“Geulah” – What Does That Mean?
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Dvar Malchus Achrei-Kedoshim 5751
Geulah is made from Golus (Exile)
With the heady excitement that comes when one begins to feel what the Rebbe has been expressing in the recent sichos–that we are truly on the cusp of the coming of Moshiach and the revelations of the true and complete Geulah–it could be possible to feel the desire to throw off the responsibilities of Golus and charge head-first and full-speed into Geulah. For example, abandoning one’s job and devoting 24 hours a day to spreading the news of the redemption and learning the subject of Moshiach and Geulah. (After all, the Rebbe said in the previous sicha that this learning is the direct path to bringing the Geulah, so why delay it by attending to earthly needs such as a job and a house?) Such “over-the-top” behavior is not the way to bring Moshiach, as the Rebbe explains here. Or, from the other side, one could be worried that all of one’s efforts will go to waste with the coming of Moshiach, and this fear is also put to rest in this sicha.
As mentioned in the previous sichos, the Geulah (redemption) is the word exile (GOLA) with the addition of the letter “alef”, representing the revelation of Hashem in exile itself. This is the concept of the Rambam that with the coming of Moshiach (in the first stage, at least) nothing will change in the conduct of the world–the world will conduct itself naturally–the only difference is that we will not be subjugated to physicality and the laws of nature as before. However, this itself is no small matter! What is means is that the miraculous will occur within the parameters of nature. But reality is now miraculous. Continue reading