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1983: Mankind

In 1983, the Rebbe expanded his outreach campaign beyond the Jewish community to embrace all of mankind.

He instructed his Chassidim to introduce the world to the Torah’s universal guide to life for all of mankind.

In his talks that year, the Rebbe explained that in addition to its function as a blueprint for Jewish living, there is also a universal side to Torah law: seven principles, addressed to all inhabitants of earth, which establish a code of civilized and moral behavior predicated upon a belief in G‑d.

As G‑d’s “light unto the nations,” it had always been the Jew’s mission to bring all peoples of the world to a belief in G‑d. For many centuries, however, the circumstances of our exile did not allow this to be done. Now, said the Rebbe, is the time to revitalize this long-dormant aspect of our role as a people.

The Rebbe speaks on the Seven Universal Laws for all mankind.
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From a letter from the Rebbe to US president Ronald Reagan, May 17, 1987

Once again, dear Mr. President, it is a genuine pleasure to acknowledge your kind felicitations on the occasion of my recent birthday.

I was impressed with your meaningful Proclamation of "Education Day, USA" in connection with the Joint Resolution of the united States Congress, and I sincerely appreciate your heading of the roster of signatories to the "International Scroll of Honor" affiliated with it. Its mention of "the historical tradition of ethical values and principles, which have been the bedrock of society form the dawn of civilization when they were known a s the Seven Noahide Laws, transmitted through G-d to Moses on Mount Sinai," is a clarion call vital to all mankind.

The Rebbe: Timeline Biography
1902: Childhood
1915: Learning
1916: World War I
1923: Soviet Jewry
1928: Marriage
1930s: Torah & Science
1941: Flight from Europe
1939-45: Holocaust & Rebuilding
1943: Author & Teacher
1950: Leadership
1953: Chassidic Feminism
1960: Technology
1963: Rebellion
1967: The Six-Day War
1972: Retirement?
1974: The Mitzvah Tank
1977: Illness & Challenge
1983: Mankind
1986: "Sunday Dollars"
1988: Passing of Rebbetzin
1989: The End of the Cold War
1991: Missiles & Miracles
3 Tammuz 1994: Transmission
1994: Discovery of the "Reshimot"
Today: The Goal