Chapter 8: Together Forever
Unity, Unity, and Unity Once Again
Unity Means Redemption
Elijah comes only to correct the deficiency that was present at the time of his arrival. This is why Elijah comes primarily to settle the dispute, for that certainly unites and ties Israel as one, until they are worthy of redemption from the exile. It is so because Israel are not redeemed from exile before they are completely one, as it is said in the Midrash, that Israel are not redeemed until they are one.
-Judah Loewe ben Bezalel (the Maharal of Prague), Innovations of Legends, Part 4, Masechet Matrimony, p 63
It is a wonderful thing that two prophets prophesied a very significant prophecy regarding the time of redemption: “And I will give them one heart” (Jeremiah, 32:39, Ezekiel, 11:19). Indeed, they knew what they were prophesying; the devil of separation-of-the-heart has been lurking for our nation from time immemorial.
-Avraham Kariv, Atarah LeYoshnah [Restoring Old Glory], “The State and the Spirit,” p 251
It is also clear that the immense effort required of us on the rugged road ahead requires unity as strong and as solid as steel, from all factions of the nation without any exceptions. If we do not come out with united ranks toward the mighty forces standing in our way then we are doomed before we even started.
-Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), The Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Nation,” p 487