"LIVING WITH MOSHIACH,"
Parshat Chukat-Balak, 5763
Tamuz 11, 5763
July 11, 2003
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"I BELIEVE WITH COMPLETE FAITH IN THE ARRIVAL OF THE MOSHIACH.
"AND THOUGH HE MAY TARRY, I SHALL WAIT EACH DAY, ANTICIPATING HIS
Maimonides, Principles of the Faith, No. 12
THIS PUBLICATION IS DEDICATED
TO THE REBBE,
RABBI MENACHEM M. SCHNEERSON
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[talks] which are relevant to the particular day.
We are pleased to present, to the visually impaired and the blind, the 347th
issue of our weekly publication, Living With Moshiach.
In this week's issue we focus on:
1) The importance of Jewish children attending Torah Summer camps.
2) Yud-Beis Tamuz, the 12th day of Tamuz, Shabbat Parshat
Chukat-Balak, July 12.
Our sincere appreciation to L'Chaim weekly
publication, published by the Lubavitch Youth Organization, for allowing
us to use their material.
Also, many thanks to our copy editor, Reb
Staiman, for his tireless efforts.
It is our fervent hope that our learning about Moshiach and the Redemption
will hasten the coming of Moshiach, NOW!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Shagalov,
Committee for the Blind
10 Tamuz, 5763
Brooklyn, New York
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Reb Menachem Mendel Halevi
ben Reb Leib Yoel Halevi
Passed away on 12 Iyar, 5757
Mrs. Rochel bas Reb Mordechai
Passed away on 9 Tamuz, 5760
* * *
Dedicated by their Children
Mr. & Mrs. Boruch Shimon Halevi & Pnina Katsch
Of all the prophecies in Scripture that refer to the messianic era, the one
contained in the second Torah portion we read this week, Balak, is
most unusual in that it came from Bilaam, a gentile prophet. Bilaam, the
foremost prophet of his time, was forced against his will to foretell the
downfall of the nations of the world and the ultimate ascendancy of the Jewish
The very fact that this prophecy is included in our holy Torah indicates
its special significance; indeed, it contains a distinct advantage precisely
because it was said by a non-Jew. For when Moshiach comes the Jewish people
will no longer be subservient to the nations; on the contrary, the gentile
leaders will vie with one another for the privilege of serving the Jews!
Thus, the prophecy of Bilaam concerning the Final Redemption not only gave
the Children of Israel cause for rejoicing over their future, it actually
afforded them a "taste" of the way things will be in the messianic era.
As far as prophecy itself is concerned, our Sages foretold its reoccurrence
among the Jewish people before Moshiach's arrival according to the following
chronology: Commenting on the verse in this week's Torah portion, "At the
proper time shall it be said to Jacob and to Israel, what G-d has wrought,"
Maimonides noted that prophecy would return to Israel after "the proper time"
had elapsed after Bilaam, i.e., after the same number of years as had passed
since the creation of the world until his prophecy. Bilaam's prophecy was
said in the year 2488; 2488 years after that, in the year 4976 (we are now
in the year 5763), prophecy was destined to return to the Jewish people.
In fact we find that this was indeed the case, for it was then that prophetic
luminaries began to appear on the Jewish horizon -- Rabbi Shmuel Hanavi,
Rabbi Elazar Baal "Harokeach," Nachmanides, the Ravad (Rabbi Abraham ben
David), Rabbi Ezra Hanavi and Rabbi Yehuda the Chasid, and others.
More generations passed until the birth of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the
founder of Chasidus, and his successor, the Maggid of Mezeritch, about
whom it was said that they "could see from one end of the world to the other."
The following generation produced Rabbi Shneur Zalman, who formulated Chabad
Chasidus. Had he lived in the times of our prophets he would have been
on a par with them; moreover, this chain of prophecy continued from one
Chabad leader to the next, until the present day, when the Rebbe has
prophesied that Moshiach's arrival is imminent.
The return of prophecy to the Jewish people is therefore both a prerequisite
and preparation for the messianic era, which is due to begin at any moment.
The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of Lubavitch, issued a call that
"The time of our Redemption has arrived!" and "Moshiach is on his
The Rebbe stressed that he is saying this as
a prophecy, and asks us all to prepare ourselves for the Redemption,
through increasing acts of goodness and kindness.
Let us all heed the Rebbe's call.
To Jewish Students and School Children Everywhere
G-d Bless You All!
