note 1 and the marginal note there.

13. Megillah 29:1. And see at length the pamphlet on the subject Mikdash M'at Zeh etc. (Sefer HaSichos 5752, p. 465.)

14. The Holy Letter of the Baal Shem Tov - Kesser Shem Tov at the beginning. And in many places.

15. See Igros Kodesh of the Rebbe Rayatz, vol. 2, page 492 ff. See there for cross references.

16. According to the ruling of the Rambam (Laws of Kings, chapter 8, halacha 10), that "Moshe Rabbeinu commanded, by Divine edict, that all who come into the world be compelled to accept the commandments commanded to the children of Noach."

17. Tzefanyah 3:9. See Rambam ibid, end of ch. 11.

18. Even though the simple reason for this is that the designated location for the representatives of the nations of the world to gather in an established way was from the outset designed to be in a place that was not the capital city of a particular country, yet the true reason for establishing that place [the United Nations] specifically in this city is that it was to be the capital city of "the kings, the rabbis" (see Gittin 62, end of side a and in other sources), my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation (and see below note 20.)

19. See the pamphlet mentioned above (in note 11), section 5, that the leader of the generation is the Moshiach of the generation. This is emphasized especially in regard to my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation, as alluded to in his two names: "Yosef" - "the L-rd shall set his hand again [Yoseef]... and gather the outcasts of Israel" (Yeshayahu 11:11-12), and "Yitzchak" - "then our mouths will be filled with laughter [S'chok]" (Tehillim 126:2. And see Brochos 31:1).

20. It should be noted, that the United Nations, organized for the purpose of peace and unity among the nations, was established in the lower half of the world after and in proximity to the arrival of the leader of our generation to the lower half of the world (beginning with the acceptance of the resolution in the middle of the war, about 5702, and principally at the conclusion of the war, about 5705). The headquarters were established in the city of the leader of our generation, even constructing a special building (about 5711). This emphasizes that the unity and the peace between the nations is a result of the activities of the leader of our generation in purifying the world (through the dissemination of Torah, Judaism, righteousness and integrity throughout the world). According to the increase of purification of the world through the leader of the generation, so also increases the solidification of an organization whose goal is to achieve unity and peace in the world, to the point of the completing and perfecting the purification of the world, fulfilling the prediction that "they shall beat their swords into plowshares," which is the foundation of this organization (to such an extent that it is emblazoned on the walls of the building.)

21. [The Zohar describes the passing of a tzadik as "hilulo." Literally it means wedding, because it is the "reunion" of the soul of the tzadik with his Maker. Translator's note.]

22. Talks of 11 Shvat and Shabbos Parshas Beshallach (Sefer HaSichos 5752, p. 380).

23. Rambam, Laws of Kings, end of ch. 11.

24. That "even though he doesn't see, his mazel [lit., constellation, spiritual guide] sees" (Megillah 3a).

25. Rashi's commentary to the beginning of our Parsha.

26. See Shmos Rabba at the beginning of our Parsha (ch. 30:1): "they came to judgment and they made peace." In the Chiddushe HaRaDaL there: "Possibly it means through a compromise, as it says in Sanhedrin (6b), what is a peaceful judgment? It is a compromise."

27. See Yoma 9b.

28. Shmos Rabba there, 15.

29 Yeshayahu 1:27.

30. Including as well the effect on the nations of the world to be involved with tzedekah; particularly after the resolution of the leaders of the nations to save on the expenditures for weaponry, it is much easier to affect an increase in activities of tzedekah, whether for the nations of the world or for the Jewish people.

31. 22:24.

32. Sukkah 49b

33. 8a ff.

34. 10a.

35. Yeshayahu 56:1.

36. See Alschich on the verse. Sheloh 69a and in other places.

37. 25:2-3.

38. See Likkutei Sichos, vol. 21, p. 153, in the references there.

39. [To give according to the generosity of their pure hearts to the Gemach [Free Loan] Fund, for whose benefactors a Melave Malka was arranged after this Holy Sabbath. (Publisher's note)]

