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On 12th Adar 1, 5752 (1992) a representative from the women's group (Mrs. Chava Cohen) gave the Rebbe a tambourine. Plastered all over it was the phrase Yechi etc. As she handed it over she said "This is for the Rebbe, Shlita. With this tambourine the women danced yesterday with joy that breaks through all limitations. With a deep trust in the revelation of ...


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My guess is that this is something based upon Chovot haLevavot, in Shaar Yichud haMaaseh §5, where Bahya ibn Paquda describes the "real" battle in one's life as being against an internal enemy, rather than against external forces (link). This story is also related by R' Yishaya Horowitz (Shnei Luchot haBrit II: Parshat Korach), and so the version you heard ...


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This understanding of the retrospective way in which even negative history ultimately leads to the culmination of G-d's plan is a very standard Kabbalistic idea. This is not a statement about future sin, which is always undesirable. See, for example, the ילקוט ראובני quoted here: הנה כבר נתבאר, כפי ערך גודל הנשמה, כן הוטבעה בתוך הקליפה, והם מבקשים לטנפה, ...


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According to a number of biographers who have carefully sifted through his writings and researched into private conversations, R. Schneerson never explicitly stated that he was a prophet or the messiah. As Simon Dein has stressed, however, in Lubavitcher Messianism, the Lubavitcher Rebbe made many statements during his life, particularly reiterated by ...


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Personally one thing that makes me yearn for redemption in spite of physical affluence, is the increasingly religiously sterile environment in which western Jewry finds itself. (Described for example in Rupture and Reconstruction). Another thing we lack outside of our sphere of physical comfort is stability within the ranks of the religious. We find such ...



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