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To the Rebbe, the exile of the Shechinah was a painful reality. To the rest of us, well, we have other concerns. Again and again, the Rebbe struggled to bring us to his perspective:

Perhaps, for you, this exile is not so bad. And you feel you are doing whatever you can about it, anyway.

But it is not just you alone in exile. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the generations of their children, as well all the heavenly host—in fact, the entire Creation—all is unfulfilled, in exile and imprisoned. Even the Creator, blessed be He, locks Himself into prison along with His Creation.

Until you get us out of here.

15 Shvat 5741:5.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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July 15, 2013
I feel totally lost in the world to do this. I do whatever I can, but would this be enough? Apparently not. It seems a very tiny drop of water in the vast desert.
August 8, 2011
You're right, it is not a burden. Yet, I fear I do not have what I need to do it. What it is saying that me, one person in the whole of the earth, has the job to get my people out of the most deepest exile, all I can say is that I am not worthy of doing such a thing. I know that we must all help one another, but I also know that I must first believe in myself.
August 4, 2011
so what is it that Hashem wants from us? doesn't he have rachmanus on us? we are only flesh and blood and cannot take it anymore
August 4, 2011
We are not alone!
Though we are not alone in our exile, there is strength in numbers. Everyone doing their best to learn more and contribute to tikkun olam, brings us all closer both in community and to G-d. This website is a blessing. It facilitates this.
New York
August 4, 2011
out of ego?
it is a great big responsibility, but when one starts, the others follow.

it is just that sometimes ego protects us very well from self-sacrifice which is admittedly quite inconvenient.

But there is no spiritual progress without sacrifice.
New York
August 3, 2009
...are you talking to Me?
Me? get you all out of there? Why?
I was taught that was His job.
What's mine? Making this world a little better every day.
I'll do my share, you all do yours and I'm sure He will get us out very quickly.
Mexico City, Mexico
July 29, 2009
pity on the cosmos-revolution[doble dose]
The entire creation is in prison and exile and we hope to unlock the door to Heaven as subscribed by anonymous from st george. Beyond this we have the exhortation of today's dose for revolution. I am so glad and melancholy simultaneously because thirty years ago I was expecting in Europe a Marxist revolution. Now more mature, I study History and Theology from another point of view.
costas papaconstantinou
athens, greece
July 29, 2009
This is the truth! If it is to be, then why not me... US! All of us must press on until the Temple is rebuilt and I pray this comes as soon as possible.
yacolt, wa
July 28, 2009
That completely threw me off... I am not sure I comprehend this at all, maybe I am not smart enough???
Phoenix, AZ
July 28, 2009
It isn't a burden, but a blessing to have the responsibility you describe. We are all united, side by side with our Creator, working through the maze until individually we unlock the door to Heaven.
St George