Sichos In English   Holidays   Shabbat   Chabad-houses   Chassidism   Subscribe   Calendar   Links B"H

     Sichos In English -> Books -> Letters From The Rebbe -> I Will Write It In Their Hearts - Volume 1
Volume 1   |   Volume 2   |   Volume 3   |   Volume 4   |   Volume 5

I Will Write It In Their Hearts - Volume 1
Letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Spreading the messages of the Previous Rebbe; Chanukah outreach by "lofty souls"

Translated by: Rabbi Eli Touger

Published and copyright © by Sichos In English
(718) 778-5436     info@SichosInEnglish.org     FAX (718) 735-4139


Add to Shopping Cart   |   Buy this now
  The relationship between the directorate of Machne Israel and its membersTable of contentsThe meaning of areivus, the mutual responsibility of Jews  

No. 39

This letter was addressed to Rabbi Avraham Eliyahu Axelrod, an active Rabbi within the Baltimore Jewish community
B"H, the fourth candle of Chanukah, 5703
Greetings and blessings,

We sent you the text prepared by my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe shlita, which was prepared for the public fast[1] and the days which follow. It is unnecessary to point out the importance of spreading this message among the widest readership possible wherever the opportunity presents itself, e.g., printing it as a placard and hanging it on the walls of synagogues and the like.

We are surprised not to have received an answer to the letter of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch from 21 MarCheshvan.

To conclude with a concept relevant to the days of Chanukah: The Chanukah lights are intended to shine outward [and illuminate the public domain]. Even if a person dwells in a loft - figuratively speaking, a reference to lofty souls, who are few[2] - he must place his Chanukah lamp in a window near the public domain to illuminate the darkness, i.e., the three impure kelipos (see the maamarim of Chanukah, 5659). As explained in Torah Or, in the conclusion of the maamar entitled Ki Atah Neri, this relates to the phrase "And G-d will illuminate my darkness,"[3] the darkness of our era of ikvesa diMeshicha.

It can be explained that in particular, in this era described as "the birth pangs of Mashiach," a time of harsh decrees [against the Jewish people] (Sanhedrin 97b)[4] Heaven forbid, the motif of "the Holy One, blessed be He, decrees and a tzaddik negates it"[5] is required. This is accomplished by transforming a wicked person into a baal teshuvah, as implied by the interpretation of Yirmeyahu 15:19 offered by the Targum and Rashi.[6] And based on the statements of our Sages (Bava Metzia 85a),[7] this [objective] is achieved through educating the son of an unlearned person, [and showing him his place] in our Torah heritage.

With the blessing "Immediately to teshuvah, immediately to Redemption,"

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson
Chairman of the Executive Committee

   

Notes:

  1. (Back to text) [I.e., a fast declared to arouse Divine mercy because of the horrors of the Holocaust. See Igros Kodesh of the Rebbe Rayatz, Vol. VII, Letter No. 1893, p. 33ff.]

  2. (Back to text) [Sukkah 45b, Sanhedrin 97b; see Tanya, ch. 10.]

  3. (Back to text) [Tehillim 18:29.]

  4. (Back to text) [That passage states: "Rabbi Eliezer says: 'If the Jews turn {to G-d} in teshuvah, they will be redeemed; if they do not turn {to G-d} in teshuvah, they will not be redeemed.' Rabbi Yehoshua says: 'If they do not turn [to G-d] in teshuvah, they will not be redeemed. {What will be?} The Holy One, blessed be He, will raise up a king whose decrees are as harsh as Haman's, and the Jews will turn [to G-d] in teshuvah.'"]

  5. (Back to text) [Cf. Taanis 23a; Zohar, Vol. II, p. 5a.]

  6. (Back to text) [The verse states: "If you will take the precious from the vile, you will be as My mouth." Rashi comments: "'If you will take the precious from the vile,' - If you will make a proper man from a wicked man by motivating him to the good, then.... 'You will be as My mouth' - I will issue a decree and you will nullify it."]

  7. (Back to text) [That source, citing the same verse from Yirmeyahu as a prooftext, states that when a person teaches Torah to the son of an unlearned person, he will be granted the power to nullify harsh decrees emanating from G-d Himself.]


  The relationship between the directorate of Machne Israel and its membersTable of contentsThe meaning of areivus, the mutual responsibility of Jews  


Other Sections:

123456789101112131415
161718192021222324252627282930
313233343536373839404142434445
464748495051525354555657585960
616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990
91

Volume 1   |   Volume 2   |   Volume 3   |   Volume 4   |   Volume 5

Current
  • Daily Lessons
  • Weekly Texts & Audio
  • Candle-Lighting times

    613 Commandments
  • 248 Positive
  • 365 Negative

    PDA
  • iPhone
  • Java Phones
  • BlackBerry
  • Moshiach
  • Resurrection
  • For children - part 1
  • For children - part 2

    General
  • Jewish Women
  • Holiday guides
  • About Holidays
  • The Hebrew Alphabet
  • Hebrew/English Calendar
  • Glossary

    Books
  • by SIE
  • About
  • Chabad
  • The Baal Shem Tov
  • The Alter Rebbe
  • The Rebbe Maharash
  • The Previous Rebbe
  • The Rebbe
  • Mitzvah Campaign

    Children's Corner
  • Rabbi Riddle
  • Rebbetzin Riddle
  • Tzivos Hashem

  • © Copyright 1988-2009
    All Rights Reserved
    Sichos In English