The Rebbe’s Revolution In 5762

Ten years passed. On the one hand, world-wide terror increased. On the other hand, the world continued to progress towards the time of the Rebbe MH"M’s revelation. Somehow, the Rebbe arranged it so that Bush’s son would become president too and complete what his father left unfinished.

By Rabbi Naftali Estulin


Sukkos has always been connected with the nations of the world. In the Musaf prayer on Sukkos, we mention the oxen that were sacrificed when the Beis HaMikdash stood; seventy oxen corresponding to the seventy nations.


These sacrifices affected the spiritual sources of the nations so that they would be influenced by the holiness of the Beis HaMikdash and would receive their life force from it. The spiritual elevation attained by the nations of the world refined them and prepared them to fulfill the Sheva Mitzvos Bnei Noach. The Midrash says that if the nations knew what benefit they received from the Beis HaMikdash, they would stand and guard it!


The connection gentiles have with their mitzvos began on Rosh HaShana when the first man was created and was given six mitzvos (aside from the seventh, not to eat a limb from a living animal, which was given to Noach). The civilization of the world is dependent on the fulfillment of these mitzvos, which includes the implementation of a system of justice to enforce the fulfillment of the mitzvos between man and his fellow. Apparently it’s difficult for the gentiles to deal with the mitzvos on their own, and they need the Jewish people to bring sacrifices on their behalf on Sukkos.


After the murderous attack in New York and Washington D.C., gentiles have, in a sense, begun to realize that without the fulfillment of the Sheva Mitzvos, the world cannot exist.


Upon examining the frightful events that took place in the capitol city of Nasi Doreinu, one can view it as would a gentile, i.e., there are groups of terrorists who can destroy the modern world, therefore we must eradicate them and beef up our security. Or, one can view it from a Jewish perspective, as a Chabad Chassid would, putting it in the context of that which began ten years ago.


In 5750, after the silent revolution that led to the dismantling of the Communist bloc, which up until that point had represented the war on faith, the time had come to continue the revolution throughout the world. How? By teaching the Sheva Mitzvos to all nations of the world.


This revolution actually began in the 80’s when the United States ratified some laws and resolutions about the Sheva Mitzvos in accordance with the Rebbe’s request. However, these principles were not promulgated throughout the world.


At the end of 5750, when Iraq invaded Kuwait, a unique opportunity to convey a clear message was presented, the message that all nations of the world must conduct themselves in a manner which ensures the civilization of the world. In the Rebbe’s talks at the time, two points were repeated: 1) The Jewish people need not fear what was going on, for events were preparing the ground for the coming of Moshiach, who already stood on the roof of the Beis HaMikdash (770) and announced, "Humble ones, the time of your redemption has arrived."


2) Since the time for Geula had arrived, and it was therefore already possible to experience a foretaste and beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecies of Geula, the United States could have used the opportunity to tell the world once and for all, that humanity’s first priority is "yishuvo shel olam" (settling the world), and a nation that acts contrary to this priority, will be severely punished.


A few years prior to this, when the Rebbe began talking about the Sheva Mitzvos in earnest, the Rebbe made it clear that the U.S. had an important role to play in teaching the Sheva Mitzvos to the world. Being a kingdom of chesed with worldwide economic clout, the U.S. could use its strong position in the world to influence the nations to fulfill their mitzvos.


In one of the Rebbe’s talks during the Gulf War, the Rebbe said that a special opportunity had arisen to completely eradicate the Iraqi threat. The Rebbe explicitly said that they should be wiped off the face of the earth. If President George Bush had taken advantage of the opportunity, the Arabs would have been shaken up and would not have dared to consider using violent means to further their goals. They would realize that those who used violence, those who worked against the Sheva Mitzvos, would be eliminated from the map.


But Bush did not use the opportunity. Maybe he didn’t have the z’chus. And the Rebbe said not to publicize this sharp sicha.


Ten years passed.


On the one hand, terrorist activities have increased. On the other hand, the world has progressed to the time for the Rebbe MH"M’s revelation. Providence had it that Bush’s son has become president and is now being given the opportunity to complete that which his father began: eradicating evil from the world as a beginning and foretaste of the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, when "I will remove the spirit of impurity from the land."


Bush’s son announced an all-out war against evil in the world. In a speech to the nation on 3 Tishrei, he said that the United States would go to war for the purpose of excising evil from the world.