40. See Taanis 8b. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim end of section 571.

41. Siddur HaArizal in its place [section dealing with the Saturday night Melave Malka repast] and in other places.

42 See above, section 59.
(11/23/2009 2:27:25 PM)
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sicha of parshat mishpotim 5752:
Chapter 66
Our work and Divine service during the time of exile has already been completed, and we are already prepared to greet Moshiach; we find ourselves in the "highest time" of the coming of our righteous Moshiach, "Behold he (the king Moshiach) comes"; the beginning of the effect of the king Moshiach on the nations can already be seen; the fulfillment of the promise that they will beat their swords to ploughshares has already begun, and the whole world is worthy and prepared - an explanation of the particular details; all the Divine service of this generation over forty-two years has been concluded and finished, and we are already prepared and ready to enter the land in the true and complete Redemption; the time of your Redemption has arrived; the great need to increase in matters that will bring the Redemption in imminent reality: the details of the laws concerning acting towards others with peace, tzedekah and acts of lovkingkindness, joining in building and expanding Houses of Worship and Houses of Study, building the individual Sanctuary within each and every Jew that is in his innermost heart, his house and his private chamber; the leader of the generation is our righteous Moshiach; Moshiach - Menachem is his name; MiYaD Mamosh [literally: immediately, really, but also an acronym indicative of the Rebbe's status as Moshiach - translator].
(Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, 27 Shvat,
Blessing of the Month of Adar 1)
(11/23/2009 2:40:13 PM)
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KANSAN
what a laugh, so many pressing issues that face us and they spin their wheels bashing Chabad. They should watch the Kinnus video and see what the Rebbe has inspired, Moshiach now it is the Jewish way
(11/23/2009 3:10:48 PM)
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Yakov
It doesn't say Moshiach can't come from the dead (although we Lubavitch preached at the top of our lungs for years that Moshiach had to be a living breathing person that you could point to) It just says Moshiach can't start the redemptive process and die in the middle. It doesn't say the Rebbe can't have techias hamasim and start the redemptive process.
(11/23/2009 6:39:37 PM)
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Dov
I really cannot understand why the entire comotion on what the RCA said. The fact is that many members of the RCA are conservative rabbis, did anyone know that? And in conservative temples they daven with a microphone on shabbos and without a mechitza. Thats not all, many are not very careful about the kosher food they eat in or outside the home. So these "Rabbis" became experts on who is Moshiach and what Moshiach is. The fact alsi is that Chabad has 4,000 shlichim all over the world and no matter where any of them are, not one driks anything but cholov Yisroel, which RCA isn't really careful about.
So who sre they kidding? Its a joke and it does say that right befofe Moshiach will come, some "rabbi's:" will look like a joke.
(11/24/2009 4:32:52 PM)
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Prophet
The question should not be discussing whether the Rebbe is Moshiach, it should be focusing on the fact he said, "I am telling you as a prophesy..." Is the Rebbe a prophet? According to the RamBam, one needs to listen to the prophet. What are his instructions towards Geula? All this talk is just talk. Where is the action doing what was instructed to do.
(11/24/2009 10:53:50 PM)
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OY!!
WHY WON'T COLLIVE OR ANY OTHER PROCLAIM THE TRUTH TO THE WORLD & NOT LET THESE AM-ORATZIM MISSLEAD SO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE R''L

ANY ONE WHO SAYS IT IS ASUR TO BELIEVE THAT MOSHIACH CAN BE FROM THE DEAD IS AN AM HO-ORETZ OF THE HIGHEST DEGREE!

it pains me that these stupid soinei yisroel (from within yisroel) have so much say amongst the simple folk and let them think that lubavitchers are no different then .............
(see above link) why should it help to say it's only a minority etc.. LETS GET THE FACTS STRIEGHT THERE IS NO ISSUR WHATSOEVER IN BELIEVING MOSHIACH CAN COME THE BURIED THE REBBE HIMSELF BELIEVED SO!!
(11/25/2009 11:01:42 AM)
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RCA stands for...
Reform,Conservative, Amorotzim.

Seriously, we should do what we did in Europe and open a Rabbinical Council that is Chabad led but not officially Chabad, and welcomes rabbonim from other communities. With our connections, we could do far more for our members than the RCA does for theirs.
(11/25/2009 9:45:37 PM)
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Dov,
Your comment is silly. RCA rabbis are not conservative. And you fail to address the issue by attacking people instead. This by the way is very intellectually shallow an ddefensive and makes us appear like we cannot have a sensible discussion without ad hominem attacks
(11/26/2009 1:37:28 AM)
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#4 ?!
(11/27/2009 6:16:31 AM)
64
Let's face it...
We may have our opinions about RCA etc., but let's focus on the issue at hand. I believe that most of the readers of this website agree that the meshichistim have gone wild. This is certainly not normative Yiddishkeit, and we cant blame anyone for seeing this as problematic.
(11/27/2009 7:09:35 AM)
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