Chabad Lubavitch of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter
Friday, April 15, 2011
Nissan 11, 5771
A word from the Rabbi
NOT TO LATE TO RESERVE FOR THE COMMUNITY SEDER!
First Seder: Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM
Second Seder: Tuesday, April 19 at 7:45 PM.
The Seders, led by Rabbi and Hindy Borenstein, will be held at their home, at 36 Pleasant Ridge Dr, in Poughkeepsie. There will be interactive and integrate Chassidic tales, Jewish humor, songs and spiritual insights, as well as a special activity for children. A festive full course dinner will be served in a warm and friendly atmosphere. You and your family or friends will enjoy a relaxing and meaningful Seder to be long remembered. A requested donation of $36 per person and $18 per child is requested to help cover the cost of the Seder, however no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Reservations are still open but please do reserve ASAP by calling Chabad at 463-5801 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sponsors are still urgently needed to help us cover these important community needs. Kindly send in your Passover donations to Chabad of Mid Hudson Valley at 63 Vassar Rd., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603
Anyone still wishing to sell their chametz, order hand-made Shmura Matzah or kosher for Passover wines or for any Passover needs, please call Chabad ASAP at 463-5801.
Today, Yud-Alef Nissan, (April 15) marks the 109th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, who was born on the 11th of Nissan in 1902.
A birthday is more than a day for songs and celebrations. Instead, a birthday is a day when mazalo gover, the spiritual source of a person’s soul shines with power. When we say “the spiritual source of a person’s soul,” we mean something more than our conscious thought powers. We have our thoughts and our feelings. And then we possess an inner spiritual core from which those thoughts and feelings spring forth. This spiritual core is the mazal that shines powerfully on a person’s birthday.
Since a person’s mazal shines powerfully on that day, he should use its influence to focus on his individual mission and align all the particular elements of his life with it. As the Previous Rebbe taught, on a birthday a person should spend time in solitude, thinking over the purpose of his life, correcting those matters that need to be amended, and making resolutions with regard to his conduct in the future.
The Rebbe’s birthday is not merely a personal event, affecting him alone. On the contrary, the very name Rebbe is an acronym for the Hebrew words , “head of the Jewish people.” The head contains the nerve center for the entire body, allowing all its diverse organs and limbs to function together as a single whole. Similarly, a Rebbe is a comprehensive soul whose life is lived in consciousness of others and whose efforts are devoted to tightening the connection between them. As such, the Rebbe’s birthday is a day which impacts us all.
What is the Rebbe’s mazal and where is it directed? In one of his letters, he writes: “From the days I began going to cheder (school) and perhaps even before then, I had a vision of the ultimate Redemption.” From his earliest childhood, and in every successive phase of life, the Rebbe devoted his efforts to creating a spiritual climate that will make Moshiach’s coming a reality.
On a day when “the spiritual source of his soul shines powerfully,” each one of us should think of the way he can help shoulder and advance this mission. The breakthroughs in sciences and communication of our era have created the backdrop for the Redemption.
It is our responsibility to create the conceptual foreground and make the values and principles that will characterize the Redemption factors that influence our lives at present. Anticipating the Redemption in this manner will precipitate its unfolding as actual reality.
Shabbat Shalom & a happy & kosher Passover,
Rabbi & Mrs Yacov Borenstein