Dear Fellow Chassidim sheyichyu,
We are quickly approaching the day of Gimmel Tammuz, the day that the Rebbe writes “Chassidim – who are connected to the Rebbe, they should celebrate Gimmel Tammuz!”. Since 5754, it seems very difficult to celebrate Gimmel Tammuz.
As we prepare for Shnas Hakhel (5776), “Assemble the people: the men, the women, and the children, and your stranger in your cities, in order that they hear, and in order that they learn and fear the Lord, your God, and they will observe to do all the words of this Torah.” I would like to share some words of encouragement for Men, Woman and children.
To Anash sheyichyu:
Regarding the (apparent) death of Moshe Rabbeinu, the Torah writes: “And Hashem spoke to Moshe on that very day, saying”. Rashi comments: בְּעֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה. In three places Scripture employs the phrase: בְּעֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה [which has the meaning, “at the strongest light of the day”]. First, regarding Noah, Scripture states, “On that very day (בְּעֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה) Noah entered [… the ark]”, which means in the glare of full daylight. Noah’s contemporaries said: “We swear by such and such, that if we notice him about to enter the ark, we will not let him proceed! Moreover, we will take axes and hatchets and split open the ark!” So the Holy One, Blessed is He, said: “I will have Noah enter at midday, and let anyone who has the power to prevent it, come and prevent it!”
Second, regarding Egypt, Scripture states, “On that very day, the Lord brought [the children of Israel] out [of the land of Egypt]”. The Egyptians said: “We swear by such and such, that if we notice them about to leave, we will stop them! And not only that, but we will take swords and other weapons, and kill them!” So, the Holy One, Blessed is He, said: “I will bring them out in the middle of the day, and let anyone who has power to prevent it, come and prevent it!”
Likewise here, regarding Moses’ death, Scripture states, “on that very day (בְּעֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה) .” The children of Israel said, “We swear by such and such, that if we notice Moses [ascending the mountain to die], we will not let him do so! The man who brought us out of Egypt, divided the Red Sea for us, brought the manna down for us, made flocks of quails fly over to us, brought up the well for us, and gave us the Torah-we will not let him!” Thereupon, the Holy One, Blessed is He, said: “I will have Moses ascend the mountain [to his resting place] in the middle of the day!”
After reading this Rashi, there are two very obvious questions:
1) Why would Hashem want to “stick it” to the Jewish people. It is understood that the people in the times of Noach and the Egyptians were evil, so Hashem had to “prove himself” to them and the future generations. Why did Hashem feel compelled to show that he can take Moshe rabbeinu in front of all the Jewish people?
2) Why – by the passing of Moshe – does Rashi not finish with “and let anyone who has the power to prevent it, come and prevent it!” As he did in the previous two instances?
The Rebbe explains: The passing of Moshe was truly different than the previous two cases. While in the first two cases (Noach and Mitzrayim), the onlookers truly could not prevent the event, the Jews could have prevented the passing of Moshe! Hashem knew that and therefore wanted to bring Moshe to him in middle of the day so that the Jewish people should use the opportunity to prevent the passing of Moshe. (Look into the sicha at length).
Dear Anash: While we cannot judge or ultimately question the ways of Hashem, we can make sure that “We will not let Moshe go!” in our lives. When we continue to show the world that the body of chassidim are alive – by learning the Rebbe’s Torah and follow in his ways – and especially learn inyonei Moshiach and Geula – we will show the world (and our young children) that “the head is alive”. Be strong!
To N’shei Chabad shtichyu:
By the passing of Moshe is says: “And the sons of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab for thirty days, and the days of weeping over the mourning for Moses came to an end.” Rashi comments: “The sons of Israel: [ordinarily meaning the children of Israel, male and female. But here, it refers only to] the males [who wept for Moses]. However, concerning [the passing of] Aaron, since he used to pursue peace and bring peace between a man and his fellow and between a woman and her husband, it is said [at Aaron’s passing], “The whole house of Israel [wept for him]”, meaning both males and females.
