Tevet 5 is celebrated as a day of rejoicing in the
Chabad-Lubavitch community. On this date in 1987, U.S. Federal Court issued a decision
in favor of Agudas Chassidei Chabad ("Union of Chabad Chassidim") regarding the ownership
of the priceless library of the 6th Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. The
ruling was based on the idea that a Rebbe is not a private individual but a communal figure
synonymous with the body of Chassidim. The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak's
son-in-law and successor) urged that the occasion be marked with time devoted to study
from Torah books ("sefarim") as well as the acquisition of new Torah books.
When does a relationship become real? Once it has broken down.
As long as each fulfills the other’s expectations, there is no relationship, only a contract and its transactions. Once trust is breached, a new depth must enter: The depth of the human being.
If there is truly a relationship—if it is the person inside that matters—then there is a search for forgiveness, for return, and for healing.
So it was that within forty days of entering into a contract with the One Above, the children of Israel broke the deal. And the soul below and the One Above discovered they could not part from one another.