The Truth of Yaakov Will Prevail!
Following his release from imprisonment in Petersburg on Kislev 19, 5559 (1798), an event which marked the Chassidic movement’s decisive victory over its opponents, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi sent a letter to all his followers, warning them against any feelings of pride and superiority over their antagonists. The letter begins by quoting the verse (Genesis 32:11) in which Jacob says to G-d, “I am diminished (katonti) by all the kindnesses… You have shown Your servant.” Rabbi Schneur Zalman explains:
“The meaning of this is that every kindness bestowed by G-d upon a person should cause him to be exceedingly humble. For a [divine] kindness is [an expression of]… ‘His right hand does embrace me’–G-d is literally bringing the person close to Himself, far more intensely than before. And the closer a person is to G-d … the greater the humility this should evoke in him… This because ‘all before Him is as naught’; so the more ‘before Him’ a person is, the more ‘as naught’ [does he perceive himself to be]…. This is the attribute of Jacob…
“The very opposite is the case in the contrasting realm of… kelipah (evil): the greater the kindness shown a person, the more he grows in arrogance and self-satisfaction.
“Therefore I come with a great call to all our community regarding the many kindnesses which G-d has exceedingly shown us: Assume the attribute of Jacob… Do not feel yourselves superior to your brethren (i.e., the opponents of Chassidism); do not give free rein to your mouths regarding them, or hiss at them, G-d forbid. [I] strictly warn: Make no mention [of our victory]. Only humble your spirits and hearts with the truth of Jacob…”
Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s great-grandson, Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, once remarked: “If the Rebbe would have omitted the words “במדת אמת ליעקב”- ‘with the truth of Jacob’- from his letter, he would have gained 50,000 additional followers. But the Rebbe demanded truth.”
Today was not a Didan Notzach, nobody won anything. Today was a Podo Beshalom, Six innocent Jews got to keep what was already theirs, their freedom. In-order for this to be a Didan Notzach a lot of work is ahead. Jewish blood is not cheap. WIS will help (as in the past) with whatever is needed to bring down the Mossrim once and for all. Somebody(s) has to take responsibility for this. We must make sure this does not happen again, not to me, not to you, not to anyone!