It seems from this Rashi, that the woman didn’t cry at the death of Moshe. Please ask yourselves: Do woman not cry by funerals? How much more so, by the passing of Moshe Rabbeinu?
I heard a fascinating explanation: The real reason that the woman did not cry, was because they knew the truth that Moshe did not die! “Moshe lo Mes”! He continues to exist (see Likkutei Sichos vol. 26 to parshas shemos) in this physical world and there is no room for tears.
The Rebbe tells you: The writings of the Ari”zal explain that the generation of the future Redemption is the reincarnation of the generation that went out of Egypt. Accordingly, the righteous women of our generation, in whose merit we will be redeemed, are the same righteous women in whose merit we left Egypt.
Our generation is the last generation of exile and the first generation of Redemption, for, in the words of my sainted father-in-law, all aspects of the Divine service have been completed and we stand ready to greet our righteous Moshiach. Since this is the case, my sainted father-in-law, the leader of our generation, endeavored to affect and influence the women, in order to hasten the Redemption in the merit of the righteous women of our generation.
There is a unique and essential lesson in regards to the concept of the song, as exemplified by the song of Miryam and the song of Devorah:
Just as in the exodus from Egypt “the righteous women of the generation were confident that G-d would perform miracles for them, and they brought tambourines from Egypt,” so too in this final Redemption from exile, the righteous women of Israel must be confident, and certainly they are confident, that immediately and imminently the true and complete Redemption is actually coming. [So strong is their conviction that] “They begin immediately(in the last moments of exile) to sing with tambourines and with dances, for the coming of the true and complete Redemption! ”
It is your privilege and responsibility to bring the spirit of Emuna and Hiskashrus to the home and to prepare your surroundings for Geula!
Dear Children of the Rebbe and Yemos HaMoshiach:
One of the hardest stories to read in the Chumash of the story of the Meraglim – spies – during the times of Moshe Rabbeinu. The Jewish people were SO close to entering Eretz Yisroel with Moshe Rabbeinu – and just witnessed all the miracles of Yetzias Mitzrayim etc – and then these 10 leader ruin everything! What were they thinking?!
From the continuation of the Parsha, it is clear that they had a very simple calculation: They felt that they would be able to deal with the new hardships that “leaving the cloud of Glory” would bring them – as they witnessed first-hand the miracles, but how would be with the next generation that did not see, stand up to the test?
Hashem responds: As for your infants, of whom you said that they will be as spoils, I will bring them [there], and they will come to know the Land which you despised!”
Dear Children and young bachurim!
There are many in the outside world – and even among the older generation of Chassidim – that feel that there is no hope for you to be Chassidim. They were the ones that saw the Rebbe and therefore they can be chassdisim after Gimmel Tammuz, but you….
You must be string as they Rebbe believes in you! Just as it was those young children in the desert that actually conquered and entered Eretz Yisrael, it is you (us – I am with you) that will lead the charge of bringing the word to Moshiach.
The Rebbe has complete faith in you. In his holy words: ‘According to our sages, the verse, “Do not touch my anointed ones (Meshichoi), refers to the children who study Torah.”
One of the explanations of this statement (in addition to those provided by the commentators) is that the education of school children has to be in a manner that the children are completely permeated and absorbed with the ideal of Moshiach. Just by looking at a Jewish child, what should one see? – Moshiach! His entire being is “Moshiach” – i.e., the realization of “You have been shown… there is none beside Him.”
‘The idea is even more pronounced with respect to the school children of our generation who are called (and endorsed by Jewish leaders as) “Tzivos Hashem-the Army of G-d:”
The name Tzivos Hashem signifies that the children are totally devoted and subordinated to G-d, as (and even more than) the devotion of “soldiers” to their “general.” It follows that Jewish children of our generation – boys and girls – possess in an even more revealed measure the status of Moshichoi, i.e., G-d’s own anointed ones. This provides for the preparation and introduction that leads to the impending revelation of the general Moshiach of all Jews, with the true and complete Redemption.”
Children: Be strong and prove the world wrong (again)!
May we be Zoiche to openly celebrate Gimmel Tammuz this year with the complete Higalus of the Rebbe MH”M now!!