It happened once on Shabbos – or, according to another version, on Yom Kippur – that in the
midst of prayer, the Alter Rebbe removed his Talis and went to the edge of the town. There,
he found a woman who had just given birth. Her entire household had gone to the synagogue,
so she was left alone. The Alter Rebbe had sensed that she needed help, so he removed his
Talis, walked to her home, and broke the usual laws of the holy day in order to help her.
This story instructs the Jew: Listen here! You may be an illustrious Torah scholar, you may be
an accomplished leader... All the Supernal Realms may be hanging on your Divine service… But
still you must sacrifice your own spiritual pursuits for the sake of your fellow man. There are
non-Jews in this world who do not yet know how important it is to keep the Seven Noahide
Laws, and you must do your part to teach them.
If you have a non-Jewish neighbor, find some time to speak with him – even if it means finding
a translator. Explain to him that he is a human being, he is created in G-d’s image, and G-d gave
him seven commandments to live by. Yes, you have other holy obligations, but you’re the only
one who can do this because your neighbor will accept it most from you.