Chapter 28

An analogy may be drawn between the general idea of exile and Redemption, (i.e., the relationship between Redemption and exile) and the specific location, where we are presently situated - in the "lower hemisphere."[1]

This "miniature Sanctuary"[2] is where my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation established his domicile, and the place from which the wellsprings of Torah were disseminated to the entire world. Thus the Redemption and the building of the third Temple, "the sanctuary of G-d which Your hands established,"[3] will begin from and occur specifically within this place.

True, the site of the Temple is in the Holy Land, in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount. However, since the building of the Temple is facilitated by "our deeds and service in the course of exile,"[4] particularly, through our efforts to "disseminate the wellsprings of Torah to the remotest reaches" in the end of the age of exile, then this location, and only this location, embodies the full preparation for "the sanctuary of G-d which Your hands established.'"

Imminently the revelation of "the Sanctuary of G-d which Your hands established" will occur in this place. For, indeed, My sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation, can demand and effect that the revelation of "the Sanctuary of G-d which Your hands established," occurs first and foremost in the location ("seven hundred and seventy") where he lived and worked for the last ten years of his life, which represented the sum total of his entire life's work.

This will occur specifically through completion of the service in the "lower hemisphere," indeed in, the uttermost depths "raise up"[5] and This in turn will reveal the entire building of "the Sanctuary of G-d which Your hands established," including the roof, where "the King Moshiach... stands on the roof of the Beis HaMikdash [Holy Temple] and will proclaim to Israel, 'Humble ones, the time for your Redemption has arrived!"[6] All this is "raised up," i.e., achieved by the (uplifting) efforts within the lowliest aspects of existence.

'The most essential matter is to bring about the true and complete Redemption And in order for G-d to achieve this goal He "needs," as it were, the participation of every Jew. This means living Jews, souls within bodies. The Redemption comes through "our deeds and efforts," and it "depends," as it were, on the Jewish person's consent, desire and proclamation that not only has "the time for your Redemption arrived," but that the Redemption is actually here, literally speaking. As mentioned above, Geulah (Redemption) is cognate to the term Giluy (Revelation), and is a reference to the revelation of the Master of the world within Golah (exile). It is the effort of the Jews in exile that brings this about.

(From the talk of Monday, 28 Sivan 5751)


1. [The term "lower hemisphere" refers to the Western Hemisphere. The Rebbe here indicates that just as there is a general relationship between exile and Redemption, so there is a specific relationship between the place of exile in the "lower hemisphere" and the place of Redemption, Jerusalem. Translator's note.]

2. Yechezkal 11:16. Megillah 29a.

3. Beshallach 15:17.

4. Tanya, beg. of ch. 37.

5. See Torah Or, Bereishis 4a. See also Likkutei Sichos, vol. 18, p. 33.

6. Yalkut Shimoni, Yeshayahu 499.

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