In our present time of confusion where “defunding the police” has become a question for debate, we are presenting a letter of the Rebbe written to a police officer upon his promotion. The Rebbe discusses the purpose of the police and also addresses briefly the question of the key to a peaceful and orderly society.
Letter and Spirit
Chukas – is the ultimate kabbolas ol – acceptance of the will of the Creator through the principle of naaseh v’nishma, the need to do the mitzvos, before and without any precondition of understanding them. In his letter, the Rebbe explains that even in science there needs to be this principle of acceptance, before anything else.
During these volatile times of rocket attacks by terrorists on Israel, the Rebbe’s powerful letter brings clarity to the policy that needs to be implemented. The Rebbe cites the dire consequences of returning liberated lands, surrendering the Sinai oil fields and the government’s meek policy regarding terrorist attacks.
In the week of P’ Shlach, when Moshe sends out his shluchim to scout the land, we share the Rebbe’s encouraging words to a shlucha. In answer to her doubts about success in her efforts – the Rebbe explains that activities fall into two categories – seeding and planting – as classified by chassidus and points out the importance of having confidence in the wisdom of the one who has given the assignment.
On the subject of shiduchim and marriage – during this time of year of a flurry of weddings – we share an unusual letter of the Rebbe in which he advises a childless man who asks about taking a second wife, as is the custom among Sefardic Jews. The Rebbe gives guidelines and advice.
To one who is asking, not from the perspective of a skeptic, but rather as a believer in Divine Providence: Why is life often burdened with difficulties, sometimes even insurmountable obstacles?
In preparation for Shavuos this coming week – we share a letter of the Rebbe emphasizing the idea of accepting the mitzvos on faith – using the approach we declared at Mount Sinai: na’aseh v’nishma and explaining why it is the logical approach.
o one who writes that the year of shmitta is analogous to the day of Shabbos in that they both serve the purpose of rest – the Rebbe explains the deeper significance of rest – the Jewish day of rest as contrasted with the non-Jewish.
The month of Iyar is especially auspicious for healing. In this letter – the Rebbe explains that G-d gives a doctor the authority and competence to heal and advises to find a doctor willing to try and treat the patient and to never lose trust in G-d.
In the weeks following Pesach – we customarily learn Pirkei Avos. In this connection – we are sharing a letter to an author of a book on Pirkei Avos – in which the Rebbe gives advice and constructive criticism and a general point on the use of secular sources for writing holy books.
The Rebbe’s letter this week – in the weeks leading to Shavuos, as we count the daily sefira – explains the idea of counting by the cardinal numbers rather than by the ordinal.
In this week’s letter, in connection with the topic of kosher animals, the Rebbe gives some food for thought to a medical doctor on the mitzvah of kashrus.
The Rebbe’s letter this week discusses the halacha as it pertains to the custom of eating kitniyos/beans on Pesach.
The Rebbe’s letter this week touches upon the law of pidyon ha’ben – the redemption of the first born, which has its origin in the events of Pesach night in Mitzrayim, when the first born of the Egyptians were slain and the first born of the Jews were spared.
In preparation for Pesach – celebrating our redemption from Mitzrayim which we merited in the zechus of the righteous women of that generation – we share a letter where the Rebbe addresses prayer as it relates to the women.
In these parshios that summarize and enumerate the vessels of the Mishkan and their assembling by Moshe (Shabbos chazak) – we share a letter where the Rebbe brings a teaching of the Frierdiker Rebbe who explains the relevance of the mishkan to each of us in our every day lives.
In connection with this week’s parsha – of the first “reformers” of Judaism – those who served the golden calf and of the current events in Eretz Yisrael where reformers have instituted a law to accept conservative and reform conversions – we present a letter in which the Rebbe addresses the question of the need to reform Judaism in order to ensure Jewish survival, the betterment of mankind and the keeping up with the times.