Tammuz 5775: And so it begins
In Tammuz was the beginning of the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, leading to 2000 years of exile and awaiting the return of God’s kingdom on earth, for Purpose to infuse creation.
In Tammuz will also begin the seeds of the collapse of the world as we know it. It may lead to even darker times ahead, but those who are watchmen and women on the walls know that these are labor pains of the new earth, of the greatest transition history has ever known. For such a time as this, you were chosen to be here.
New Tammuz moon, Venus and Jupiter in the evening sky June 18, 2015
Shabbat June 19-20 Gimmel Tammuz
“How is it that the Redemption has not yet been attained? That despite all that has transpired and all that has been done, Moshiach has still not come?
“What more can I do? I have done all I can to bring the world to truly demand and clamor for the Redemption…. The only thing that remains for me to do is to give over the matter to you. Do all that is in your power to achieve this thing—a most sublime and transcendent light that needs to be brought down into our world with pragmatic tools….
“I have done all I can. I give it over to you. Do all that you can to bring the righteous redeemer, immediately!“I have done my part. From this point on, all is in your hands.”
The Zohar states that “When the tzaddik departs, he is to be found in all worlds, more than during his lifetime.” Now this needs to be understood. For, granted that he is to be found increasingly in the supernal worlds, because he ascends to there; but how is he found more in this world?
… As is known, the life of a tzaddik is not a physical life but a spiritual life, consisting wholly of faith, awe, and love of G-d… While the tzaddik was alive on earth, these three attributes were contained in their physical vessel and garment [ –the body] on the plane of physical space… his disciples received but a reflection of these attributes, a ray radiating beyond this vessel by means of his holy utterances and thoughts… But after his passing… whoever is close to him can receive a [far loftier dimension] of these three attributes, since they are no longer confined within a [material] vessel, nor bounded by physical space…
— Tanya, Iggeret HaKodesh 27; frequently quoted by the Rebbe in the months following the passing of his father-in-law and predecessor in 1950