Hold the Gates

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Hold the Gates

17 Tammuz, 5743 · June 28, 1983
In Jewish tradition, a communal fast day is an auspicious time On High. This Divine favor then manifests itself in this world below, and can be intensified by man’s deeds. Maimonides writes that fasting is one of the paths of repentance, and hastens G-d’s promise: “These fast days will be transformed into days of joy and festivity.”
Lubavitcher Rebbe, Tammuz 17, Fast Days
Hold the Gates
Disc 76, Program 303

Event Date: 17 Tammuz 5743 - June 28, 1983

In Jewish tradition, a communal fast day is an auspicious time On High. This Divine favor then manifests itself in this world below, and can be intensified by man’s deeds. Maimonides writes that fasting is one of the paths of repentance, and hastens G-d’s promise: “These fast days will be transformed into days of joy and festivity.”

We fast on the 17th of Tammuz, because on that day the walls of Jerusalem were breached, leading to the destruction of both Holy Temples. Until then, the city walls remained intact. Once the walls were breached, however, the enemy was able to force its way in to the city.

The lesson: How vigilantly a person must safeguard the “fences of Torah,” the “protective walls” that surround his observance of Torah and Mitzvos. Chassidus discusses at length the whole concept of “setting fences around the Torah.” First and foremost there is the Biblical commandment: “Be holy, even in that which is permitted to you” – to be selective and refined even in that which Torah itself permits. This is a ‘fence’ commanded by Torah itself. It is a commandment on its own, but it also serves to protect all areas of one’s Jewish observance.

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ראובן מימי July 2, 2018

Look at the man next to you and use him as your mirror. If so so sincerely then everyday will be 1 you never forget.
Live to love and you will always live to live. שבוע טוב Reply

Anonymous Prottas July 1, 2018

Hello,
Thank you so much for providing so many incredible resources, including this footage!
One can almost feel they are mamesh in the Rebbe's holy presence as he speaks...
I don't know if anyone else is experiencing this technical difficulty, but while we were playing it, both the video and text unfortunately halted; the audio continues, but we can't understand without the translation.
Wishing you a meaningful and easy fast, and may we be zocheh the revelation with the Geulah Sheleimah now! Reply

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