Ingathering the Exiles

Are we to suppose that Moshiach tzidkeinu will go to all the places where Israel is dispersed, to all the corners of the earth, and collect its members like a shepherd…?

The Moshiach, with his eleveated state of holiness, will conentrate his thoughts on exalted meditations and awesome forms of unification of Hashem’s Names. Among the latter will be an especially petrifying and awesome form of unification which will produce the effect of gathering together all those that are born from the Jewish nation, who are dispersed over all the lands. Of their own accord they will feel compelled to come to the Holy Land. “They shall hasten like a bird from Egypt and like a dove from the land of Assyria; and I will place them in their houses, says the Lord’” (Hoshea 11:11).

At this time, each member of Israel will experience a faintness and trembling in his heart, which will hasten him to fly and reside in the place where he will be directed. This is what will be accomplished by Moshiach with a single thought concentration and by invoking a unique holy form of unification of Hashem’s Names which “no eye will have seen” or known other then Moshiach himself, whom we aspire to have in our midst speedily in our days.

From the collected teachings of the Holy Reb Menachem Mendel of Rimanov (1745-1815)
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