How One Word
Changed the World
By Baruch Epstein
In the second chapter of his seminal work, Tanya,
the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi
Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), quotes a
verse from the book of Job describing the soul as
"a part of G-d above"; and then adds a one-word
modifier that revolutionized the way we think
about ourselves and our lives: mamash.
Now mamash is one of those rich Hebrew words
that defy a simple dictionary definition. Its meanings
include "literally," the inquisitive "really?", and
even the materialistic "tangible," along with a host
of others, each nuanced by context and inflection.
A bit of history: In the late 1790's Rabbi Schneur
Zalman took the bold step of publishing chassidic
thought, making it available to even the uninitiated
and, perhaps even riskier, to the untutored public.
This move earned him a fair amount of skeptics
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Thought For The Week
Small Truths: People think
that to attain truth you have to
pulverize boulders, move
mountains and turn the world
upside-down. It's not so. Truth
is found in the little things. On
the other hand, to move a
mountain takes some dynamite
and a few bulldozers. To do
one of those little things can
take a lifetime of working on
yourself. You do what you can:
Learn and meditate and pray and improve yourself in the ways
you know how --and He will help that what you do will be with
Truth. From the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; rendered by Tzvi Freeman.
Special Chanukah Guide Inserted Within.
History made in Maryland
From right to left: Brigadier General Courtney B. Wilson, Rabbi Chesky
Tenenbaum and uncle of Rabbi Tenenbaum Chaplain Col Yaakov Goldstein.
Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum became the first Chasidic Rabbi to be commissioned
into the Maryland Defense Force last night in a ceremony that took place at Chabad
of Upper Montgomery County in Gaithersburg. Chasidic Rabbi's are generally
prohibited from military service due to grooming regulations (facial hair).
This ground-breaking commissioning represents the establishment of a pathway
for Chasidic Rabbi's to serve in a military capacity. In attendance for the ceremony
was the Uncle of Rabbi Tenenbaum Chaplain Col Yaakov Goldstein who
is the only active soldier in the US Army with a beard. Following the commissioning,
Chaplain Captain Chesky Tenenbaum will be attached to support the 175th
Training Regiment of the Maryland Army National Guard.
Article originally appeared in Shmais News Service.
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Chanukah Events in
Hollywood, pages 6-7
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JOSEPH I. KORF
“Macabbees vs. Politicians”
Chanukah is here, that wonderful time when we light candles each night,
play dreidel with our children and eat those tasty latkes. This is the time we
recall our ancestors’ sacrifice in shedding their blood for freedom of religion
and the right to serve G-d without government interference. Openly rebelling
against the reigning superpower forcing its Greek/Hellenistic culture
down their collective Jewish throats a small band of Jewish guerillas arose,
declaring “It’s enough! We won’t take it anymore!” They prepared for war
against overwhelming odds and began the fight with a battle cry that defied
all norms; “Whoever is with G-d stand with us!” Their arduous and dangerous
expedition resulted in the enemy’s resounding defeat. This ultimately
led to an independent Jewish government free and clear from gentile/
As we celebrate Chanukah today in a land founded on similar principles
fought for by a band of revolutionaries who overthrew the colonial power of
their day, we seem to have lost our way. A holiday commemorating freedom
of religion [in a land based on the principles of “G-d – duty – honor –
country”] has become a celebration of self-indulgence and narcissism. We
now stress the giving of gifts in a fashion eerily similar to the seasonal gentile
holidays. We have made it a time to rebel against G-d rather than embracing
Him. Others – in their mistaken notion to elevate it somewhat –
celebrate Chanukah as a model and something akin to the war fought for
the independence of the State of Israel. Here too they’re sadly mistaken!
Today’s Israeli independence is as dissimilar to the freedom sought and
won by the Macabbees as Judaism is from the Greek philosophy besieging
it. Where our ancestors proudly hailed their Jewish faith and independent
streak our Jewish leaders of today do all they can to eschew their religion
and trust those who wish to destroy them. As long as there’s a Nobel
Peace prize at the end of this rainbow and leaders are willing to entertain
and accept them, they’ll look and act as all the others do.
