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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gimmel Tammuz and Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz

The Previous Rebbe wrote, "Yud Kislev marks the birth of a chassid, and Yud-Tes Kislev is the bris (circumcision)." (Likkutei Dibburim, p. 976; more info here)

There are nine days between Yud Kislev and Yud-Tes Kislev. On Yud Kislev we celebrate the liberation of the Mitteler Rebbe, the 2nd Lubbavitcher Rebbe, which also marks the date of his birth and yahrzeit (9th of Kislev). Yud-Tes Kislev is the liberation of the Alter Rebbe, the 1st Rebbe, as well as the yahrzeit of his teacher, the Maggid of Mezeritch.
There are nine days between Gimmel Tammuz and Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz, which is today. On Gimmel Tammuz, we celebrate the beginning of the liberation of the Previous Rebbe, the 2nd-to-last Lubavitcher Rebbe, which also marks the yahrzeit of the last Rebbe. Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz marks the complete liberation of the Previous Rebbe, as well as his birthday.

When the Previous Rebbe had his bar mitzvah, his father, the Rebbe Rashab, made a seven-day celebration like that of a wedding (sheva brachos). Therefore, perhaps we can say as follows, "Gimmel Tammuz marks the wedding of a chassid, and Yud-Beis/Yud-Gimmel Tammuz is the sheva brachos."

Friday, June 15, 2012


My lips
I can't
Seem to
See past
What is
In it 
For me
So to
Then my 
Mouth shall
Your praise.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


And yet there is
A simple all
To remember
And not forget
The way that all
Is meant to be
To look beyond
And raise the mind
To a higher plain
Back to the Source
Where all is joy
And all is One

* "Keep It Simple Stupid"

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Depois de meses, fiquei olhando pro céu. Naquela vastidão, foi tão fácil ver o nada que sou, que me deu vontade de cantar.

No dia seguinte, fiquei olhando meus filhos brincando. Pensei que deve ser assim mesmo que Ele fica nos olhando, e me veio uma certa paz.

Talvez seja preciso só isso. Saber quando ser nada, quando ser tudo, e lembrar de se deixar ficar olhando...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pesach Sheini (The Second Passover)

Pesach Sheini (The Second Passover)
I'm constantly haunted
By the overwhelming
Feeling that whatever
I'm doing is not enough,
That I'm not meeting
My most basic obligations
And that the day of reckoning
Will come and I will be
Forced to admit it.
So I admit it now.
What I give certainly
Does not compare with
What I take.
I do not deserve what I have,
And am still very far, relying
Completely on His mercy.
So now that I've gotten
All that off my chest
And set all pretensions aside
I can go back to work
Because it's never too late
To burn off the yeast and bring
The proper sacrifice
With humble bread and bitter herbs
In order, to be free.

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