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The Rebbe’s Yahrzeit

The life of a tzaddik is not a life of the flesh, but a spiritual life consisting wholly of faith, awe, and love of G‑d. – The Tanya

This Sunday, 3 Tammuz, marks the twenty-seventh anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s passing. Since his passing, the Rebbe’s influence on world Jewry has grown exponentially and is felt today more than ever.

The Rebbe’s prolific works are studied daily and have been translated into dozens of languages; his teachings continue to inspire on both an individual and communal level; and his insights, which seemed radical and revolutionary at the time, remain as fresh and relevant today as ever. The Rebbe was a visionary leader, and his impact on millions of lives around the globe is unmatched and continues to inspire renewed commitment and action.

Chasidism teaches that the day of a tzaddik’s passing is a holy day that elicits heavenly compassion for all those who are connected to the tzaddik and to his teachings and activities.

On the anniversary of his passing, this year June 13, we invite you to celebrate the Rebbe’s vision and honor his life’s mission to elevate your surroundings with mitzvahs. As he always encouraged, it is up to each one of us to do one more mitzvah, one more good deed, to make this world a better place.

What to do on the yahrzeit of a tzaddik

· Traditionally, one lights a 24-hour candle on the day of the anniversary of passing.

· One should make every effort to study the tzaddik’s teachings or extra Torah on this day. It may be Mishnah, which is the traditional yahrzeit study, or Tanya, or any section of Torah in English or Hebrew.

· Connection to a Rebbe comes not only through studying his teachings, but also by getting involved in his projects. Choose a Chabad project that speaks to you and make a commitment to do your part.

· It is customary to take upon oneself an additional mitzvah. This brings one merit for G-d’s blessings.

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Further Reading

In honor of 3 Tammuz, we have collected a few of the articles that have been published by over the years presenting different insights, viewpoints, and lessons on the Rebbe’s passing. 

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