Can anyone become a tzadik (righteous individual)? On the one hand, “tzadik” is a title given to very unique individuals. A tzadik is someone who has completely overcome his evil inclination, so much so that he has totally released himself from its clutches, and all that interests him is what is good and pleasant, “The desire of the righteous is only good.” On the other hand, there is a famous verse that states, “Your people are all righteous, they will inherit the land eternally.”
Articles for the 10th of Shevat
YUD SHEVAT, THE 10TH DAY OF THE MONTH OF SHEVAT, MARKS THE PASSING OF THE FRIEDIGER LUBAVITCHER REBBE, RABBI YOSEF YITZCHAK SCHNEERSOHN IN 5710 (1950). A YEAR LATER, ON THE SAME HEBREW DATE, THE REBBE, RABBI MENACHEM MENDEL SCHNEERSOHN RECEIVED HIS FATHER-IN-LAW’S POST AND ASSUMED THE LEADERSHIP OF CHABAD.
SHORTLY BEFORE YUD SHEVAT 5710, THE FRIEDIGER REBBE PUBLISHED A CHASSIDIC TREATISE TITLED “BATI LEGANI” (LIT.: “I HAVE COME TO MY GARDEN”), FOR CHASSIDIM TO BEGIN TO STUDY ON THE VERY DAY OF YUD SHEVAT (WHICH MARKS, AS WELL, THE YARTZEIT OF HIS GRANDMOTHER, THE RABBANIT RIVKAH), WHICH POSTHUMOUSLY BECAME HIS SPIRITUAL WILL FOR OUR GENERATION.
In the Torah, the tree symbolizes both man (“You [the Jewish people] are called ‘man’”)–”for man is the tree of the field”–and the Torah–”It [the Torah] is a tree of life for all that hold onto it.” Both man and the Torah possess all of the four major components of the tree: roots, trunk, branches, fruit.
The month of Shevat is the most conducive time for each one of us to manifest his own inner spark of tzadik, by strengthening his conscious connection to the tzadik of the generation. The tree of life, as expressive of the potential for restoring perfection to all reality, appears in Jewish sources as symbolic of both the tzadik, the foundation of the world and the Torah, in particular its inner dimension—the esoteric tradition.
- Uniting Worlds , 2. A Partzuf of 419, 3. Herlading Children, 4. Geocentrism, Heliocentrism, and Couplehood, 5. Proving the Existence of the Creator, 6. The Creator and His Will
Articles for the 22nd of Shevat
The 22nd of Shevat marks the passing of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, devoted wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. What follows in an excerpt from a class given on the 22nd of Shevat 5757 to women in Rechovot.
Notable Dates in Shevat
2 Shevat – Yarhzeit of Rebbe Meshulam Zusil (Zusha)
4 Shevat – Yahrzeit of Rebbe Moshe Leib of Sassov
4 Shevat – (1984) Yarhzeit of the Baba Sali
5 Shevat – (1905) Yahrzeit of the Sefat Emet, Rabbi Arye Leib Alter of Gur.
10 Shevat – (1950) Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe
10 Shevat – (1951) Day on which Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn became the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe 15 Shevat – Tu Beeshvat
22 Shevat – (1988) Yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chayah Mushka, the Lubavticher Rebbe's wife.