I asked the Messiah: “When will my Lord come?” And he answered: “Know that when your teaching becomes known and reveals itself to the world and when your sources spread outside to the extent that they, too, will be able to unite and to ascend, then all evil forces will vanish, and there will be a time of desire and redemption.
– Baal Shem Tov’s letter, Mekor Maim Chaim, Chapter “Noah”
Man’s soul is the Creator’s candle. In other words, commandments (corrections) attract the Light into the soul. Hence, the word “commandments” (Mitzvot) derives from the word “unity” (Tzavta). [That is, all our corrections come down to unity].
– Zfat Emet, Dvarim (Deuteronomy), Chapter “Titzeh”