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Responsibility Doesn’t Disappear!

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Responsibility Doesn’t Disappear!

There is a long standing edict that in every Jewish community – without exception – there be one person who acts as the community’s Chasidic mentor, before whom the people can pour out their spiritual ailments, and whose task it is to guide others in the ways of Chasidism and provide each one with an individualized path in the service of G-d.
Mashpia, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Responsibility Doesn’t Disappear!
Disc 94, Program 374

Event Date: 20 Kislev 5737 - December 12, 1976

There is a long standing edict that in every Jewish community – without exception – there be one person who acts as the community’s Chasidic mentor, before whom the people can pour out their spiritual ailments, and whose task it is to guide others in the ways of Chasidism and provide each one with an individualized path in the service of G-d.

The Alter Rebbe warns in his introduction to Tanya that there is no place for false humility. If one is worthy of this position – then just like one who is not qualified to rule in Jewish law but does so is held accountable, the same goes for one who is qualified to rule but pretends not to be. So don’t think that by hiding behind false humility you will avoid responsibility; you’re taking a tremendous responsibility for your community’s lack of direction!

Anyone who believes he is capable of providing some type of guidance and instruction – whether in Torah study, or in good deeds, or in prayer, or the like – should immediately get involved. After some time, the results of the efforts will tell who is most fit for this. And if it emerges that your colleague is more qualified than you, do not bear a grudge, but rather assist him wholeheartedly and encourage him in every way.

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