A question arises, however. How is it possible (even upon subjugating the kelipot and transforming them into holiness) that we in this world should experience a revelation of the Ein Sof-light, without veil or concealment, when even the higher worlds cannot receive such revelation without dissolving into nothingness?

In answer, the Alter Rebbe writes:

For this purpose, the Holy One, blessed be He, gave Israel the Torah, which is called “might” and “strength,” for it gives us strength to receive such revelation without being overwhelmed by it,

וְלָזֶה נָתַן הַקָּדוֹשׁ־בָּרוּךְ־הוּא לְיִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת הַתּוֹרָה, שֶׁנִּקְרֵאת עוֹז וְכֹחַ,

and, as our Rabbis say,5 that G-d gives tzaddikim the strength to receive their reward in the World to Come

וּכְמַאֲמַר רַבּוֹתֵינוּ־זִכְרוֹנָם־לִבְרָכָה, שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ־בָּרוּךְ־הוּא נוֹתֵן כֹּחַ בַּצַּדִּיקִים לְקַבֵּל שְׂכָרָם לֶעָתִיד לָבֹא,

Why is this “strength” necessary?

so that their existence should not dissolve within the divine light that will reveal itself in the hereafter without any garment,

שֶׁלֹּא יִתְבַּטְּלוּ בִּמְצִיאוּת מַמָּשׁ בְּאוֹר ה' הַנִּגְלֶה לֶעָתִיד בְּלִי שׁוּם לְבוּשׁ,

as it is written: “And your Teacher will no longer hide (יִכָּנֵף) from you (6meaning—not as some interpret the verse: “He will no longer withhold your rains, but, following Rashi: “He will no longer conceal Himself from you with the edge of a robe or garment (כָּנָף)”), and your eyes will behold Your Teacher,”7

כְּדִכְתִיב: "וְלֹא יִכָּנֵף עוֹד מוֹרֶיךָ [פֵּירוּשׁ, שֶׁלֹּא יִתְכַּסֶּה מִמְּךָ בְּכָנָף וּלְבוּשׁ], וְהָיוּ עֵינֶיךָ רוֹאוֹת אֶת מוֹרֶיךָ",

and it is also written: “For they shall see eye to eye…,”8 meaning that the human eye will see as the divine “eye” sees, i.e., we will clearly see the revelation of G-d’s light;

וּכְתִיב: "כִּי עַיִן בְּעַיִן יִרְאוּ וְגוֹ'",

and it is further written: “The sun shall no longer be your light by day…for G-d will be your eternal light.”9

וּכְתִיב: "לֹא יִהְיֶה לָּךְ עוֹד הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לְאוֹר יוֹמָם וְגוֹ', כִּי ה' יִהְיֶה לָּךְ לְאוֹר עוֹלָם וְגוֹ'".

The strength to receive this light, which will shine forth in the World to Come without “garment” or concealment, we derive from our present study of the Torah.

The Alter Rebbe stated earlier that the purpose of the entire Hishtalshelut is the revelation of the Ein Sof-light in this world, which occurs when the darkness of the kelipot of this world is transformed into the light of holiness.

But, one may ask, this revelation will take place only in the hereafter; at present, the Ein Sof-light is completely hidden! The Alter Rebbe replies that, indeed, the Messianic era constitutes the purpose for which this world was created.

It is known that the Messianic era, especially the period after the resurrection of the dead,

וְנוֹדָע, שֶׁיְּמוֹת הַמָּשִׁיחַ, וּבִפְרָט כְּשֶׁיִּחְיוּ הַמֵּתִים,

is indeed the ultimate purpose and the fulfillment of the creation of this world. It is for this [purpose] that [this world] was originally created.

הֵם תַּכְלִית וּשְׁלֵימוּת בְּרִיאַת עוֹלָם הַזֶּה, שֶׁלְּכָךְ נִבְרָא מִתְּחִילָּתוֹ

At first glance, this statement appears strange: One would have thought that the Messianic era represents not the purpose of creation, but the reward for man’s efforts toward fulfilling that purpose.

The Alter Rebbe therefore clarifies:

The [time of] receiving the reward is essentially in the seventh millennium, as is stated in Likkutei Torah of the Arizal (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, of blessed memory), whereas the period until then constitutes the fulfillment of the world’s purpose.

וְקַבָּלַת שָׂכָר ﬠִיקָּרוֹ בָּאֶלֶף הַשְּׁבִיﬠִי, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב בְּלִקּוּטֵי תּוֹרָה מֵהָאֲרִ"י זִכְרוֹנוֹ לִבְרָכָה: