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.
All the elaborate proofs, all the philosophical machinations, none of that will ever stand you firmly on your feet. There’s only one thing that can provide you that strength, and that is your own inherent conviction.
Because even as your own mind flounders, you yourself know the truth, and you believe in that truth. It is a conviction all the winds of the earth cannot uproot, that has carried us to this point in time, that has rendered us indestructible and timeless.
For it comes from within and from the heritage of your ancestors who believed as well, back to the invincible conviction of our father, Abraham, a man who took on the entire world.
The doubts, the hesitations, the vacillations, all these come to you from the outside. Your challenge is but to allow your inner knowledge to shine through and be your guide.