Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 5711 [1950]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

No1 explanation needs to be added to the letter2 of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], concerning the obligation of all Jews to study the teachings of Chassidus. His call is obviously related to Yud-Tes Kislev, for this day is the Rosh HaShanah of Chassidus.3 In his words,4 Yud-Tes Kislev is “a particularly auspicious time — to gain fortitude and zest in one’s study of nigleh, the revealed plane of the Torah, and in one’s study of Chassidus; to devote oneself to the avodah of prayer; to rouse oneself to refine one’s character traits in the spirit of Chassidus; and to cultivate an unbounded love of one’s fellows.”

Even more obvious is the relation between Yud-Tes Kislev and the dissemination of the study of Chassidus among our Jewish brethren of all circles. For, as explained by the Rebbe Rashab,5 the process whereby6 “your wellsprings will be disseminated far afield” mainly began after [the release of the Alter Rebbe in 1798 from imprisonment in] Petersburg. Before the teachings of Chassidus came into being, not every Jew was able to grasp Elokus. In addition one had to be possessed of a lofty soul; if not, then by rectifying all the matters that required rectification a person might refine himself. The achievement of Chassidus is that it enables every Jew to understand a Divine concept and grasp it thoroughly. This process began mainly after Petersburg, for at that time the Alter Rebbe rose to a higher level.

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When Mashiach replied to the Baal Shem Tov’s question as to when he would come, he made a point of quoting the precise wording of the verse (Mishlei 5:16), יפוצו מעינותיך חוצה: he would come when “your wellsprings (maayanosecha) will be disseminated far afield.” As is well known,7 wellspring water (mei maayan) is superior to any other kind of water [in which a person might be able to immerse in order to purify himself]. Wherever it extends, even at a distance, it forever retains the unique halachic status of wellspring water — provided only that its bond with its source is never intercepted, for it would then lose the status of the wellspring from which it arose.8

This, then, is exactly what is demanded of every one of us: that we should (a) disseminate (b) the wellsprings (c) even far afield. All of this is possible only when there is an uninterrupted bond with the source, when there is ever-strengthening hiskashrus with the Nasi — my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz] (May I serve as an atonement for his resting place!), who is the source for the dissemination of these wellsprings to all the ends of the earth.

May our eyes behold the fulfillment of the promise made by our righteous Mashiach, when “all the forces of evil will cease to exist and it will be a time of Divine goodwill and of salvation,” and he will redeem us in the true and complete Redemption.

Menachem Schneerson