The Rebbe’s Response To Illness and Worry

As the world reels from the impact of COVID-19, the Jewish people turn to Torah for guidance. Watch a video where the Rebbe tells us what serves as preventive medicine, and read letters from the Rebbe on dealing with anxiety.

As the world reels from the impact of COVID-19 and billions take urgent measures to ensure their health and well-being, the Jewish people turn to Torah for guidance.  

Torah commands us to follow the guidelines of medical professionals. At the same time, it provides us with specific spiritual measures to protect our safety and well-being. In this 1986 address, the Rebbe suggests a method to preemptively immunize against illness.

In 1985, the Rebbe declared a campaign to promote study of Maimonides’ compendium of Jewish law, Mishneh Torah. The study would unite the entire Jewish people, providing an opportunity to cover this summary of the entire Torah, through one of three daily study tracks.

The Rebbe explains how this study will also serve as a preventative medicine for illness.

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A collection of letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe about how a positive outlook creates a positive reality.

Think good and it will be good!

It is shocking how we speak and discuss different ideas but when it comes to the practical application, everybody assumes that the ideas apply exclusively to everybody else.

The teaching of our Rabbeim ‘Think good and it will be good’ has been brought up many times and explained that our thoughts can affect our outcomes. Despite this knowledge, he is creating thoughts that are the opposite of ‘Think Good’, (negative thoughts). Thus, even though we are currently found in the month of Adar, the time of simcha, he is found in a state of sadness.

I’ll conclude with dvar malchus: think good and it will be good – may it be revealed goodness.

Simcha hastens the improvement of the situation.

His letter in which he relates his current medical situation was just recently received.

He has certainly heard of the saying of the Rebbe Maharash (The grandfather of my father in law, the Rebbe): “The world says that if there is no way to pass an obstacle by going underneath, then you should attempt to go above. I say that you should initially go above.”

In this case, it may seem that expressions of joy should be reserved for when his medical situation improves. However, based on the previously quoted phrase, there is room to say that the joy should precede the healing, even if it is not yet actualized. In fact, this alone will hasten its arrival.

This is in line with the famous teaching of Chabad Rebbeim: “Think good and it will be good”. This means that when joy is physically expressed, through our language and our actions it will affect the outcome. This refers particularly to the honored author who, with the power of his pen, has the ability to influence others regarding this idea. And, as it is written in the Gemara (Taanit 22), those who bring happiness to other people are guaranteed a portion in the world to come.

These letters were brought to you by Machon Or HaChassidus and are excerpts from the ‘Darcehi HaChayim’ series.

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