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Yud Tes Kislev

Yud-Tes Kislev is considered the Rosh Hashana of Chassidus (at least by Chabad).  On this day the first Rebbe of Chabad was released from prison and a death sentence for the “crime” of teaching Torah and Chassidus in Czarist Russia.  Because the charges had been formulated due to his teaching chassidus, it was clear that the ending of the charges meant an ending of accusations both in this world and the upper worlds against the secrets of chassidus being brought down.

via Lma’an Yisme’u

Early in תרפ"א, the Frierdiker Rebbe (the 6th Rebbe of Chabad Lubavitch), his mother Rebbetzin Shterna Sara, his three daughters, and many bochurim, became very ill. The doctors said that the Frierdiker Rebbe's situation was serious, but Boruch HaShem, on Yud-Tes Kislev, his health took a turn for the better. Instead of farbrenging, he wrote the following letter to the temimim and Anash:

On this holy day, which is the Rosh HaShana for Chassidus and for kabbalas ol malchus Shamayim, every individual should do his avoda conscientiously, and beg that HaShem give him the strength to go in the way of the Alter Rebbe. On this day, as the Alter Rebbe stands before HaShem, asking that we and our children be strong begashmiyus uveruchniyus, everyone should give tzedaka to the mosdos that follow the will of the Alter Rebbe. Every person, young and old, should undertake to learn Torah every day, each according to his level, and should accept upon himself ol malchus Shamayim for the entire year. Keep in mind that on this day all of the Rebbeim, from the Baal Shem Tov on, are helping us. Be very careful with this day because it is holy.

The Frierdiker Rebbe concludes his letter with the words, "lechayim velivracha".

(אגרות קודש מוהריי"צ ח"א ע' קכ"ב)

The Alter Rebbe (the 1st Rebbe of Chabad Lubavtich) said regarding Yud-Tes Kislev, "Whoever rejoices in my simcha, I will take out from distress to relief, from gashmiyus to ruchniyus, and out of Gehinnom."

The Tzemach Tzedek (the 3rd Rebbe of Chabad Lubavitch) explained that "rejoicing in my simcha" means holding onto the Alter Rebbe's "door-handle" ("kliamkeh") - by learning Torah and by doing avoda.

(סה"ש תרצ"ט ע' 315)

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