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August 11, 2017  RSS feed
Rabbinically Speaking

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Connecting to G-d’s light

By Rabbi Pinchas Adler Chabad of Pinellas County

One of the great historical events being celebrated this year is the victory of the Six Day War.

While I was born well after the war, the victory of the Six Day War, and the feelings it evokes were definitely a part of my upbringing. Who can forget the immortal words “hakotel beyadeynu” – “the Kotel is in our hands” – or the blowing of the shofar at the Western Wall.

There is something else that began on that day, and is a fixture of the Kotel to this day – The Kotel teffilin stand. In June of 1967, on the eve of the Six Day War, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, initiated the Worldwide Tefillin Campaign, a historic undertaking that took Jewish observance to the streets. Since then, the campaign has reached millions of Jews all over the world from all walks of life and at all levels of observance.

The tefillin campaign underscores the importance of experiential Judaism, offering millions of Jews the opportunity to transform their Jewish feelings into a divine act. The Rebbe emphasized the infinite potential within every individual and the profound value of every mitzvah.

The word mitzvah means connection, and through a mitzvah we have the ability to connect to the infinite light of G-d.

This dear friends, is the powerful message of the tefillin campaign. It is not only about doing this specific mitzvah of tefillin, rather it is also the idea that every individual has infinite potential and all that is needed is a mitzvah to awaken the divine spark within.

No matter where we are in life or what our level of observance is, when a mitzvah comes our way we need to grab it with both hands. Even a single good deed can connect us with G-d in the deepest most profound way, regardless of what we have done before and what we will do after.

Never underestimate the potential of each individual and the power of a solitary mitzvah. Besides, one good deed leads to the next and from individual to individual until our world is transformed into a G-dly place.

As the saying goes “a little light dispels a lot of darkness.” Let’s go about illuminating this world, one mitzvah at a time.

The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. The views expressed in this guest column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Jewish Press or the Board of Rabbis.


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