At all times — even after his heart attack in and during shivah for the Rebbetzin in — he would reply to letters. And even after the stroke in , to the fullest extent possible, the Rebbe endeavored to respond to the many questions sent to him. Scholars, communal leaders, children - the wide range of people to whom he wrote is staggering. Equally striking is the individual manner in which he would address and relate to each person. Certainly, the letters contain profound lessons.
But the larger lessons — insights into the Rebbe-chassid relationship and the different vantage points from which we can see the Rebbe — are the most exciting dimensions of this treasury. This volume presents letters from the year This was a unique period for Lubavitch- Chabad. His speech was severely hampered and only a few close confidants were able to understand him.
This impediment did not prevent him from spearheading efforts to spread Judaism through America and the world at large and lay the foundation for the rebuilding of the Lubavitch- Chabad community after the devastation wrecked upon it by the Communists and the Nazis. If the natural means at his disposal were limited, he had other, higher potentials at his command and he did not hesitate to use them for these purposes.
Continually, throughout these letters, the Rebbe encouraged chassidim — and not-yet chassidim — to bond with the Moshe of the generation, the Previous Rebbe, and carry out his directives. In doing so, the Rebbe corresponded extensively with several people. Over the course of time, through the connection he established with them, there crystallized a core group of followers who revered his word and carried it out without question.
To maintain contact with those with whom he had established an ongoing relationship, he would compose one letter in connection with the weekly Torah reading or a forthcoming auspicious Jewish date and send it to various people, making pertinent additions for each one. The letters in this volume point to the prominent importance which the Rebbe gave to publishing. Many of the letters translated contain directives concerning the publication and distribution of the books of Kehot Publications, the Lubavitch publishing house that the Rebbe headed.
Also, from time to time, these letters give us a glimpse into how much time, effort, and soul the Rebbe himself dedicated to these publishing endeavors. I remember that I promised you an explanation of the sichah included in the kuntreis for the Pesach holiday.
But what can I do? Matters of immediate urgency cause the matters that are not of immediate urgency to be postponed until a more fitting time. Afterwards, it was necessary for me to be involved in the preparation of the Sdei Chemed for print since, for various reasons, the first volume must not appear later than 12 Elul. Accordingly, the printer is pressing not to delay the other volumes. In the midst of my involvement with this, it became evident that we did not have a sufficient number of machzorim on hand.
Thus, more had to be prepared before the appropriate time. Since [a new printing was being made,] I received a directive to prepare at least a short list of Chabad customs for the Ten Days of Repentance which are new or different [than those practice at large].
No doubt, within a week, the kuntreis for Chai Elul will be submitted [to be prepared for printing] And all of the above comes in addition to [the work on] the maamarim of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita , that we began to print more than two years ago, as well as Sefer HaMaamarim 3, which is in print, and other texts. Nevertheless, I have not given up on [penetrating to] the depths of that sichah , and if I am able to comprehend anything regarding its explanation, I will not hesitate to write what appears to me, according to my humble opinion.
I do not know, however, when I will have free time, or at least partially so Children had not grown up at home with their parents looking over their shoulders to guide them in their practice. Moreover, the outreach activities in America and elsewhere had brought many people from other backgrounds to the Lubavitch fold and they certainly were not steeped in Lubavitch practice. As such, the Rebbe felt the need to clearly define the customs we observe.
This he did in great detail, giving precise instructions on how to observe different mitzvos and practices and providing thorough explanations regarding the halachic basis of these instructions. The change in the makeup of the Lubavitch community mentioned above necessitated educational efforts not only in observance, but also in ideology. Fundamental concepts that in previous generations were known viscerally, without having to be spelled out and articulated intellectually, had to be communicated and ingrained within the Chassidic community. One of these concepts was the relationship of chassidim to the Rebbe and the role played by the Rebbe within the Chassidic community and within the world at large.
