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Thursday, July 18, 2019 15 Tamuz 5779





LIVING WITH
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The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion
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The Foundation of Creation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The prophecy of Bilam refers to the personality and work of Moshiach, including the phrase, “He will subdue the children of Seth”; i.e., all of humanity.
 
Why does the verse refer to the descendents of Seth, the son of Adam, rather than Adam himself, or at least Noah, who rebuilt humanity after the flood? The root of the name Seth is “foundation.” The verse expresses the concept that Moshiach will cause a fundamental change in all of humanity.
 
In parallel to this, Moshiach will also spearhead a spiritual change in the foundation of all of creation, renewing it completely, as the verse in Isaiah states (66:22), “A new heavens and a new earth.” This process will be the physical manifestation of the “new Torah” that Moshiach will teach. He will reveal insights in Torah that are so unique and innovative that it will be as if we received a new Torah.
 
 
 
 
 
In order to merit this renewal of mankind, the world and the Torah, we have to take action in a revolutionary way as well. In other words, it’s not enough to be satisfied with incremental improvements in our character or observance. We need to find new, innovative ways to “break through,” either personally or communally, to increase in goodness. We need to transcend the boundaries of what is possible to do kindness to others and spread truth and spirituality. This will hasten the coming of Moshiach, with his transformative effect on the entire world.
 
(The Rebbe, Hitsvaaduyos 5744 vol. 3, p. 2117)

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