From the time that I was a child attending
cheder, and even before, there began to take form in my mind a
picture of the future redemption -- the redemption of Israel from
its last exile, a redemption such as would explicate the suffering,
the decrees and the massacres of the galut...
(from a written by the letter by the Rebbe
on his 54th birthday in 1956; free translation)
One objective pervades it all. One goal is at the
forefront of a century of life and achievement: a world devoid of
hate and greed, a world free of suffering and strife, a world suffused
with the wisdom and goodness of its Creator. No less.
In virtually every talk the Rebbe gave, every letter
he wrote and every action he initiated, the theme, the sign-off
and the objective was: the coming of Moshiach, the attainment of
The idea of a universal redemption, heralded by
a global leader called Moshiach (“the anointed”) is
a basic tenet of the Jewish faith. The Jew believes that world which
G-d created possesses the potential to fully reflect the infinite
goodness and perfection of its Creator. And the Jew believes that
the realization of this goal is the very purpose to which his or
her soul has been invested within a physical body and life.
But perhaps no leader in history emphasized the
urgency and immediacy of Moshiach as did the Rebbe. In this, the
Rebbe was echoing the great Jewish sage Maimonides, who more than
800 years ago had said: a single deed, a single word, even a single
thought, has the power to tip the scales and bring redemption to
The Rebbe explained: because the basic nature of
our world is perfect and good, our every good action is real and
enduring, while every negative thing is just that -- a negative
phenomenon, a void waiting to be dispelled. In this sense evil and
good are like darkness and light. Darkness, no matter how ominous
and intimidating, is merely the absence of light. Light need not
combat and overpower darkness in order to displace it -- where light
is, darkness is not. A thimbleful of light will therefore banish
a roomful of darkness.
No matter how dark the world may seem or feel,
light is just a single action away.
The Rebbe saw this and imparted to us this vision.
If we open our eyes to this reality, we can bring redemption to
the world. Today.