The Messianic age is typified by a universal manifestation of G‑dliness: "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of G‑d, as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9), when it shall no longer be necessary for "every man to teach his fellow... for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them" (Jeremiah 31:33). This means a transcending of the present- time empiricism, to penetrate to the hidden reality concealed by the veneer of the physical and sensual world of appearance. It is a time when G‑d will "yet appear unto them once more to explain the mystery of the Torah's reasons and the secrets of its hidden treasures."

In other words, it is a time when pnimiyut haTorah, the soul of the Torah, will be revealed and manifest. The opportunity to have a glimpse and taste of that time, however, exists already now.

A study and pursuit of pnimiyut haTorah, to the extent that it is readily available, especially in the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples, affords the opportunity to transcend the frustrating restrictions and perplexing constraints of our present-day reality of galut and a world steeped in materialism with its consequences of egocentricity and subsequent inhumanity and suffering. This transcendence is achieved by absorbing and internalizing the perspective of the mystical dimension of the Torah. It is the perspective of spirit over matter, of soul over body, of absolute reality over transient appearances.

With this perspective man achieves personal redemption and a transcendence of galut in all its meanings. This, in turn, leads to the ultimate Messianic redemption for the world at large. For the sole difference between golah (exile; diaspora) and ge'ulah (redemption) is the single letter aleph. - signifying Alupho shel Olam, the Master of the Universe: inserting the Aleph into golah, the conscious recognition, awareness and acting upon the presence of Alupho shel Olam even in golah, brings of itself ge'ulah - when the illusory veil concealing the Face of G‑d shall be removed and "the glory of G‑d shall be revealed so that (even) all flesh shall see..." (Isaiah 40:5) in a truly empirical way.