The Announcement of the Redemption:
In our days we have completed all the requisite actions and Divine service,
in all the details symbolized by the "hundred years," the "twenty years,"
and the "seven years" associated with the age of the Matriarch Sarah's passing,
years which like Sarah's were all equally good.
This is consistent with the words of my sainted father-in-law, the leader
of our generation, that we have already polished the buttons
and we therefore stand ready to receive our righteous Moshiach.
More particularly, since then several decades have elapsed, during which
time the Jewish people have cried out "ad mosai - how long must we
remain in exile!" (which must also have a limit)
May it thus be G-d's Will -- that the true and complete Redemption, through
our righteous Moshiach, will occur immediately.
(From the Ma'amar "Vayihyu Chayei Sarah, 5751" -
Sefer HaMa'amarim melukat, vol. V p. 60)
1. [The age of Sarah is presented in the Torah (Bereishis 23:1): "The
life of Sarah was a hundred years, twenty years and seven years." The Rebbe
explains in his discourse how these three time periods of Sarah's life relate
to different aspects of her soul which were permeated with Divinity and goodness.
The same is true of the cumulative service of the Jewish people; it is complete
not only in a general and peripheral manner, but it has penetrated into the
inner dynamics of the Jewish nation's character, represented by the numbers
hundred, twenty and seven. See the original discourse for the elaboration
of these concepts. Translator's note.]
2. Talk of Simchas Torah, 5689.
3. See Igros Kodesh Admor MaHaRayatz, vol. IV, beg p. 279.