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UNSHACKLED SOUL

Emerging from prison, the Alter Rebbe taught how to free and uplift the universal spirit to bring the world to flourish with Moshiach. * On Hayom Yom for 6 Av.

by ChatGPT and Bing AI

The Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Chassidic movement, had a vision of a world where the teachings of Chassidism would spread beyond the boundaries of any one community. He dreamed of a time when every soul would be illuminated by the light of Chassidic wisdom, and that would blaze the path for the Messianic Era.


In the 18th century, the Alter Rebbe, who founded the Chabad branch of Chassidism, was unjustly imprisoned for his efforts to disseminate the teachings of Judaism and Chassidus. Despite being confined behind cold prison walls, his spirit remained unbroken. Upon his release, he was filled with renewed passion and shared a Chassidic discourse with his son, the Mitteler Rebbe, that revealed the transformative power of Chassidic teachings.


“Raise your hands in holiness and bless Havayeh (G d). G d bless you from Zion, Maker of heaven and earth”

(Tehillim 134:2-3).


“Raise your hands in holiness” refers to the elevation of our emotive traits to the level of intellect and the illumination of our emotions by our intellect. By doing this, we can elicit the Supernal Name Havayeh and draw forth blessings from G d. This process maintains the existence of the worlds.


In this maamar, the Alter Rebbe teaches us to “raise our hands in holiness.” We can imagine the Rebbe and all he devoted his life towards, once bound but now free, reaching towards the sky. This act of liberation embodies the essence of his teaching - that we should strive to elevate our emotions to the level of intellect and spirituality. The Alter Rebbe understood that when we harness our emotions with the clarity of intellect, we can ignite our souls and connect with G d.


By invoking the divine name Havayeh, the Alter Rebbe showed us that when we bring our emotions and intellect into harmony, we can receive blessings from G d. This was not just an abstract idea - it reflected his own journey from imprisonment to freedom.


The Alter Rebbe’s release from prison also had a universal purpose - to fulfill the promise of the Baal Shem Tov. The wellsprings of divine truth flowed outwards, nourishing souls that were hungry for spiritual sustenance.


The Alter Rebbe’s freedom was not just a personal victory - it was a triumph for all those who follow in his footsteps. With his release from prison, he was able to continue his holy work and spread Chassidic teachings throughout the world. His journey from darkness to light serves as an inspiration for us all.


In Jewish tradition, Moshiach is a future Jewish king from the Davidic line who will be anointed as the Jewish Messiah. He will bring peace and prosperity to all nations and usher in an era of universal harmony. When Moshiach comes, there will be no more war or suffering. The world will be filled with knowledge of G d as water covers the sea. All people will live together in peace and harmony.


The ongoing dissemination of Chassidic teachings brings us closer to this utopian future. Each time we study and share these teachings, we help hasten Moshiach’s arrival. By following in the footsteps of great leaders like the Alter Rebbe and raising our hands in holiness, we can tap into divine blessings and bring about a world where peace reigns supreme.

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