We have already mentioned many times the words of my sainted father-in-law,
the leader of our generation, that aside from the fact that already "all
the appointed times have passed,"1 the Jewish people have
already done teshuvah and already everything is completed, even including
"polishing the buttons." We only need G-d to open the eyes of the Jewish
people so that they should see that the true and complete Redemption already
exists, and we are sitting already by the prepared table at the festive meal
of Livyosan, Shor HaBor,2 etc.
Therefore it's understood... in this generation and at this time, after every
requirement has been accomplished (as mentioned above), one has the complete
assurance in the Torah that there will certainly be "(You will remember the
day of your exodus from the land of Egypt) all the days of your life... to
bring about the days of Moshiach."3
There is no need for any interruption, G-d Forbid, between "all the days
of your life" and "the days of Moshiach" (which has been the situation for
the Jewish people in all the generations before our generation). Rather,
"all the days of your life" for every Jew, living physically as a soul in
a body, includes in the simple sense (also) "the days of Moshiach." This
is without an interruption, since the Redemption is actually coming imminently
and immediately at this instant and in this place (even if the condition
is one of night, "coming to Egypt"). Thus the last moment of exile and the
very last instant of exile become the first moment and the very first instant
And from "the days of your life" at this time and in this place, without
any interruption whatsoever, G-d Forbid, (even if he is already older than
seventy years, etc.) every Jew will go immediately - totally and completely,
"Reuven and Shimon descended, Reuven and Shimon
arose,"4 - into the continuation of "all the days of your
life.," into the days of Moshiach and the eternal life that then will be.
Practically, this means that the Divine service of the Jewish people now
must be "to bring about the days of Moshiach." We must reveal that the situation
of "coming to Egypt" in exile is in truth a situation of the "Redemption
of Israel." [This is achieved] through his preparation of himself and others
for the situation of "the days of Moshiach."
The above includes (particularly in conjunction with the day of passing of
the Rambam5) strengthening and increasing the study of
the Rambam's Mishneh Torah, especially the Laws of King
Moshiach,6 in the last two chapters of the "Laws of Kings"
which conclude the Mishneh Torah.
In addition to one's own study of this, one should also influence other Jews
around him (men, women and children) in a manner of "raising many
disciples,"7 and many more will see and emulate them.
May it be G-d's Will, that through the resolution itself will come imminently
and immediately the reward, the actual fulfillment of the Rambam's words
at the conclusion of his work,8 that after there already
exists "a king from the House of Dovid, expert in the Torah and involved
in mitzvos like Dovid his father... and he will compel all Israel to walk
in [the ways of Torah], strengthen its breeches and fight the wars of G-d"
- who is the "presumed Moshiach" [b'chezkas Moshiach] - there will already
be immediately the "confirmed Moshiach" [Moshiach vadai], who "does all the
above and succeeds, builds the Temple in its place and gathers the dispersed
of Israel... He will then improve the whole world so that it serves G-d in
(From the talk of Shabbos Parshas Shmos, 21 Teves 5752)
1. Sanhedrin 97b.
2. See Bava Basra 74b ff. Pesachim 119b and in other places.
3. Brochos 12b.
4. Vayikra Rabba, chapter 32:5. See there for cross references.
5. [The Rambam passed away on 24 Teves. Translator's note.]
6. This is how it is titled in the Venice edition of 5284 and 5310.
7. Avos, chapter 1, Mishneh 1.
8. Laws of Kings, end of chapter 11.