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Thursday, Tammuz 1 5779 / July 3, 2019


Today is the second day Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. Some months have only one day Rosh Chodesh and some have two days. The month of Tammus always consists of two days Rosh Chodesh.


Shabbat, which is the 3rd of Tammuz, will be the 25th Yartzeit since the illustrious leader of our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, zt"l, passed away.


In Israel they will read Parshat Chukat this Shabbat. In Parshat Chukat, the Torah tells about the passing of Miriam and Aaron. Moshe’s sister, Miriam passed away on the 10th of Nissan and her brother, Aaron, on Rosh Chodesh Av. Aaron and Miriam were leaders of the Jewish people who cared for the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the Jewish people.


The well from which water flowed during their forty years in the desert was in the merit of Miriam. The clouds which surrounded the Jewish camp and protected them from all dangers, throughout their forty year stay in the desert were in the merit of Aaron.


Throughout his more than forty years of leadership the Lubavitcher Rebbe was concerned and cared for every Jew from all walks of life, in every corner of the world.  He cared about their spiritual, as well as their physical welfare.


A great leader is one whose ideas and goals, which he stood for during his lifetime, continue with the same enthusiasm and vigor even after the leader’s passing.  The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s legendary work to bring all Jews closer to Judaism and make Judaism accessible to all Jews, through the many mitzvah campaigns which he pioneered, continue and have grown and flourished immensely over the past twenty five years. The Chabad-Lubavitch network of shuls, schools, camps and social institutions span the globe and continue to flourish all over the world, wherever Jews are found.


The Rebbe was once asked by an elderly lady, who stood in line to receive his blessing, “Rebbe, I just stood in line for a while and I’m so tired.  How is it that you, at your age, can stand on your feet for so many hours, yet, you don’t get tired?


Replied the Rebbe: “When one counts diamonds, one doesn’t get tired!”  To the Rebbe, every Jew was a diamond!  Every Jew was a precious spark of G-dliness.


It is an auspicious time to reflect and strengthen our own commitment to Judaism.  To bring more spiritual holiness into our home.  It is a time for resolutions to strengthen our support to Jewish education and to our community.  May we merit the ultimate redemption with Moshiach.  May it be speedily in our days.  Amen.