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Mendel Kalmenson

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But for the impossible to become possible, many things had to happen—not least of which was the spreading of the infectious human virtue we call courage.
Letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the topic of loss and mourning: By the Grace of G‑d Tishrei 13, 5728 [October 17, 1967] Brooklyn, NY Mr. Ariel Sharon, Greeting and blessings! I was deeply grieved to read in the newspaper about the tragic loss of you...
When tragedy strikes—especially a tragedy of such magnitude as the Holocaust—even those with a strong belief in G‑d are often confronted with painful theological questions.
On several occasions and in different contexts, the Rebbe spoke out against those who sought to blame disasters—either impending ones or those already visited upon the nation of Israel—on a lack of Torah observance.
Especially after a communal tragedy, it is important that leaders maintain a clarity of purpose, steering their communities toward rebuilding as a cohesive unit, emphasizing the importance of camaraderie and unity as a vehicle for divine blessing.
After a period of intense mourning, the Rebbe issued a call for action.
Taking his cue from Moses, the ultimate Jewish leader, the Rebbe also taught that it was the responsibility of Jewish leaders to maintain calm in the face of calamity.
The Rebbe urged that our response to humanly generated tragedies must include the taking of concrete steps to improve the moral state of society.
The faces of terror have become so diverse and the acts of atrocity so creative and bold, and all the while they are striking closer and closer to home, making us wonder: “Are we truly safe anywhere? Are the forces of evil gaining the upper hand? Is our w...
A hallmark of the Rebbe’s approach to the world was an almost stubborn optimism in the face of tragedy—a refusal to live in fear or to see our world as anything but inherently good.
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