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Presently, in our own country, there is a skirmish
against anything that smacks of the Divine: Forbidding
the mention of “Intelligent Design”, public prayer or
even a moment of silence in our public schools, choice
and support of private religious schools and ultimately
obliterating G-d from our money and pledge of allegiance.
All of these run counter to the self-sacrifice and
intent of our Hasmonean fighters and American founders.
It’s high time we returned to our roots – both Jewish
and American – and realize who we are and what we
stand for. We must educate and elucidate to all the
purpose of our existence and the mission at hand. We
are at war! We’re in a spiritual battle against depravity
and decay, which is even more difficult than a physical
one. We must fight to allow G-d back into our lives. We
must return to the basics of education; not just reading,
writing and math, but the importance of morality and
virtue – something that cannot be taught without the
foundation and acknowledgement of a Creator, Who
sustains and watches over us.
We must as well not forget our Israeli brethren who are
in a time of flux and angst, while they’re leaders sit
here in America bargaining their security and lives
away having completely forgotten their roots, in no way
resembling their forefathers and the pride they instilled
Let us all finally make this Chanukah a time where the
darkness gives way to the light of G-dliness by following
the example of Mattathias and his sons who fought
for the right to disseminate His one true and eternal
word. Let us resolve to live up to our mission as a Kingdom
of Priests and a Holy Nation by proclaiming to one
and all with pride and joy, “This is my G-d and I will
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The following are some questions that were asked last year, before
and during Chanukah. For all general laws and customs of
Chanukah please refer to our Chanukah Guide inserted within:
Q: Should one light Chanukah candles at work if they
arrive home late at night?
A: Essentially, it is forbidden to work a half hour prior to candle
lighting time (Magen Avraham on Shulchan Aruch-Orach Chayim
672:5), which would be nightfall (according to many, according to
some, after sunset). If, however, one began during the day one
would be permitted to continue even after candle lighting time.
One should light upon arriving at home, not at work. If one will
arrive very late, one should either wake the children when lighting
and recite the blessings or have them light on their own (if
they are old enough) or have his wife kindle the lights. He should
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Q: If one is on the road in a motel, where should one
light the Chanukah candles?
A: One should light it as one normally does, by the window. In
essence, however, anywhere one light’s in the room is fine.
Q: If one lives in a high-rise building, above 40 feet
from ground level, where should one light?
A: Normally, even if one customary lights by the window so that
people on the street will see the lights, one should not do so
when 40 feet above ground. The reason: Shulchan Aruch
(Hilchot Chanukah) states; that the lights 40 feet above ground
level are not seen by those walking on the street [peripherally],
therefore, the purpose for doing so (which is publication of the
miracle) is not applicable. In such a case, one should definitely
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Weekly laws, insights, stories and
questions pertaining to the 7
Universal Laws for humankind.
A Tanya for Professor Wheeler
By Arnie Gotfryd
Back in the spring of 1987, I was called aside
one morning by Rabbi Dovid Schochet, the
senior Rabbi of the Lubavitch community in
Toronto, with an odd request: "You should get
a copy of this month's Reader's Digest. There
is an article about a physicist, John Wheeler.
You should get in touch with him." "But what
should I tell him?" "Share with him some
Chassidus (chassidic teaching), the Seven
Noahide Laws, that kind of thing."
My curiosity was piqued. Rabbi Schochet is a man who lives and breathes
Torah from morning until night. Yet apparently not only does he read
Reader's Digest, he is using it to single out a non-Jewish scientist to get
close with. But once I read the article, it started to make sense.
Wheeler is one of the world's leading physicists. At the time, he was putting
out some very religious sounding statements in the name of hard-nosed
science. "Is man an unimportant bit of dust on an unimportant planet in an
unimportant galaxy somewhere in the vastness of space?" asks Wheeler.
