"Moshiach is ready to come now-our part is to increase in acts of goodness and kindness" -The Rebbe

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Preparing for Gimmel Tammuz

The holy, awesome day of Gimmel Tammuz is fast approaching, with all the thoughts and concerns that it reminds us of. We know that our lives us chassidim changed dramatically on this day, with the various challenges that it brought.

The Rebbe taught us to start preparing for Yud Shevat, the Yom Hillula of the Previous Rebbe, thirty days before. Based on the principle that “he ruled concerning himself” discussed here, it would seem that we should do the same when approaching the Yom Hillula of the Rebbe, and perhaps all the more so, considering that he is the Rebbe closest to us. In any case, this is certainly a day that requires tremendous preparation for every chossid, considering its direct relevance to us in this time.

Over the months since I began writing this blog, I have written many blog posts based on sources from our Rebbeim that discuss how to approach our current situation after Gimmel Tammuz. These posts can be viewed here.

May we succeed at our preparations for Gimmel Tammuz in a way that we merit to be reunited with the Rebbe, as the Rebbe put it at the conclusion of his first Ma’amar here, “May we merit to see and be together with the [Previous] Rebbe, down here in a physical body and within our reach, and he will redeem us.”

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