20 Menachem Av

Remembering Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson

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“Let those who desire (to see the triumph) of my rightness, sing praises and rejoice, and let them constantly say, « May haShem, Who desires the peace of His servant, be magnified » (Tehillim, 35:27)

From the notes of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak Schneersohn on the book Tehilim:

– David ha-Melekch said that because he embodied the sefirah of malchut (« kingdom », governance). And so it’s written: « (to see the triumph) of my rightness » (צִדְקִי in the original Hebrew). « Tzedek » (the rightness) is a manifestation of the « malchut » on the highest level of holiness.

And it’s said צִדְקִי – with the letter « yud » in in end (« my rightness ») – because David was an ideal embodiment (« chariot ») for the sefirah of malchut (and he could actually say all the above about himself).

See more: « ליקוטי לוי יצחק », חלק ג’, עמוד תכז.

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Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, the Rebbe’s father, was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union.

Each year on the 20th of Menachem Av, the Rebbe would hold a chassidic gathersing – farbrengen – to celebrate his life and to highlight his priceless contribution to the study of Chassidut.

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