This letter was printed as a foreword to the kuntreis published for Yud-Tes Kislev, 5711. 1

No explanation needs to be added to the words of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, הכ"מ, in his letter2 concerning the obligation of all Jews to study the teachings of Chassidus. His call obviously relates 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 strength and energy 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.”

The relationship between Yud-Tes Kislev and the dissemination of the study of Chassidus among our Jewish brethren of all circles becomes even more obvious according to the explanation of the Rebbe Rashab:5

The process whereby6 “your wellsprings will be disseminated to the peripheries” began primarily after the release of the Alter Rebbe [in 1798] from imprisonment in] Petersburg [on Yud-Tes Kislev]. Before the teachings of Chassidus came into being, not every Jew was able to grasp Elokus. To do that, one had to possess a lofty soul; alternatively, [in order to grasp G‑dliness,] one who did not possess such a soul had to rectify all the matters that required rectification and had to have refined himself.”

The achievement of Chassidus is that it enables every Jew to understand a Divine concept and internalize it. This process began primarily after [the release of the Alter Rebbe from] 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 outward.” 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 always retains the unique halachic status of wellspring water — provided only that its bond with its source is never interrupted, 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 in the peripheries. 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, הכ"מ— 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 salvation,”9 and he will redeem us in the true and complete Redemption.

Menachem Schneerson

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