Greeting and Blessing:
Vacation time is approaching, to release youths and children, boys and girls,
from Yeshivahs, Talmud Torahs, Day Schools, etc., for a long
The importance of a restful vacation is obvious. However, certain aspects
of vacation time should be examined carefully. Is vacation time a stoppage
of study, or is it a transition from one form of activity to another?
In all living forms, there is no such thing as a stoppage of life, followed
by a completely new start, for a stoppage of life is death, and cannot serve
as a temporary rest period. There can be a transition from one form of activity
to another, but not a cessation or stoppage.
For example: The two most vital organs in our body are the heart and the
brain. The heart is the principal seat of "physical" life; the brain is the
principal seat of "intellectual" life. Because the heart and the brain have
supreme control of the body, they are called "the Sovereigns of the body."
Now, these organs not only do not cease to operate in a living body, but
they do not even undergo a radical change in their form of activity. And
inasmuch as the actions of the other organs are being led by the activity
of the heart and brain, it follows that the other organs of the body, though
they may seem to be in a state of inactivity, as in the case of sleep, do
not in reality stop working.
This is even more obvious in the case of breathing. We find that during sleep,
breathing is slowed down considerably, but it never stops, for the "breath
of life" must always be there.
Similarly in the case of students, boys and girls, studying our Torah,
"Torat Chaim" -- The Law of Life, restful vacation does not mean
interruption and stoppage of Torah and Mitzvot, G-d forbid. It means
only just another way of furthering their course of study, a period during
which they renew their mental abilities and increase their capacities for
a more intensive study later on.
Therefore, my friends, bring light and holiness into your vacation time,
by remembering always that it is the time of preparation in order to improve
the quality and quantity of your studies during study-time to follow. But
let it not remain so only in your thoughts and intentions; be always united
with our holy Torah in your everyday actions and conduct. Let not a single
day pass without the "breath of life" provided by the "Torah of Life." Let
every one have appointed times for the study of Chumash,
Mishnah, Talmud, and so on, each one according to his or her
standard of Torah education.
At this time, I wish everyone who is resolved to use his or her vacation
in this productive "living" way-much success, as well as on returning to
normal study later on.
Graduation ceremonies are taking place all over. From kindergarten students
to those receiving their doctorates, commencement ceremonies are usually
a high-point of the school year.
These ceremonies are called "commencement" because, truly, the person is
now beginning a new stage in his or her life.
And, as the word commencement or even graduation implies, the person
is hopefully going to proceed on to a newer and higher level.
The above certainly applies to Jewish students in particular and all Jews
in general. Each year we should be striving to graduate to a new and higher
level of Jewish observance. Whatever level we have currently reached is adequate
for today, but for tomorrow it is not enough. For, as we all must certainly
know, if we stay in one place we stagnate; if we are not going up, inevitably
we are going down.
For those who have not had the opportunity to graduate even from the
"kindergarten" of Judaism, one must never think that it is too late to start.
As we learn from one of our greatest sages and teachers, Rabbi Akiva (who
did not even learn the Hebrew alphabet until the age of 40), it is never
too late to start. Though long overdue, it is incumbent upon each of us to
start the educational process that will undoubtedly keep us growing and reaching
up, for all our days.
Summer is a great time for kids. Without the pressures of school, children
have the opportunity to spend their summer vacation in enjoyable and educational
pursuits. The summer schedule is particularly suitable for children to grow
spiritually, by attending a day or overnight camp with a vibrant, exciting
and Torah-true Jewish atmosphere.
Each year, without exception, as the summer approached, the Rebbe emphasized
the importance of Jewish children attending Jewish camps. The amount that
a child can learn in the summer, unencumbered by the pursuit of reading,
writing and arithmetic, goes far beyond what he can accomplish at any other
time of year. And, as this knowledge is being imparted in an atmosphere of
fun and excitement, in an environment totally saturated with Jewish pride,
it remains with a child long after the summer months are over.
It's still not too late to enroll your child in a Jewish camp. And it's certainly
not too late to facilitate other children attending a Jewish camp if you
do not have camp-age kids. By calling your local Chabad-Lubavitch Center,
you can find out about a summer camp experience for someone you know whose
benefit will last a lifetime.
By the way, adults, too, should take advantage of the more relaxed atmosphere
of summer to revitalize and nourish themselves Jewishly.
Try a Jewish retreat or even just a weekly Torah class to enhance your Jewish
pride and knowledge.