"No! The necessity to produce life lies at the centre of the universe's whole
machinery and design....Without an observer, there are no laws of physics...
Why should the universe exist at all? The explanation must be so
simple and so beautiful that when we see it we will all say, 'How could it
have been otherwise?...' Still needed today is a thinker... who can lead the
way surefootedly through this world of mystery to insights overlooked or
deemed impossible. I don't know how to. I don't know anyone who does. I
can only say that when you see one who does, treasure him or her."
So a scientist is reporting the discovery of a supernatural plan, the centrality
of mankind in that plan, and the expectation that some individual will
soon lead us to realize the purpose of creation. And all this is the rational
conclusion of a physicist who collaborated with Niels Bohr to lay the
groundwork for atomic energy, coined the phrase "black hole", and served
as mentor for several Nobel laureates.
I drafted a letter to Professor Wheeler and set out to look for where to deliver
it. I called Reader's Digest. They couldn't help me. I looked for the
author of the article, John Boslough, but I couldn't find him. I checked at the
University of Texas at Austin where Professor Wheeler was reportedly
working. They hadn't seen him for months. I tried tracking him through
Europe and numerous other campuses, but no luck. And after a couple of
days of this, I gave up.
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I decided to call several physicists and put
them on the trail. I finally found Wheeler's personal
secretary at Princeton. "I'm sorry sir, he's
very busy for the next few months... Yes, I understand
that your message is very important,
but he's researching It From Bit and he's not
taking any but the most urgent calls. You see
he spends six months a year on a little island
off Maine contemplating the creation of something
Bingo! I packaged up a Tanya, the blueprint of
Chassidic philosophy containing several chapters
discussing the process and nature of creation
ex nihilo. I included a letter explaining a
little about the Rebbe, and how Chassidus has
the answers to his questions regarding the
origin, mechanism and purpose of the continuous
creation of "something from nothing."
After sending it off, I called Wheeler's secretary,
petitioning her politely to pass the package
on promptly. She replied, "Dr. Gotfryd, you
must understand, around here I must get a
dozen manuscripts a week for Professor
Wheeler's review and comment, and each one
is labeled 'Don't take the next breath until
you've read this!'" Nevertheless, within a few
weeks I received Wheeler's "review" in the
mail: "It is for me a precious remembrance of
the life and teachings of the seventh
Lubavitcher Rebbe to have as a kind gift from
you the Tanya of the first Lubavitcher Rebbe. I
thank you especially for marking passages that
I might study with especial care. You will already
have some notion of my sympathy for
these general questions in what I have said or
written about creation, for example, in the enclosed
three pages of a paper of mine given at a joint meeting of the Royal
Society and the American Philosophical Society."
The article he sent me, entitled "Delayed-Choice Experiments", is noteworthy:
He points out that the elementary quantum process is an act of creation,
the result of observer-participation. From this it follows that without
man there is no universe and no laws of physics. Wheeler finds an original
allusion to this notion in Midrash Rabbah, a compilation of Talmudic insights
into the Torah, which he quotes: G-d chides Abraham, 'You would
not even exist if it were not for me!' 'Yes, G-d, that I know," Abraham replies,
'but You would not be known were it not for me.'
Dr Wheeler comments that, "In our time, the participants in the dialogue
have changed. They are the universe and man. The universe, in the words
of some who would aspire to speak for it, says, 'I am a giant machine. I
supply the space and time for your existence. There was no before before I
came into being, and there will be no after after I cease to exist. You are an
unimportant bit of matter located in an unimportant galaxy.'"
"How shall we reply? Shall we say, 'Yes, oh universe, without you I would
not have been able to come into being. Yet you great system are made of
phenomena; and every phenomenon rests on an act of observation. You
could never even exist without elementary acts of registration such as
This, in a nutshell, is the Jewish concept that "for my sake was the world
created". Humanity was not created as part of the universe. The universe
was created for humanity. Such a model requires the necessity of continuous
creation, of humanity's unique role and purpose, and of a consciousness
underlying the universe as a whole.
