On the 2nd of Nissan, one day after the inauguration of the Tabernacle, Moses prepared the very first Red Heifer, in order to ritually purify the Jewish nation in preparation for the bringing of the Paschal Lamb in the newly erected Sanctuary.
The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn ("Rashab"), was born in the White
Russian town of Lubavitch in 1860. After the passing of his father,
(in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.
Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Sholom
DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic
teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei
Temimim yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the
study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its
mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah
that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who,
in the decades to come, would literally give their lives
to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule.
In 1915, Rabbi Sholom DovBer was forced to flee Lubavitch from the advancing WWI front and relocated to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. In his final years, he began the heroic battle against the new
Communist regime's efforts to destroy the Jewish faith throughout the Soviet Union.
Rabbi Sholom DovBer passed away in Rostov on the 2nd of Nissan, 1920. His last
words were: "I'm going to heaven; I leave you the writings."
Links:About Rabbi Sholom DovBer; works by Rabbi Sholom DovBer
Your soul, before she came here below, stepped higher and higher each day.
So why did she descend below? What did she gain by coming here?
Because your soul is a divine being of unbounded potential. When you have the power of the infinite, stepping higher each day is standing still. It is a prison of “being that.”
Unchallenged, the soul knows no better. She must descend below, and here, within the ultimate confines, she will learn to leap, to break out of all boundaries, to escape the prison of being. To be “not that.”