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Three Loves: The Rebbe's Opening Statement

Friday, 10 January, 2014 - 11:56 am

The 10th day of Shevat, 1951 marked the first Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe. That evening his son-in-law, the Rebbe formally accepted the leadership of the Chabad movement.

The Rebbe humorously noted that in America all news things come with a statement. He then seriously declared. “There are three loves: love of Hashem, love of Torah and love of our fellow Jews. These three are inseparable. One cannot claim a love for Hashem and yet be deficient in the love for Torah or fellow Jews. Since they are interdependent, each without the other two is incomplete.”

Throughout the evening, the Rebbe addressed the significance of caring for another over and over again from various angles. Indeed it became one of the defining ideals of the Rebbe’s vision for the Jewish world and has been a foundational principle of Chabad’s activities throughout the world. The idea of Ahavat Yisrael, the Rebbe assured us, will propel us to the era of Redemption through the coming of Moshiach.

This Shabbat as we mark this occasion once again, we must reflect on the Rebbe’s statement about the three inseparable loves and how we are implementing that lesson into our daily lives for ourselves and others. Please join one of the Kiddush gatherings this Shabbat at Chabad House (Uptown) or Chabad Center (Metairie) to celebrate this occasion.

This past Tuesday, we celebrated the Building Naming Celebration. I will give a full report next week. A few photos can be viewed below in our photo section. Credits – Alexander Barkoff.

Mazel tov to Rabbi Yossie and Chanie Nemes and family upon the occasion of Mendel’s Bar Mitzvah. To quote the Rebbe’s blessing to a Bar Mitzvah boy, “may he develop into a Chasid, Yarei Shamayim (G-d fearing Jew) and scholar.”

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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