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Comparative Study in Jewish Leadership

12 Tishrei, 5750 · October 11, 1989

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Comparative Study in Jewish Leadership: 12 Tishrei, 5750 · October 11, 1989

Each Rebbe encompasses every Jew of his generation, but each also has a unique focus. We find many stories of the Rebbe Maharash’s unique accomplishments in bringing wayward souls back to G-d, and his ability to transform a Jew into a full-fledged Baal Teshuvah.
R. Shmuel of Lubavitch, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Comparative Study in Jewish Leadership
12 Tishrei, 5750 · October 11, 1989
Disc 66, Program 264

Event Date: 12 Tishrei 5750 - October 11, 1989

Each Rebbe encompasses every Jew of his generation, but each also has a unique focus. We find many stories of the Rebbe Maharash’s unique accomplishments in bringing wayward souls back to G-d, and his ability to transform a Jew into a full-fledged Baal Teshuvah.

The Rebbe Maharash’s focus on Baalei Teshuvah recalls his namesake, the prophet Samuel. Samuel was raised from childhood in G-d’s Sanctuary, and so his life-experience parallels the experience of the Baal Teshuvah. The completely righteous man lives his life in progressive order and balance, whereas the Baal Teshuvah — like Samuel — lives outside the normal patterns of life; he sacrifices his previous, conventional existence for a life of transcendence. The Baal Teshuvah lives beyond the world order, and at the same time, works within it.

This ability to simultaneously live “above” and “within” the world echoes the Rebbe Maharash’s famous adage: “The world says: if you can’t go under an obstacle, go above it. And I say: L’chatchila Ariber — in the first place, go over!”

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