We must all clearly know that each and every activity and each and every effort made to spread the wellsprings [of Chassidus] outward illuminates the darkness of the exile and hastens the coming and revelation of Mashiach. There are no words to describe how difficult it is to remain even one extra moment in exile and how precious one extra moment of the revelation of Mashiach is.
(The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Pesach Sheini 5710-1950)
Bread from the Earth?
The “Hamotzee” blessing recited before eating bread reads: “Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.” Why do we thank G-d for “bringing forth bread from the earth” when in reality it yields wheat, which must then be baked into bread? According to the Talmud, when Moshiach comes the earth will produce ready-made bread. Our Sages instituted the blessing with these particular words in anticipation of the Messianic era.
[reprinted from www.LchaimWeekly.org – LYO / NYC]