Three (“Shalosh”)

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The Rebbe reveals:

– According to the Torah, the number three expresses real strength. It’s said in the Talmud that the halachic status of persistence – chazakah – is established when an event repeats itself three times (see “Bava Metzia”, 106b). The fact of such repetition proves that it’s not a mere ‘accident’, but a constant phenomenon.

We also find this idea in the book of “Kohelet” (4:12):

“… and a three-stranded cord will not quickly be broken”.

Thus number “three” stands for an existing and everlasting power, the power of something that has real existence and permanence.

And this is one of the reasons why the Giving of the Torah took place in the third month of the year, and why so many circumstances of this event are somehow connected to the number “three”:

Blessed is the all-Merciful One, Who gave the threefold Torah: Torah, Prophets, and Writings, to the three-fold nation: Priests, Levites, and Israelites, by means of a third-born: Moses (who followed Aaron and Miriam in birth order), on the third day of the separation (“hagbalah”), in the third month: Sivan (Shabbat, 88a).

(It should be noted that Rabbi Nissim Gaon in his commentary to the Talmud provides even more examples of threefold phenomena, related to Matan Torah).

With the Giving of the Torah, the Jewish people and the entire Creation received additional power and capacity to reveal the Creator within the framework of this material world – the lowest of the created worlds (see “Tania”, chapter 36)

up to the point that there will be nothing left in the world that can hide its Creator,

and even the simplest material things will become a means for expressing “kedushah” – the holiness [which was previously obscured and escaped the eyes].

Based on the Rebbe’s talk on the 28th of Sivan, 5751 (the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Rebbe to America).

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