Being that shtus d’l’umas zeh and sins cause the Divine presence to depart, in order to bring about a change of course, so that “I shall dwell among you” [as before the sin], there must be “make for Me a Mikdash (specifically) of Acacia Trees, atzei Shittim” – shtus d’k’dusha is required.
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Haven’t we been down this road before, marked by vague statements on the obligation to drive Jews out of their homes in accordance with the law, resulting in the destruction of entire Jewish settlements?
Violinist Oren Tzur tells about how he came to Chabad. * “The Tanya became my daily instruction book that teaches me how to implement everything I learn in life.” * The musician who discovered himself when he began learning Tanya.
When we become slaves to our passions and our morals are loose, we lose our status as inherently free people. * Moshiach gains mastery over his material interest. This means that to cultivate the internal Moshiach—which is the catalyst to reveal the external Moshiach—we must exercise control over our inner “donkey.”
In honor of 24 Teives we present another chapter from the Sichos Kodesh of the Rebbe Rayatz. * From the sicha of Yud Kislev 5702 in which he spoke about the Mitteler Rebbe and the Alter Rebbe.
Lithuania, the place that had always been the stronghold of the Misnagdim. * Over the years Chassidishe communities were established there, mainly numerous Lubavitcher ones. A number of branches of Tomchei T’mimim were established as well. * The following is a description of the Lubavitcher community in the town of Ponovezh, Lithuania which was built up by the Chassid, R’ Shmuel Tzvi Lisson, may Hashem avenge his blood.
It is ten years since the passing of the Chassid R’ Zalman Levin a”h of Kfar Chabad. He walked among us, but he belonged to the generation of giants, Chassidim who lived lives of mesirus nefesh. In a series of meetings with him, he recounted the story of his childhood in a Chassidishe home in the Soviet Union where children learned Torah and where kosher meat was secretly slaughtered.
An amazing story about a surprising and urgent instruction by the Rebbe to publish a second collection of stories on candle lighting, leading several years later to the awakening of the pintele yid.
The Center for Kabbala, which is run by R’ Eyal Reiss, is not your typical Chabad house. It spreads the wellsprings of Chassidus, albeit in an atypical package.