The Rebbe teaches us not just to wait for the storm to pass but to dance in the rain, for even in dark times, we can kindle light. * A lesson in resilient joy for a community in need.
In a world that often seems to teeter on the edge, spiritual guidance becomes a beacon, casting its light to pierce the darkness. For Rabbi Mendy Kaminker, faced with the emotional toll of recent tragedies in Israel, this light comes from the teachings of the Rebbe, the revered leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. His personal quest for guidance is laid bare in "I Desperately Needed to Know What the Rebbe Said."
Rabbi Kaminker grapples with how to lead his community in joyful celebration during Simchat Torah while his heart is weighed down by the grim news from Israel. "How can we dance and sing when such unspeakable tragedy is taking place in Israel? How can we be joyful?" He then delves into the Rebbe's teachings, which emphasize the transformative power of joy, even in times of dire straits. "Joy? How can you increase in joy when Israel is under such a vicious attack?" he wonders.
The Torah tells us, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified...for the Lord your God goes with you" (Deuteronomy 31:6). Rashi, the medieval Torah commentator, explains that this strength and courage come from trust in divine protection. This resonates deeply with the Rebbe's counsel that even in moments of crisis, one should be "filled with faith that G‑d will be with you." It's as if the Rebbe’s words echo through time, offering a fresh layer of understanding to these ancient texts.
The Rebbe's teachings, rooted in Torah wisdom, resonate strongly in these trying times. They neither discount the suffering nor trivialize the challenges. Instead, they urge us to uplift ourselves and our communities, to infuse our actions with faith and positivity. The Rebbe’s emphasis on joy even during adversity is not a naive call for escapism; it’s an articulation of a deep Chassidic truth that positive action and state of mind can, indeed, bring about positive change.
The Rebbe's wisdom, like a refreshing rain, brings life to the fields of our faith and courage. He teaches us not just to wait for the storm to pass but to dance in the rain, for even in dark times, we can kindle light. Rabbi Kaminker's narrative reminds us that this light is not just about individual enlightenment but collective upliftment—a step, perhaps, toward a world redeemed and the coming of Moshiach.
Rabbi Kaminker's search for meaning is one many of us share. Even when the path is strewn with obstacles, the teachings of the Rebbe serve as signposts guiding us toward resilience and hope. These are the timeless lessons we carry with us, as we navigate our lives, awaiting a future imbued with divine promise.