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Fresh Waters EXPLORING THE NEW ADDITIONS TO THE REBBE S TORAH ציור פני הרב DARKEI HACHASSIDUS Total Transformation THE REBBE S FRENCH REVOLUTION $2.00 ספר התורה לקבלת פני משיח צדקינו THE STORY OF THE FAMOUS SEFER TORAH, WITH NEW NEVER BEFORE SEEN DOCUMENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS ISSUE 40 (117) פרסום ראשון! DerherContents ISSUE 40 (117) About the Cover: Young and old stand together at the Rebbe s Farbrengen; 29 Tishrei, JEM/The Living Archive ID: Grow and Give DVAR MALCHUS First Yahrtzeit CHOF BEIS SHEVAT 5749 Double Portion KSAV YAD KODESH Sefer Torah shel Moshiach THE STORY OF THE FAMOUS SEFER TORAH Getting Ready to Daven HORAOS V HADROCHOS ציור פני הרב DARKEI HACHASSIDUS Fresh Waters EXPLORING THE NEW IGROS KODESH DerherEditorial Yom hagadol v hakadosh, Yud Shevat, marks the Frierdiker Rebbe s yom hilula and the day the Rebbe became our nossi; it is Rosh Hashanah L mlachim. As the Rebbe explained at the farbrengen of Yud Shevat 5741: There is a special virtue given from above at the time of year that the king began his reign; or with regards to a nossi, the time when there is a renewal in his leadership. Although he was a nossi or a king throughout his entire life, even before that specific day of his appointment, nevertheless, since this day marks a major milestone in his life, it is an appropriate day to be celebrated with a yom mishteh, or a hisvaadus. (Sichos Kodesh 5741 vol. 2 p. 183.) True to the Rebbe s words in his letter for Beis Nissan 5710 (the day that marked the beginning of the Frierdiker Rebbe s nesius); Yud Shevat is a day that we recommit ourselves to connecting with the Rebbe and all his inyanim. As such, this edition of the Derher includes several articles in this spirit. The Rebbe taught us that all of a Rebbe s inyanim are both personal and communal. Every matter the Rebbe discussed is applicable and accessible for each and every Yid, and it is our duty to spread the Rebbe s words as a part of the effort in hafatzas hamaayanos. Together with that, we must work to internalize our personal connection with the Rebbe and our devotion to fulfilling his horaos. The Rebbe famously spoke of the vort from the mashpia in Lubavitch, Reb Michoel der Alter, that when learning Chassidus one must take the words to heart, as though he was discussing his very own father! (See farbrengen Yud Shevat 5725, sicha 6.) These two points are really one and the same; two inseparable components of our lives as Chassidim. Even when speaking of the need to apply Chassidus in a personal manner, the Rebbe concludes that this will lead the Chossid to better feel and understand the need to share Chassidus with others. (Ibid.) In this magazine, we placed emphasis on these two most integral components. One will read of the importance of tziyur p nei harav envisioning the Rebbe s face and remembering how each and every one of us is connected to him in a very personal way. At the same time, a detailed composition is featured of the Rebbe s impact and wide-ranging activities in France; essentially spurring a true spiritual revolution in the country once considered beyond spiritual hope. This is a major milestone in the realm of hafatzas hamaayanos. As the Rebbe explained on Shabbos parshas Vayeshev, 5752, the The Momentous Gathering INSIGHTS IN HAKHEL The Attempted Cherem ARUM CHASSIDUS Total Transformation THE FRENCH REVOLUTION Headline s Answer A STORY Outdoor Distribution BEHIND THE PICTURE Letters to the Editor בס ד transformation of France constitutes and symbolizes the completion of preparing the world for the coming of Moshiach. The day before Yud Shevat was also when the Rebbe chose to complete the Sefer Torah for Moshiach a project commenced by the Frierdiker Rebbe in During the inaugural farbrengen of Yud Shevat, 5711, the Rebbe explained that the Frierdiker Rebbe could have completed the task of writing the sefer Torah on his own without the assistance of others, but he wished to include everyone so that all of the Yidden will have the zechus of participating. Similarly, says the Rebbe, each and every one of us is responsible to assist in the larger goal of completing the final stages of preparation for the coming of Moshiach. From this special day of Yud Shevat, may we each gather the necessary inspiration to indeed do our part, and may our collective efforts be successful in bringing Moshiach teikef umiyad mammash. The Editors A Chassidisher Derher Magazine is a publication geared toward Bochurim, published and copyrighted by Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim Haolomi. All articles in this publication are original content by the staff of A Chassidisher Derher. Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim Rabbi Tzvi Altein Copy Editors Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz Rabbi Dovid Olidort Rabbi Moshe Zaklikovsky Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov Photo Credits Jewish Educational Media Beth Loubavitch of Paris Library of Agudas Chasidei Chabad Kehot Publication Society Vaad Hanochos B Lahak Special Thanks to Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook Rabbi Yechiel Cagen Rabbi Yosef Boruch Friedman Rabbi Mendel Gourarie Rabbi Levi Greisman Rabbi Sholom Dovber Levine Rabbi Pinny Lew Rabbi Shmuel Lubecki Rabbi Leibel Schapiro Rabbi Michoel Seligson Rabbi Elkanah Shmotkin Rabbi Levi Treitel Design Rabbi Mendy Weg Printed by The Print House Reproduction of any portion of this Magazine is not permissible without express permission from the copyright holders, unless for the use of brief quotations in reviews and similar venues. Submit your questions and comments: Call: (970) To subscribe, order a copy, or access back issues visit us at A Chassidisher Derher is honored to feature unique and historic photos from Jewish Educational Media s Living Archive photo collection. The Living Archive is a project to preserve, and provide access to the video, audio, and photographic recordings of the Rebbe. These photos are copyright by JEM and are available at TheLivingArchive.org GROW AND GIVE In this sicha of Chamisha Asar B Shevat, Shabbos parshas Beshalach 5747, the Rebbe states that man must learn from the tzomeach within him, to constantly grow in avodah and to never stop influencing others. Chamisha Asar B Shevat is a yom tov; we don t say tachanun and celebrate with eating fruits. The reason the trees new year is a yom tov for Yidden is that man is compared to a tree, as the Gemara interprets the possuk Ki ha adam eitz hasadeh. This comparison of a person to a tree, whose qualities of life and speech are superior to the tree s value of growth, is unusual; especially considering that the possuk doesn t simply compare them, but very clearly says man is a tree. Yet, the comparison of man to a tree is based on the following factors: Every creation is unique in its own way. We can learn something special from each one. - Hashem did not create anything in vain, and - everything לא בראו אלא לכבודו was created for Hashem s honor. The unique value of vegetation is represented in its name tzomeach translated as growth in present tense constant development; as opposed to man, who only grows in childhood and adolescence. It also reproduces throughout its life, as opposed to man who only reproduces up to a point. However, being an olam katan, man has an element of tzomeach within him. These two points that there is a tzomeach in every person and the fact that we must learn from it explains the comparison in the possuk. The tzomeach within man gives him strength to constantly grow in avodah as Chazal say, מנוחה שנאמר ילכו מחיל אל חיל יראה אל Aside for personal growth, the tzomeach within us also gives us the capacity for sustained influence, even on non-jews. 4 PHOTO: JEM/THE LIVING ARCHIVE / לזכות התמים מנחם מענדל בן הרה ת חיים צבי שי' לרגל הגיעו לעול מצות ביום י ז טבת תשע ו Chazal say, teaching Torah to another is a form of birth. As such, the tzomeach enables man to reproduce throughout his life, even gaining strength in old age. Being the trees Rosh Hashanah, in that it contains its entire year as the general Rosh Hashanah does for all of creation Chamisha Asar B Shevat is a day to restart the avodah of constant growth and influence, which should continue throughout the year. Constant growth and sustained influence are always something to work on, but we are given a special koach to develope them on Chamisha Asar B Shevat. Most importantly, on this day Hashem provides us with the koach to reach an infinitely higher level of avodah than before. This koach lasts until the following year, when a new koach will enable man to climb even higher. 5 לעבן מיטן רבי'ן JEM/THE LIVING ARCHIVE ID: First Yahrtzeit CHOF-BEIS SHEVAT 5749 לזכרון הרבנית הצדקנית מרת חי' מושקא נ ע זי ע בקשר עם יום ההילולא כ ב שבט נדפס ע י משפחת האגער שי' לונדון, אנגלי' On Chof-Beis Shevat 5748, Chassidim across the globe were shaken by the news that the Rebbetzin was nistalek from this world. Throughout the ensuing year of aveilus, the Rebbe led most of the weekday tefillos and dollars from his home on President Street. On 21 Teves of 5749, eleven months following the Rebbetzin s histalkus, the Rebbe concluded saying kaddish. One month later, on Shabbos, 22 Shevat 5749, many guests came in to New York to commemorate the Rebbetzin s first yahrtzeit with the Rebbe. In marking the yahrtzeit, the Rebbe led all the tefillos throughout Shabbos, and it was also the main focus of the farbrengen. In this yoman, we bring some of the special moments from that time. THURSDAY, 20 SHEVAT In a sense, the extended special Shabbos really began on Thursday. In the evening, the tankistin from Eretz Yisroel (led by Rabbi Dovid Nachshon) held a siyum and hachnasas sefer Torah in the Rebbetzin s memory. This wasn t the first sefer Torah 1 written in honor of the Rebbetzin; what made this one special though, was