Usually, we learn Tanya. Today, I wanted to learn something special for Mumbai. I searched for a "mesirus nefesh sicha" and this is the first one I found. I gasped when I saw all the issues that the Rebbe addresses here in this Sicha from Simchas Torah 5747. We Want Moshiach Now!
At the close of Simchas Torah we enter a period which personifies the Biblical narrative: "And Ya'akov went on his way" (Bereishis 32:2); we must now apply the lofty principles of the special days of Tishrei to the mundane matters of the regular days of the year.
On Simchas Torah we conclude the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings in the synagogue and we immediately begin the Torah anew by reading the first chapter of Bereishis:
In the beginning G-d created heaven and earth.
This juxtaposition of conclusion to beginning indicates that we must take the just completed Torah and apply it to matters of "heaven" and earth" and all their host, throughout the rest of the year.
It is therefore apropos that on Simchas Torah we should propose and accept good resolutions for the coming year.
Even more appropriate is the fact that the resolutions which we joyously accept on Simchas Torah carry with them the attribute of "bursting all restrictions."
Consequently, everything we do on Simchas Torah in the spirit of joy is done in a manner which "breaks the fences." Anytime you accept a commitment for the future you are circumventing the limitations of time by saying, "I commit now to do something later." When this commitment is in the form of a positive resolution accepted on Simchas Torah you add the special quality of Simchas Torah and ensure that your Divine service during the year will transcend the normal order and even go beyond the future, hoped for, measure.
This is true in all areas of Divine service and especially true in those areas of Divine service which essentially characterize the power of "breaking the fences."
The G-dly radiance also illuminates the gentile nations of the world, who become acquainted with Torah, when it is translated into the 70 languages. These efforts should start with information directed to the nations of the world to teach them to observe the Seven Noachide Laws, which will serve as a preparation for the promise of the future.
So that all the nations of the earth shall know the L-rd is G-d, there is none else. (I Kings 8:60)
Consequently, Simchas Torah is the propitious time to accept good resolutions in the areas of disseminating Torah and Yiddishkeit, as well as the wellsprings of Chassidus, to the whole world. The approach that Simchas Torah generates is to go above limitations and burst all fences, in order to generate a new creation: "In the beginning G-d created...."
Chassidus explains that the broad area of human needs encompasses food, clothing and shelter. The house one lives in symbolically descends from the loftiest, transcendental state and therefore surrounds the person from a distance, costs more than food and clothing and lasts much longer. Thus, the house would metaphorically represent the condition of bursting out of any restrictions.
Spreading Torah and Chassidus also may take on several forms: A -- Torah may be taught intensely and internally, similar to food. B -- It may be taught abstractly, enveloping the person in a broad radiance of Torah and only then effecting proper absorption of details. C -- Torah may be presented as the revelation of a supernal radiance which cannot be captured, metered or defined. This third form would be similar to a house which encircles a person from a distance; it is the most effective approach.
There is, however, another form of illumination that transcends the limitation of measure. By building a house of Torah, prayer, charity and acts of lovingkindness, you will not need to go and seek out each individual Jew, for they will all flock to the center, to pray, to study Torah or to contribute to charity.
This approach would be analogous to the oft-mentioned parable given by the Previous Rebbe of a lantern-lighter who walks the streets of the village and kindles the street lamps.
This analogy will hold true for a house of Torah, prayer and charity and then your success in disseminating Torah and Yiddishkeit will be much greater.
Some explanation is in place to justify the seriousness and necessity of this project to everyone.
Years ago when the emissaries of Lubavitch began building Chabad Houses a cloud of doubt hung over the efforts -- "Could they succeed?" After all:
One who girds the sword shall not boast as one who ungirds the sword. (I Melochim 20:11)
Now, after 30 years of activities in the areas of spreading Torah, Yiddishkeit and the wellsprings of Chassidus to the "outside," we have seen the success of these efforts. Therefore, wherever a Chabad House will be built now there is an absolute guarantee that they will see great and overwhelming success.
The experiences of the past 30 years have taught how to overcome all possible difficulties and obstacles.
It goes without saying that expansion of existing Chabad Houses will continue to expand the success that has been seen in the same Chabad House.
So it boils down to the will and determination of the people, to join in this project with the designated emissaries who carry out the mission of the Previous Rebbe and Nassi of our generation, for now the path of the Shaliach is paved and clearly defined and everyone can walk it proudly.
To this project we may apply the Biblical dictum: "And put Me to the test with that" (Malachi 3:10).
May it be the will of the Al-mighty that we utilize this auspicious day to accept these resolutions regarding the establishment of Chabad Houses in every place. The joy of Simchas Torah will eliminate any limitations -- so that the entire project will move ahead bursting with joy, and will not be stopped or impeded for any reason, and from the outset it will move by "going from above," which will bring even more success.
So that all the nations of the earth shall know that the L-rd is G-d, there is none else.
The glory of the L-rd shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together for the mouth of the L-rd has spoken it.
May it also breach the limitation of time so that it comes soon -- speedily and truly in our time -- in a split second so that "they are redeemed immediately."