How Parnassa Is Dictated

Traveling to the Rebbe, spending time in 770, has always been a cornerstone in the ruchniusdike life of a chossid. In one exchange, the Rebbe explained how this can also affect one’s livelihood.

When He Doesn’t Realize That There’s a Shaila

“Luach Kolel Chabad,” published for the first time almost 100 years ago, is republished every year with relevant updates. The need for such a luach, the Rebbe explained, was to address shailos – or to inform that there is a shaila to begin with.

Don’t Forget Basic Halacha

When American author Herman Wouk became involved in publishing a Chumash in braille for the visually impaired, the Rebbe was pleased but not satisfied, and he suggested a different sefer.

When It’s Good To Be Afraid

As a seminary student, Mrs. Esther (Chitrik) Piekarsky was mentoring high school girls and felt afraid of the responsibility. During yechidus, the Rebbe told her why it was good that she was afraid.

How the Rebbe Inspired Elul in Lubavitch

To utilize the month of teshuva properly, the Rebbe instructed the yeshiva staff to inspire their students with an extra seder of avoda’dike maamarim and by telling stories of how chassidim conducted themselves during this special month.

“Have You Met the King?”

When twelve-year-old Yaakov Hertzog from London, UK, said that he learned about the “King in the field,” the Rebbe asked him if he ever met him. The Rebbe then told him where he could meet the King.

You Can Channel Your Sad Mood

As a bochur, Reb Zalman Gopin, today the Kfar Chabad mashpia, was in a dilemma about regulating his mood. The Rebbe showed him how he could utilize whatever mood he was in to serve Hashem.

To Look Out for Another

One Chof Av before the nesius, the Rebbe prepared to serve as chazan, when he noticed a bochur who had yahrtzeit on that day. What the Rebbe proceeded to do taught Reb Leibel Dubov a great lesson in ahavas Yisroel.

‘The Rebbe Knew Me’

As a bochur, Rabbi Sholom Blank, approached the Rebbe to receive a bottle of mashke and extended his left hand. A nearby chossid told him to use his right hand instead, but the Rebbe knew better.

The Heavens Will Protect Their Planes

After a lengthy discussion on the challenges facing El Al Airlines, the Rebbe told North American director, “In order for the flights to stay safe, and in order for El Al to succeed, El Al must observe Shabbos.”

“The Plans Are Not Mine”

When the honorary president of Chabad of Binghamton University asked the Rebbe for a bracha to “succeed in implementing the Rebbe’s plans,” the Rebbe noted that the plans are not his own.

An “Overlooked Fact” About Money

When Harav She’ar Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Chaifa, passed by the Rebbe to receive a dollar at the end of a farbrengen, the Rebbe shared with him an ‘overlooked fact’ and the lesson it provides.

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