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SPRING 2014 PASSOVER 5774 chAbAd Of cyPRESS A LITTLE NOSh fOR ThE SOuL
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dedicated to the love and inspiration of the lubavitcher rebbe
2014 by soulwise Magazine (over 250,000 copies printed internationally. all right reserved including the right to reproduce any portion of this magazine in any form without prior written permission from the publisher, except by a reviewer who wishes to quote brief passages
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SPRING ISSue 5774
Some years ago, a prominent Winnipeg businessman conferred with the Lubavitch Rebbe about the possibility of expanding the scope of Chabad in Winnipeg. He told the Rebbe about his intention to assist with the costs of constructing a building for Chabad but he expressed concern about financial constraints and said that it would have to wait until his economic situation im-proves.
The Rebbe replied with a beautiful letter, in which he writes that money comes and goes but Jewish education cannot be put on hold. The child of to-day will be an adult tomorrow. The formative years that shape a childs world outlook are extremely time sensitive; a day wasted is a day lost forever. And a day in a childs life that is filled with Jewish content will forever have a positive influence, on that child and on generations to come.
This is very much the lesson of Passover. Jews were in Egypt for hundreds of years. On the day of the Exodus, they fled in haste. And the sages tell us, As soon as the moment of the Exodus arrived, G-d took them out of Egypt. He did not keep them back for even one second.
What was the rush? The Egyptians could not have relented; their power had already been crushed by the Ten Plagues. Wouldnt it have been more pleasant for the Jews to have left leisurely, as a truly free nation?
The sages explain that the haste was not out of fear that the Egyptians would relent, but rather out of concern that Jews themselves would relent. After being steeped in a depraved idolatrous culture for so long, there was an inherent dan-ger that some Jews would refuse to leave. Indeed, later on during their sojourn in the wilderness, there were Jews that wanted to return to Egypt.
So it was most important to seize the moment and remove the Jews from that environment and to raise them up to a new level of spiritual greatness with their acceptance of the Torah at Sinai. That is what could not wait even one moment.
The lesson of Passover to our time is very clear. We are blessed in Winnipeg with marvelous learning opportunities at Chabads Jewish Learning Centre for Jews of all ages. There is no other place like this in Winnipeg. Many Winnipeg-gers already know this. They are the ones who were fortunate enough to have participated in the intellectually stimulating JLI lecture series or those whose children drew excitement from Chabads Mitzvah and Parsha programs.
Pesach inspires us to take the jump. Today is the day; seize the moment and get personally involved in Chabad!
Wishing you and yours a happy and kosher Pesach!
Rabbi Avrohom Altein, Executive Director
Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Altein Rabbi & Executive Director
Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch HeidingsfeldCamp Gan Israel, Family & Youth Programs
Rabbi & Mrs. Yacov SimmondsPartners with Chabad, Jewish Womens Circle
Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly AlteinJewish Learning Insitute, Chabad Torah Tots
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EDITOr-IN-ChIEF: Rabbi Shmuel Marcus
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2011 by Soulwise Magazine (Over 150,000 copies printed nationally) All rights
reserved, including the right to reproduce any portion of This magazine in any
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who wishes to quote brief passages.
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The sixth Rebbe of Lubavitch remarked, We must listen carefully to the story that the Chanukah candles tell us. Lets take a careful look at how we light the candles, the Mitzvah that is central to celebrating Chanukah.When Chanukah was first established as a holiday, there were three options for
how to light candles. The basic requirement was that every family light a single candle, every night of Chanukah. Even on the eighth night, a single candle would suffice to do the Mitzvah. A second and better level of doing the Mitzvah was that a candle be lit for each member of the family. A family of four people, for example, would light four candles every night, including the last.
But the preferred and highest level suggested by the sages was that the number of candles we light should correspond to the number of that day of Chanukah. Every day we add another candle, so that on the eighth day, we light eight candles. Preferably, every child in the family lights their own eight candles.
It is this last option, the highest level and best way to perform the Mitzvah that has become the standard way that Jews light the candles in every community around the globe. No other Mitzvah enjoys such stature. There are Jews that will demonstrate exceptional diligence in the way they perform every Mitzvah, but the majority of observant Jews are content with doing the very basics of Jewish observance. Only Chanukah has this unique status in that every Jew strives to do the Mitzvah in the very best way.
That is because Chanukah is all about the love of Mitzvot. The Greek-Syrian oppressors would have left the Jews unharmed, would they be willing to abandon their observance of Judaism. But the Greeks banned the observance of Kosher and Shabbat, circumcision, Jewish marriage and the study of Torah under the penalty of death.
It was their deep love of Judaism that motivated Jews to risk their lives and fight valiantly for the freedom to live as Jews. When the Maccabees won the battle, the climax of their joy was when they regained the ability to perform the precepts of Judaism. Their true joy was realized when they were miraculously able to rededicate and kindle the Menorah.
So Chanukah is the holiday that celebrates the love of Judaism and its Mitzvot. And that is why we add another candle every night, because it is only when we do the Mitzvot with love and joy that Jewish life can flourish and grow.
That is the essence of Chabad-Lubavitch. Lubavitch is from the Russian word Luba that means love, because the city of Lubavitch was established to promote the love of Judaism. And Chabad is the Hebrew acronym for Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledgebecause the key to developing appreciation and love of the Mitzvot is by deepening one`s knowledge and understanding of Judaism.
Chabad`s new Jewish Learning Centre inspires the love of Judaism, so that this community can continue to flourish and grow, adding more and more candles. We welcome you this Chanukah, to share Chabad`s enthusiasm. Share the joy, the warmth and the love by joining us in the new Jewish Learning Centre.
Happy Chanukah!Rabbi Avrohom Altein
Rabbi & Mrs. Avrohom Altein Rabbi & Executive Director
Rabbi & Mrs. Boruch Heidingsfeld Camp Gan Israel, Family & Youth Programs
Rabbi & Mrs. Yacov SimmondsPartners with Chabad
Rabbi & Mrs. Shmuly Altein Jewish Learning Insitute, Chabad Torah Tots
Chabad-Lubavitch of Winnipeg - "Judaism with a smile!"
Jewish Learning Centre1845 Mathers AvenueWinnipeg, MB R3N 0N2
Web: www.ChabadWinnipeg.orgEmail: office@ChabadWinnipeg.orgPhone: (204) 339-8737Fax: (204) 480-4396
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