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.
An outer world, in which we are helplessly carried down a stream and told, “Now is winter, soon will come spring, then summer, then autumn, then winter again. The unborn will live, the living will wither and die; a world will continue as it must be.”
And an inner world, of which we are master; in which we choose that life will be life, and death will have meaning, and the world we enter and leave behind will be filled with purpose.
The outer world is but a stage. The inner world is its soul for which it was brought into being.