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The Rebbe's Lessons for Special Days

17th of Tammuz: Beseech G-d until we have the Holy Temple!

On the 17th of Tammuz (or on the 18th in this year), Jews begin their Three Weeks of mourning over the destruction of the first two Holy Temples with the prayer (Is. 62:7) “Permit G-d no silence until He sets and establishes Jerusalem as the praise of the earth. For with You is the source of life; in Your light we will see light. Our G-d, we are contrite over our actions, we are shamed because of our wrongdoing.”
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Lesson of 2nd Passover: Pray for Moshiach Now!

The theme of the 2nd Passover on 14 Iyar (May 15 in 20’22) is that it is never too late. It is always possible to put things right. Thus we should pray every day for Moshiach to come now!
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Rebbe’s Message on Lag B’Omer Before 6-Day War

At the Lag B’omer parade before the Six Day War, the Rebbe announced: G-d protects the Jews in the Holy Land and sends blessings so they will be successful.
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The Miracle of the Entebbe Rescue: 3 July 1976

Through the Entebbe rescue, G-d granted us the opportunity to observe in this physical world how quality prevails over quantity, how the soul prevails over the body, and how G-d rules over the veil of physical reality.
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Lesson of the New Year for Trees (Tu B’Shevat)

Tu B’Shevat (15th Shevat / Jan. 17, 20’22) is the day in the year when sap begins to flow in the trees in Israel. In Torah Law, this is the New Year for Trees (marked in our time by eating fruit). The Torah teaches that a person is likened to a tree in important ways. The G’d-given potential in every person must be individually nurtured so it will fully develop and come to fruition.
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A Rosh Hashanah Meditation

Once, after Rosh Hashanah prayers, the Alter Rebbe asked his son, the Mitteler Rebbe, “With what meditation did you pray this Rosh Hoshanah?” He replied, “With the verse, ‘All mankind shall prostrate themselves before You’.” Then the Mitteler Rebbe asked his father, “With what meditation did you pray?” The Alter Rebbe responded, “I prayed with my lectern.”
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Preparations for the Torah at Sinai Began with the Women

The preparation for receiving the Torah at Sinai began with the women, for it is human nature that the tone of the household is set mainly by the woman of the house. This is why she is deemed by the Torah to be “The Foundation of the Home” – the mainstay of the home. (28 Iyar 5771)
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Thanksgiving and Hanukkah (expanded-length video)

It is no coincidence that these two holidays occur around the same time in the year. The Rebbe reveals deep similarities between the Thanksgiving holiday and Hanukkah.
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