What a RebbeSayS aboutanotheR Rebbe, heeStabliSheS FoRhimSelF aS Well
On the occasion of Yud Shvat 5720, the RebbeMH”M makes the case that a Rebbe’s claim aboutanother Rebbe is equally intended as a claimabout himself. This principle is fundamental inestablishing what the Rebbe MH”M wished tocommunicate about his pivotal role in the era ofthe threshold of Redemption, especially in thewake of Gimmel Tammuz 5754. * Chapter 3 ofRabbi Shloma Majeski’s Likkutei Mekoros. (Boldtext is the compiler’s emphasis.)
Translated and presented by Boruch Merkur
withcommentary on the daily
, first prefacingit with the teaching of the BaalShem Tov,
onhow to interpret the wording of the Mishna,* “Know before Whomyou are destined in the future to be judged and to face reckoning.”
At first glance this teachingis difficult to understand, for theregular order of events is thatone first faces reckoning andthen judgment is pronounced,**and in accordance with thatreckoning, the assessment of the case, the judgment emerges. What then is: judgment and[only thereafter] reckoning?It is in accordance with theDivine principle that one is onlypunished “
his knowledge,”according to his own conceptof justice. That is, only if onehad personally rendered sucha ruling of punishment for atransgression done. This rulingis made, however, “
hisknowledge,” in the sense thathe is asked about someone else who had committed the samesin. As he “judges” this person,according to the severity of hissin, that “reckoning” he madein “judgment” of the otherindividual is meted out uponhim.
As it applies to ourdiscussion, our Sages have said:“The Attribute of Benevolenceis more abundant than...”Thus, if regarding the Attributeof Retribution the Sages havesaid that in accordance withthe judgment one makes on hisfellow he rules upon himself,how much more is this true of the Attribute of Benevolence.
My father in-law, the Rebbe, writes*** with regard to the dayof the passing of his father (theRebbe, Rabbi Shalom Dovber,
): “This is anauspicious day – for Anash andfor
talmidei ha’T’mimim –
toconnect to the Tree of Life … All of you – yourselves, your wives, your sons and daughters– should stand ready to receivethe blessing G-d shall bestow upon you and upon us, grantingabundant life, livelihood, and
from your children. This blessing is brought about bymeans of the arousal of greatmercy [On High] … on the partof the Rebbe, whose
wemark. Indeed, you shall be amply