The Chai Times // Soft Reed or Stubborn Wall

Jun 17, 2023 1:09 am


A meditation from the Rebbe - in honor of the anniversary of his passing - hilula this upcoming Thursday, June 22:

There are times to bend like a reed in the wind.

And there are times to act as a stubborn wall, holding against the tide.

There are things that lie at the periphery of life. Then every “I hold like this” and “my opinion is . . .” stands in the way of harmony and peace. Every such “I” is the very root and source of evil.

But when it comes to matters that touch the purpose for which you were placed in this world, that’s when you have to be that immovable wall. That’s when you have to say, “On this, I will not budge.”

That “I,” that’s not evil.

That‘s an “I” fulfilling the purpose for which you were given an “I.”

Wishing you an uplifting Shabbat,

Rabbi Mendy & Mussy

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Mazel Tov!!


Mazel tov to Michoel and Sarah Koussevitzky (nee Baum) on their marriage this past Wednesday evening in New York. May they build an everlasting home resting on the bedrock of Torah and yiddishkeit.


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