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Knowledge is Power --- G-dly Knowledge is SUPER Power.
The Mishna, compiled by Rabbi Judah the Prince, born in 135 CE, instructs every single one of us, even if it means coercing ourselves, to provide for ourselves a teacher, something Rabbi Schneerson (The Rebbe) many times urged us to consider.
The Rebbe would say, the importance of having someone, a confidant outsider, that a person can turn to, to share with, their most personal and troubling thoughts and feelings, cannot be overstated.
This coming Tuesday, April 19, 2016 is the birthday of Rabbi M.M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, 1902- 1994. You may ask, ever since 1994 why and how, is the Birthday of this great scholar and saint, still relevant?
In the book of G d, the Bible, Moses says, “I stand between you and G d to tell you the words of G d.” The Bible further says, “they had faith in G d, and in Moses his servant.”
Moses was, and the Moses in every generation is, the intermediary to connect the people with G d, as G-d promises Moses, “and in you they will believe, forever.”
The Holy book of Mysticism the Zohar teaches us, “who is the face of the master (G D)? This is the face of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai”, the leader and the Moses of the Jewish people, in his generation.
In the story of Purim when the wicked and evil Haman decided to wipe out the Jews, he was happy to kill them on the month that Moses died. Haman figured, the death of Moses was a bad omen which would support his own evil intentions. Little did he realize, Moses was also born on that same month, and his birthday, even after his death, had the merit and strength to overcome any negative vibes that could have been created through the death of Moses.
Once, the fifth Chabad Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber 1860-1920 taught, that in the world of truth, where the souls dwell, birthdays are celebrated and they affect the soul in very significant ways.
A birthday is the day, G d says to the individual, “The entire universe cannot exist without YOU”. “The entire universe is dependent on your contribution and existence, to bring it to its purpose and goal.” On the day of a Birth Day, every year, the original purpose intended for this soul, is renewed with an enriched vigor. On this day, the souls are brighter and stronger.
The birthday of a leader, a teacher and scholar, a true saint, “Angel of G d” is a very opportune time for those who already look up to this mentor for guidance, or those who would like to consider this soul and his teachings, as their guide and coach in life, to strengthen their connection with him, through studying and following his teachings.
The book of the prophets says, Samson lead the Jewish people as their Judge for 40 years. However, in fact he was their judge for only 20! The Talmud explains, that because Samson’s instructions and influence were felt for 20 years after he left this world, all FORTY YEARS were considered to the credit of his leadership.
We are living in a world where we see more and more every day the dire lack of authenticity and honesty in our leaders. This Tuesday is a day to consider, “He did not, (does not) forsake His Sheep.”
We very much still have a leader in our time, who understood the challenges of our generation, and granted us clear and concise guidance for our times.
Rabbi Abraham Hecht, the Rabbi of the largest Jewish Syrian Community in New York once brought a member of his congregation to meet with the Rebbe. Before actually seeing the Rebbe, Rabbi Hecht informed this gentleman of the Jewish Outreach being done by the Rebbe’s people in North Africa and the financial difficulties they were suffering.
During his interview with the Rebbe, this gentleman very modestly and humbly asked the Rebbe, “I don’t understand. Why doesn’t the Rebbe send a letter to G-d and ask that He send the necessary funds? I am sure G d would respond to the Rebbe”.
The Rebbe answered. “A letter of that sort would imply that I am asking G-d to free me from the assignment and mission, He has sent ME to accomplish and fulfill. Our obligation (in this world) is to toil, so we cause a positive change and impact. We must not wait or expect G d to do everything on our behalf.”
“The will of G d will certainly materialize. The free choice granted to man is whether to fulfill that destiny today or delay it until tomorrow. So, if we can accomplish things today, why delay it to tomorrow.” The Rebbe.
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