Moshiach, Mashiach, the Messiah, a king, Jewish leadership
Jewish leadership, a king, Mashiach -- whatever name we use, the sad
truth is we don't yet have it -- not in the way we could have it, not
in the way we should have it.
"So," you ask, "what does that have to do with me?" The answer is,
everything -- and in every possible way. Not only is proper Jewish
leadership something that can and should affect our lives profoundly,
but we are responsible and to blame for not having it.
"A generation that does not merit the rebuilding of the Temple is the
equivalent of one who destroyed it." (Talmud Yerushalmi, Yoma 1.1)
The question then should be, "What am I expected to do? How can I change the situation?"
The first thing is we can WANT it. True, we pray for the Geula, we ask
to be rescued from our troubles and pains, we even sing about it.
Still, this is not enough. We need to want it and want it.
Now, let's ask ourselves, and continue to ask ourselves, "What can I think, say and do to want Mashiach more?"
A Part of the Process
How can we want Mashiach more? Most importantly, we must remember that
we are a vital part of the process. For, what we really desire is that
the Shechina, Divine inspiration, rest on us, and to such a degree,
that one of our number stands up with a message motivating the entire
Jewish people to positive change.
We have two responsibilities...
One, we need to elevate ourselves such that more of the Creator, more
of the ultimate Creative Force, connects with us, creating a new drive
in our lives.
Two, we must embrace such leadership, and the challenges that grow from
it. We need to be thrilled, even to shiver at the idea of the Heavenly
Presence entering the world -- filling our beings, radiating within us
and through us, as we live each day in the best possible way.
The coming of the Geula -- the emergence of the Jewish people as the
Creator's presence in this world -- starts in our thoughts.
(1) We need to dream large, compelling dreams, dreams that enter our prayers with colorful force.
(2) We need to get excited by our wish. In them, we should see
prosperity and happiness, the feeling of achievement we want for
ourselves. Constantly, we must renew these dreams -- that they continue
to uplift, exhilarate, intoxicate us.
(3) We must work to incorporate the entire Jewish people and even the
welfare and contentment of the whole world into our prayer.
With these steps, we bring the Geula into reality.
Greater and Greater
Say, "I am Avraham, Yitzchak, Yakov. I am Sara, Rivka, Rochel, Leah. I
am Moshe, Aaron, Dovid, Shlomo. I am Miriam, Devora, Esther, Yehudis.
Let these great people live in you and through you. Let all great
people live in you and through you. Let their aspirations and dreams be
your aspirations and dreams. Let their personality and drive be your
personality, and drive. Be them in what you think, say and do.
Say, "I am Mashiach." Let the rebuilding of the Jewish people, the
gathering-in of our exiles, the renovation of our land be a part of
your reality. Live now towards a glorious future.
Say, "I am the Creator." Feel the Creative Force pulsing through you,
invigorating you. Let the intelligence of upper worlds flow into you,
empowering and guiding you to great achievement.