Terror has reigned in Eretz Yisroel for years. In the U.S. this was observed and ignored. For years, the Rebbe called on the U.S. to use its worldwide economic influence and support of many nations in order to spread the observance of the Sheva Mitzvos, but the U.S. preferred to focus on its own narrow interests.


But since the time has come for the revelation of the Rebbe MH"M, the U.S. has no choice, and must fulfill its destiny and instill the Sheva Mitzvos within all of humanity.


The unfathomable has come to pass and terrorism struck right here. America has no choice but to go to war against terror now.


Upon examining the details of the events, one sees how it is all written Above with open Divine providence:


In order to get the U.S. to go to war, the president needs the consent of four sectors: the government, the military, the financiers, and the people. In Vietnam, for example, the people did not want the war, and it pulled out in the middle. The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center affected all four sectors simultaneously:


The White House and the President’s plane were quite possibly terrorist targets; the Pentagon, nerve center of the U.S. army, was attacked and partially destroyed; the World Trade Center, home to the high-powered financial movers and shakers, was completely demolished and thousands of civilians killed, leaving millions more frightened of what is to come.


Aside from the physical devastation, the attack severely affected the morale of all four sectors. There is great shame over the debacle of the President of the United States fleeing in his plane to an undisclosed destination, all because of a group of terrorists who used knives to commandeer American planes and transform them into missiles to attack America. The tremendous shame led to unprecedented support by all four sectors of the president’s decision to go to war.


Also, the fact that the attacks were simultaneous compelled the U.S. to go on the offensive against terrorism. It is very possible that if the attacks were spaced over a number of weeks, that the U.S. would not have reacted as strongly as it did, just as it did not react to the numerous other attacks against it over the past five years.


When examining this chain of frightening events with a Chassidic eye, you see that the U.S. is being pushed towards fulfilling its historic role of teaching the Sheva Mitzvos to the world. There has been an unprecedented spiritual awakening in America, with the president himself asking the nation to pray for peace. Thousands of Jews who never visited a shul before, attended shul this Rosh HaShana.


By the way, the attacks took place on Tuesday, the third day of Slichos, the day the Rebbeim would say special maamarim, though not revealing why this day of Slichos was special. This secret was transmitted from Rebbe to Rebbe.


What practical lessons can we derive from current events?


1) The Rebbe gave us the job of bringing Moshiach. If we thought for a moment that we could get out of it, recent events have shown us otherwise. The previous President Bush also thought he could get out of fulfilling the role which the Rebbe said America has, but the Rebbe arranged things so that his son could complete the job.


The world is waiting for us, for us to fulfill our role in preparing the world to greet Moshiach. The Rebbe is waging the wars of Moshiach on his own, but he gave the job of preparing the world to us, and we have to use this Shnas Hakhel and fulfill the task with chesed and rachamim.


2) In his speech to the American people, Bush said that the U.S. would not only fight against terrorists, but against their supporters. Any nation that grants immunity to terrorists would have to contend with the U.S. Whoever would not join the coalition in the war against terror, would be counted among the terrorists. The world became black and white. No gray. Whoever is not with us is against us.


In Chassidus we call this, "yisboreru v’yislabnu ha’dvarim" (the matters becoming clear and white). Whoever doesn’t join the coalition to bring the Geula, ch’v, takes full responsibility for the continuing Galus! You cannot stand off to the side and say, "I’m not getting involved in matters that are steeped in controversy..." Whoever stands with arms folded while Chabad Chassidim make the effort to bring the Geula, is counted among those who "mocked the footsteps of Your anointed one." Every person must decide where he belongs.


3) We must know that since the Rebbe announced, "Humble ones, do not fear, the time for your redemption has arrived," we can clearly see how all world events are for our benefit. Jews have been fighting Arab terrorism for fifty years, and when Israel demonstrated an uncompromising war against terror, the Western world refused to see the justice in their position.


On the Shabbos following the World Trade Center attacks, the Haftora said, "For the sake of Tziyon I will not be silent, and for the sake of Yerushalayim I will not be quiet, until Your justice goes out against it and her salvation burns like a torch. And nations will see Your justice..." It was on account of those towering flames of fire that the nations finally began to see the justice in Yerushalayim’s stubborn war against terrorism.


Since the time has come for the revelation of the Rebbe MH"M, the U.S. has no choice, and must fulfill its destiny and instill the Sheva Mitzvos within all of humanity.



The world became black and white. No gray. Whoever is not with us is against us.


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