At Seudas Moshiach this year we sang the beautiful yiddish song describing what it will be like when Moshiach will come (וואס וועט זיין ווען משיח וועט קומען)
And ever since, my 4 year old has been singing it with various variations of his own.
Which got me thinking; as mothers of small children, we are zoche to feel and experience Moshiach on so many levels!
So here is the "Mother's version" of the song 😊
What will it feel like when Moshiach will come?
What will it feel like?
Like a mother holding her precious newborn for the very first time,
Like seeing his first real smile,
Like watching him walk without holding for the very first time,
Like the first day that the kids are back in school,
Like when the house is finally quiet after a long noisy day
Like watching an especially active child peacefully sleeping in his bed
Like freshly bathed children after a long day of messy play
Like a child's triumphant cry when he manages to reach the desired item on the very top shelf
Like the purity on their face when they are concentrating on davening
Like a mommy waking up after a long, well deserved nap
Like walking your grown child to the chupa
Like holding your child's child for the very first time...
These are all little glimpses and mini-tastes of Geula that we get as mothers. But Aibershter! We want the real thing!
About 8 weeks ago we left Mitzrayim.
And we were all so ready and so sure that we would leave this golus too.
About 7 weeks ago we were all at Seudas Moshiach.
And we were all so ready and so sure that we would see Moshiach right then.
Then we continued through the entire counting process. With each day we were so sure that it's happening today! We learned and farbrenged, and took on hachlatos tovos.
And along with counting to Matan Torah, we were also counting and anticipating the Geula shlema.
Shavuos came, we heard the Aseres Hadibros (some of us in the pouring rain) and we are still waiting...
But Shavuos is not over. We have the שבעת ימי המילואים. The Rebbe tells us that any עניינים from Shavuos which we have not yet accomplished, we can still 'chap arain' during these days.
Hashem! Tomorrow is the last day of שבעת ימי המילואים. We are ready! Just send us Moshiach already!!!
By hashgacha pratis, today is my mother's birthday. I grew up hearing stories of the incredibly difficult life in the USSR, and how their greatest dream and wish was just to leave Russia so they can raise their kids בדרך אבותינו.
This wish and dream was repeated over and over at every gathering, every simcha, every day! Multiple times a day!
Just like we talk about Moshiach now.
Her parents kept on applying for exit visas, and kept on getting refusals. We cant even imagine how heartbroken they must have felt.
But then, one day, it just happened.
She was 12 years old when she arrived with her family in Eretz Yisroel.
It was literally the גאולה for them in every way possible.
And she would often share with us, that when she landed in Eretz Yisroel, she began to really believe in Moshiach's coming.
Because just like that, כהרך עין, it will happen.
My son's birthday is tomorrow, so about a week ago my husband and I asked him what he would like for a birthday present. Might as well buy sonething that he really wants.
When he answered that he wants an electric bike, we chuckled, told him that its a nice thing to save up for, but what would he like in the $20-$40 price range that he knows we usually buy birthday gifts for our children.
He said he doesnt want anything. He has everything that he needs. The only gift he wants is an electric bike.
Of course we explained to him that as much as we would like to buy him the gift of his dreams, it is currently not within our budget and its not happening.
But seeing how he keeps on hoping and hinting and even asking, I cant help but *want* to give him this gift.
And I'm thinking of Hashem. His kids are asking, begging, hoping non stop for just Moshiach. How on earth can He hold himself back???
(last night i saw my son quietly going out to check the trunk of the car in the hope that maybe there's a surprise there for him).
As we stand on the eve of חג הגאולה, our hearts and minds are focused on the בעל הגאולה and his famous words, that this is not his private celebration, but it belongs to each and every jew.
We've all heard, and read, about the Frierdiker Rebbe's arrest and the horrors he endured in prison. In his memoirs, the Frierdiker Rebbe describes how the prisoners were not allowed to have a watch, and neither were there clocks anywhere in the cells. This was in order to strip the prisoners of any basic feeling like a human. The only way the prisoner could guess if it was morning, afternoon, or evening, was by the sounds he heard coming from behind his cell door.
During the first night that the Frierdiker Rebbe was in jail, he heard bullets and shooting all night. In the morning, the guard baosted to him, that they 'took care' of 140 prisoners that night.
One can only imagine the emotional and psychological trauma these sounds cause to the one who hears them.
Yet the Frierdiker Rebbe writes that this lack of a time piece, and having to guess the time of day based on sounds, reminded him of what it says about Moshe Rabbeinu when he went up to the heavens for 40 days. The only way Moshe knew if it was morning or evening was by the singing of the angels.
Our Rebbe raises a very strong question about this:
How can it be, that while hearing such horrendous and bloodcurling sounds outside of his door, the Frierdiker Rebbe was reminded of the singing of angels???
And the Rebbe answers:
Its very simple. It all depends where one is looking.
If one is looking down, one sees the horrors and torture and pain.
If one looks up, one sees only Hashem and His angels singing.
I believe we are collectively, all looking up. We see the geula. We feel Moshiach's right here. We can practically hear the sound of the shofar!
May we hear the singing of the Leviim, in the third Beis Hamikdash even before Shabbos begins in Siberia! ❤
When I was in sixth and seventh grade, I had an English teacher who inspired me to always dream big. It was also at that young and very impressionable (is there such a word?) age that I read Ruchoma Shain's book "Reach for the Stars" and for some reason, that message really stuck with me. How do I know?
Last night, while continuing to open and unpack boxes, I came across a wooden plaque that I had bought for my room back then, when I was about 13 years old. It says:
When you find a dream inside your heart don't ever let it go...
For dreams are the tiny seeds from which tomorrows grow.
I had thrown away lots of junk over the years, but for some reason, this kitschy plaque stayed in my box of memories all these years.
When I read what it says last night, I felt tears coming up to my eyes.
Tears of gratitude and wonder.
It struck me how Hashem in His infinite kindness has turned each of my childhood dreams into reality!
(i had dreamed of getting married, going out on shlichus, opening a Chabad House, making an impact on people's lives, having a big family, having twins (!), being an inspirational speaker for Jewish women, writing children's books, living in a place with lots of trees)
Down to every detail!! Now even including my dream of living in a private house with a yard surrounded by a white fence ☺️
My heart is overflowing with gratitude, and at the same time, I feel a stab.
I'm thinking of the Rebbe's childhood dream.
His dream, which he saw so vividly on the day he began going to Cheder. His dream, which has become OUR dream.
And as I'm standing there still holding that old plaque, all these thoughts and emotions running through my head, and tears in my eyes, I feel myself squaring my shoulders and a new feeling of determination fills me. I notice myself stomping my right foot (an old habit from my childhood when I'm determined to get what I want) and having a conversation with Hashem in my mind.
Hashem, you have done, and continue to do so much chessed with us! It isnt difficult for you - just send us Moshiach already! We MUST make this dream a reality! And it has to happen NOW! Hashem, we won't take no for an answer. You know, dear Tatte, that we are doing everything we can, and even more than that. We've been waiting way too long. We've spilled way too many tears in this long and painful golus. Hashem, you know its time. Its time you fulfill your promise to us. The Rebbe's dream must become reality TODAY!
And as I go downstairs to feed my family the seuda before the fast, I feel very sure, I know, without a doubt, that it is happening already. Because Hashem in His infinite kindness, makes our dreams into reality.
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