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Tuesday, April 07, 2020 13 Nisan 5780


The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion


Seize the Moment
The exodus from Egypt took place "in middle of the day," as the Torah states. Our sages explain that it happened at the exact moment predetermined for it. "G-d did not delay them for even a moment."
The Zohar explains that had the Jews delayed at the given moment, they would have lost their opportunity to leave Egypt. On its face this assertion seems very strange--why would a delay cause them to lose their only opportunity for redemption? Weren't the Egyptians pressuring them to leave, after being smitten with ten plagues? Would a delay of a few minutes have changed their minds that much?
However, the danger of delay was not on the part of the Egyptians. The fear was that some of the Jews might regret leaving Egypt, and would not want to leave the only life they knew for the unknown desert. Therefore, when the moment of redemption arrived, there could not be even a second of delay.
The exodus from Egypt materialized following a G-dly declaration: "I will take you out from under the Egyptian oppression... and I will be your G-d." This declaration is eternal. It calls forth to every Jew on a daily basis: Go out of Egypt, from your self-imposed limitations and negative habits.
It is forbidden to let this opportunity pass. Today as well, we have the possibility to leave exile, not just temporarily but forever. The true and complete Redemption with Moshiach will not be followed by any other exile. But we need to heed the call--"When Israel will do teshuvah [repentance] they will be redeemed immediately."
(The Rebbe, Igrot Kodesh vol. 22, p. 432)

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