Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneersohn was a Teaching Rabbi As, I, a gentile believer in Messiah, have sought to understand Jewish roots of scripture, I have found the writings of the Rebbe, to be a window into the deep emotion which a thirsty soul feeds when finding his or her way home. I have quoted freely from the Rebbe's writings, which I have discovered at www.chabad.org/therebbe
From the Rebbe's talks, Summer 1964 (free translation): Let us all say the Lechaim! for those who are "there" [i.e., in Soviet Russia] and bless them that they should be given the opportunity to study Torah and observe the mitzvot, and should cease to suffer at the hands of their evil persecutors. The Jewish people constitute a single body.
The same blood flows in all its limbs; an infusion of vitality in one limb strengthens the entire body.
When we, here, strengthen our commitment to Judaism, we strengthen them. They, in turn, with their self-sacrifice for Judaism, strengthen us. They do more for us than we do for them.
People imagine that since G-d is not physical, therefore He must be in heaven. But the heavens--and all things spiritual--are just as much creations as the earth. Less dissonant, more harmonious, more lucid--but finite realms nonetheless.
G-d is not found due to the capacity of a place, but by His desire to be there. And what He desires most is to be found in the work of our hands, fixing up His world.
In the heavens is G-d's light. In the work of our hands dwells G-d Himself, the source of all light.
Concerning Land for Peace:
Whenever the issue of "land for peace treaties" came to the fore, the Rebbe, as he did on every issue, would look to the Torah for guidance. The Rebbe found that Torah law clearly states that yeilding territory to an enemy in exchange for a promise of peace will bring not peace but more war and greater bloodshed.
Israel's peace and safety, the Rebbe repeatedly stressed, can only be achieved from a position of strength and confidence. Any sign of weakness or self-doubt is sure to encourage Israel's adversaries toward further aggression and terrorism.
One of the signs cited by the Talmud as an indication of the imminent coming of the Messiah, is a generation notorious for its brazenness and audacity: "Chutzpah will increase... youths will shame their elders.. a son will disgrace his father, a daughter will rebel against her mother..."
Since these signs have all been fulfilled, and more then fulfilled, and still the redemption has not yet come, I suggest that we make positive use of the chutzpah with which our generation has been blessed. Let us boldly demand of G-d, in no uncertain terms, that since all deadlines for the redemption have come and gone, He is to immediately send the redeemer. G-d will certainly be pleased by our "audacity" and bring the long-awaited era of universal peace and divine perfection to the world.
Again, all quotations concerning the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn have been quoted word for word from www.chabad.org/therebbe
I encourage all readers to visit Chabad.org to read more fully the Rebbe's writings.
In Honor of the Rebbe,
Yechesk'el (Ezekiel) 36:37
Adonai Elohim says, 'In addition, I will let the house of Isra'el pray to me to do this for them: to increase their numbers like sheep --- like flocks of sheep for sacrifices, like the flocks of sheep in Yerushalyim at its designated times, in this degree will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am Adonai.' *
* From David Stern's english translation of Yechezk'el