The Chai Times #75 //

Mar 17, 2023 8:57 pm



To build the Sanctuary for G-d in the desert the people brought “Gold, silver and copper.”

“Gold” represents the purity and perfection of the tzaddik, the person who never errs.

“Silver” represents the great yearning of the baal teshuvah (“returnee” or penitent) for closeness to G‑d—a yearning many times more powerful than that of the tzaddik, because it is a yearning from afar (kessef, the Hebrew word for silver, also means “yearning”).

Copper, the lowliest of metals, represents the good deeds of the sinner.

G‑d's home on earth is complete only when it includes all three types of people, and all three elements within ourselves. Every part of us is needed to build a home for G-d, not only our best selves, but even our lowest moments must be forged into a home for G-d.

Wishing you an uplifting Shabbat,

Rabbi Mendy & Mussy

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  • Jewish Birthday Initiative:

To mark and celebrate Rebbeztin Chaya Mushka Schneerson's birthday (she was the Grand Rebbetzin of Chabad the birthday is 25 Adar) I am bumping back up our Jewish Birthday Initiative to inspire you to celebrate your Jewish birthday (in addition) to your secular birthdays. 

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