And may this summer be our last one in exile and our first in the Era of
Have you made your summer plans yet? If you're intending to go away, you
might already have started packing or thinking about what you'll take along
Usually, before we go anywhere -- even if it's just a day trip to the country
-- we need to know what the weather is going to be like, what kind of activities
we're going to be involved in and how long we'll be staying. This information
makes our packing easier and the trip more pleasant.
Imagine the ordeal of packing for a surprise, mystery trip. You'd have to
take your whole wardrobe along -- not knowing whether you're going to a hot
or cold climate, to casual or elegant affairs, or taking walking tours or
Each and every mitzvah we do is a journey -- an excursion to
self-betterment, an adventure to a heightened relationship with G-d, our
fellowman, and ourselves.
Mitzvot are not many people's typical idea of a vacation, though,
certainly not the kind of lazy, laid back, relaxing vacation many of us envision
when we're at the height of a frenzied, hectic day.
They are a different kind of vacation, however, a kind of vacation you can
go on every day of your life, every minute of your day. Because who doesn't
want to take a vacation where you can visit new sights, reconnect to your
past, carve out for yourself a place in history, experience something eternal.
One of the greatest things about vacation via Torah and mitzvot is
that because of the diversity of each mitzvah, you can experience
the whole spectrum of vacations each and every day that you do different
Relax by communicating with G-d (praying in the vernacular), putting on
tefillin, lighting Shabbat candles. Bathe in the vast sea of
Torah that is available through attending classes, reading books, or listening
to pre-taped lessons in the privacy of your home. Be dazzled by the bright
lights of the Infinite Light (Ohr Ein Sof) when you contemplate G-d's
greatness and the purposefulness of the world and its every creation. Wine
and dine at sumptuous banquets on Shabbat and holidays. Exercise your
conscience and workout on your self-control by fulfilling the mitzvot
between one person and another: not being jealous; loving your fellowman;
judging everyone favorably; honoring your parents. The list goes on.
But, what kind of packing should you do for a vacation of mitzvot?
The rule of thumb that the better you've packed the more you'll enjoy your
vacation applies to mitzvot as well. Ask questions! Find out why,
when, and how to do each mitzvah. Learn the significance and the inner
meaning behind the customs. Pack in all of the knowledge you can as you go
But, don't hesitate to do a mitzvah just because you think you might
not be properly prepared. After all, would you pass up a surprise, mystery
trip just because preparing is a hassle or you didn't have a chance to pack?
Enjoy your vacation!
A star steps out of Jacob and a scepter rises out of Israel (Num. 24:17)
Although one passage in the Jerusalem Talmud states that this verse refers
to Moshiach, another interprets it as referring to every Jew.
This seeming contradiction is resolved by the Baal Shem Tov, who said that
every Jew contains within him a spark of the soul of Moshiach.
Furthermore, this spark is more than just a latent aspect; every Jew is able
to bring that spark out into the open, bringing about the actual manifestation
of Moshiach by means of Torah and mitzvot, which effect a purification
and refinement of the physical world.
This will be achieved in macrocosm with the coming of Moshiach, who will
reveal the world's goodness and holiness.
. . . At this time, in proximity to the anniversary of the geulah
-- deliverance -- of my father-in-law, the Rebbe, of saintly memory, from
the tyranny of the Soviet regime on the 12th-13th of Tamuz, it behooves
us to reflect again on those history-making events and how they relate to
every one of us here and now. For, as he indicated in his first letter on
the occasion of the first anniversary of his geulah, and as we see
it clearly now, his deliverance was more than a personal one; it was a turning
point in the survival of Russian Jewry, and is of lasting significance for
every Jew everywhere.
This timely reflection should make every one of us all the more deeply
appreciative of the blessing of freedom [which enables us] to live a full
life of Torah and mitzvot. In addition, it should heighten our awareness
of the sacred obligation to do one's utmost to spread and strengthen
Yiddishkeit, with enthusiasm and love -- love of G-d, love of the
Torah, and love of our Jewish brethren, which are inseparable.
By his total mesiras nefesh [self-sacrifice], even in the face of
overwhelming odds, and by his ultimate triumph, with G-d's help, the Previous
Rebbe has shown the way, and, in fact, trodden the path, so that every Jew
can follow in his footsteps, with complete assurance that when he is firmly
resolved to work for Torah and Yiddishkeit, he will overcome whatever
difficulties there may be, and be successful, with G-d's help.
