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I Will Write It In Their Hearts - Volume 4
A Treasury of Letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
Selections from Igros Kodesh


Acknowledging a miracle that happened to one’s Rebbe

Translated by: Rabbi Eli Touger

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  Thankful acknowledgment to a chassid for sending his memoirs; the Alter Rebbe and Reb Hillel of Paritch; renewal in Torah studyTable of contentsThe concept that the initial tzimtzum should not be interpreted as a withdrawal of G-dliness; the nature of the kav; when an orphan should begin putting on tefillin; whether the recitation of the expression B’rich Rachmana satisfies one’s obligation to recite the Grace After Meals; reciting Amen after blessings recited by children being trained to observe mitzvos; pronouncing G-d’s name while teaching students beyond the age of majority; permission for a child to hold a Torah scroll; the recitation of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy when praying alone; the recitation of the half-Kaddish that follows the reading of the Torah in the afternoon service on Shabbos; the importance of the attribute of zeal  

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No. 502

This letter was addressed to R. Efraim Eliezer HaKohen Yallis, one of the leading Rabbis in Philadelphia.
B"H, 10 Tammuz, 5709

Greetings and blessings,

It has been a long time since I heard from you. You and your household are all well, no doubt. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate [that we have lost touch]. In sacred texts, [there is] an allusion [to the separation that exists in the realm of holiness] brought from the verse:[478] “Those who pursue sinful counsel draw near; they are far from Your Torah.” That verse can be interpreted as] “Those who pursue sinful counsel” — i.e., politicians — “draw near” — to each other. Those who identify with “your Torah” are “far” — from each other.

We have just now published a kuntreis for Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel [Tammuz]; a copy of which is enclosed. With regard to concepts relevant to the present time:[479] There are several levels regarding the laws [of acknowledging] a miracle[480] (as noted in the commentaries to the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, sec. 218). They include:

  1. a miracle that occurred to one’s teacher; but the connection between teacher and student is merely intellectual;

  2. a miracle that occurred to one’s father; but the connection between father [and son] is only through the garment of the soul and does not [involve] the essence of the soul (see [the statements from] the writings of the AriZal quoted in Tanya, ch. 2);

  3. a miracle that occurred to oneself; in this instance, however, there is a need for concern that one’s merits will be reduced (Shabbos 32a); hence, one’s happiness is not complete.

Higher than all the above with regard to all the details mentioned is a miracle that occurs to one’s Rebbe. For the soul of a chassid is a particular dimension of the Rebbe’s collective soul. And the happiness [experienced as a result of the miracle] is [felt] in a full sense, as is understood. May we, speedily in our days, celebrate in the rejoicing [that will accompany] the complete and encompassing Redemption led by Mashiach.

With wishes for all types of everlasting good,

Rabbi Menachem Schneerson

   

Notes:

  1. (Back to text) [Tehillim 119:150.]

  2. (Back to text) [I.e., the days preceding Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz, the dates which commemorate the miracle of the Previous Rebbe’s release from prison.]

  3. (Back to text) [Added by the Rebbe at a later date: The question] whether to establish a festival for all time on the day a miracle occurs [is discussed] in Sdei Chemed, Kellalim, sec. 29.


  Thankful acknowledgment to a chassid for sending his memoirs; the Alter Rebbe and Reb Hillel of Paritch; renewal in Torah studyTable of contentsThe concept that the initial tzimtzum should not be interpreted as a withdrawal of G-dliness; the nature of the kav; when an orphan should begin putting on tefillin; whether the recitation of the expression B’rich Rachmana satisfies one’s obligation to recite the Grace After Meals; reciting Amen after blessings recited by children being trained to observe mitzvos; pronouncing G-d’s name while teaching students beyond the age of majority; permission for a child to hold a Torah scroll; the recitation of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy when praying alone; the recitation of the half-Kaddish that follows the reading of the Torah in the afternoon service on Shabbos; the importance of the attribute of zeal  


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