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Unread 02-09-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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Doubled and Redoubled Darkness

There are those who would examine the state of the world at present and declare the glass half-empty and thus cynically dismiss the Rebbe's oft-repeated assertion that aspects of the impending geulah are beginning to appear already. Surely such cynics must be aware that the Rebbe himself addressed these very issues, for example:

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...according to the signs given in the Gemara, we are right before the revelation of Moshiach, and therefore the words of Daniel (12:10) apply: "Many things will be clarified, refined and purified." Included in this is that many negative traits which were previously concealed will come out into the open. In fact, even traits he was unaware existed within himself, or was unaware they were bad will be openly revealed.

The reason this is necessary is because everything must be purified before Moshiach's coming. And unless it is revealed, its purification is impossible. Therefore, shortly before his arrival, when the process must be completed, evil has become revealed in order to facilitate its purification. And since this evil has come out into the open, obviously G-d gives the individual extra strength to accomplish its transformation. It is therefore within his power to descend from his haughty stance and begin to purify those areas in need of improvement and correction. It would normally be possible for this process to be achieved gradually. But now Moshiach is about to arrive, and everything must be speedily completed.

Sicha 12th Day of Tammuz, 5747
http://www.sichosinenglish.org/books...lish/36/02.htm
(couldn't find it on Otzar)
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And although there are many complaints and excuses as to why it is improper to speak about Moshiach's coming...these complaints themselves are a sign of how badly the world needs him! The darkness is so great that people don't even realize that they're in darkness. The very speaking about Moshiach itself nullifies these complaints.

...Never have we seen such extremes – both in the positive and in the negative.

On the world scene, we are also witnessing an extreme sort of negative development. Among the events described as characterizing the days immediately preceding Moshiach's coming is that "kingdoms will fight with one another." Recently – and especially in the last few days – there has been extreme violence to an extent that defies the imagination. However, since they are occurring in distant lands, people are not paying sufficient attention.

Although previously the distinction between good and bad might not have been that pronounced, now it has become crystal clear. This is the significance of the phrase, "and the wise will understand." One need not be wise to see that these extremes exist; it is obvious to everyone in the world. But in order "to understand" – to recognize that this is part of the preparation for the Messianic Age – one must be "wise."


Sicha, Purim 5747
http://www.sichosinenglish.org/books...lish/35/01.htm
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Speaking of darkness....

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...in the posuk referring to the Plague of Darkness there is even an allusion to ******, y"s.

The posuk says:
God told to Moshe, "Stretch forth your hand to Heaven and
there will be darkness upon the land -- darkness that will be
felt (veyamiash). (Shemos 10:21)

After World War II, Rav Weismandel noticed (without the aid of a computer) that, if you take the word veyamaish, which is spelled Vav-Yud-Mem-Shin, and switch each of its letters for the one that precedes it in the Aleph-Bais (a common form of gematria), you would arrive at: Heh-Tes-Lamed-Raish, which spells ****** -- in the one plague that not only affected the Jewish population but allowed for the death of 12,000,000 Jews!

source: Pinchas Winston
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