The upcoming Kislev, 9 marks both the birthday and day of passing of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch, or the Mitteler Rebbe – son of and successor to the founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. Rabbi DovBer is known for his unique style of presenting chassidic teachings – the “broadening rivers”.
From the Rebbe’s explanations:
– There is a unique dimension to the teachings revealed by the Mitteler Rebbe. Chabad Chassidus is based on a systematic conceptual structure. It follows the general structure Kabbalistic sefirot:
Within the scope of this system of thought, the Alter Rebbe’s contribution can be associated with the quality of Chochmah, the spark of intellect.
In contrast, the Mitteler Rebbe’s teachings are characterized by the movement of Binah, which represents a thrust towards elaborate explanation and definition. His teachings were the intellectual rivers to his father’s wellspring, lending breadth and depth to the principles set down by Rabbi Schneur Zalman.
“Mitteler” means “intermediary,” a connecting bridge. The Mitteler Rebbe connected the teachings of the Rebbeim who preceded him with those who followed. And on a more general scale, he contributed to the union of spirituality with physicality…
Find more in the Rebbe’s talk on Parshat Vayeitzei (9 Kislev, 5752).