I hope and pray that the inspiration of the Previous Rebbe and the holiday
of his Redemption will stimulate you and yours to redouble your efforts in
the said direction in the days ahead, which will also widen the channels
to receive G-d's blessings for you and yours, in all your needs, both material
Shabbat Parshat Chukat-Balak, July 12, marks both the birthday of
the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, and the 76th anniversary
of his liberation from Soviet prison and exile. When the Bolshevik revolution
succeeded in overthrowing the Czarist regime in 1917, it set about destroying
religion. Judaism, and particularly Chabad-Lubavitch, was a prime target.
The Previous Rebbe devoted himself to keeping the flame of Judaism alive
in Communist Russia.
So powerful was the Previous Rebbe's impact that at one point he was even
offered a deal by the Communist government! He would be allowed to continue
to support rabbis, ritual slaughterers, etc., and even continue to encourage
Jews to attend prayer services on one condition: He had to stop educating
the children in the ways of the Torah.
To the Previous Rebbe this was unacceptable, and he refused, saying, "If
there are no children there will be no adults..." Without the proper Jewish
education for our children, we as a nation, cannot survive. And even when
the Previous Rebbe reached the shores of America, he continued to strengthen
Jewish life by establishing schools here as well.
The Previous Rebbe showed great courage and determination when it came to
preserving the Jewish way of life through Jewish education. He stood up to
both Communist oppression and to those here in America who told him that
yeshivot couldn't thrive in the new world. His legacy, Chabad-Lubavitch
schools the world over, has outlived Soviet Communism and continues to prove
those who doubted him wrong.
The Previous Rebbe was a living example of his teachings. His strength and
courage were not for his personal needs, but for the spiritual and material
needs of the entire Jewish people.
Let us stand strong together, and demand from G-d what we need most, the
arrival of our righteous Moshiach and the true and complete Redemption.
* * *
In a letter sent out by the Previous Rebbe on the first anniversary of his
release from prison, the Rebbe explained that the 12th of Tamuz is
a day of rejoicing for every single Jew:
"It was not myself alone that the Holy One, blessed be He, redeemed on the
12th of Tamuz, but also those who love the Torah and observe its
commandments, and so, too, all those who bear the name Jew -- for
the heart of every person of Israel, irrespective of his particular level
in the observance of the mitzvot, is perfectly bound with G-d and
His Torah. . . .
"This is the day on which the light of the merit of public Torah study banished
the misty gloom of calumnies and libels.
"It is fitting that such a day be set aside as a day of gatherings -- a day
on which people arouse each other to fortify Torah study and the practice
of Judaism in every place according to its needs . . . ."
* * *
The Previous Rebbe's redemption from prison is related to the ultimate Redemption
through Moshiach and the personal redemption of every single Jew.
How can this be so? The Previous Rebbe was the leader of the Jewish people
of his generation. The great commentator Rashi explains: "The leader includes
the entire people." Therefore, the redemption of the leader of the generation
affects the entire generation.
The Previous Rebbe himself emphasized this point in a letter that he wrote
to his chasidim on the 1st anniversary of his release:
"It was not myself alone that the Holy One, blessed be He, redeemed on the
12th of Tamuz, but also those who love the Torah and observe its
commandments, and so, too, all those who bear the name Jew . . ."
Our Sages have taught that on a person's birthday his mazal -- luck,
or strength -- is stronger than at other times. This is true even after the
person's passing. In addition, Judaism also teaches that the spiritual influences
and energy that were present on a specific date in Jewish history repeat
themselves and return on that same date throughout the ages.
Thus, on the 12th of Tamuz, the birthday and anniversary of deliverance
of the Previous Rebbe, all of these additional spiritual powers are in place.
Let us hook into them and use this auspicious day for Torah study, additional
good deeds and charity, and a special, heartfelt request from each of us
to the Al-mighty to bring the Final Redemption immediately.
The Russian Revolution had come to a close. Communism was the law of the
land. Slowly but surely, the promised freedom and equality were disappearing.
Rather than a society in which all men lived as brothers, a totalitarian
regime emerged. Whoever did not conform was removed.
In addition, the new government tried to stamp out all religion. It undertook
the cruelest means to do so. Disappearances and executions abounded. All
too quickly, living Judaism became scarce. The penalties for providing Jewish
education or for merely living as a Jew were just too frightening. But one
He was the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn. The Previous
Rebbe set up an underground network spanning thousands of miles. Throughout
the length and breadth of Russia, his followers established underground
shuls, schools and mikvehs (ritual baths). In the still of
the night, in the dark of a cellar, adults and children gathered to learn
and share the words of their holy tradition -- under the threat of arrest,
even of death.
