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Jewish Nucleus

Jewish Nucleus

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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.

From a letter, and on many occasions. See also Likkutei Sichot, vol. 24, pp. 18–19.

By Tzvi Freeman
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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carmela Eliyahu AZ 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. Reply

Brenda Toronto, Canada 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'. Reply

Anonymous Dessau 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 ...to had a privilege of listening to two very unusual men. Thank you, Rabbi Freeman...and have a gebentschte Woch`. Beth Reply

Anonymous spain February 16, 2015

More... The Hebrew calender and kabalah are 5775 years old while Torah is 3300 years old. Reply

Brenda Toronto, Canada 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. Reply

Anonymous October 10, 2012

chips 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. Reply

Craig Hamilton Sandwich, MA 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." Reply

Anonymous portsmouth, ohio October 5, 2012

We Are the Torah Every letter, every soul. Reply

RCJ Suburban DC, MD USA 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. Reply

RCJ 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. Reply

Jessica Los Angeles, CA June 3, 2011

Nation before Torah With all due respect, I beg to differ. From what I understand, we were a nation far before we ever accepted the Torah. That which holds us together is all of the above: Torah, national identity, and the Land of Israel. Without any one of these components the Jewish people cannot fulfill their destiny on Earth. Reply

Anonymous Forest Hills, NY/USA June 3, 2011

All that bonds us is the Torah. I am not Jewish, a foreigner but truly believe in G-d of Abraham, dare say that truth for this human race. Reply

RCJ Suburban DC, MD USA June 3, 2011

G'D's Glue
The unbreakable connection is spiritual and genetic and that extends beyond written words (which within our realm of understanding are important for codification, reflection, and recollection). However, G-D expresses himself well beyond human language.

We have been chosen for unique purposes as first represented in the Abrahamic Covenant, but this too was written as a Suzerain Vassal treaty because of our physical communication limitations. How else could we even begin to understand and appreciate HIS intentions?

The nuclear glue which holds us together is ONE beyond our perceptions... Reply

Sam castro valley, Ca February 3, 2010

Matrilineal descent Rabbi Freeman,
can you explain more about matrinieal descent? I am quite ignorant about this subject. Reply

mark heater St. Petersburg, FL February 3, 2010

People of the Book way back i majored in Literature and Philosophy. those majors have served me well, gracefully mothering me and providing solid spiritual and aesthetic guidance for my future. The Torah and Shakepseare (and Proust, and Dante, and Dickens, and Talmud, and Austen, and The Song of Songs, and Tolstoy, and Amos Oz, and...). all expressions of poetic beauty lead me back, ultimately, to The Torah and to David. love and gratitude for the Almighty's innumerable gifts surrounding us -- each leaf, each ray of sun, and all the words written by all those who've been divinely inspired. thank you, dear G-d, for the nurturing of our natural world. and thank you, dear G-d, for "The Iliad" -- and Austen, and Agnon, and Bellow, and Roth, and Ozick, and Morrison, and Chaucer, and Dorothy Parker, and...for all of our fellow creatures, sparrows, dogs, family. most of all perhaps, after family, the gift of apprehending and appreciating all of these -- and thanks to all of you who took the time to read this Reply

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman January 31, 2010

for Sam Our matrilineal descent is certainly one key of Torah. As you see, that as soon as some groups start toying with this, the very fabric of our people is at stake. Reply

Anonymous January 31, 2010

Bond BEAUTIFUL!!! Reply

Anonymous Jerusalem, Israel January 31, 2010

jewish nucleus this is one of the most beautiful thoughts I have had refreshed by reading this here. It is interesting to note that truth of this knowledge is present and anyone who looks over our history will recognize it as well Reply

Sam Castro Valley, CA January 31, 2010

Jewish Nucleus Rabbi Freeman, If I may ask a question of you sir. Wouldn't a Matriarchial lineage be "that mold a mass of people into a single whole" ?. Reply

Michal Germany January 31, 2010

Jewish nucleus It is true, of course.
But when you read it, it really seems unbelievable that since thousands of years a whole people is bond together only by a "book".

We know, what is behind it,
but from outside it must look very strange.
I pray that not so many of us "leave that book aside", assimilate and stop belonging to us. Reply