Tuesday, April 25, 2006

15 Years On

Tonight, 28 Nissan, will mark 15 years from the renowned "I have done all I can..." sicha.

Chabad.org summarises that moment:

On the eve of Nissan 28, 5751 (April 11, 1991), the Lubavitcher Rebbe issued an emotional call to his followers, and to the world Jewish community, to increase their efforts to bring Moshiach and the ultimate redemption. Spoken in an anguished voice and couched in uncharacteristically personal terms, the Rebbe's words deeply shocked the Chassidim present in the Rebbe's synagogue and reverberated throughout the global Chabad-Lubavitch community. "How is it that the Redemption has not yet been attained?" the Rebbe cried. "That despite all that has transpired and all that has been done, Moshiach has still not come? What more can I do? I have done all I can to bring the world to truly demand and clamor for the Redemption…The only thing that remains for me to do is to give over the matter to you. Do all that is in your power to achieve this thing--a most sublime and transcendent light that needs to be brought down into our world with pragmatic tools... I have done all I can. I give it over to you. Do all that you can to bring the righteous redeemer, immediately! I have done my part. From this point on, all is in your hands..."

This call shook all of Chabad and even those who are not Chabad chassidim. Fifteen years later we are still waiting for Moshiach. Without the Rebbe's guidance and encouragement the task seems daunting. The thing is that we all have strengths in different areas. If we use these strengths in a positive way maybe we can make a difference and hasten Moshiach's coming.