In1 the last series of maamarim2 that the Rebbe [Rayatz] wrote, he anticipated everything and hinted at everything.3 Towards the conclusion of that series, in the maamar which was released in advance for study on Beis Nissan,4 the Rebbe [Rayatz] explains the concept of netzach (lit., “victory”).5 He writes there that the attribute of seeking victory is rooted in the very core of the soul which transcends all of the soul’s revealed (i.e., conscious) faculties. Because of this attribute, for the sake of victory in war even secret treasures, which have been locked away for generations, are squandered.6 Indeed, a king himself will take up his position in the thick of battle, and will even risk his very life. Since this is all done for the sake of victory in battle, one can readily conclude to what extent the attribute of netzach is deeply rooted in the soul.

The Rebbe [Rayatz] says this of our present time — the final era before the Redemption, the era in which the task of beirurim comes to an end. As the Rebbe [Rayatz] wrote in HaKeriah VehaKedushah,7 now is the era preceding the Redemption, and the mode of spiritual service (the avodah) now required is a mode of victory,8 with an unquestioning acceptance of the yoke of heaven.9

In order that victory be secured in the [current] battle, “secret treasures, which have been locked away for generations,” have been squandered — i.e., all the teachings and episodes which the Rebbe [Rayatz] revealed in recent times, and which had been hidden and sealed from generation to generation, until the generation of the Baal Shem Tov and his mentor, the Baal Chai.10

Because no one adequately took all these treasures to heart, their revelation is a veritable squandering, all for the sake of victory.

Since even all of this did not help — then, as the Rebbe [Rayatz] adds in the maamar, “the king himself takes up his position in the thick of battle.” This in fact was the practice of the Rebbe [Rayatz]. Rather than restricting his activities to lofty matters, he became involved even in quite mundane affairs. He personally took up his position on the battlefield.

Had we been found worthy, all of the above would have sufficed to secure victory in the battle, and the Rebbe [Rayatz] would long ago have led us to greet Mashiach. But since people did not devote themselves to him sufficiently, even all the above did not suffice, and — as the Rebbe [Rayatz] continues in the maamar — the king risks his very life.

[At this point, after weeping at length, the Rebbe concluded:] Since the Rebbe [Rayatz] writes no further than this in the maamar, and since the maamar is Torah, this means that the Torah determines that this is enough for now. We only have to muster strength and courage in order to secure victory in the battle, and the Rebbe [Rayatz] will lead us to greet Mashiach.