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Lubavitcher Rebbe; translated by Yosef Loebenstein

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Eighteenth of Elul
The eighteenth of Elul marks the birthday of both the Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chassidus in general, and the Alter Rebbe, founder of Chabad Chassidus. While Chabad Chassidus is part of Chassidus in general, it added a new dimension: By allowing a Jew to ...
Elul
Elul is the month of repentance, when assessment is made of the past year’s service to G‑d. It serves as a spiritual “city of refuge” where atonement for wrongdoing may be found, and it is a time when G‑d makes Himself accessible to all Jews on whatever s...
Fifteenth of Av
The festive events of the fifteenth of Av are the counterparts to the tragic events of the month of Av. It is the greatest of the festivals because it is the ascent which follows, and is the purpose of, the awesome descent of Tishah BeAv. The mishnah stat...
Tishah BeAv
The ultimate purpose of the present day exile, which began after the destruction of the Beis HaMikdosh on the ninth of Av, is that it allows Jews to reach spiritual heights otherwise inaccessible. The month of Av is thus not just a time of sorrow, but als...
17th of Tammuz
The breaking of the tablets and the breach in the wall around Yerushalayim on the 17th of Tammuz symbolize the danger and tragedy in the attitude that Jews and Torah are not inseparably one or that not every aspect of Judaism is vitally important. The sev...
Third and Twelfth-Thirteenth Day of Tammuz
When Jewry in Soviet Russia was threatened with spiritual extinction, the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, with incredible mesirus nefesh, kept the flame of Judaism burning. In the following years, spent in Poland and finally in the U.S.A., the Rebbe displayed...
Shavuos
The giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai on Shavuos made it possible for the spiritual to affect the physical, for G‑dliness to be introduced into the corporeal world. The mitzvos which Jews perform could now make the world a receptacle for the Divine. Shavuo...
Lag BaOmer
Although ecstatic yearning for G‑d is a lofty ideal, the ultimate service of a Jew is to introduce G‑dliness into the world. Rashbi, whose Yartzeit is on Lag BaOmer, was the supreme embodiment of this type of service. A mystic whose entire life was Torah,...
Pesach Sheni
Pesach Sheni gives those who did not offer the Pesach sacrifice the first time the opportunity to do so a month later. Its message is that nothing is irretrievable, that a Jew can always rehabilitate himself. On whichever level a Jew may be, he should alw...
Last Day of Pesach
Acharon Shel Pesach, the last day of Pesach, has a special connection to the coming of Moshiach and is celebrated accordingly, by partaking of Moshiach’s seudah. The last day of Pesach is celebrated by eating a special, festive banquet called Moshiach’s s...
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