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

Pastoral Hakhel Messages

The Mitzvah of Hakhel reminds us that wherever Jews are, and however dispersed they may be, each one remains an integral part of the people.
"The togetherness of our people in the spirit of Hakhel will stand our people in good stead, as it did in the past."
A Post-Hakhel Message for the New Year
5727 [1967]
Reflecting deeply on the truth that nothing need be given up as a total loss, one can see that there is no basis for sadness and despair, not only in relation to the future, but even not in relation to the past.
The Mitzva of Hakhel Today
5713 [1952-53]
The call of the Mitzva of Hakhel: The education of Jewish children and support of Torah-true educational institutions.
The King: Then and Today
5727 [1966-67]
Particularly it is the duty of everyone who is a "king", a leader, in his circle to raise the voice of the Torah and Mitzvoth, forcefully and earnestly...
Gather All of Yourself
5727 [1966-67]
Every year at this time the Jew is called upon to take account of all his thoughts, words and deeds during the outgoing year, in order to place them in one's inner "Holy Temple."
A Hakhel Year Message to Children
5727 [1966-67]
The Rebbe appeals directly to children, encouraging them to hold regular Hakhel gatherings, particularly on Shabbat, and to take the lessons of Hakhel to heart.
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 Rosh Hashana Message: What Exactly Is Hakhel?
5741 [1980-81]
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.
A Rosh Hashanah Message: Community over Individuality
5741 [1980-81]
We see from experience that a person can lift and carry a much larger load when carrying it together with another.
A Hakhel Year Message to Children
Chol-hamo’ed Succos, 5741 [1980]
The Rebbe appeals directly to children, encouraging them to hold regular Hakhel gatherings, particularly on Shabbat, and to take the lessons of Hakhel to heart.
Purim on Friday: Unite With Jerusalem!
Purim, 5741 [1981]
The Rebbe draws lessons from how Jerusalem celebrates Purim that coincides with Shabbat, seeing special relevance in the light of the unifying nature of the Hakhel year.
Hakhel and Jewish Education
5748 [1987-88]
A primary element of Hakhel in the Holy Temple was hearing (and learning) Torah from the king. Today, this is expressed in Jewish education, both for young people and those who were unable to learn when they were young.

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