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“He, Too, Is Alive”

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"He, Too, Is Alive"

Torah expects a tzaddik to not be satisfied with his own righteousness; his mission is to influence his fellow Jews to follow G‑d’s path, and to help them become in turn sources of inspiration to others as well.
Rebbe, Role of; Rebbe-Chassid Relationship, Tzaddik, Passing of a Tzaddik, The, Lubavitcher Rebbe
“He, Too, Is Alive”
Disc 50, Program 199

Event Date: 10 Shevat 5735 - January 22, 1975

Torah expects a tzaddik to not be satisfied with his own righteousness; his mission is to influence his fellow Jews to follow G‑d’s path, and to help them become in turn sources of inspiration to others as well.

But at what point does a tzaddik know if he succeeded in the mission? During his lifetime, it is possible that his students follow him only because they fear his presence. But what about after the tzaddik’s passing—when his presence continues, but in a concealed manner? Only then do the true colors of his students become revealed.

The Talmud states: “Just as his children are alive, so is he alive.” When the Rebbe’s influence lives within us—and through us, enlivens those around us—then “he too, is alive” with even greater presence and vitality than before. And he blesses and empowers us spiritually and physically in all our endeavors.

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Anonymous via chabadgn.com July 9, 2014

The Rebbe is not of memory to me even if you call it blessed. The Rebbe lives on in our lives, helps us to this very moment and cares about each of us. We care about the Rebbe too, as we try to fulfill his wishes to us. Reply

Daniel July 4, 2014

I was actually thinking about this yesterday.
The righteous man by his personal righteousness is not acceptable if he does not CONTINUE in it--which righteousness will include warning the unrighteous and attempting to turn them to righteousness (according to Ezekiel). Reply

Shoshannah Chana Oakland, California July 4, 2008

In Memory... Though I never had the profound privilege of meeting the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of Blessed Memory, I have a huge picture of him in my living room, and two photos of him during Succot in my office, and 1 photo in another room.
I may not be the epitome of a Chassidic woman, but I sometimes read Likutei Sichot to be in touch with all that he represents, perform good deeds, and give Tzedakah in memory of family members, and in honor of many different people. I am very much in tune with much of what the Rebbe has said; and I truly wish that he were alive today to guide much of what occurs in the Jewish world, most especially in Israel.
With great fondness and appreciation,
Shoshannah Chana Bas Leola Martha
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach! Reply

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