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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7 Cheshvan 5779





LIVING WITH
THE TIMES

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
B"H
 
 
 
David the Unifier
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Abraham built three altars in Israel. The first was to thank G-d for two promises he had been given: that he would bear children and they would inherit the land. He built the second altar in Ai, to pray for the success of his children in war to conquer the land, led by Joshua ben Nun. He built the third altar in Hebron, where David was anointed king of Israel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
These three altars represent three stages in a Jew’s divine service. The final altar was the culmination of everything, and is a symbol of unity and Redemption. Before David was anointed in Hebron, he ruled only over the tribe of Judah. In Hebron all the Jewish tribes gathered together and accepted him as king.
 
 
 
 
 
After King David was anointed, G-d promised him that the kingship would never pass from his descendants forever. Even when the kingdom will be renewed in the future, we will be led by a descendant of King David--Moshiach.
 
Now, in exile, the House of David is in hiding. Every month we say in kidush levana (the blessing of the new moon), “David King of Israel lives forever.” The potential exists forever and has never disappeared. In every generation, the soul of Moshiach is present, awaiting the signal of G-d to be revealed.
 
Abraham’s work in this world was to bring unity and Redemption. We learn from him that every moment of our day must be permeated with this desire--to bring about unity between all people and thus usher in the Redemption.
 
(The Rebbe, Hisvaaduyos 5746, vol. 1)
 

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