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Filling the World with Goodness

Friday, 17 November, 2017 - 1:15 pm

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This week I have the pleasure of participating in the 30th International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Shluchim. Thousands of us are descending on Brooklyn from all over the world for a few days of inspiration and celebration.

Each year, the weekend long event is an opportunity for a spiritual recharge, but this year there is an added dimension. Sunday will be Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the first day of the Jewish month of Kislev, and it is the 40th anniversary of a very special occasion.

On the holiday of Shemini Atzeret 1977, the Rebbe suffered a massive heart attack during the Hakafot services in full view of thousands of Chassidim. Upon the Rebbe’s request his medical care and recovery was attended to by a group of dedicated specialists in his office at Lubavitch Headquarters.

Five weeks later, on Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the Rebbe returned to his home for the evening, marking the return to his regular routine. This crucial milestone in the Rebbe's recovery has been celebrated in Chabad ever since.

What is the connection to the International Conference? Here is a lesson the Rebbe taught during that terrible ordeal.

As one of the doctors was using a syringe and needle to take a blood sample on the day following the heart attack, the Rebbe pointed out that it was not the needle that drew out the blood but the vacuum in the syringe.

“A vacuum is not worthless. On the contrary, a vacuum has the power to draw with increased strength and is therefore a vessel for all matters of good and holiness.”

This profound lesson can be applied on many levels, however the Rebbe articulated it on a global scale. While many Jewish leaders observed the religiously desolate Jewish landscape with dismay, the Rebbe saw an opportunity to fill the spiritual emptiness with ultimate goodness.

Inspiring thousands to dedicate their lives to bringing the beauty of our heritage to every single Jew, the Rebbe emphasized that no place is too far and no community is too small. The less Judaism you may find there is just an indicator of how much can be accomplished. The extremely diverse and remote locations many conference attendees represent, bears testimony to this reality.

The Rebbe's recovery in 1977 was the beginning of a new era of his impact on the world. The empire of goodness which can be found everywhere is a direct result of the Rebbe's increased efforts after that fateful time.

Join me in celebrating this special milestone. Toast a special Lechaim during Shabbat and think of ways you can fill spiritual voids you may encounter. I’ll be doing that with friends in Brooklyn, and I invite you to virtually participate in the climax of the festivities on Sunday evening. Click Here.

When we do our part to fill the world with true goodness we will merit to an era when goodness will permeate all of reality with the coming of Moshiach.

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