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Expecting Moshiach Today

15 Shevat, 5741 • January 20, 1981

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Expecting Moshiach Today: 15 Shevat, 5741 • January 20, 1981

The Previous Rebbe was once approached with the following dilemma: You profess to expect Moshiach’s coming “immediately.” Yet, at the same time, you make long-term plans, as if expecting exile to continue for the foreseeable future?
Redemption, Yearning for and Anticipating, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Expecting Moshiach Today
15 Shevat, 5741 • January 20, 1981
Disc 13, Program 51

Event Date: 15 Shevat 5741 - January 20, 1981

The Previous Rebbe was once approached with the following dilemma: You profess to expect Moshiach’s coming “immediately.” Yet, at the same time, you make long-term plans, as if expecting exile to continue for the foreseeable future?

The Previous Rebbe cited a precedent for this in Torah: While journeying through the desert, the Jews carried the Tabernacle with them, erecting it at every new place they encamped. Some encampments lasted many years, while others were less than a day. In each new place they erected the Tabernacle, with all its components, despite the chance they might leave that very day.

We expect to leave exile today. But every moment we are still in exile, we must proceed with complete enthusiasm, and at full capacity, to make our current “encampment” a dwelling place for G‑d.

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