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“Wolf, Wolf”

6 Tishrei, 5735 · September 22, 1974

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“Wolf, Wolf”: 6 Tishrei, 5735 · September 22, 1974

The Talmud relates that Miriam bas Bilga abandoned Judaism, married a gentile Greek officer and accompanied the Greeks as they stormed the Holy Temple. She then went and pounded the Holy Altar with her sandal, crying out: “Wolf, wolf! You consume the Jewish People’s wealth, but you don't answer them in their time of need!” For this latter deed, the Sages punished her entire family.
Miriam Bat Bilgah, Lubavitcher Rebbe
“Wolf, Wolf”
6 Tishrei, 5735 · September 22, 1974
Disc 64, Program 255

Event Date: 6 Tishrei 5735 - September 22, 1974

The Talmud relates that Miriam bas Bilga abandoned Judaism, married a gentile Greek officer and accompanied the Greeks as they stormed the Holy Temple. She then went and pounded the Holy Altar with her sandal, crying out: “Wolf, wolf! You consume the Jewish People’s wealth, but you don't answer them in their time of need!” For this latter deed, the Sages punished her entire family.

Of what significance was pounding the Altar, compared to her apostasy and intermarriage?

Herein lies a profound message: It may appear that a Jew is cut off from everything Jewish... But Torah says: No! What you see is only superficial. The fact remains — he is a Jew. And so his every action, concerns G-d A-lmighty Himself. Even in the lowest spiritual abyss — even during the act of the sin itself — the soul is bound to G-d.

Even after Miriam bas Bilga apostatized, intermarried, and joined the enemy, what was it that bothered her — “Why is the Altar not protecting the Jews?” After all was said and done, she cried out in pain for her fellow Jews. So why does the Talmud tell us this story? Not, G-d forbid, to disparage a Jewess, but to the contrary — to teach us the beauty of a Jew.

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Anonymous Israel August 8, 2019

Miriam bas bilga sicha I was there when the Rebbe gave this sicha. I will never forget it as it made such an impression on me Reply

Anonymous chicago May 18, 2017

whats the source of this sicha? Reply

Eliezer Zalmanov for Chabad.org May 21, 2017
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This sicha was said on 6 Tishrei 5735. Reply

Yehuda April 15, 2013

Re: Eliyahu - story of Alter Rebbe The Rebbe told the story of the prophet Zachariya on Simchas Torah of that year (sief 9 of sichos kodesh) therefore, I don't believe there is a recording of it.... Reply

eliyahu bnei brak, israel via livingtorahcenter.com September 7, 2009

The week after The week after the Rebbe tells a story of how the Alter Rebbe had a nevu'a (prophecy) re Zachariya. Then the Rebbe continues with it and basically it works out the the Rebbe was cleansing the neshama (soul) of Miriam bas Bilga through the sicha he said the previous week...

The above is a very rough description from the back of my memory but I think you get the point. Reply

Yehudis September 6, 2009

reverse At 4:17 the Rebbe calls her "Bilga bas Miriam." Since we say there is no "plitas peh" (inadvertent, mistaken utterance) by the Rebbe, why do you think he referred to her in this way? Reply

Zach philadelphia, pa August 24, 2009

Agreed I agree with the first comment. I would be very interested in seeing the follow up. I found this sicha profoundly meaningful. Anyone who thinks the Rebbe was talking only good things about Miriam bas Bilga should listen to it two to three more times. And then look inside themselves. I later asked my Rabbi some questions about this and he reviewed the end of the Masechta with me as well as some of the rest of the sicha. Look deeper at this and you'll learn very very much. The follow up would be very welcome here. Reply

eliyahu Bnei Brak, Israel via livingtorahcenter.com July 29, 2009

The follow up What about posting up what the Rebbe said the week after when people complained that he had nothing better to do than find good things about Miriam bas Bilga? The Rebbe said some very interesting things then. Reply

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