Sometimes we create timelines for Moshiach's arrival. We tell ourselves, or our kids, that for sure Moshiach will come today and feel dissapointed when it doesn't happen. Our belief in Moshiach is shaken.
Lately I was struggling with this. I was sure that by the Moshiach Seuda for sure Moshiach will come and put an end to this crazy corinavirus situation. But then it didn't happen. I thought true belief in Moshiach meant saying to myself he will for sure arrive today.
But I realized that really this is a mistaken approach. Our firm belief in Moshiach and אחכה לו בכל יום שיבוא does not mean we know that Moshiach will come today. We never can know that and shouldn't put it that way.
We truly believe he SHOULD come today and that he CAN come today. We believe our actions hasten his arrival and do everything we can to make him come sooner. It should be a part of our day to day reality and we should anticipate his arrival every second of every day. If truly internalized we would even make preparations knowing that he very well might come today.
With this Torah true approach, then if ch"v the day passes and he didn't yet arrrive we don't feel let down and our faith isn't weakened. To the contrary we continue to yearn and anticipate his arrival even more.
In zechus of a refuah shleima kroiva for all yidden every where who need a refuah shleima.
These past few days in chitas we have been learning the first few perakim of Shaar Yichud Vihaemuna.
The first idea explained is that every creation in the world has a spiritual life source - עשרה מאמרות- constantly bringing it into existence. Were that life source to stop giving it life it would immediately seize to exist.
It then follows that also when they do exist their existence is not a true one but rather wholy dependent on an external factor, their getliche life source which is the only true existense.
When Moshiach comes the passuk says "וראו כל בשר יחדיו כי פי ה' דבר". Chassidus explains this to mean that getliche life of the עשרה מאמרות will then be seen by the physical eye.
The way one perceives that which he sees is dependent not only on his eyes but also, and perhaps mainly, on his brain.
Optical illusions for example are when the brain cannot fathom or process quickly enough that which the eyes saw and therefore perceives it differently.
Today when one understands, contemplates and deeply meditates about the ideas explained in Tanya he can start to perceive the world slightly differently but in golus our default setting is to view the creations around us ,as self sustaining and existent.
When Moshiach comes we will see the same trees, buildings and animals but our brain will automatically view them differently and perceive them only as an extension of a getliche life.
In the daily shiur of several days ago the Rambam discusses the concept of olam habah.
As explained in Rambam the ultimate reward is when the neshama is in gan eden. Even after Mashiach comes only when the neshama departs from the body can it reach the peak of closeness to Hashem.
Many others disagree and explain that the ultimate and final stage is during the times of Mashiach when the neshama is enclosed in a physical body. The spiritual pleasures of the neshama in Gan Eden are only temporary until the the arrival of Mashiach.
Chassidus also agrees with the latter approach. Mashiach isn't about escaping reality, running away to a purer and more spiritual world. Mashiach is about re-shaping reality and redefining it until we realize that that the ultimate kedusha and closeness to Hashem is right here at home.
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