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Shabbat, November 17, 2018

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Jewish History

Kislev 9 is both the birthday and day of passing of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, son of and successor to the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman·of Liadi. Rabbi DovBer was known for his unique style of "broadening rivers" -- his teachings were the intellectual rivers to his father's wellspring, lending breadth and depth to the principles set down by Rabbi Schneur Zalman.

Born in Liozna, White Russia in 1773, Rabbi DovBer was named after Rabbi Schneur Zalman's mentor and teacher, Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch, who had passed away on Kislev 19 of the previous year. Rabbi DovBer assumed the leadership of Chabad upon his father's passing in 1812. In 1813 he settled in the town of Lubavitch, which was to serve as the movement's headquarters for the next 102 years. In 1826, he was arrested on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar, but was subsequently exonerated.

Rabbi DovBer passed away on his 54th birthday in 1827, a day before the first anniversary of his liberation (see calendar entries for tomorrow, Kislev 10).

Links: A Precise Life;
Four stories: The Rebbe's Son and the Chassid; Two Against One; Yechidut; Yosef the Wagon Driver

Laws and Customs
In Chabad practice, the mournful paragraph of Tzidkatecha Tzedek is omitted from the afternoon prayers.
Daily Thought

There is a third strategy. It is powered by the intense light of inner Torah that awakens the essence of the soul, a place so deep that it knows no change, it does not move and cannot be broken.

When that essence-core awakens from its slumber, the essence of all things also breaks out from its absolute darkness into the light. Even the darkness itself emerges as light.

Then there is no longer war, but peace. No more opponents, only allies.

To the essence of your soul, after all, is tied the essence of all that is. Even of darkness.

Maamar Padah B’Shalom 5722.