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Letter & Spirit - Personal and Public Correspondence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Pastoral High Holiday Messages

If man is G‑d’s honored “guest” who finds everything ready and prepared for him, how can he at the same time be a “servant” who has to serve G‑d constantly, and in a manner of real effort [“toil”]?
A Tishrei Message: Belief in G-d
Between Yom Kippur and Succos, 5741 [1980]
A Rosh Hashanah Message: Living the Sabbatical Life
18th of Elul, 5739 [1979]
Although Shemittah is primarily connected with the holiness of the land of Israel, where the laws of Shemittah are in force, it has been explained on many occasions that a Jew, wherever he is, is expected in his everyday life, especially in his spiritual life, to transform his environment—his home as well as his surroundings—into a (spiritual) “Land of Israel.”
The Daily Sabbatical
Pre–Rosh Hashanah 5726 [1965]
Every day we have the Sabbatical elements—prayer, Torah study, mitzvot—and the mundane aspects. Are these two elements of the day mutually exclusive?
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.
Divine Acceptance
In The Days of Selichot, 5728 [1968]
Trends towards ideological independence can even become an asset in one’s submission to G-d, as it will have a more profound and lasting impact.
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...
A Message to the Incarcerated
In the Days of Elul 5737 [1977]
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..."
The Annual
The Rebbe's Rosh Hashanah Message for 5716 (1956)
Everyone has the ability to make the coming year, a year of very great accomplishments indeed, and G-d, “who desires repentance,” helps to carry out such determined resolutions.
The Unique Qualities of Humanity
The Rebbe's Rosh Hashanah Message for 5715 (1955)
On Rosh Hashanah man stands not only before the Divine Judgment, but also before his own.
A Rosh Hashanah Message: Community over Individuality
We see from experience that a person can lift and carry a much larger load when carrying it together with another.
A Rosh Hashana Message: What Exactly Is Hakhel?
Coming after the Shemitah year—when Jewish farmers leave the fields and study Torah—Hakhel is an opportunity to unite and gain inspiration for the six years of work that follow.
Is Most of My Life a Waste?
A Message of Teshuvah
A person might also become disheartened wondering how is one to fulfill adequately one’s real purpose in life on this earth, seeing that most of one’s time is taken up with eating and drinking, sleeping, earning a livelihood, etc . . .
The Mitzva of Hakhel Today
The call of the Mitzva of Hakhel: The education of Jewish children and support of Torah-true educational institutions.
Man: The Fulfillment of Creation
Rosh Hashana means the beginning (head) of the year (creation). If so, why is it celebrated on the anniversary of the sixth day of creation and not on the first?
On Rosh Hashanah, we reiterate our commitment to G-d as our king. But isn't kingship a metaphor whose time has passed?
We Are All Adam and Eve
18th of Elul, 5733 [1973]
Rosh Hashanah teaches and reminds every individual about the tremendous powers which have been vested in him.
The Uplifting Unity of the Hakhel Year
6th of Tishrei, 5734 [1973]
The mitzvah of Hakhel reminds us that wherever Jews are, and however dispersed they may be, each one remains an integral part of the Hakhel-people, the one people.
A Message for When Rosh Hashanah Coincides With Shabbat
5732 [1972]
Explore the deeper essence of Rosh Hashanah on Shabbos: a dance between unity and diversity, material and spiritual.

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