Tuesday, August 11, 2009

20th of Av

-One Minute of Torah-

Today is the 20th day of the Hebrew month of Av. It is the anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's father, Reb Levi Yitzchok Schneerson. He was a renowned and brilliant scholar, a kabbalist, and a fearless, devoted community leader. Though he suffered greatly at the hands of the Communist government, throughout his ordeal, he remained steadfast in his commitment to teach Torah. He never ceased encouraging and inspiring those around him to observe the mitzvot.
In 1939 he was arrested for teaching Torah, an act which the Communists claimed undermined the authority of the government. Reb Levi Yitzchok was sentenced to five years in exile.

In a letter that Reb Levi Yitzchak wrote to his son, he emphasized the concept of faith in every little "dot and crown" of our G-d-given Torah, whereby each detail complements and perfects the others:

"Do not imagine that the process of argument and debate as engaged in by the Sages of the Mishna and Talmud and those who followed... falls into the category of regular human intellectual pursuit. No, it is not that at all... Rather, each of the Sages perceived the Torah's wisdom as it exists Above, according to the source of his soul.

"There is absolutely no doubt, that everything in both the Oral and Written Torah, and in all the holy books written by the sages and tzadikim who studied Torah, was said by G-d Himself, in that particular and exact wording."

Reb Levi Yitzchak lived with the realization of the importance of every aspect of Torah; he had utter self-sacrifice for the compliance to Torah's every detail and nuance.

May we be inspired to learn from his teachings and example. And may G-d help, that on this day of the tzadik's passing-a day when he is empowered to bring salvation to the world - each of us be redeemed from all worries and pains, ultimately leading to the everlasting salvation-the arrival of our Righteous Moshiach.


the sabra said...

The Tzaddik is at oneness with G-d.

We recognize him
because within each one of us
is a tzaddik who is at oneness with G-d.

the sabra said...

--That was a daily dose, ps--

rutimizrachi said...

Amen! Nice concise piece of writing. There is so little time in a day -- and I am gratified when a writer gives over very important information succinctly. Especially when it ends with a bracha.

the sabra said...

oysh. oysh oysh oysh.
you're always loving writing that's not mine...i forgot to stick the 'copy-pasted' label in there!

i think it's all from chabad.org but i'm not sure. (tis a bit of a cholent)

hey! u can sign up for the 'one minute of torah' phone calls--you got an american line! do it! DO IT!


the sabra said...

(but the brocho was mostly mine ;))

rutimizrachi said...

LOL I guess that just means that when you are not busy being a good writer and dispenser of brachot, you are a good editor. ;-)

I think I'll continue to get my "daily dose" and "one minute of Torah" from you, Dr. Sabra.

the sabra said...

Thanks, American Israeli mother.
Makes me feel good that this blog actually helps someone else...