By Sholem Lugov
Aug. 31, 2022 Anno Domini
Translated from Russian
On August 30, 2022, at the age of 92, the first and last President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, who went down in world history as a man of peace and an architect of perestroika and glasnost, died. The attitude towards him has always been ambiguous and contradictory: he was adored abroad, and many hated him in his own country.
But for me, Gorbachev was remembered for the fact that it was he who destroyed the iron curtain and opened the way to Israel for hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews. It should also be noted that Gorbachev signed with Reagan the first agreement on the limitation and dismantling of nuclear weapons – the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. It was Gorbachev who initiated the change in the political course of the USSR and played an important role in the virtual disappearance of the Soviet threat to world peace.
Mikhail Gorbachev started out as a communist, but gradually he realized that the entire Soviet system was unacceptable. Communism brought not freedom and equality, but repression, a police state and a new hierarchy of power. Then he decided to start perestroika, but few people know that the main role in this process was played by the Lubavitcher Rebbe SHLITA King Moshiach.
When Gorbachev assumed the post of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU (leading the party, and in fact the state) in 1985, all authoritative Western media predicted the emergence of a new tyrant. At that moment, the Rebbe made a prophetic announcement: he asked Professor Branover to inform all his friends and acquaintances in Russia that communism would soon collapse, the Soviet Union would cease to exist, and the long-awaited freedom would come.
Two years later, the Rebbe turned to the Israeli government with a request to begin preparations for accepting a large number of repatriates from Russia, although no one even dreamed of this.
And so it actually happened!
The Rebbe’s prophecy was fulfilled, although Gorbachev himself, according to him, had no idea what would happen in the country. (For more on this, see the article “The Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1985 foresaw perestroika in Russia”).
One of two things: either the Rebbe scanned Gorbachev’s thoughts and came to the conclusion that the USSR would collapse, or else he inspired him with the idea of disintegration and changed the course of governing the country.
It is interesting to note that Gorbachev died in the middle of the week, when we read the chapter of the Torah “Judges”, and every Hasid knows perfectly well that the famous speech of the Rebbe is connected with this chapter, in which he calls himself the prophet of the generation and Moshiach, leading all mankind to the coming Liberation.