Chabad Lubavitch of Mid-Hudson Valley Newsletter
Friday July 1, 2011
Sivan 29, 5771
Pirkai Avot chapter 4
A word from the Rabbi
LETTERS OF LIGHT:
*Explore the mystical and spiritual insights contained in the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet.
* Discover the wisdom inherent in the Aleph Bet and the guidance they provide in all areas of life.
* See these sacred letters in a whole new light.
Instructor: Mrs. Hindy Borenstein
Requested donation: $25 for entire course
To register please call Chabad at 463-5801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The world lacks leadership. Where are our great leaders?
Where are the leaders who believed in values and were ready to fight for it. Be they leaders who believed in peace and knew how to bring it about. There were those who believed in peace and knew that the only way to bring it about was through war and there were times that they were able to bring it about without a shot fired.
Where are the leaders who knew how to empower people? To empower people to make change, to believe in themselves? Who believed in the essential good of those around them?
This Tuesday, July 5, the third of Tammuz, marks the 17th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn, leader and mentor of world Jewry. By all accounts the Rebbe was a true Jewish leader in our times and one whose leadership is sorely missed as the lack of leadership in the world around us becomes ever more evident.
But what of leadership?
As one sun sets another rises. Once there was always a new leader on the horizon. Once there was hope even in the darkness. And now? Where do we turn? Who is there to believe in? Who is there that believes in us?
Indeed if there was but one praise of the Rebbe’s leadership, and there any myriads, it would be that the Rebbe made leaders. Why oh why we don’t know. But, we do know that the torch has not been extinguished. It has been passed on to us. To me and to you and to anyone who wants to recognize that the world we live in is a world that is looking for torch bearers. Your sphere of influence is looking for a leader.
The Rebbe empowered his followers to be leaders, mini Rebbe’s, to become the torch bearers, to shine.
And this is true of the entire world around us. Today anybody can be a leader. Anybody can start a revolution. Anybody can be anything with a click of a button. Just think of the possibilities. Who needs presidents or warriors when we too can be one.
Ah! But a real leader is one who looks to the leaders who have preceded them for real guidance on how to lead. For leadership is a gift that has been given to us. Indeed a real leader is one who knows how to follow.
With heartfelt thoughts on this special week.
I will be visiting the Rebbe’s Ohel (resting place) this Tuesday (or Monday evening). Anyone wishing to join me or wishing to send in the names of oneself and family for any general or specific blessings, which I will personally deliver to the Rebbe’s resting place, please e-mail them to me asap.
Rabbi & Mrs Yacov Borenstein