The government soon caught on. They knew that one man was behind it all.
As long as the Previous Rebbe was on the scene, they realized that the mighty
Russian government would have to wait for its desires to be carried out.
The government started sending spies to the Rebbe's talks to hear what he
said. But fearless, in front of these spies, the Previous Rebbe continued
to call upon his followers to defy the government, however dangerous it was,
and to ensure that Judaism survived.
And his followers listened. Though the dangers were worsening from day to
day, they opened new schools, new shuls and new mikvehs.
Eventually the government decided to do away with their opponent. On the
night of the 15th of Sivan, 5687/1927, KGB agents called on the Previous
Rebbe and led him away. They took him to the most feared jail in the city
from which hardly anyone returned. They subjected him to the greatest disgrace
and torture, but he continued to defy them.
One day, while in prison, the Previous Rebbe was called in for an interrogation.
He refused to reply to his tormentor's liking. The inquisitor took a gun
in his hands, played around with it and said: "This little toy has made many
"Yes," said the Previous Rebbe, "It has made many people speak. That is,
people with many gods and but only one world. But for me, who has one G-d
and two worlds -- this toy is meaningless."
Jews throughout the world prayed for the Previous Rebbe's release. International
governments applied great pressure on the Russians. Slowly the Previous Rebbe's
sentence was made easier. The death sentence was revoked, and instead came
ten years of forced labor. Then, this too was challenged. Eventually, the
Previous Rebbe was freed from jail to proceed to a distant town where he
would remain in exile for a period of three years.
On the 3rd day of Tamuz, 5687/1927, the Previous Rebbe was exiled
to the city of Kostrama. Before leaving to Kostrama, the Previous Rebbe was
permitted to stop in his home for a few hours.
The Rebbe then proceeded to the train station where a large group of
chasidim awaited him. Before boarding the train, the Rebbe made strong
statements to the assemblage, among them:
"This, all nations on earth should know: Only our bodies were put in exile
and subservience to kingdoms, but our souls were not driven into exile nor
subservience to kingdoms. We must openly proclaim to all, that with regard
to that which relates to our religion, Torah, mitzvot and Jewish customs,
no one is going to impose his views on us, and no force has the right to
After just a few days in exile, on the 12th of Tamuz, the day of his
birthday, the Previous Rebbe was informed that this punishment, too, had
been commuted, but being a local holiday, he received his official release
papers the next day, on the 13th of Tamuz.
The Previous Rebbe and his followers continued to adhere to Judaism and spread
its message far and wide in defiance of the Russian government. To this very
day, the underground network that the Previous Rebbe established in Russia
still exists, though, thank G-d, now it can finally operate more openly.
About three months later, the Previous Rebbe left Russia a broken man physically,
having been tortured in jail. But they were not able to touch him spiritually
in the least.
A further stage in the Previous Rebbe's redemption was his coming to America,
which brought about an increase in the work of spreading the teachings of
Chasidus throughout the world.(1)
And this increase in the spreading of the teachings of Chasidus continues
even to this day. It serves to hasten the Redemption, as exemplified by the
famous quote of Moshiach to the Baal Shem Tov that Moshiach would come when
"your [the Baal Shem Tov's] teachings are spread outward."
1. See Living With Moshiach, Vol. 235:
In order to understand the concept of "spreading the wellsprings [of Torah]
outward,"(2) we need to examine the physical properties
of a well.
A well's water gushes spontaneously from its source without waiting for the
thirsty person to come and drink. Likewise, its waters flow far and wide,
saturating everything with which they come in contact.
In a similar vein, when the objective is bringing the waters of Torah to
other Jews, we cannot wait until they come and ask to drink its knowledge.
The Torah, the sustenance of life itself, must be brought to wherever Jews
This approach originated with Aaron the High Priest, who "loved peace and
pursued peace, loved his fellow creatures and brought them nearer to Torah."
Aaron did not wait until others took the first step, but went "outside" to
draw them closer to Judaism.
Significantly, Aaron "brought them nearer to Torah," and not the other
way around. The Torah's principles were never altered or compromised to fit
a given situation. Rather, each individual Jew was brought to the Torah,
the same true and eternal Torah that has stood immutable for thousands of
This characteristic service of Aaron is alluded to in the Torah portion of
Beha'alotcha -- literally, "When you light the lamps." As High Priest,
Aaron's job entailed kindling the menorah in the Sanctuary.
