Don’t Be a “Bystander”

A Moment with the Rebbe: When a “bystander” shared “constructive criticism” of hafotzas hamaayanos, the Rebbe encouraged him to get involved so he could be an insider when Moshiach comes.

A person once wrote to the Rebbe that although he generally doesn’t interfere or get involved in the hafotzas hamaayanos work, as an observant bystander he wishes to share his “constructive criticism” on the activities.

The Rebbe’s answer was pointed: “From between the lines of your letter, it is implicit that you consider being a bystander, and not getting involved, a perfectly upright attitude.

“I wonder if you also take this approach regarding your materialistic needs.

“In any case, Rachmona litzlan (Hashem should protect us) from such a view. Especially since it leads to abstaining from the work that will bring Moshiach.

“Perhaps, when Moshiach will come, you will also be a bystander…”

(Kuntres Michtovim Uma’anos, Tammuz 5774)

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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