What lessons can we take from this? How does this connect with Yud Shvat?
We have been in exile for two thousand years. Our ultimate purpose is to transform this world into a place where Hashem's presence can dwell openly. That will happen with the coming of Moshiach.
The Rebbe, the Moshe of our time, gave us clear marching orders. Bring Moshiach now! In other words, it is in our ability to bring Moshiach.
Sometimes it feels like we are in an impossible situation, the whole world seems to be against us and we are backed against a raging tide.
At times like these, we need to realize that it is Hashem Who turned us around and put us into this situation. He wants us there. There is a purpose that can only be realized through this difficult situation.
Will we complain? Will we cry out to Hashem? Of course. Then we must lift our heads and forge ahead obstacles not withstanding. When we do that Hashem splits seas for us.
For the past three years I have been in a difficult predicament which seems to only get worse. Do I pray? Do I cry out to Hashem that He heal me? Yes, all the time. However, the illness has not broken my spirit because I know that Hashem put me here and that He wants me here. I don't like it, but I continue to do what I can to bring Moshiach, through my difficulties and even more, using my difficulties as a platform to lift others up.
Yud Shvat is all about solidifying our connection with our Moshe, the Rebbe, and to commit ourselves to the mission he laid out for us. Specifically to use our strengths, talents and situation to accomplish the mission.
You can do it, don't be afraid, Hashem is with you.
This is written in memory of Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy.