Gut Yom Tov: A Little Light Pushes Away Alot Of Darkness


One of the most celebrated days for Chabad Lubavitch Chassidim comes as a result of a vicious Mesira by fellow Jews.

On the 19th of Kislev of the year 5559 from creation (1798), Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi — a leading disciple of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch and the founder of Chabad Chassidism — was released from his imprisonment in the Peter-Paul fortress in Petersburg, where he was held for 53 days on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism heralding a new era in the revelation of the “inner soul” of Torah, and is celebrated to this day as “The Rosh Hashanah of Chassidism.”

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2 Responses to “Gut Yom Tov: A Little Light Pushes Away Alot Of Darkness”

  1. WhoIsShmira? Says:

    Shomrim 6 to Mark 2 Years to Their Miraculous Victory

    It was a fight for their lives, a combined 90 years in prison could have been the punishment handed down by the courts of the State of New York had they have – Chas Veshalom – been found guilty, but have been miraculously saved from this evil decree.

    No, this isn’t a story about Chassidim resisting the persecution of the communists in Russia, or the Jews fighting the Romans in the times of the Holy Temple, this took place at 320 Jay Street in Brooklyn, NY just two years ago where a group of Jews pointed fingers at a group of other Jews, with the intention of having them locked up for as long as they could manage. But they failed.

    The 22nd of Kislev is the day that the “Not Guilty” verdict was handed down by a jury of twelve, sparing the group of six Shomrim volunteers and their families from the perils and unknowns.

  2. Matityahu Says:

    And [we thank You] for the miracles, for the redemption, for the mighty deeds, for the saving acts, and for the wonders which You have wrought for our ancestors in those days, at this time—

    In the days of Matityahu, the son of Yochanan the High Priest, the Hasmonean and his sons, when the wicked Hellenic government rose up against Your people Israel to make them forget Your Torah and violate the decrees of Your will. But You, in Your abounding mercies, stood by them in the time of their distress. You waged their battles, defended their rights, and avenged the wrong done to them. You delivered the mighty into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few, the impure into the hands of the pure, the wicked into the hands of the righteous, and the wanton sinners into the hands of those who occupy themselves with Your Torah. You made a great and holy name for Yourself in Your world, and effected a great deliverance and redemption for Your people Israel to this very day. Then Your children entered the shrine of Your House, cleansed Your Temple, purified Your Sanctuary, kindled lights in Your holy courtyards, and instituted these eight days of Chanukah to give thanks and praise to Your great Name.

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