it s proximity to the date of the yahrtzeit. The timing also meant that many guests were already in town, obviously creating an even more special atmosphere. As per the usual custom, various rabbonim and elders were honored with writing the final letters of the Torah. After doing hagbah and gelilah, the pesukim of Ata hareisah were chanted and followed by a lively circuit of hakafos. As the night 6 JEM/THE LIVING ARCHIVE ID: progressed, 770 became more and more packed with Chassidim, with the energy level increasing by the minute. Hakafos continued for a lengthy period of time and when they finally ended, everyone sat down to partake in the seudas mitzvah arranged by the tankistin. As can be expected when Chassidim come together, in no time, the seudah turned into a chassidishe farbrengen. Naturally, the talk centered around the life of the Rebbetzin and lessons that can be learned by Chassidim. Various people spoke about the amazing work of the tankistin; they are bringing a Jewish message across the world with them, even in the most remote places remote in the spiritual and the physical sense. What the participants didn t know, was that in less than 48 hours the Rebbe would attach special significance to this sefer Torah. FRIDAY, 21 SHEVAT Even on Friday, a day before the yahrtzeit, a special atmosphere could be felt in the air. This feeling was confirmed and magnified when a few minutes after shacharis, which took place at the Rebbe s home on President St., the Rebbe came back downstairs and distributed dollars to everyone present. Later on in the day, the Rebbe went to the Ohel and remained there until shortly before Shabbos. THE REBBE LEAVES 770 FOR THE OHEL. In the meantime, as it was getting closer to Shabbos, people began filling up the main shul at 770, and it was soon filled from wall to wall. All around the amud, people used tables and benches to build pyramid-like structures so that all could hear when the Rebbe davens the Shabbos tefillos at the amud. As Shabbos came in, the feeling was electric as the shul was packed with huge crowds; from one end to the other. Understandably, even someone who wasn t able to get close enough to hear the Rebbe s voice, wouldn t give up the chance to daven in the Rebbe s minyan and answer the brachos and kaddeshim. Those who were in town throughout the year, or who had listened over the phone or heard recordings of the tefillos, had already experienced the Rebbe s davening on a weekday. But those tefillos cannot be compared to hearing the Rebbe daven on Shabbos. The special pleasantness and the nigun combining a sense of beseechment at some points, with a feeling of certainty at others. When davening ended, old friends met one another with a special feeling of ahavas Yisrael; among the many people were also rabbanim, shluchim and mashpi im who had all come in from across the world for the yahrtzeit. It was a very moving sight as the large crowds promptly sat down to diligently learn the maamar or hadran that the Rebbe had published specially for the occasion of the yahrtzeit. Others could be seen studying from the weekly pamphlet of Lekutei Sichos this week on the subject of the unique advantage of Jewish women and why they got precedence at matan Torah: Later, some people went home to eat, but not for long; because shortly afterwards, they were already streaming back to 770 to partake in the siyum Mishnayos. The Shisha Sidrei Mishna, studied in the Rebbetzin s memory, had been divided many times by many communities throughout the world over the past year. The event and the ensuing farbrengen were organized by the gabbaim, Rabbi Yehoshua Pinson and Rabbi Zev Katz. SHABBOS PARSHAS YISRO, CHOF BEIS SHEVAT As shacharis approached, the shul once again began to fill with people many more than usual. Already a while before davening, people began 7 JEM/THE LIVING ARCHIVE ID: streaming towards the area of 770. Men were hurriedly going to mikvah before learning the new maamar, and then trying to somehow push their way into shul, with the hope of finding a close place where they could hear the Rebbe s davening. After davening, the excitement continued to build as people awaited the highlight of Shabbos: the Rebbe s farbrengen. In the short time people had between davening and the farbrengen, they managed to chap arein a kiddush, a small bite to eat, and then rush to find a place to stand at the farbrengen no easy task when there are so many people all looking for the same thing. When the farbrengen was set to begin, a path was somehow cleared through which the Rebbe could enter. The farbrengen lasted two and a half hours; time that was overflowing with Torah, Chassidus and hora os in avodas Hashem. The sichos were interspersed with nigunim and Chassidim saying L chaim to the Rebbe. Much of what the Rebbe said focused on the Rebbetzin and her yahrtzeit, and of course its meaning for Chassidim and what they could learn from it. The Rebbe expounded on the possuk the