It's actually quite poetic. First Abraham finds G-d through science. Then,
some 3,700 years later, quantum physics finds G-d through science. And
now John Wheeler finds out that Abraham had it right all along.
As to Wheeler's search for a "thinker who can lead the way surefootedly
through this world of mystery to insights overlooked or deemed impossible",
I have done my small part by introducing the Rebbe and Chabad Chassidism
to John Wheeler, with good results. What's left for us all is to follow
Wheeler's concluding advice -- "Treasure him."
SHABBAT PARSHAT VAYEISHEV/CHANUKAH KISLEV 20, 5768 / NOVEMBER 30, 2007 PAGE 5
Rabbi Plies His
Faith in Caribbean
By Mark I. Pinsky
When Orlando businessman Eytan
Tayer visits this glitzy Caribbean resort
two or three times a year, he sometimes feels he has left his Judaism
behind. "I was always looking for something," he says -- a place to observe
the Sabbath, or to find kosher food.
No more. The next time Tayer, 37, heads for the Yucatun to check on his
clothing stores, he'll have the benefit of a resident rabbi. Mendel Druk, a
young emissary of the Hasidic sect known as Chabad-Lubavitch, and his
wife, Rachel, have set up shop in the Mexican playground.
It would be hard to find a more incongruous posting for a pious rabbi
than Cancun. Druk's Brooklyn, N.Y.-based community is the Jewish version
of evangelicals, except that their mission field is focused on wayward,
traveling and scattered Jews.
In addition to traditional congregations such as those in Maitland, Daytona
Beach and South Orlando, the Lubavitchers literally troll the world
for Jews who are separated from their faith.
Tech-savvy but rooted in the 18th century, the bearded rabbis dress like
the Amish and -- when the spirit moves them -- pray with the fervor of
Pentecostals. The Hasidim are Judaism's original men in black. "Our
dress code doesn't exactly fit into Cancun," Druk admits.
He wears Chabad's distinctive dark slacks, white shirt and black, broadbrimmed
fedora, which he says serves as both a neon sign and a magnet
for other Jews. But in deference to the climate, Druk eschews a tie
and buttoned collar, as well as the sect's dark wool, serge or gabardine
Chabad emissaries require "a doctorate degree in dedication and devotion,"
says Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, head of the organization's educational
arm, with a chuckle. "This applies to the men and women equally."
For the Druks, the match with Cancun was an arranged marriage, much
like their own. After a preliminary site visit, Kotlarsky says, "They were
immediately drawn to the people there, as were community members to
them. Both sides wanted it; it was a natural fit."
Kotlarsky oversees the 4,000 Chabad families worldwide. "The entire
process is elective; no one is ever told to go anywhere," he says. "The
very process that a couple goes through -- looking for the right place,
pairing with a community looking for its best match, ensures that the right
couples are posted to the most appropriate destinations and that they
have the inner strength to contend with the unique challenges they know
they will face."
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Despite the resort environment, Druk is no beach-combing, barefoot
rabbi. He doesn't try to dispense advice and spiritual counseling amid
barely dressed sun worshipers. "We have to be careful to make our honest
judgment not to compromise our Torah standards," he says. "Believe
me -- they don't want me on the beach."
For the same reason, Druk prefers to do his spiritual cruising near the
hotel check-in counter, rather than around the pool. "I go to the lobby,"
he says. "A fool I'm not."
Tourists Find You: With their only advertising a Web site
(jewishcancun.com) and word of mouth, the Druks' condo and ad hoc
worship center at the foot of Cancun's hotel zone is already drawing
wandering Jews. "Tourists find you whenever they need you," says Rachel,
From 15 people the first week they arrived last fall, their free, Friday evening
meals and services now draw two to three times that many, requiring
an imminent move to a new, larger location. Vacationing students
often hear about the center and just walk up and knock on the door.
