"Moshiach is ready to come now-our part is to increase in acts of goodness and kindness" -The Rebbe

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Rebbe's characteristic expressions

In his countless sichos, the Rebbe uses a number of characteristic expressions, many of which were not typically used before (to the best of my knowledge). As chassidim for whom every word of the Rebbe is precious, it surely behooves us to notice and analyze these expressions, and adopt them ourselves where appropriate. Below I present a partial list of them, along with some suggested explanations in my humble upinion. If anyone wants to suggest other such expressions, or alternate explanations of these ones—please, don’t be shy!
  • Geulah ho’amatis vehashleimo—the true and complete redemption: This appears to be at least in part a rejection of the notion of the “beginning of redemption” advanced by a certain modern group. (Also, see Likkutei Sichos, Vol. 18, p. 131 for two interpretations of the expression complete in this phrase.)
  • Borei olam u’Manhigo—the Creator and Director of the universe: The Rebbe mainly uses this expression in sichos concerning non-Jews, and his apparent intent is to concisely reject the heretical idea that Hashem created the world but abandoned it, or that He is not fully involved with it. Rather, the Rebbe emphasizes, Hashem is constantly controlling everything that happens in the world.
  • Maaseh bepoel—actual deed: This expression comes to stress the need to bring abstract discussion down to earth.
  • Raboseinu Nesi’einu—our Rebbeim, our Nesi’im: This is said in reference to the Baal Shem Tov, the Maggid of Mezeritch, and all the Rebbeim of Chabad in order to emphasize that they are all our Rebbeim and Nesi’im even now, although of course, the current Rebbe and Nasi is the main one. For further explanation, see here.
  • Teikef umiyad mammosh—literally at once, immediately: This is said when expressing a prayer for the coming of Moshiach, and this repetitious wording is intended to emphasize that we ask that this request be fulfilled literally now.

  • Pnimiyus HaTorah—the inner dimension of Torah: The Rebbe never uses the expressions that have been traditionally used to refer to “Jewish mysticism”—sod, the secret dimension of Torah, or nistar, the hidden dimension of Torah. See here for a possible explanation.

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