But far beyond teaching the chassidim to augment the material bonds between them and the Rebbe, he also taught them to heighten the inner connection they share. Here, it is already possible to see the positive feelings that were aroused among different people who are bonded [to the Rebbe] from the knowledge that the Lubavitcher Rebbe desires their family pictures so that he will be able to recall them.
In clear and certain terms, he emphasized that a Rebbe is not merely the leader of a small group of followers but the leader of the entire people, who shows care and concern for every Jew. As a result, just as he is not at all embarrassed to tell his acquaintances who are in need the address of an expert doctor, so too, when he sees a person who is confused or confronted by a fundamental life question, he tells him: The Jewish people are not without assistance, Heaven forbid.
I Will Write It In Their Hearts - Volume 6. In the Rebbe's correspondence one can see his scholarship, the care he has for every individual, the communal projects. A Treasury of Letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson Selections from Igros Kodesh Every day, the postman would deliver several.
There is someone we can ask. Instead, he goes to them and explains to them. In these letters, the Rebbe also begins to articulate the need for outreach activities, that beyond its efforts to preserve and maintain its own tradition, Lubavitch must spearhead the efforts to spread Chassidus to Jews of other backgrounds, those observant and those not yet observant.
After all the years that you have been in your community, have you not been able to bring even one person under your influence? Mashiach is waiting for the activities each one of us will perform so that the answer he gave the Baal Shem Tov will be fulfilled and he will then come and redeem us from exile — the exile of the body and the exile of the soul.
How many [of those] people were added to [those involved in] the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and the Alter Rebbe through your efforts? How much critique will you give? Even if you were correct in all of your letters and demands, there is nothing but negativity. He also was personally involved in these outreach efforts, corresponding with individuals and encouraging them both to make continued personal advance in Jewish practice and to share their growth with others. You write that you have become depressed because the level of Jewish life in your city and in the surrounding cities is not good.
You no doubt know that, as the Alter Rebbe writes in Tanya, ch. Sadness weakens a person [and holds him back] in the battle that he must wage with the yetzer hara and with the evil in the world. If he sees that the enemy is strengthening itself, Heaven forbid, he should become even more energetic and should seek methods to become victorious. Beyond the individual points mentioned above, one of the unique dimensions of these collections of letters is the multifaceted picture of the Rebbe it presents.
Publishing these letters is not intended merely to bring to mind pleasant memories — though it certainly will. Then we will no longer have to content ourselves with reading letters written years ago, but will hear new teachings from the Rebbe. May this take place in the immediate future.
Rochel Chana Schilder for editing; Rabbi Aharon Leib Raskin for checking the authenticity of the text and supplying additional references and source material; Yosef Yitzchok Turner for designing the layout and typography; Rabbi Yonah Avtzon for preparing the text for publication; Avrohom Weg for designing the cover; and Rabbi Shalom Dovber Levine, whose notes and background information to Igros Kodesh were an invaluable resource.
This letter was written by the Rebbe to be translated into English and sent to Mr. This strengthens and reinforces our spirits. To further develop the excellent analogy that you mentioned in your letter: an atom bomb and the tremendous energy that is released in this manner. You are no doubt aware that in this context, many of the fundamental questions that stood before the scientists revolved around [a particular concept,] a chain process, and the success of the entire project depended on the solution they devised [concerning it].
And in this way, the energy will continue to increase. May the coming year see an increase in your potential and your desire to use your powers on the path that was laid out for the entire Jewish people from the day they stood at Mount Sinai, i. In particular, this applies to the field of kosher [Jewish] education. May the blessings which my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita, gave you be fulfilled.
And even after the stroke in , to the fullest extent possible, the Rebbe endeavored to respond to the many questions sent to him. Scholars, communal leaders, children - the wide range of people to whom he wrote is staggering. Equally striking is the individual manner in which he would address and relate to each person.
Certainly, the letters contain profound lessons. But the larger lessons — insights into the Rebbe-chassid relationship and the different vantage points from which we can see the Rebbe — are the most exciting dimensions of this treasury. Read more Read less.
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