Ever since Chet Eitz Hadaas, a woman's body experiences in its own way the process that the whole world goes through because of the sin: that there exists something extraneous and unnecessary mixed in with the good of this world and we need to obliterate it.
Hashem did not create the world with evil. It was added in later.
So too, the original state of the woman was to not menstruate monthly. It was added later.
It turns out that a woman can go without a cycle for years and it doesn't negatively effect her health. The catch is, in such a case, the body is left infertile. We can manipulate and halt the monthly cycle, but we cannot maintain a state of readiness for fertility. The human default mode is to not be able to produce life. The ability to produce life is a special gift from Hashem, something that even angels, the loftiest creatures, cannot do.
When Moshiach comes, the woman will remain in a constant state of readiness for conception. The Midrash Tehillim states that when Moshiach comes, there will be no tumas niddah. This indicates that there will be no monthly cycle. In אגרות הקודש of the Tanya, the Alter Rebbe mentions that we will need to know הלכות טומאהיולדת when Moshiach comes, but does not mention הלכות נידה, indicating it will not be necessary in those times. We will be able to enjoy the blessing of bringing children into this world in a totally pleasant manner, as Hashem originally intended it.
May we and all our loved ones be blessed with זרעא חיא וקיימא, easily, and to raise them gezunterheit and happily until the coming of Moshiach, may it happen immediately!
רבי אומר: איזו היא דרך ישרה שיבור לו האדם? כל
שהיא תפארת לעושיה ותפארת לו מן האדם
The title אדם is bestowed upon a person who has reached perfection. The Rebbe states that this can refer to each person in this generation because the avoda pf this generation is already complete.
So the question is - if our avoda is already complete, what is the דרך ישרה to bring us straight to moshiach?
The answer is מלכות שבתפארת.
תפארת = תורה
מלכות = משיח
Thru studying about moshiach, that is the דרך ישרה to moshiach.
The Rebbe specifically mentions learning נביא which is full of talk of the Geulah, Gemara Sanhedrin, Zohar, and Chassidus.
Not only that, but as the mishna says- תפארת לעושיה ותפארת לו מן האדם - he has to study and teach others too, for the Rambam says that when moshiach comes, ALL Jews will be knowledgeable in the secrets of the Torah and will understand Hashem.
It is even better if these concepts can be learned in groups of (more than) ten because group learning makes things more exciting.
May our learning about Moshiach in a group larger than 10 bring us straight to Moshiach, immediately!
In another group, the following story came up in a discussion. It really struck me and I found myself thinking about it a lot. I added here my own reflections.
In 1974, Rabbi Moshe Yitzchok Hecht, the Rebbe's shliach to New Haven, CT, sent a letter to the Rebbe in which he described the difficult challenges he was facing in running his school. He wrote to the Rebbe that he (Rabbi Hecht) felt that he was unable to carry out the mission successfully.
The Rebbe wrote back:
I preempted you and responded even before you made your request. I already did precisely as you advised. Rabbi Moshe Yitzchok Hecht was sent to your city. It appears from your letter (and from your previous one) that you are unfamiliar with Rabbi Hecht or the abilities and powers he has been granted. In any event, endeavor now to acquaint yourself with him, and immediately everything will change - your disposition, your trust in G-d, your everyday joy etc.
I once heard a shiur from Rabbi Shais Taub where he was mentioning that people often discuss the Rebbe's boundless Ahavas Yisroel. Yet, there is something else even more impressive although less attention is paid to it - the Rebbe's respect for every Yid.
Ahava - Love- is from the word Hav - to give. Love is expressed through giving of ourselves to the one we love, doing things for them, etc.
Gevurah is more difficult to define. One way it can expressed as, is respect. Respect means withholding from doing for or giving to the other because you know it would be inappropriate. In this case, it is uncalled for because they don't need it. You know that the person is good, capable, and strong. You hold of the person too much to let them slack off and not reach their full potential. Chas v'shalom to cut their wings, disabling them from soaring to the heights that they could really achieve. The Rebbe saw each person as a neshomah, a part of Hashem, with deep resources of power and capabilities, similar to its Source.
The Novi Yeshayahu says about Moshiach - והריחו ביראת השם - he will judge not by what he sees and not by what he hears, but rather will judge through his sense of smell.
The sense of smell is the holiest of all senses-- the only sense not tainted by חטא עץ הדעת. Perhaps for this reason, you can't really fool it. As the saying goes, "The nose knows!"
Adam's neshama was blown into body through his nose. The nose is the connection point of the soul and the body.
Moshiach's ability to judge by his nose symbolizes his ability to sense the essence of the soul of the individual. He will understand its challenges, its circumstances, and also its capabilities. Not because the person demonstrated those capabilities (לא למראה עיניו ישפוט) and not because he promises to try to do (ולא למשמע אזניו יוכיח), but rather the opposite. We protest we cannot do it. We insist that we have already done our best. We cry that the responsibility is too great for us. And yet the Rebbe is able to sense (והריחו *ביראת* השם
יראה = גבורה)
the essence of the neshama of the yid and insist, You are much more capable than you think are! If you would only get to really know yourself a bit more, everything would change! You think you have done all you can but there remains so much for you to explore, if only you would see yourself as I do and open yourself up to new challenges! With such a perspective, everything changes and Moshiach would come, immediately!
