Thursday, August 11, 2005

Shabbos Chazon Farbrengen Can Stop Decree

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Shabbos Chazon Farbrengen Can Stop Decree

This upcoming Shabbos is Shabbos Chazon. The Rebbe, in his address on Shabbos Chazon, 5715, translated below, refers to the possibility of an extremely negative event occurring in the following week. He declares that holding a joyful Chassidic gathering has the power to overcome all undesirable outcomes. 
It is also providential that the address refers to Jewish soldiers serving in an army that compels them to disobey orders, and declares this to be a Chillul Hashem [a desecration of G-d's Name], and therefore, "it is not worthwhile!"

Enter full article to read a translation of this amazing and prophetic sicha, said on Shabbos Chazon exactly fifty years ago.

"This Farbrengen [Chassidic gathering] is based upon the words of the Frierdeke Rebbe,1 in the name of the Alter Rebbe, that a 'note fell down from the Heavens,' containing the following: 'What a Chassidic Farbrengen can achieve, even the angel Michoel cannot achieve ... '
In the upcoming week, an event affecting a large community of Jews has been planned.  If the angel Michoel is successful in accomplishing what must be done, this Farbrengen will achieve something additional. However, if, for whatever reason, the angel Michoel is unable to accomplish this, this Farbrengen will accomplish this matter, and everything will turn out for the good in an apparent and revealed way!"
In the middle of the Farbrengen, the Rebbe continued:
"There is a discourse of the Mitteler Rebbe explaining the purpose of having! a Jewish soldier taken to the army: If there are decrees against Torah and Mitzvos in the army, for what possible purpose does G-d place a Jew in such a situation? The Mitteler Rebbe explains that Hashem derives tremendous pleasure from a soldier in such a hostile environment performing even a few Mitzvos with Mesiras Nefesh [self-sacrifice]. In fact, these Mitzvos are so precious to G-d that all the decrees, and certainly all the numerous Mitzvos he is completely unable to fulfill, are all worthwhile—on account of the tremendous pleasure G-d derives from these few Mitzvos performed with self-sacrifice.
"However, that which was discussed earlier [i.e., the danger of anti-religious people being elected] is not a matter of revealed good, and we want to experience apparent and revealed good.
"Yet, the Mitteler Rebbe's discourse referred to decrees imposed by non-Jews. These do not result in a Chillul Hashem, for non-Jews are no more ! than an 'axe in the hands of the woodchopper.' On the other ha! nd, decr ees of Jews result in a Chillul Hashem! For this, it is not worthwhile!
The main thing is that we want, and we are assured, that in these times of the 'footsteps of the footsteps of Moshiach' [i.e., Moshiach's arrival is imminent], everything will turn out good in an apparent and revealed way. 'Apparent and revealed good' means that no decrees will be made, and we will be able to learn Torah and perform Mitzvos with calmness and peace of mind!"
1 Igros Kodesh of the Previous Rebbe, Vol. 3, page 413.
2 On Tuesday (7 Menachem Av) in the week following the Farbrengen, in the Holy Land, elections were held in the "Knesset." Evidently, the Rebbe meant that amongst the candidates running for office were some opposed to Hashem, His Torah, and His Mitzvos.
Shabbos Chazon, Parshas Devarim 5715, Toras Menachem, vol. 14, pp. 238, 240-241.
Translated by Yisroel Cotlar and Yehoishophot Oliver.

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