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Rosh Hashanah Messages

New Year Messages from the Rebbe

A selection of letters sent by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, to world Jewry in honor of the High Holidays.

When Do We Celebrate the New Year?
First Day of Selichoth 5713 [1953]
It is significant that the anniversary of the Creation is not celebrated on the first day of Creation, but on the sixth, the day when Man was created.
Conquering Oneself and the World
25th of Elul, 5719 [1959]
Needless to say, before a man sets out to conquer the world, he must first conquer himself, through the subjugation of the "earthly" and "beastly" in his own nature...
King in America
Before Rosh Hashanah of 5729 [1968]
When a person who has been conditioned to totalitarianism accepts something unquestioningly, this does not constitute an unequivocal acceptance; for he is accustomed to being told what to do...
Increasing in Physical and Spiritual Charity
18th of Elul, 5710 [1950]
"Man possesses a body and а soul. And just as there is material poverty (in food, clothing and shelter), so there is spiritual poverty, where the deficiency is in spiritual things..."
No Work This Year!
When Rosh Hashanah falls on Shabbos
"The holiness of Rosh Hashanah becomes one with the holiness of Shabbos, giving this Rosh Hashanah a new dimension and content, which — in view of Rosh Hashanah being the "head" of the year, as mentioned above — must influence the daily life throughout the year..."
The purpose of a Jewish leap year and its connection with Teshuvah – returning to G-d
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