Isru Chag,1 Day 8 of the Omer

עֶס אִיז פאַראןַ דעֶר עִנְיָן וואָס אַחֲרוֹן שֶׁל פֶּסַח אִיז דעֶר גִּלּוּי פוּן מָשִׁיחַ, וואָס אִיז שַׁיָּךְ לְכָל יִשְׂרָאֵל. פֶּסַח אִיז דאָך דעֶר מְדַלֵּג אוּן לֵיל שִׁמּוּרִים, אוּן בִּכְלָל העֶרְט זִיך חֵרוּת'דִיק, אוּן נאָכדעֶם פאַלט מעֶן אַרַיין אִין וועֶלְט, אִיז דאָס אִיז דעֶר גִּ‎לּוּי פוּן מָשִׁיחַ, דעֶר תּוֹקֶף וואָס עֶס גִיט אַז מְ'זאָל קעֶנעֶן געֶהְן אִין וועֶלְט.

The concept that there is a revelation of Mashiach on the Last Day of Pesach is relevant to the entire Jewish people. On Pesach, [the dynamic between G‑d and His people is characterized by] a “leap,”2 and [Pesach begins with] “the night of G‑d’s watchfulness.” Overall, we experience freedom. Afterwards, however, we are plunged back into the world. This, then, is the above-mentioned revelation of Mashiach — the resolute power that it generates, enabling us to continue on in the world.3

Peering Over the Horizon

In the memorable sichah delivered on the evening of the 28th of Nissan, 5751 (1991), the Rebbe declared:4 “What more can I do to motivate the entire Jewish people to clamor and cry out, and thus actually bring about the coming of Mashiach?.... All that I can possibly do is to give the matter over to you. Now, do everything you can to bring Mashiach, here and now, immediately…. I have done whatever I can: from now on, you must do whatever you can….”

The Rebbe later clarified his intent:5 to encourage study of the subjects of Redemption and Mashiach as they are dealt with in classic Torah texts, particularly as understood by Chassidus, and in “the maamarim and Likkutei Sichos of the Nasi of the generation.”6

By studying and internalizing these sources we reframe our thought processes, and open our eyes and hearts to the living promise of Redemption. This will generate ripples of Mashiach-consciousness throughout our surroundings, and cultivate an environment in which the mission of Mashiach can actually be fulfilled.