Op-ed: We Need Our Father

Rikki Gurewicz, whose father Shalom Gurewicz passed away last week, encourages Jews everywhere to beg Hashem for Moshiach at this year’s Moshiach Seuda.

By Rikki Gurewicz for Anash.org

I never tried hard to bring Moshiach, I hardly believed it would happen in my lifetime. Until my precious father was taken by this disgusting virus. I am not going to tolerate that. I will not tolerate the world sitting in fear waiting to hear the next death. THIS IS NOT NORMAL. THIS IS NOT OK. Don’t wait until its someone close to you CH”VSH. We need to add in mitvos now and we should especially add the intention that we are doing them for the immediate coming of Moshiach. The Lubavitcher Rebbe said we need to demand Moshiach. Nothing else can compensate for the pain we are going through. This is not just a tragic loss where the world will go back to how it was before. It won’t and it shouldn’t. The world is crying together.

We need to show our surrender flag and tell Hashem – “We surrender, we are ready.” Now is the time for Moshiach. We are in our homes, ready to go, with no work or plans we are running to. No shuls or schools. The world is shut down making way for us to flow straight to Yerushalayim. Let’s go.

Moshiach is explained by the Tzemach Tzedek: “The last day of Pesach is the conclusion of that which began on the first night of Pesach. The first night of Pesach is our festival commemorating our redemption from Egypt by the Holy One, Blessed be He. It was the first redemption, carried out through Moshe Rabbeinu, who was the first redeemer; it was the beginning. The last day of Pesach is our festival commemorating the final redemption, when the Holy One, Blessed be He, will redeem us from the last exile through our righteous Moshiach, who is the final redeemer. The first day of Pesach is Moshe Rabbeinu’s festival; the last day of Pesach is Moshiach’s festival.” 

In Chabad, we therefore have a “Moshiach Seuda” at the end of Pesach. We are all one and whether you are chabad or not make a seuda this year before sundown on the last day of pesach. Have matzah and 4 or 5 cups of wine/grape juice. Say “Ad masai” and take on a strong hachlata tova.

The Rambam said in Hilchos Teshuvah – the whole world is hanging on one side of the scale. One thing you do can tip the scale and bring Moshiach. Yours may be the final one.

May we celebrate this year with Moshiach. I need my Tatty back. And we all need our Father in Heaven to show His face.

In honor of Shalom haleivi Z”L ben Shmuel Haleivi Sheyichye.

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  1. Beautiful article, your father will for sure be doing the same together with us and may it be IN PERSON with techiyas Hameisi and moshiach now.

  2. I couldn’t say it any better the previous comment. May Hashem bring about the end of suffering to all mankind. Techiyas Hameisim, thur Moshiach now!!!

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