lesson to take from such ; והחי יתן אל לבו an occurrence is to ensure that the life of the deceased continues on through the living. It is one s responsibility to inculcate into his or her own life the special lessons to be learned from the Rebbetzin. The Rebbe pointed out that the neshama continuously elevates from one level to the next throughout the course of the first year following the histalkus. These elevations however, pale in comparison to the significantly greater leap it experiences on and after the day of the yahrtzeit. Consequently, the Rebbe said, that all activities and campaigns carried out in connection with the Rebbetzin should reflect this approach, and reach an entirely new measure of undertaking. The Rebbe expounded on the daily Rambam, teaching a beautiful lesson in the nature of the neshama. The halacha is that one who burns wood on Shabbos is only liable if he did so with the intention of garnering the ashes afterwards and finding a use for them. This means that although fire naturally has a tendency to go upwards, always trying to return to its source, it is nevertheless the ashes the utilitarian and corporeal part of the fire which are mechayev. Similarly, the same can be said of the neshama; that while it most enjoys living in the spiritual, it is only when confined to the physical that it fulfills its true meaning and purpose. Hence, the pain and sadness of a neshama s passing is still pronounced, despite reaching higher spirituality at this point, since it still cannot fulfill its greatest avodah confining itself to a body and serving Hashem in this world. Especially, since we are talking about the yahrtzeit of a tzidkonis, who lived a life of mesiras nefesh, we need to ensure that there be a tangible effect in our physical life. This can all be done now, since just as her children are alive, so too is she alive - זרעה בחיים, אף היא בחיים.מה This is also hinted in the Rebbetzin s names; Chaya, which means life, the perfection of which is physical life in this world, and Mushka, which, being a name in a language other than Lashon Hakodeh, shows on the concept of drawing down from a higher level to a lower level. As usual, the Rebbe delved deeply into the parsha of the week, which tells the story of matan Torah, connecting it to today s theme the yahrtzeit. At the conclusion of the farbrengen, before reminding those who needed to say a brocha acharona to do so, the Rebbe asked that Yehi ratzon...sheyibaneh be sung, with the prayer that sheyibaneh be not just some time in JEM/THE LIVING ARCHIVE ID: the distant future, but that we merit to be able to sing it in the past tense nivneh Beis Hamikdash. Additionally, we will sing the nigun expressing the idiom of ein od milvado (referring to Nyet Nyet Nikavo). But first, the Rebbe said, everyone should say l chaim, as Hashem is wishing l chaim to the entire congregation, with a single great response, מיט איין עני' גדולה און מיט) with a single great geulah l chaim! L chaim, l chaim,.(איין גרויסע גאולה At approximately four o clock, after singing Sheyibaneh and Nyet Nyet Nikavo, the farbrengen ended. Mincha commenced immediately afterwards; one final opportunity to hear the Rebbe daven at the amud. As the Rebbe left the shul, the Chassidim started singing Nyet Nyet Nikavo, which the Rebbe began singing earlier at the conclusion of the farbrengen. One could feel the special excitement and energy which was brought on by the farbrengen. Gurarie and Rabbi Aharon Slonim, with the participation of many shluchim. The shluchim had, among themselves, learned the entire Shas several times since the histalkus. The siyum was held at a particularly auspicious time, in that it came so shortly after a farbrengen with the Rebbe. All the speakers quoted a vort from the Rebbe said earlier in the day, and they based their talks on it. SUNDAY, 23 SHEVAT In the evening, after the Rebbe returned from the Ohel, he addressed the crowd once again with another sicha in connection to the yahrtzeit. The Rebbe began by repeating what he said on Shabbos on the possuk יתן אל לבו, והחי and focused on the many activities and accomplishments done over the year in memory of the Rebbetzin. The Rebbe said that he had read all the reports at the Ohel, and he extended thanks to all those who had submitted reports, and also to those who would do MOTZAEI SHABBOS so in the future. Motzaei Shabbos marked a full year since the The Rebbe concluded with a brocha that we will histalkus of the Rebbetzin and the end of aveilus. speedily merit הקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר - the return of Aside for the personal feelings that everyone had, the departed souls with the coming of Moshiach. all were curious to know what the Rebbe s seder Especially for those who are still alive now within והחי יתן אל לבו would be from then on. Since the passing of the their bodies; the ones who perform the Rebbetzin, th
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