Unlocking the gates of redemption begins with cultivating humility. * As we move closer to the age of Moshiach, humility stands as the cornerstone of spiritual preparedness.
Imagine standing at the threshold of a new era—an era promised in Torah, where Moshiach ushers in a world of peace, a world of oneness with the Divine. It's not just a matter of waiting for that blessed day to arrive but of actively participating in the advent of the Geula (Redemption). In this light, Rabbi Pinchas Winston's insightful article, "The Humiliation of It All," takes on an urgent resonance.
Rabbi Winston's piece argues that humility, a deeply revered Torah value, is more than a personal quality; it’s a cosmic key for channeling Divine light. In our context, humility is not just a personal virtue but a collective imperative as we move toward the era of Moshiach. Moses, the humblest of all men (Bamidbar 12:3), serves as a predecessor to Moshiach, and his humility is seen as a template for the Jewish people in preparing for the Geula.
"Every light needs a vessel to be noticeable in this world, and Divine light requires a humble one," Rabbi Winston eloquently states. Imagine the world full of humble vessels, each ready to channel the Divine light that Moshiach will reveal. This leads us to ask: how does humility fit into the broader narrative of Moshiach and Geula? According to the teachings of Chassidus, the Geula is a state in which the Divine light is no longer concealed but fully revealed. Thus, preparing humble vessels is a direct path to ready ourselves for that ultimate revelation.
As Rosh Hashanah approaches, a period often seen as a microcosm of the spiritual journey leading to Moshiach, this theme of humility gains greater prominence. The Lubavitcher Rebbe teaches that every Jew has the power to hasten the coming of Moshiach through acts of kindness and humility. The Rebbe draws upon the Talmudic teaching that "The humble shall inherit the land, and they shall delight in much peace" (Tehillim 37:11) to emphasize how humility can pave the way for the Geula.
With the world's eyes on escalating global conflicts, environmental crises, and social unrest, the urgency of Moshiach's arrival is palpable. The message becomes clear: as we inch closer to the advent of Moshiach, the collective task is to engage in spiritual elevation through humility. It's not merely a moral attribute but a Geula-centric mindset.
In a world that often seems chaotic, the promise of the Geula offers not just hope but direction. So, let's embrace humility, not as an end but as a divinely orchestrated means to prepare ourselves and the world for the impending era of Moshiach and ultimate redemption.