The Jewish People Are a Spiritual Existence

In preparation for Gimmel Tammuz, we present you each day with a unique short quote from the Rebbe. Prepared by Rabbi Pesach Schmerling, shliach in Far Rockaway, NY.


The formation and the continued existence of the Jewish nation differs from all others. All nations first settle in their land, or unite as a group for the sake of conquering lands. In contrast, the Jewish people became a nation in the desert. All nations begin the establishment of their laws from the most basic, physical ones. The Jewish people on the other hand began theirs with the most sublime concepts of “I am Hashem, your G-d,” and, “You shall not have any other gods” – the most profound concepts, certainly in that era but today as well; the highest form of unity of G-d. All nations need to be compelled to abide by their laws, by promising physical happiness which can be appreciated by the human mind. The Jewish people in contrast began by stating, “We will do,” before, “We will hear,” expressing complete dedication of one’s will and intellect combined. All the nations of the world were only able to rule over the body, but never over the soul or their spiritual values. By having this wholly spiritual foundation, the Jewish people were able to endure all the hardships which befell them, ensuring the eternity of their foundation.

התהות עם ישראל וקיומו היפך מכל העמים. כל העמים בתחלה
מתיישבים על אדמתם, או מתאחדים על כל פנים לשם כבוש
ארצות מה שאין כן ישראל נעשו לעם – במדבר. כל העמים
בנתינת חוקים מתחילים בהנוגע לענינים גשמיים ביותר – ישראל
באנכי ולא יהי’, רעיונות היותר עמוקים בזמן ההוא וגם עתה
באחדות שאינו גשם וכו’. כל העמים מכריחים אותם על קיום
חוקים – על ידי הבטחת אושר גשמי שהשכל יקבלו – ישראל
.ההתחלה נעשה קודם לנשמע מסירת הרצון והשכל גם יחד
ובהיות יסוד עם ישראל רוחני לגמרי, על ידי זה יכלו עמוד בכל הצרות שעברו עליהם כי כל אומות העולם לא משלו אלא על
הגוף, ולא על הנשמה וקניניהם הרוחנים, ונשאר יסודם קיים

(רשימות חוברת קיא)

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