A candle is symbolic of the Jewish soul, as it states, "the candle of G-d
is the soul of man." Aaron's function was to light the candle, i.e., ignite
the soul of every Jew, for every Jew possesses a G-dly soul, no matter how
concealed it may be. By lighting this "candle," Aaron revealed the flame
that burns inside each and every one of us.
Furthermore, Aaron made sure that the candle would continue to burn without
his assistance. It is not enough to uncover the G-dly soul that exists in
the recesses of every Jewish heart; the soul must be so aroused that it continues
to burn with love of G-d and perpetually seeks to reunite with its Source
Thus, "spreading the wellsprings outward" requires that we go "outside,"
beyond our own "space" to awaken the hidden spark of G-d that is the birthright
of every Jew. For no matter how hidden it may seem to be, all that is necessary
is that we find it and fan its flame until, like a candle after the match
which lit it has been removed, it continues to burn by itself.
Wellsprings," in Living With Moshiach, Vol. 319.
BRAILLE: Lighting Up the Path to the Redemption
The most important principle in the Torah is the protection of Jewish life.
It's more important than Shabbat, more important than holidays, even
fasting on Yom Kippur.
Right now, in Israel, and everywhere, Jews must stand together in unity and
do whatever possible to protect Jewish life.
The Rebbe taught that there are ten important
Mitzvot we can do to protect life. See what you can do:
1) Ahavat Yisroel: Behave with love towards another Jew.
2) Learn Torah: Join a Torah class.
3) Make sure that Jewish children get a Torah true education.
4) Affix kosher Mezuzot on all doorways of the house.
5) For men and boys over 13: Put on Tefillin every weekday.
6) Give Charity.
7) Buy Jewish holy books and learn them.
8) Light Shabbat & Yom Tov candles. A Mitzvah
for women and girls.
9) Eat and drink only Kosher Food.
10) Observe the laws of Jewish Family Purity.
In addition, the Rebbe also urged every man, woman and child to Purchase
a Letter in a Sefer Torah. There are several Torah scrolls
being written to unite Jewish people and protect Jewish life.
Letters for children can be purchased for only $1. Send your Hebrew name
and your mother's Hebrew name plus $1 to:
"Children's Sefer Torah,"
P. O. Box 8,
Kfar Chabad, 72915, Israel
or via the Internet, at:
The Rebbe's slogan is: "The main thing is the deed." We therefore present
from the Rebbe's talks, suggestions what we can do to complete his work of
bringing the Redemption.
Make Yud-Beis Tamuz Gatherings:
In connection with the 12th of Tamuz, the Rebbe explained that it
is customary to organize chasidic gatherings that will inspire people
to study and spread the teachings of Chasidus.
The Rebbe also said that "this will generate the potential of the transformation
of the Three(3) Weeks [of mourning for the destruction
of the Holy Temple] into a positive period, with the coming of the ultimate
Redemption. Even before that Redemption comes, we will merit a succession
of Divine miracles. When one Jew will ask another, "What was the last miracle
that happened?" he will be unable to answer because the miracles are taking
place in such rapid succession. And these miracles will lead to the ultimate
miracles, those which accompany the Redemption from exile."
For a 12th of Tamuz gathering in your area, contact your local
3. The "Three Weeks" begin on the 17th of Tamuz (Thursday, July 17,
2003), and continue until the 9th of Av (Thursday, August 7, 2003).
Jewish Women and Girls Light Shabbat
For local candle lighting times:
consult your local Rabbi, Chabad-Lubavitch Center, or call: (718) 774-3000.
For a free candle lighting kit:
contact your local Chabad-Lubavitch Center.
For a listing of the Centers in your area:
In the USA, call: 1-800-Lubavitch (1-800-582-2848).
Times shown are for Metro NY - NJ
Friday, July 11, Erev Shabbat Parshat
Light Shabbat Candles,(4) by 8:09 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, Shabbat Parshat Chukat-Balak:
On Shabbat following the afternoon prayer, we read Chapter 5 of
Pirkei Avot -- Ethics of the Fathers.
Shabbat ends at nightfall, at 9:18 p.m.
4. The Shabbat candles must be lit 18 minutes before
sunset. It is prohibited and is a desecration of the Shabbat
to light the candles after sunset.
Laws of Shabbat Candle Lighting for the Blind
Shabbat Candle Lighting Blessing
"Let There Be Light" - The Jewish Women's Guide
to Lighting Shabbat Candles.
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