May we be able to open our eyes, see ourselves, our spouses, our children, our communities, and the whole world through the perspective of our Rebbe, so that we will accomplish way beyond what we imagine we could, finally bringing Moshiach, may it takkeh happen right away!
This week's parsha contains an unusual topic, discussed in such detail, but which seems totally unnecessary - the instruction to split the booty from the war with Midian evenly between the army officers and the rest of the Yidden. 1/500 of the captives and each kind of animal of the officers was given to Elazar, the kohen gadol. From the animals and captives to be divided among the nation, 1/50 of each kind was given to Shevet Levi. The Torah doesn't just give the formula. After giving the direction, the Torah then tells us exactly how many sheep, cows, donkeys, and captives there were, how many there were once they were divided into two groups, and the total number that Elazar Hakohen received. (When it comes to discussing the amounts received by the Leviim, the Torah just tells us it was 1/50 but doesn't go into the whole breakdown).
Taking a look at the numbers, one notices that the exact amount of sheep, cattle, donkeys, and captives is precisely the amount that can be divided in half, then again divided neatly by 500 and by 50. This was not an accident. The mitzvah was to give exactly 1/500 from the officers' portion to Elazar and exactly 1/50 from the nation's portion to the Leviim. Had there been an indivisible number, what would they have done with the extras? They wouldn't have been able to do anything with it - maaser couldn't be given and yet they couldn't keep it because maaser wasn't taken. And so, Hashem made the amounts of all the animals and captives be specifically a number that could be divided by 500 and 50, after being divided in half. (You can't say that the Yidden only took a number that they could easily divide, because the mitzvah was instructed only after the war ended and the booty gathered.)
Obviously, a few extremely unlikely and quite far fetched things had to happen in order for this problem to be avoided. First of all, no animals could have died from the time they were captured, then counted, then divided into two, and then again divided for maaser because that would have ruined the whole count. Such a count - of over 800,000 animals - didn't take one day. It had to have extended over the course of a few weeks, and yet no animal died so as not to ruin the mitzvah.
Secondly, Hashem had to orchestrate events months and years in advance so that the amount of animals and captives that the Midianites had at the time of the war would be the exact amount needed in order to divide by 500 and 50 for maaser.
There are a number of mitzvos- building the Beis Hamikdosh, aliyah l'regel, Yovel, Hakehl, korbanos, Arei miklat, parah adumah, just to name a few, that we have been commanded to fulfill when Moshiach comes. In fact, there are more mitzvos that we cannot fulfill nowadays, than the amount that we can fulfill.
If for one small mitzvah, Hashem orchestrated everything exactly so, in order that the Yidden could observe the mitzvah to the tee, how much more so we must believe that everything that goes on in this world, is perfectly aligned to lead up to the coming of Moshiach, when we will be able to fulfill all those mitzvos.
I am sure that no Midianite ever dreamed that the reason why his sheep had twins, or that he scored such a great trade deal for more cattle, or that his donkey died suddenly, was so that later on, the Jews would capture his animals and be able to precisely execute the mitzvah of maaser. Personally, with all the balagan, pain, and seeming randomness in this world, it is so difficult to see how each event is a stepping stone to a specific destination - the coming of Moshiach. And yet, that is exactly what is going on every single moment, whether it is a major world event or a minor, insignificant personal experience.
As my birthday begins, I wish each one of us the strength and conviction to keep moving ahead, never losing focus of our goal. May we see the revealed hashgacha pratis in all we come across so that we don't have to wait for the grand finale to see how it all comes together. And most of all, may we merit the immediate coming of Moshiach immediately so that we can finally fulfill all those mitzvos and see G-dliness and the Yad Hashem revealed in this world, exactly as it was meant to be all along! 🥂🍷
“ביקש יעקב לגלות את הקץ"
Yaakov asked Hashem to allow him to reveal to his sons a secret about the coming of moshiach.
The secret was: Just as the severity of the slavery shortened the Golus from 400 years to 210 years, it is understood that an increase in the Jews’ good deeds could lead to their redemption earlier, too.
Yaakov hoped to tell his sons that Golus mitzrayim could potentially be the last golus, if the Jews acted properly.
And yet, “the shechina withdrew from him” and did not allow Yaakov to reveal this. To explain the reason for this:
Had Yaakov revealed this to his sons, they would have changed their behavior and acted better. Nevertheless, this would not have counted as their own avodah.
For the Redemption to be eternal and unchanging, the avodah of Yidden that will bring about moshiach must also be exactly like that - constant, unwavering and unfaltering.
Therefore, if the avoda were to be motivated by any bit of assistance from Above, it is possible that if the assistance from Above would stop, the person's avoda would too.
When our avoda comes completely from our own initiative, with no hints from above, then it is true and everlaslasting. Only such an avodah can bring about a Redemption that is eternal, never again to be followed by another Golus.
May this give us the strength to continue our avodah despite the darkness and to bring the coming of Moshiach immediately!!
In zechus of all those who need a refuah shleima!
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