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To be Near, Move Far

Purim, 5728 · March 14, 1968

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To be Near, Move Far: Purim, 5728 · March 14, 1968

My father-in-law, the Rebbe endeavored to disseminate Torah and Mitzvos to even the most remote corners of the earth. But if one could benefit more Jews closer to home, why invest so much effort to reach one single Jew or one Jewish family?
Shelichut, Lubavitcher Rebbe
To be Near, Move Far
Purim, 5728 · March 14, 1968
Disc 55, Program 219

Event Date: 14 Adar 5728 - March 14, 1968

My father-in-law, the Rebbe endeavored to disseminate Torah and Mitzvos to even the most remote corners of the earth. But if one could benefit more Jews closer to home, why invest so much effort to reach one single Jew or one Jewish family?

The answer: If news reaches you that there is an isolated Jew, firstly: “G-d does nothing in vain,” so the very fact that you learned of it means you are expected to act upon it. Secondly: a Mitzvah which cannot be accomplished by anyone else must be your top priority; if you do not take action, who else will come to his rescue? Thirdly: by reaching that one solitary Jew, you can turn him into a beacon of light for his entire country.

G-d wishes for His sovereignty be revealed to the point that the whole world and every created being will know Him. This is accomplished only by the Shluchim who move literally to the far-flung corners of the globe and work there with joy and happiness. Their success will certainly be above and beyond nature, for G-d Himself is there with them, and the Rebbe, is there with them.

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Anonymous June 9, 2013

Wow Not only did the Rebbe inspire this generation--he continues to do so. He knew how to give a sweet mussar, motivating us and showing us where we were wrong, and how to create unity.

The shluchim did not have it easy. Anything they achieved came through their faith in G-d. Reply

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