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This past week world Jewry celebrated a special milestone. The “Global Campaign for the Study of Rambam” celebrated its 30th cycle of completing the Rambam. * Rabbi Gershon Avtzon, Rosh Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati, presents the story and history of the “Rambam Takana,” and the connection to Moshiach.
Eli, dressed as Mordechai, begins: “What is happening here in Shushan? Haman has just convinced Achashverosh to let him send out a decree to destroy the Jews r”l. Nothing happens down here without being decreed above. So if I analyze the situation down here and apply it up there, maybe I’ll know what’s doing up there and apply it down here, so that up there and down here the decree will be annulled.
The President of Israel, Mr. Shneur Zalman Rubashov (Shazar), visited the Rebbe on Purim 5731/1971. He was present for the Megilla reading, followed by a lengthy private audience. The entire event was simultaneously regal and congenial, both festive and somber, and made a deep impression on all present.
Moshiach’s role as the one who ushers in the final Redemption has yet to materialize. The world is still shrouded in darkness even as we anticipate the Redemption every day. What can we do to see his radiant face and translate that light into the end of the darkness of exile?
The doctor who had treated him was invited to his bar mitzva. He described the hours when none of them believed he would survive, but G-d willed otherwise and he received his life as a gift. The gentile fireman who brought Pesachya out of the burning house was also invited. He was asked to speak but he declined, saying that it was not he who had saved the child but the Rebbe.
The Zohar’s statement begs the well-known question: How can it be said that women are “exempt from Mitzvos”? Women are actually obligated in the majority of the Mitzvos! * The Kos Shel Bracha of the Future Era entails the revelation of the essence of G-d, which is connected with the essence of a Jew, a Jew’s inner core which transcends Torah and Mitzvos.