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Every society has that which bonds it: A common ancestry and a system of lineage. Or a common language or common borders or governing body. Usually, it is a combination of several factors that mold a mass of people into a single whole.

The Jewish people are unique in that they have only a single nucleus—and it is none of the above.

All that bonds us is Torah. Nothing else has proven capable of holding us together for more than a generation or two. Nothing else, other than the same Torah that first forged us as a nation.

Likutei Sichot vol. 20, pg. 260.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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February 16, 2015
Great point. absolutely correct. nothing will hold the Jewish nation for long.,
but the Torah and Hashem, is the most powerful glue there is.

thank you for sharing with us.
carmela Eliyahu
February 16, 2015
Divine Idea that Formed Jewish Nation
Abraham discovered the egoistic force that caused strife among the Babylonians.
He gathered a group of a few thousand people whom he taught to llive by the idea of mutual responsibility for each other. The Higher Reality was revealed between them.
As soon as that nucleus of brotherly bond weakened they scattered amongst the nations of the world - this scattering was preordained so that one day they would rekindle that idea and be a Light amonsgt the nations.

Kabbalists (those to whom the upper Reality is revealed as they correct their ego/ nature/evil inclination, through efforts prescribed) noted 1995 as the time for Israel to reform that nucleus for the world to dwell in a system of mutual resposibility of others. Their texts have been opened to the world for all humanity to rise to a new level of life.

Let us follow this peaceful method of world reorganization instead of wars and terror to push us to 'love thy friend as thyself'.
Toronto, Canada
February 16, 2015
My best and beloved teachers...I ever had, my father and prof. Y.Leibowitz taught me exactly the same about the singular power of the...Jewish Nucleus. Today, I am happy to read it again ...and to see that every day confirms their teachings and me in my belief had a privilege of listening to two very unusual men. Thank you, Rabbi Freeman...and have a gebentschte Woch`. Beth
February 16, 2015
The Hebrew calender and kabalah are 5775 years old while Torah is 3300 years old.
May 30, 2014
From Me to We to ONE
Abraham taught a group of people how to connect to G_dliness though unity, and mutual responsibility of the other...then they stood together above our mountain of differences as 'one mind and one heart'.

The Jewish people need to reassemble themselves to set the example to bring the world from Me to We to One.
Toronto, Canada
October 10, 2012
When the chips are down every couple generations, and that is too often, we inevitably cry out to G-d. This may be as despair " Why me G-d ? " or it may be in the battlefield, " G-d, i hope that you have my back. " G-d and His Torah are One. It is up to us to buy into it as in absolute faith.
October 5, 2012
What about the books of Chronicles?
Given the books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles it does appear to list patriarchal lineages of kings, and their governments. For example, those books primarily only list men, and the men that they list have no mother asociable with them. They are Hashem's children.
To correct you, I would have to say that Judaism is, "All the above and more."
Craig Hamilton
Sandwich, MA
October 5, 2012
We Are the Torah
Every letter, every soul.
portsmouth, ohio
June 4, 2011
G-D's Book, Part III

For clarification, there are major differences between a "working Bible" (textbook one reads, marks, and footnotes) and veiled sacred scroll (symbolic temple object). The latter is revered and respected as a true gift from G-D reflecting HIS presence. Although, contents of both forms are similar.

Prior comments regarding the "Book" pertained to the former.
Suburban DC, MD USA
June 3, 2011
G-D's Book, Part II

As additional observations, the same Book is used by Christians, as well as Muslims and Mormons. It is not the Book per se, but rather in whose hands it is placed.

G-D deliberately placed this Book in our hands for a reason as part of HIS covenant with Abraham in 2,000 BC, commandments to Moses circa 1,400 BC, and for necessary codification after the fall of the Temple in 586 BC.

Written text regardless of subject matter is an instrumentation and convention to enhance our understanding. As mentioned this morning, this Book provides the highest essential information "important for codification, reflection, and recollection" in order to attempt to "understand and appreciate HIS intentions."

If one prefers, it's our user's manual.
Suburban DC, MD USA