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Yud Shevat

  Friday, February 3rd, the tenth of Shevat, marks sixty two years since the passing of the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, and the ascendance to leadership of his son in law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
 

  Chassidut and Kabbalah teach that on the day of a person's passing, all of the good deeds that the person performed throughout his life cumulatively rise to Heaven. Each year, on the Yahrtzeit, the soul reaches a greater height. All of those connected to the person receive a spiritual elevation at that time. Students and those who seek to follow in the paths of Tzaddikim are all among those who share in the elevation.
 

  Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak's leadership spanned two very different challenging periods. He was the Rebbe in Russia under the communist regime. Against all odds and hopes he sent forth representatives throughout Russia to establish and maintain schools and houses of worship. Upon being released from soviet confinement, he announced in a public address “All of the Nations of the world must know that only our bodies are in exile. Our souls were never sent into exile. Concerning anything that relates to our religion: Torah, Mitzvot, and Jewish custom, no one has the right to voice an opinion.” The millions of Jews who retained Jewish identity in Russia and the current rebirth of Judaism in Russia are a testimony to his work and inspiration.
 

  Arriving in America, he was confronted by the prevailing attitude that America is different. People felt that the standard of Jewish scholarship and piety that had existed in Europe could not be duplicated here. Upon his arrival he announced “America is Nit Anderesh (America is not different).” Though ten years of unstinting labor he inspired the rabbinical leadership that indeed America could be made into a home for Torah and Judaism. The myriad of Torah institutions across the country attest to his success.
 

  The Rebbe, upon receiving the mantle of leadership sixty two years ago, stressed that each of us must do all which is within our power to concern ourselves for our fellow Jews. One Jew doing one more Mitzvah is critical to the future of the entire Jewish people. He sent representatives to all corners of the globe to serve as catalysts for Jewish revival. Millions of Jews have been touched by his work.
 

One of the early directives of the Rebbe was that everyone should have a Minyan: at least ten fellow Jews whom he inspired and taught to advance in Judaism. In later years the Rebbe proclaimed that everyone must view themselves as an emissary to further Torah and Judaism. As we enter the fifty-ninth year of the Rebbe's leadership, we must rededicate ourselves to seeing that every Jew advances in his Torah study and observance.

If anyone would like prayers said by the graveside of the Rebbes on the occasion of the Yahrtzeit, contact me at RabbiBiggs@gmail.com or by fax at 516 4874807

Include the Hebrew names of the people to be prayed for and their mother's Hebrew names

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Beshalach-Shabbat Shira-Trust in Hashem

N. Y. City Candle lighting 4:57

Shabbat ends 5:59

Kiddush Levana can be recited through Monday night

Tu B’Shvat is Wednesday

  Shalom and Bracha!

  This Shabbat we read the portion of Beshalach. This week’s portion contains many miracles and many tests of faith that the Jewish people endured. All of the miracles teach us to rely on Hashem and follow His directives. After the Jewish people left Egypt, Pharaoh and his army chased them, pinning them against the ocean. The Jewish people were thrown into a state of confusion. Amongst the people there were those who wished to return to Egypt. Hashem told Moshe to tell the people to go forward. Nachshon Ben Aminadav, the prince of the Tribe of Yehudah, jumped into the water. Moshe raised his staff, Hashem split the waters and the Jewish people went through the seabed on dry ground. Thereafter, when the Jewish people left the seabed, the Egyptians pursued. The ocean closed, swallowing them and finally ending the Egyptian threat to the Exodus. Upon witnessing this, Moshe and the Jewish people sang praise to Hashem. The song of praise that they sang is called the “Shirah” (song) of the sea, and is part of the daily prayers. This is the reason why this Shabbat is called Shabbat Shirah, because we read the Shirah of the sea. The Egyptian army carried with them vast treasures, which the Jewish people took before their next journey. This teaches us that what seems to be a difficulty (such as the Egyptian army’s pursuit) is often a source of unexpected blessing.
 

  Thereafter, the Jewish came to an oasis called Elim. The Torah tells us that there were twelve wells and seventy date palms. Rashi explains that these paralleled the twelve tribes and the seventy elders. This was a hint from Hashem that our food and water come in the merit of the forefathers and the merit of Torah scholars.
 

  Thereafter, when the Jewish people lacked bread, Hashem sent bread from heaven. The bread was sent in a manner to teach them to have faith. Each day there was only sufficient for that day. It was forbidden to save for the next day. Further, however much one tried to gather, he only had enough for one day. This teaches us that to realize that our sustenance comes only from Hashem. If we deserve to receive a certain amount, all of our efforts to make more will be to no avail. The way to attain more is by meriting more in Hashem’s judgment. Hashem forbade them to gather the bread on Shabbat. Those who went to gather came empty handed. This teaches us that when we must seek sustenance only in accordance with Hashem’s will.
 

  When the Jewish people needed water, two miracles occurred. First, Moshe threw a tree into bitter waters and sweetened them. Later, he hit a rock and water came forth. The tree is symbolic of the Torah, which is called an Eitz Chaim (Tree of Life). The Torah teaches us how to reveal the sweetness in the bitter. The water flowing from the rock teaches us that our true source of sustenance is completely hidden from us, just as the water was concealed in the rock.
 

  Thereafter, a nation called Amalek rose up against the Jewish people. The war was a miraculous one. When Moshe’s hands were uplifted, the Jewish people succeeded. When Moshe lowered his hands, Amalek prevailed. This taught us that all of our success in overcoming evil was dependent upon Moshe. The Targum teaches that the final vanquishing of Amalek will be in the time of Moshiach. May we merit that as we study the redemption, we shall experience it!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Biggs

Dedicated to Orel Meir Ben Naim Hacohen Kahen on the occasion of his Brit. May he be a joy and pride to his family and his people

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