By Sara G.
Nineteen years have passed since the first Gimmel Tammuz 5754 and Moshiach is still not here. What happened? There are so many couples and families going out on shlichus. So many Chabad centers, schools, preschools, mosdos and programs. The wellsprings of chassidus are spread like never before. The answer Moshiach gave the Baal Shem Tov does not hold today.
And yet, here we are.
I was very young when the Rebbe passed away and didn’t always feel that connection like the people who actually saw and heard sichos from the Rebbe directly. I did work on it though and B”H today, through learning sichos and hearing stories and farbrengens, I feel like the Rebbe is guiding me in life.
The more I learn the Rebbe’s sichos or hear stories the more I realize that we have all the answers. As a relatively young teacher and mother, looking at my children and students, I wonder how connected they feel. Reality is, it’s much harder for them to connect to the Rebbe than it was for me and some of their conversations makes me worry how close they really feel to the Rebbe.
Moshiach is for sure coming. The only question is how long are we going to wait. The world sure seems ready. Look around you. Everywhere you look there is corruption. You can’t trust the government and all over the world people are hoping for a better world to live in. Nature itself is unpredictable. That may seem like it furthers us from redemption, but I don’t see it this way. I just think the world is ready and crying for Moshiach.
But am I, as a Jew, ready for Moshiach? I thought I was until I saw the video of the Rebbe’s famous and painful talk on Chof Ches Nissan 5751.
The Rebbe says (not exact wording): I did all I can and it was for nothing because we are still in exile. The only thing I can do is give it to each and every one of you. If they would scream truthfully and would mean it truthfully, it is certain that Moshiach would be here long ago.
Then the Rebbe says that he hopes there will be one, two or three people that will plan what to do and how. Sounds easy, yet here we are. 22 years later and we’re still in exile.
It might sound silly, and I was hesitant about writing this, but I trust that if the Rebbe said it then it must work. Would any of you readers like to share an idea you have that can bring Moshiach close? A concrete suggestion that would make us care or at least bring us to that direction?