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Shabbat, December 23, 2017

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Jewish History

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 Yosef 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.

Links:
Books with Souls
The Rebbe's Library
Chabad.org online library

Daily Thought

Every step along the way, keep one thing in mind: The same G‑d who runs the big, wide world is without a doubt the same G‑d who runs the little world of each one of us.

Just as He knows what is going on in the macrocosmos, so He is well aware of what is happening in your microcosmos. And you can rely on Him to direct it for the good.

It is up to you not to mess things up. And how can a person mess up G‑d’s plans? By stubbornly grasping the wheel, as though you alone are the captain of the ship.

Based on a letter, volume 25, page 61.