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Thursday, Tammuz 3, 5780 / June 25, 2020


Today is the third day in the month of Tammuz.  Today, the Jewish world marks the 26th Yartzeit (day of passing) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, OBM.


The Rebbe made a tremendous global impact during his over forty years (1950-1994) of leadership of the Chabad movement.


The Rebbe's impact was not only on his followers, but on a global scale.  The Rebbe's concern was not only for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, but for every Jew and indeed every human being, in all walks of life, in every corner of the world. 


The greatness of a true leader and visionary is when the ideas which he stood for continue with the same enthusiasm and vigor even after his passing.


The Rebbe’s legendary work, during his lifetime, to bring Jews closer to their roots and, when need be, to bring Judaism to Jews wherever they may be, continues to this day. The Rebbe’s network of Chabad Houses, schools, educational and community institutions, continue to flourish in all continents and in every country where Jews can be found.


The Rebbe's impact on Jewish life to this day, through his writings, Torah teachings and his Shluchim (emissaries) and followers all over the world is immeasurable. Very few were the Jewish leaders whose influence extended so far and wide globally and who impacted so many.  May this auspicious day bring blessings of good health, Nachas and success to all.


In this week’s Parsha, Korach, we read about Korach’s rebellion against Moshe and Aaron. One of the ways Korach wanted to prove to the people that Moshe was making up the laws of the Torah and that they were not Divine, was by asking Moshe,  “What is the law when a house is full of Torah scrolls, does the house still need a mezuzah on the door?  Moshe replied that it needed a mezuzah.


Korach then argued with Moshe, “How is it possible that the entire Torah, which contains two hundred and seventy five chapters (Parshiot), cannot accomplish what the mezuzah, which is but one small part of the Torah, can?!  It makes no sense and these laws could not be from G-d.


Q.Korach’s argument seems to be a very logical one. Why should a house full of Torah scrolls, need a mezuzah affixed on the outside?


A.The Rebbe explains that this teaches us that it is not enough for one to conduct themselves according to the Torah and be a good Jew within their home. One has to be a good Jew also in public. A Jew must be proud of being Jewish and exhibit it also on the outside. By affixing a mezuzah on the outside, everyone recognizes that this is a Jewish home and a dwelling place for G-d.