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Devar Torah - Korach

Friday, 11 June, 2021 - 1:15 pm

From Koach Sivan to Gimmel Tammuz:
Strengthening our Connection to Fulfill our Mission

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

This Shabbos falls out in between the 28th of (Koach) Sivan and Gimmel Tammuz. Gimmel Tammuz has been a day of great celebration by Chassidim, the day the Previous Rebbe was liberated from Soviet prison. 

This year Koach Sivan marks the 80th anniversary of the Rebbe and Rebbitzin’s arrival to America’s shores, arriving from France after being saved from the Nazi Holocaust. The Previous Rebbe worked tirelessly after being denied by the State Department and the American Counsel in France (in Nice and Paris), to secure their visas. Multiple miracles overrode all of the obstacles and they finally arrived on the 28th of Sivan. It is a day of great celebration by Chassidim. Koach Sivan, the strength of Sivan, the month of Matan Torah is known as the day that changed the entire outlook of America with the Rebbe’s arrival. It is coined the day of Matan Torah of the lower hemisphere. In retrospect, 80 years later the many fruits, the changes that occurred in America began on that day.

What does all of this teach us now and how does this help to prepare for Gimmel Tammuz? The liberation of the Previous Rebbe on Gimmel Tammuz teaches us about the Previous Rebbe’s efforts to promote Judaism and the dissemination of Chassidus with great mesirus nefesh. We relive the harsh experience of imprisonment in the pages of the Rebbe’s diary and in Sichos Kodesh of that time, 1927 and the Rebbe’s victory against a mighty regime.

On the Rebbe’s way out of prison, the Rebbe stood on the train platform and said the famous Sicha, that Hashem should be with us as He was with our forefathers. The Rebbe announced to make known to everyone that it was not with our will that we went into galus and it's not with our strength we will go out of galus. Hashem placed us in galus and Hashem will redeem us through Moshiach. No one has the right to change the education of our children. The Rebbe after all that He went through was unafraid and defiant while still in the lion’s den, with the Soviets recording this message.

This is a lesson for each one of us not to give up or be afraid. Although we are not the Rebbe, mesirus nefesh, using our willpower to overcome all obstacles is relevant to all of us. It reminds us to make conscious use of our willpower in the service of Hashem.

It’s been 27 years since Gimmel Tammuz, the Hilula of the Rebbe. There are more Shluchim all over the world than ever. How is it possible that young Shluchim that never saw the Rebbe but nevertheless fulfill the Rebbe’s shlichus with mesirus nefesh? This is because the Rebbe is with us. Although we do not see the Rebbe, we do not get a dollar or Kos Shel Bracha from the Rebbe’s hand. Nevertheless as the Rebbe said on many occasions about the Previous Rebbe that He has not forsaken His flock. We see this openly by the Rebbe and all of the Shluchim. 

On Gimmel Tammuz we reflect on what we can do to utilize our knowledge of the Rebbe’s connection with the us to fulfil our shlichus. To put all consideration on the side and spread Judaism and the wellsprings of Chassidus, educate our children properly, have a Chassidishe home filled with warmth all in order to bring Moshiach. On Gimmel Tammuz we look and see where we are and what we can do. If we have any doubts we have to be like Kalev in last week's parsha who went to daven at Ma’aras HaMachpelah for guidance, so too we need to go to the Ohel to ask for help.

After a year and a half of not being able to go to the Rebbe due to Covid, this week was my first flight to visit the Rebbe at the Ohel and 770. To have the opportunity to daven and ask the Rebbe to help and give the strength that I need to fulfill my mission. If we have the feeling that we need a deeper connection, that the Ohel and 770 are the places to go; to be like Kalev, to be strong; then we will be able to, as it says in the parsha, go up and inherit the land, to go and conquer the world so that Moshiach will reveal Himself to the world.

A Good Shabbos, A Good Chodesh

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