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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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Jewish History

After escaping Nazi-occupied Paris, and many perilous months in Vichy France, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), and his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka (1901-1988), boarded the SS Serpa Pinto in Lisbon, Portugal. On Monday, June 23--Sivan 28 on the Jewish calendar--at 10:30 A.M., they arrived in New York.

Shortly after his arrival, the Rebbe's father-in-law, the then Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (who had been rescued from Nazi-occupied Warsaw in 1940), appointed him to head the social and educational outreach programs of Chabad-Lubavitch. Thus the Rebbe began his decades-long revolutionary work to revitalize Jewish life in the Western Hemisphere, which spread, by means of the emissaries ("shluchim") he dispatched from his New York headquarters, to every part of the world.

Links:
Inspiring the Jewish American Revolution
World Jewry Thrives Seven Decades After Rebbe’s U.S. Arrival

Daily Thought

A core teaching of the Rebbe:

You must know that you are in this world with a divine mission.

That all that exists and ever existed depends upon your fulfillment of that mission.

And that if any mountain should stand in your way,
Or any ocean block your path,
Or any quagmire detain you from reaching your goal—

Know that you are on a mission from the Creator of heaven and earth.

And if so, it is absurd that any of His creations should stand in the way of the mission for which He has created you.

It could only be that these are not obstacles. Rather, they are a vital element of your mission, designed to lift you higher, and yet higher.

Iterated and expounded in countless talks and letters. For one stark example, see Likutei Sichot, volume 23, pg. 533.