10 Kislev:

The festival of liberation of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch - the Mitteler Rebbe

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The “Tachnun” is omitted from the day’s prayers, farbrengens are held, and Rabbi DovBer’s teachings are studied.

 

Of his redemption on the 19th of Kislev, the Alter Rebbe wrote that he was informed of his freedom at the moment he was reciting the verse, “Padah Beshalom” – “He has redeemed my soul in peace” (Tehilim, chapter 55). Similarly, the release of the Mitteler Rebbe on the 10th of Kislev was also connected to that verse. There was, however, a difference…

From the Rebbe’s explanations:

– In the case of the Alter Rebbe, he was reading chapter 55 of Tehillim because it is in the section of Tehillim that is assigned to Tuesday according to the seven-day division of Tehillim. The Alter Rebbe had accepted upon himself to recite the sections of Tehillim for the days of the week while he was in prison.

In the case of the Mitteler Rebbe, however, chapter 55 is in the section read on the 10th of the month according to the monthly division.

We may deduce, therefore, that the Mitteler Rebbe’s relationship with that verse was stronger than the Alter Rebbe’s, for in the case of the 19th of Kislev it would apply only when the 19th falls on a Tuesday and only for those who read the full Tehillim section of the days of the week.

Whereas, in the case of the Mitteler Rebbe, “Podoh Besholom” is always read on the 10th of the month, by everyone…

From the Rebbe’s talk on Shabbat “Vayeitze”, 10th Day of Kislev, 5746.

 

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