The Announcement of the Redemption:

Chapter 3

May it be G-d's Will - and this is the essential point - that each and every one of us should become a "shaliach" (a messenger) to inform oneself, one's family, and all the Jews around him or her that: "Here he [Moshiach] comes."[1] and "Behold, this is our G-d... this is the L-rd for whom we hoped."[2]

(Note that the word "this" [indicating a clear recognition] is mentioned twice.)[3] and "Behold, David the Anointed King" [is here]- and therefore Eliyahu HaNavi [the prophet] already appeared a day earlier in T'verya [Tiberius][4] to announce the arrival of our righteous Moshiach.

It may be suggested that, since Moshiach can come any day - "I await his coming every day"[5] - and since Eliyahu HaNavi must announce Moshiach's arrival the day before, that therefore Eliyahu HaNavi actually comes every day to T'verya and announces the coming of Moshiach. The announcement is directed particularly to those who put themselves in a position of "I await his coming every day," even though (as is the custom of Chabad)[6] they do not actually articulate this verbally, but only think about it. [The announcement is made specifically to us] when we recite [this year],[7] from the well-known Psalm, the verse: "I have found My servant David, I have anointed him with My holy oil."[8]

...Added emphasis should be placed on all of the above this year, for two reasons. First, this year it is customary to recite the Psalm, which makes reference to the coming of Moshiach, when it states: "I have found my servant David, I have anointed him with my holy oil." In addition, this year we have reached the milestone of forty years since the passing of the Previous Rebbe, at which time "G-d has given you a heart to know and eyes to see and ears to hear."[9] These [being a "shaliach" to announce "Behold he comes" and hearing Eliyahu's pronouncement because "I await him every day"] become even more significant since seven days have already passed since we entered into the year [57]51 - ð"àùú which Jews have designated and disseminated as the year in which úåàìôð åðàøà - Arenu Niflaos - I will show him wonders, following the initials of the year.

(From the talk of Wednesday, Parshas Beracha, 7 Tishrei 5751)


1. Expression used in Shir HaShirim [Song of Songs], 2:8.

2. Yeshayahu [Isaiah], 25:9. See end of [tractate] Ta'anis.

3. Shemos Rabbah, end of chapter 23.

4. See Eiruvin 43b: Eliyahu has arrived yesterday... to the Great Court." In turn, the Great Court will first be restored in T'verya [Tiberius]" Rambam, Hilchos Sanhedrin, end of chapter 14.

5. Twelfth of the "Thirteen Principles of Faith."

6. See Likkutei Sichos, vol. IX, p. 282 ff.

7. [It is a Chassidic custom to recite Psalms corresponding to one's age as well the Psalm corresponding to the Rebbe's age. This sicha was said during the Rebbe's 89th year. Translator's note.]

8. 89:21.

9. Tavo 29:3.

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