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Letter & Spirit - Personal and Public Correspondence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Send Us Your Letters Letter & Spirit - Personal and Public Correspondence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

By the Grace of G‑d
1 Iyar 5711 [May 7, 1951]
Brooklyn, N. Y.

Blessing and Greeting;

This is to acknowledge your letter of Nissan 13, and to thank you for your good wishes for Pesach. I trust you had an enjoyable and inspiring Yom Tov.

Pesach ushers in sunny and warm springtime. In nature, spring brings forth to the surface the natural forces which were hidden during the winter, and out come the blossoms, which turn into ripe fruits later on.

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Applying this idea to the human element, there can be a state of “winter” of apparent un-productivity in the life of a person. But no Jew or Jewess should consider themselves—and certainly should not be considered by others—as having terminated their usefulness, even though a long time of fruitlessness has elapsed. Given the proper inspiration and stimulus, the state of “winter” can easily and suddenly be changed into “spring” and blossom time, which eventually will ripen into good fruits for G‑d and man.

The significance of “springtime” in Jewish life is suggested by the festival of Pesach which we have just celebrated, as indicated in the Torah, “You are going forth (from Egypt) this day, in the month of spring.” For two hundred and ten years the children of Israel lived in Egypt, in physical and spiritual slavery, stagnating in the abominations of Egypt. It did not seem that there could be a revival of Jewish life. Yet, there came the Exodus in in the middle of the Month of Spring, and the children of Israel were quite free, so free in fact that in a very short time they became worthy of receiving the Torah—the zenith and completeness of the entire universe.

With all good wishes,

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Malka Miami, Florida May 16, 2012

an answer from the Rebbe It never ceases to amaze me -- how the Rebbe can answer each and every one of us according to our needs -- even with a reprinted letter in chabad.org! I've had several extended periods of "winter" in my life, in the spiritual sense, and through Hashem's kindness, I've been able to leave that particular "Egypt" and enter into a beautiful, blossoming springtime! And I needed this reminder here from the Rebbe -- Thank you to chabad.org for picking to print this letter, tailor-made for me! Reply

Menachem Posner for Chabad.org Montreal, QC May 15, 2012

To Justin Roth You are correct; things are indeed upside down (literally) for those living in the southern hemisphere. They celebrate Chanukah in the spring and Passover in the fall. But then, they are part of a global community, made up of Jews all over the world, centered in Israel. So even though Passover is not in their spring, it is for their brethren in Israel and beyond. Reply

Justin Roth Staten Island, NY May 13, 2012

On Pesach ushering in springtime... We here in the United States, and in several other countries too, celebrate Pesach in the spring, and Sukkot in the fall. These seasonal holidays are somewhat confusing in certain other countries, like, for example, Australia, where they have their winter months as we experience our summer, and summer months as we experience our winter.
This is quite perplexing to me. How is a Jew in a country such as Australia supposed to celebrate these seasonal holidays with the rest of their fellow Jews in the world, when their seasons are the exact opposite of ours?
I ask for your answer, to whomever posted this beautiful letter. Reply

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