During the 10 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we recite, “Our Father Our King, we have no other King, only You.” A King requires obedience. A Father is merciful.
There was once a prince who was ill. All the doctors of the land were summoned, but none could find a cure. Finally, when all seemed lost, and the prince was near the end, one doctor came and told the king, “There is one cure that just might work. But it involves taking the main jewel in the king’s crown, grinding it, putting it in water, and giving the prince a sip.”
The king didn’t hesitate for a moment, and ordered that the magnificent jewel, the centrepiece of His crown, be grinded down immediately, in the slight chance that it might save his son.
The Alter Rebbe, the first Rebbe of Lubavitch, used the above parable to explain why G-d allowed Chassidus (the innermost, deepest secrets of the Torah, G-d’s wisdom) to be revealed. Because at that point in history, some 300 years ago, the Jewish people were demoralized and exhausted from pogroms and persecution. They needed to sip the “Divine jewel” from the King’s Crown. So the Baal Shem Tov travelled around, and spread teachings of Chassidus, healing souls with doses of joy, illumination, and vitality.
The Baal Shem Tov once raised his soul to supernal heights in heaven, and he encountered the soul of Moshiach. “When will you come?” he asked. Moshiach replied, “When your wellsprings will spread to the furthest outreaches.”
The Baal Shem Tov’s students, and their students, right up to the present time, spread Chassidus worldwide; and with the internet, knowledge of G-d is now everywhere. The prophet Isaiah (11; 9) describes Redemption as a time when, “The world will be filled with knowing G-d, just as the waters cover the sea.”
The wellsprings of G-d’s precious jewel has revived His people, and its influence has spread out to all the nations.
“When will you come?” “When your wellsprings will spread to the furthest outreaches.”
As the Lubavitcher Rebbe often sang wth the children, “We want Moshiach now.”