GOOD YOM TOV!

Today is the holy day of Yud Tes Kislev, the day that the first Chabad Rebbe, the Alter Rebbe, was released from prison in czarist Russia.  Hence the name chag hageulah: the holiday of liberation.

It is also considered the Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus because once the Alter Rebbe was released from prison he was able to spread the teachings of Chassidus. And we know from the Baal Shem Tov that when the wellsprings of Chassidus are spread to the entire world Moshiach will come.

So today is a day connected with Moshiach and redemption and tremendous light.

Month of light

Hashem created the world in such a way that there was darkness and then light .  Because the light that comes after darkness is much brighter .  Perhaps the month of Kislev is the  month  most connected to light. We have the yom tov of Yud Tes Kislev, the chag hageulah (redemption from prison ) of the Alter Rebbe which indicated that permission was given in the heavenly realms to spread the light of Chassidus to the whole world (chassidus is compared to oil).

Add in light

Pure evil reared its ugly head again and one evil man shot and killed 11 innocent Jews praying on the holy day of Shabbat. As we near the final redemption with the imminent coming of Moshiach, things seem to get darker and darker and harder to even try to comprehend. But our role now is to add light. Because ultimately light prevails over darkness and banishes darkness.  

BECOMING HAPPY

This year there are two months of Adar because it is a Jewish leap year.

And we know when there are two months of Adar, as the Lubavitcher Rebbe said, the idea of simcha is even stronger. The Rebbe said that simcha poretz geder, breaks barriers. And since there is a concept of botul bshishim (nullification within 60, as, for example, when something non kosher is nullified with 60 times of kosher food) then also in a leap year, all negative thingsand undesirable elements are nullified within the 60 days of simcha in Adar.

POST TISHREI SLUMP?

We are now past the wonderful inspiring days of the month of Tishrei and back to “real” life. But in all honesty, what is more real to a jewish soul? The uplifting spiritually fulfilling yomtovim of Tishrei? Or the mundane life of work and day to day chores?

The King is in the Field

It is that time of year again: the month of Elul (yemei rachamim, days of mercy). The Alter Rebbe , the first Chabad Rebbe, gives a moshul (an example) of how accessible G-d is to us during this month. He compares this to a King who leaves his palace and goes out to the fields to greet the common people. In Elul, Hashem comes out to the field, with a smiling countenance, waiting for our petitions and prayers in preparation for the upcoming New Year.  So start praying! This is the time to ask for everything that you want and need.

The "I want it now" syndrome

In past generations people had patience. They had no choice. They had to work hard, cut wood to make fire so they had eat, grind wheat to make flour so they could bake bread, stand in long lines to get their food rations filled etc. etc.  People suffered a lot and had no options to even defend themselves. They learned to suffer patiently.

Carrying Baggage

My husband and I have been considering downsizing: perhaps getting a smaller home or even a condo. But then I begin to panic. Where will we store all the things we have accumulated over the years?
When we first got married, we had very few things. We lived a simple life, no luxuries, and it was very easy to pick up and move. It was also a very happy life. The less material items we had, somehow the happier we were.
But as time went along we accumulated things: more furniture, more clothing, more dishes, more pots etc. etc.

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