Some weeks, Rachel bakes 40 loaves of challah bread for Sabbath
guests. "The only kosher bakery is in this house," says Mendel, 25,
proudly. "We're partners in this endeavor."
And their ministry is not confined to Cancun, where they provide pastoral
care, sometimes on an emergency basis. Both the rabbi and his wife
give classes and conduct services for small communities of Jews on Isla
Mujeres, Cozumel and in Playa del Carmen.
Druk, who is still learning Spanish, admits that in many ways he is a kind
of gefilte fish out of water in this promised land of pleasure seekers. But
the Detroit native -- and veteran of relief efforts in New Orleans after
Hurricane Katrina and in Southeast Asia after the 2002 tsunami -- is undaunted.
One of the challenges is finding food his family can eat, products that
adhere to Judaism's dietary laws. But even here, God seems to work in
Big box food retailers in Cancun City -- where the Druks shop for kosher
packaged food, including salami and hot dogs from Mexico City -- are
also a productive mission field. "Costco is a good place to meet Jews,"
The couple has helped, sometimes on short notice, at weddings, bar
mitzvahs and anniversary celebrations at hotels. Once, in addition to her
challahs, Rachel baked a large cake for the festivities. At another, they
loaned the group their Torah scroll.
Last fall, when he rented a meeting room at the Cancun Hilton, Druk
prepared for 150 worshippers for the Jewish High Holidays. More than
500 showed up, requiring him to rent a second hall, with an overflow in
the corridors. "You'd never expect Cancun would be a destination for
experiencing Rosh Hashana," he says.
Hanukkah, Judaism's eight-day Festival of Lights, arrives early this year -
- at sundown Dec. 4 -- and finishes well before the Christmas tourist
rush. But for any visitors wishing to observe the holiday while vacationing
in the Yucatun, including those on cruise ships, Druk will have 500 celebration
kits -- candles, lightweight menorahs and blessing booklets.
For the holiday, Druk also plans to raise the Jewish profile by lighting a
large, metal menorah in one of the tonier shopping centers in the hotel
zone. And, he has built a wooden menorah to mount atop his car for the
Return Visits: At home in Central Florida, Tayer sometimes attends
services at Chabad of South Orlando, an outreach center near Universal
Studios Orlando that also welcomes Jewish tourists. When he travels for
business in places like Miami and Las Vegas, he seeks out Chabad centers.
And now, when he returns to Cancun, Tayer will have another place to
worship. He has promised Druk he will start visiting the Chabad center
and predicts many others will, too: "If people know about the center, they
will go there."
Article originally appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.
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By Moshe Sharon
Hands with Disaster
Last week I tuned in to CNN and caught some of the Democratic
Presidential primary debates. One of the leading contenders,
Senator Barrack Obama made an incredibly stupid remark with
everyone else nodding in agreement, “We have to talk to our enemies.”
I immediately began to wonder, and say what? Notwithstanding
the fact that the U.S. has already been talking to Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad to try to get him to stop making his atomic
bombs and he is telling the world to go fly a kite, what should we
say to him now? He wants to be king of the planet and kill all the
Jews. Should we tell him that he’s overreaching?
Also, what should we say to Bin Laden or the leaders of Hamas
and Hezbollah and their 100 million followers? What can we say
to convince a nation of terrorist murderers whose religion sanctifies
death, not to kill? Maybe the liberals want to provide them
with counseling and shower them with love and understanding?
Perhaps the peace overtures are the secret weapon that will
cause our enemies to laugh themselves to death. Apparently, the
three stooges had a lot to say to each other at the U.S Naval
Academy in Annapolis, Maryland today.
