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

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Internalizing the holiness of the Rebbeim

Today is the Rebbe’s birthday, Yud-Alef Nissan. In an earlier post the words of the Previous Rebbe were quoted:

Every Chossid should say a chapter of Tehillim [Psalms] daily in order that the merit of the Rebbeim should be drawn to them, and that they absorb the revelation of light [i.e., the spiritual revelation manifest via the Rebbeim] in an internal manner.

This is of special relevance today, the holy day of Yud-Alef Nissan, when we begin reciting a new kapitel (chapter) of Tehillim, corresponding to the number of years that have passed since the Rebbe’s birthday. This is a suitable time to remind ourselves why we recite this kapitel: In order to assist us to absorb the words of the Rebbeim in general, and the Rebbe in particular, bipnimiyus, in a manner that will fully permeate us.

In other words, even one who already learns the Rebbe’s teachings regularly and significantly follows his directives needs extra blessing in order for the holy energy within these teachings and directives to permeate him deeply, and he accomplishes this by reciting this kapitel (or at least, that is one of the ways to accomplish this). 

May we succeed at drawing strength from this holy day to truly internalize the Rebbe’s holiness.

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