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54 Years, 54 Ideas

54 Years, 54 Ideas

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Editor's note: Each week, Chabad.org Magazine brings you samplings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's perspective on issues ranging from the ageless philosophical questions to the so-called "trivialities" of everyday living. On the occasion of the 10th of Shevat — the date on which the Rebbe formally assumed the leadership of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement in 1951 — we have selected 54 examples of these teachings, corresponding to the 54 years in which the Rebbe's leadership and inspiration have worked their influence upon our lives. These range from 3-line insights and one-minute meditations to short articles and full-length essays; their common denominator is that they each illuminate a particular facet of our existence with the Rebbe's unique and revolutionary way of looking at and transforming the reality in which we live.

The reader should bear in mind, however, that the great majority of these articles are adaptations, rather than direct translations, of the Rebbe's writings and talks, so that the phrasing and application of these ideas are the sole responsibility of the respective authors.

(The year associated with each particular piece reflects either the year in which this idea was expressed by the Rebbe, the year in which it was particularly emphasized in his talks and writings, or the year in which this issue was in the forefront of our lives. We did not in any way intend it to be a definitive characterization of the year — just a convenient way of presenting a cross-sampling of the Rebbe's teachings, vision and leadership.)

For a full printable PDF version of all articles in this collection click here

1951 - Love according to the Rebbe

1952 - Leadership according to the Rebbe

1953 - Charity according to the Rebbe

1954 - How to Influence People according to the Rebbe

1955 - Education according to the Rebbe

1956 - Marriage according to the Rebbe

1957 - Striving for What You Can't Achieve according to the Rebbe

1958 - The Rebbe on G‑d

1959 - The Torah according to the Rebbe

1960 - Judaism according to the Rebbe

1961 - Sin according to the Rebbe

1962 - The Believer's Response to Suffering in G‑d's World according to the Rebbe

1963 - The Youth Revolution of the 60's according to the Rebbe

1964 - Teshuvah (Repentance) according to the Rebbe

1965 - Freedom of Choice according to the Rebbe 

1966 - Egoism and Humility according to the Rebbe

1967 - The Rebbe on the Holy Land

1968 - Religiosity according to the Rebbe

1969 - Laser Beams according to the Rebbe

1970 - Time Management according to the Rebbe

1971 - Personal Property according to the Rebbe

1972 - Aging and Retirement according to the Rebbe

1973 - Anxiety according to the Rebbe

1974 - A Mitzvah according to the Rebbe

1975 - Prison according to the Rebbe

1976 - Disability according to the Rebbe

1977 - Healing according to the Rebbe

1978 - Sleep According to the Rebbe

1979 - Sleeplessness according to the Rebbe

1980 - Parenthood according to the Rebbe

1981 - Childhood according to the Rebbe

1982 - Birthdays according to the Rebbe

1983 - The Dollar according to the Rebbe

1984 - Time and Radio Waves according to the Rebbe

1985 - Waiting for the Messiah according to the Rebbe

1986 - The 10-Second Encounter according to the Rebbe

1987 - Women in Outreach according to the Rebbe

1988 - Mourning according to the Rebbe

1989 - Physicality and Spirituality according to the Rebbe

1990 - The Jewish People according to the Rebbe

1991 - Miracles according to the Rebbe

1992 - Community according to the Rebbe

1993 - Pain according to the Rebbe

1994 - Death according to the Rebbe

1995 - Life After Death according to the Rebbe

1996 - Absence according to the Rebbe

1997 - Confusion according to the Rebbe

1998 - Apathy according to the Rebbe

1999 - Judaism's Universal Message according to the Rebbe

2000 - The Modern Age according to the Rebbe

2001 - Combating Terrorism according to the Rebbe

2002 - Earning a Living according to the Rebbe

2003 - Action according to the Rebbe

2004 - The Future according to the Rebbe

For a full printable PDF version of all 53 articles click here

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Anonymous vancouver, canada October 12, 2010

the number 54 the number 54 unites the 54 years of leadership from the Rebbe with Lubavitch.The number 54 also has a deeper meaning and connection for me.The number 54 also corresponds to the atomic number of the noble gas xenon.Having worked with this element for years,being a noble gas chemist. These 54 years,54 ideas have a particular meaning for me Reply

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