Once again we had to watch a prime minister of Israel shake
hands with a terrorist with the President of the United States looking
on, grinning like the Cheshire cat; probably thinking; “Maybe I
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can get my approval ratings out of the toilet.” And Now they claim
to have struck a deal; an Arab state on Jewish Land in two thousand
Additionally, the U.S. Administration’s “road map to peace” just
took a new twist and turn. Not only have they coerced our Israeli
brethren to stop short of destroying the enemy’s capacity to make
war, they’re arming the Arab Fatah murderers loyal to Mahmoud
Abbas with personnel carriers, automatic assault rifles and two
million bullets. This road map is actually a tunnel chart leading
only to dead ends and darkness. The Western leaders are blindly
groping through this maze of tunnels putting Israel forward like the
canary in the cage to see if there is enough air to survive.
This suicidal madness is spreading like a virus ripping through the
diplomatic ranks of the U.S. Department of State. Secretary Rice
seems determined to create an Arab State on Jewish land. This is
the legacy she wants to leave behind. This is how she wants to
make her mark on history. She is obsessed with completing this
task before the end of her bosse’s term. But the Guardian of Israel
never sleeps and someone needs to tell the Israeli Prime Minister
and Secretary Rice that it’s HaShem and not George W. Bush.
In conclusion, the Arabs see every concession we make as a victory.
The sad part is that their perceptions are correct. Gush Katif
was clearly an Arab victory, with thousands of Jews made homeless
in favor of Arabs who turned this once lush and prosperous
town into an open sewer. Even more disturbing is the fact that the
Israeli defense forces dragged Jewish people from their homes
and now they are providing large caches of weapons and ammunition
to the enemy. The only consolation we have is that the more
bizzarre it gets the closer we come to being with Mashiach.
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Chabad of California today announced
that Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger will participate in "Chanukah Live!" -- the first-ever
national TV broadcast of the group's annual holiday celebration in
Airing on December 6 at 4:00 p.m., the program will feature the ceremonial
lighting of the Capitol Menorah in Sacramento and include a
salute to the firefighters who battled the recent blazes in Southern
California. 94 million homes can watch the festive event on cable's
ION Television Network; local channel information is available at
Chabad representatives and community members from the regions
affected by the wildfires will attend the ceremony, led by Rabbi
Boruch Shlomo Cunin, head of Chabad of West Coast Chabad
Lubavitch. Actor/comedian Elon Gold will serve as Master of Ceremonies
for the event, which will also include remarks from Academy
Award-winning actor Jon Voight.
"Chanukah carries a vitally important and enduring message -- not
just for the Jewish community, but for people of all faiths," said Rabbi
Cunin. "It's always wonderful to celebrate the holiday with our Governor
and see the Menorah shining at the Capitol. And this year, we
have a special cause to celebrate as we salute our brave firefighters
and first responders."
"Chanukah Live!" will feature musical performances by Israel's Jeru-
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salem Children's Choir and the California National Guard's 59th
Army Band. The broadcast will culminate in the lighting of the Menorah
and distribution of gifts to the public.
Since 1993, the Governor of California has joined Chabad representatives
during Chanukah to offer holiday greetings and illuminate the
Capitol Menorah. Chabad, a community-based nonprofit whose efforts
are rooted in traditional Jewish values, offers many programs to
help the needy regardless of background or belief. Chabad runs the
largest network of educational and nonsectarian social services under
Jewish auspices on the West Coast. Article originally appeared
in Shmais News Service.
PAGE 10 SHABBAT PARSHAT VAYEISHEV/CHANUKAH KISLEV 20, 5768 / NOVEMBER 30, 2007
(Continued from “How One World Changed…” page 1)
and even enemies. Some were angered enough to slander him to
the Czar and have him imprisoned, and it was only through a
miracle that his life was spared and his teachings expanded.
Now back to that quote from Job. It seems rather benign; why the
emphatic addition of mamash? What does it add and why the
need to "improve" on Scripture?
