- Social & Humanitarian
- The Rebbe
July 8, 2016
The life of a Tzaddik is not a life of the flesh, but a spiritual life consisting wholly of faith, awe, and love of Gâ€‘d. - Tanya
This Shabbos, 3 Tammuz, marks the twenty-second anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s passing. Since his passing, the Rebbe’s influence on world Jewry has grown exponentially and is felt today more than ever.
The Rebbe’s prolific works are studied daily and have been translated into dozens of languages; his teachings continue to inspire on both an individual and communal level; and his insights, which seemed radical and revolutionary at the time, remain as fresh and relevant today as ever. The Rebbe was a visionary leader, and his impact on millions of lives around the globe is unmatched and continues to inspire renewed commitment and action.
Chassidism teaches that the day of a tzaddik’s passing is a holy day that elicits heavenly compassion for all those who to the tzaddik and to his teachings and activities.
On the anniversary of his passing, this year July 9th, we invite you to celebrate the Rebbe's vision and honor his life's mission to elevate your surroundings with mitzvahs. As he always encouraged, it is up to you to do one more mitzvah, one more good deed, to make this world a better place.
What to do on a Yahrtzeit of a Tzaddik
· Traditionally, one lights a 24-hour candle on the day of the death anniversary.
· One should also make every effort to study the tzaddik’s teachings or extra Torah on this day. It may be mishnah, which is the traditional yahrzeit study, or Tanya, or any section of Torah in English or Hebrew.
· We connect to a Rebbe not only through studying his teachings, but even more so by getting involved in his projects. Choose a Chabad project that speaks to you and make a commitment to do your part.
· Giving charity and donating to institutions and causes related to the Rebbe perpetuate his legacy.
· It is also customary to commit to add one more mitzvah, as a merit to receive G-d's blessings.
(As this year’s falls out on Shabbat please be sure to light candles and give charity before Shabbat begins)
Write a letter to the Ohel:
Throughout our history, the holy resting places of the righteous have served as our spiritual oases. The gravesites of our patriarchs and matriarchs, as well as those of our great sages, are viewed in our tradition as places of prayer and introspection and have provided solace to us for millennia. Today, many people visit the Rebbe's resting place—known as the Ohel— and many more send in their petitions for prayers and blessings. Visit or send your own letter to the Ohel here. (LINK)
Learn more about the Rebbe: LINK