Why don’t we have a Rebbe that we can see?! Why can we no longer go up and “see and be seen”? Are we less worthy than the Chassidim of yesteryear, of what is now the previous generation?
Is it normal for a Chossid to have to go to an Ohel, where he is seen but cannot see, and have “the Rebbe find a way to answer,” instead of going to a Rebbe whom he can see and communicate with directly? To have to be inspired from a Rebbe one has never physically seen, of ink on paper, of audio and video, of fading memories of aging elders?
Lomo nigorah?! Why should we miss out?! Ad mosai!
But what’s even worse than missing out is ... starting to forget that we’re missing out. Starting to tolerate and ultimately accept the situation, and not give it a second thought.
Let us constantly remind ourselves that this is not the way the relationship of a Chossid and Rebbe should be. Let us davven and demand that although we firmly believe that the Rebbe is with us just as before, guiding and blessing us along every step of the way, we are not satisfied with this. We want to see him.
As the Rebbe put it: “Ve’nizkeh zehn zich mit’n Reb’n doh lematoh in a guf, u’lematoh mei’asoroh tefochim, v’hu yigaleinu”—“May we merit to see the Rebbe down here in a body, and in our immediate reality, and he will redeem us.”