Eternal Reign is a maamar (Chassidic Discourse) delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Acharon Shel Pesach (the final day of Pesach) 5746 (1986). It was subsequently edited by the Rebbe and published in 5748 (1988), ahead of the first anniversary of the Hei Teves celebration.

The maamar begins with the prophecy of Yechezkel regarding the divided kingdoms of Joseph and Judah during the first Temple era. Yechezkel prophesizes that in the future, these two kingdoms will become one, and King Moshiach— from the tribe of Judah—will rule over the entire nation forever.

Based on the explanation in Chassidus that Judah represents action, whereas Joseph represents study (inspiration), the Rebbe embarks on an in-depth discussion of the Talmudic debate as to which of the two are greater.

In this book, the maamar appears with a linear English translation, accompanied by explanatory lessons, summaries, and background information.

In addition, a Preface tells the story and background of Hei Teves, which celebrates the victory of the seforim of the Lubavitch library. The reader can see how, on a deeper level, Hei Teves also celebrates the vindication of the entire approach of the “seventh generation”, and the leadership of the Rebbe. A comprehensive Introduction explores how the maamar’s explanation of Yechezkel’s prophecy actually reflects this modern-day victory as well.

Eternal Reign teaches how our own increase in both study and action hastens the fulfilment of the above-mentioned prophecy.

Eternal Reign is the second volume in the Living Chassidus series, whose goal is to bring the timeless teachings of Chassidus to life, with practical day-to-day application.

Translated by Rabbi Noam Wagner