We must achieve the realization that Hashem is currently fulfilling a prophecy for us – “And I will grant you a new heart and implant a new spirit within you.” A person who peers into the depths of Jewish hearts, instead of merely looking at the external appearance, will be able to see our great preparedness for this reality. We must prepare ourselves for this new heart and new spirit that are proceeding and descending upon us from above. This new heart and new spirit will fill our lives with a spiritually elevated wealth and pour within us existential meaning and a deep sense of purpose.

This new spirit will manifest along the entire spine of our nation. It will awaken a deep sprit of teshuvah among those who are wandering among foreign factions, allowing them to taste from the good of Hashem and from the sweetness of the Torah and mitzvos. The masses will see and flock to Hashem and His great Goodness in a complete teshuvah to their Father in heaven.

This new heart will purify the hearts of those who are complete in their Jewish faith, expanding their perception of life, raising the feeling of deep unity within the depth of their hearts, removing conflicts and division along with constricted consciousness and small mindedness – allowing them to experience our being one nation, one soul, one body – illuminated with the shining expansivity of Torah and avodas Hashem, filled with the depth of life and the wealth of holy and elevated perceptions.  

This new heart will shine within the hearts of all members of our nation, renewing like the days of old that lofty experience of, “And Yisrael encamped there opposite the mountain” (Shemos 19:2) – “Like one man with one heart.” Amidst this will arise a deep desire to establish the Mikdash, a primary center which will grant expression to this level of national living. Just as it is the way for a family to seek a house within which to live, so will a deep need arise in our hearts for the family of am Yisrael to have a singular house, a place where we can all gather together, a place where we can express our mighty collective spirit which allows the entire nation to feel like one organism, perceiving the single heart that beats within all Jewish souls.

No longer will a Jewish person suffice with a communal Beis Knesses, beautiful and wondrous as it may be, or with a place for Torah study and avodas Hashem that accommodates one specific affiliation. Rather, his heart and eyes will be there all his days, to the place where the Shevatim ascended, the Shevatim of Hashem, testimony to the unity of am Yisrael, to give praise to Hashem. With a heart filled with life and vitality, we will together experience the words of our breath, Moshiach Hashem: “I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the House of Hashem!’” (Tehillim 122:1)

This new spirit and new heart have already begun to take effect. Deep within our souls, these hidden yearnings are beginning to stir, to return to Hashem, to feel as one nation, to renew our days like the days of old, to seek to rebuild the Beis HaMidash. These yearnings are proceeding and growing all the time, leading our souls along with strength and a demand for life. However, as is the way of all holy developments, it requires a response on our part to awaken toward this light, to do all we can to bring it from potential to actuality.

This is what we need to do – “Awaken and rise”, to rise up and greet the light that is approaching, shining in our souls, “Arise, shine, for your light has arrived, and the Glory of Hashem shines upon you. (Yeshayahu 60:1) “Awake, awake, O Tzion! Clothe yourself in splendor; Put on your robes of majesty, Yerushalayim, the holy city… Arise, shake off the dust, Sit on your throne, O Yerushalayim! Loosen the bonds from upon your neck, O captive one, Tzion!” (Ibid, 52:1-2) “A voice! My Beloved! There He comes, leaping over mountains, bounding over hills… There He stands behind our wall, gazing through the window, peering through the cracks. My beloved spoke thus to me, “Arise, my beloved; My beautiful one, come away!” (Shir HaShirim 2:8-10)

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