It is with this word that Rabbi Schneur Zalman changed the
Prior to the introduction of chassidic thought to the general public,
people were content to understand this verse as a vague reference
to the similarities of the soul and its Creator. No one, certainly
not the masses, dared suggest that every soul is actually a
part of G-d! Neither the simple factory worker nor the successful
merchant would dare think that he contained an actual piece of
G-d within him. Perhaps the occasional arrogant scholar might
fancy himself a gift from Above, but that was earned, not inborn,
Mamash enriches our understanding of the quote, radically
changing its interpretation as well as its application. It is "quite
literally" – mamash – true that every soul is an actual part of G-d
Himself. G-d's infinity prevents any notion of diminishment of the
Divine and communicates a universal bond between all who
share it. And so the world was enlightened.
First, the eradication of the notion that one's accomplishments
were the measure of one's essential relationship with G-d, and
the consequential perceived divisions that riddled the community.
All souls are part of G-d Himself, and as He is indivisible, so are
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the investments of Himself in His chosen creation. Neither scholarship
nor failure can reconstitute the essence of identity.
And then came the challenge; with mamash come expectations.
Gone is the resignation to mediocrity. In its place is opportunity
and demand. You will balance your checkbook, lose weight,
mend your relationships; yes, you mamash will. All the issues for
which we hid behind the pretext of personal mediocrity must now
be confronted and resolved.
If we are only like the Divine and not mamash Divine, we can't be
expected to fight city hall. Under the old rules "the old college try"
was all that was expected, success was relative and reserved for
the lucky and the gifted. Rabbi Schneur Zalman erased that convenient,
comfortable, self-justifying defense, daring and empowering
us to make the necessary changes both within ourselves
and the world at large.
So here's a tip; if your objective in life is simply to achieve the title
of "righteous," then do not to study Tanya. Keep a ledger, and as
long as you have one more check in the win column you're okay.
Tanya places responsibility and opportunity before us. Abandon
competitive titles; express your genuine identity by subsuming
yourself in something higher than just your self, in your piece of
As we near the finish line and we broadcast this call, we have
witnessed change. We have defeated communism, eradicated
ancient biological and social maladies and alerted the world to its
inherent power for good. Together we will change the world, heralding
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In a recent interview in the magazine “Hanaaseh Vehanishma,”
Rabbi Yaakov Arar of Athens spoke about various Jewish activities
in Greece. At one point, he mentioned the connection that
Rabbi Gershon Mendel Garelik, head shliach in Milan, Italy, has
“Thirty years ago, when there were no Rabbis or Chabad shluchim
in the region, there was little in the way of Jewish activities,”
Rabbi Arar recalled. “We were far away from Rabbi Garelik’s
community … but he took care to keep in personal contact with
the members of the Greek community. He would send people
here to organize activities with the members of the community on
Rabbi Arar then proceeded to tell dozens of fascinating stories
about the various things that Rabbi Garelik did to help the Greek
community, on direct instructions from the Rebbe. The scope of
these tasks was often very wide, reaching Jews around Europe.
During the interview, Rabbi
Arar added, “Rabbi Garelik
managed to build the first
mikveh here since before
the war. This mikveh is at
the center of Jewish life in
Athens, and was built at a
time when no one ever
dreamed that the Jewish
community here would be
Rabbi Asher Gold, the editor
of the magazine, published
by the Council of
European Rabbis, said that
Rabbi Arar’s stories were
confirmed by Rabbi Garelik,
who did not want to speak
too much about his shlichus
in Greece but said that everything
had been done on
the Rebbe’s direct instructions.
Rabbi Arar also expressed
his admiration for the shliach
in Athens, Rabbi Menachem
Mendel Hendel, who
works very hard with the
local Jewish community.
“It is important to say that
the Chabad community and
the shliach in Athens, Rabbi
Menachem Mendel Hendel,
do wonderful work,” he said.
“They bring in kosher food
and organize the festivals
here. On Purim they send
out mishloach manos, and
on Pesach they arrange a
communal Seder at a hotel.
Also on Chanukah, they
organize a public menorah
lighting ceremony in the city
center, as well as all the
other wonderful activities
that Chabad do so well
Article originally appeared
in Shmais News Service.
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