Our generation is the last generation of exile and the first generation of
Redemption, as proclaimed and announced by my sainted father-in-law, the
leader of our generation, the Yosef of our generation (named after the first
Yosef who proclaimed and announced that "G-d will surely remember you and
bring you up from this land to the land that was sworn to Avraham, to Yitzchak
and the Yaakov"1). For all our deeds and Divine service
have already been completed, all appointed times have already passed, teshuvah
has already been done, and all the preparations have already been finished
In a manner of "great preparation," all is ready for the festive
meal2 of the time to come, Livyosan, Shor
Habor3 and Yayin Meshumar.4
(From the talk of the 10th of Teves (may it be transformed into
rejoicing), and Shabbos Parshas Vayechi, 14 Teves 5752)
1. Our Parsha 50:24.
2. Based on the expression of our Sages, of blessed memory - Avos, chapter
3, Mishneh 16. Sanhedrin 38a and Rashi's commentary.
3. See Bava Basra 75a. And Vayikra Rabba chapter 13:3.
4. Brochos 34:b. See there for cross references.