We daily anticipate the coming of Moshiach and the onset of the Messianic Era of global peace and elevated existence. But some have a basic misunderstanding as to what this new world will bring. They envision their prior lives being wiped out. They wonder: will all that I have built and accomplished, the painstakingly constructed business connections and personal relationships, be rendered meaningless?

The word in Hebrew for the ultimate redemption, geulah, implies that the opposite is true. Geulah is comprised of the entire word golah ("exile")the word for our present conditionwith the addition of the letter alef. This means that the state of geulah includes within it everything positive that our present life in golah consists of. Everything, but with the addition of the element of "alef."

The alef in geulah refers to the "Master (alef) of the World.'' The condition of golah allows for the existence of evil and strife: material considerations distort the divine truth and stand between man and his Creator. In the geulah-era of Moshiach inner good of our present-day lives will come to light.

So the world of Moshiach is not a negation of what we are now. Rather, it is the perfection and enhancement of the very same elements which make up our lives today.

Freely adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.