“I have found David My Servant, with My Holy oil I have anointed him”
A very special campaign is being launched in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan, the 117th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who enjoined us with the holy task of bringing Moshiach in actuality. We are currently witnessing an unprecedented arousal of sincere yearning for Moshiach and Redemption around the globe. The world is ripe and ready for Redemption!
The Rebbe stated that all of the work needed to bring Moshiach has been completed and all that remains is to welcome Moshiach! (Sichas Chayei Sara, 5752). In light of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s prophetic statements regarding the imminence of Redemption alongside the Rambam’s halachic rulings concerning the identity of Moshiach (Laws of Kings, Chapter 11), it has become evident to tens of thousands of Jews that the Lubavitcher Rebbe is certainly B’chezkas Moshiach who will lead us to the Final Redemption.
In 5751, in response to the Rebbe’s directives to publicize the imminent arrival of Moshiach, a Kabbolos HaMalchus petition was initiated in order to establish a broad base of support for his leadership. Hundreds of Thousands of signatures and growing! were collected from around the world over the course of nearly thirty years. The Rebbe received these activities with tremendous pleasure, frequently giving his blessings and encouragement, and saying that he would mention them at the gravesite of his saintly father-in-law, the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.
For reasons known only in the Heavenly sphere, the Rebbe was subsequently concealed from us for an unbearably long period of time. This is in keeping with both the Midrash (Bamidbar Rabba 11:3 ), as well as the Zohar’s statement (Shmos 8b) that Moshiach will be initially revealed, but then will undergo an intense spiritual elevation of his soul, during which time he will be concealed.
Afterward, he will be revealed fully to the world as Moshiach Vadai. The process of his revelation and ascension to Kingship is largely dependent upon the Jewish people’s wholehearted readiness, including prayers and supplications, to receive Moshiach as their beloved King.
Melech HaMoshiach must be “elected” to office by the overwhelming will of his people. In addition to his functions in bringing worldwide peace, restoring our borders, and rebuilding the Holy Temple, Moshiach’s primary role is to fully awaken the hearts and souls of both Jews and non-Jews to the service of G-d Almighty.
The Torah compares King Moshiach to the heart of the Jewish nation, and just as the heart can only give whatever the limbs render to it, so too Moshiach has no life of his own per se.
Rather, his entire existence as Moshiach is utterly dependent upon the vitality we render to him with our allegiance and heartfelt devotion.