Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hot Off the Press from Reb Dovid Friedman

The last mishnah in Moed Katan alludes to the Rebbe -- appropriately so, as he passed away on Chol Hamoed.

It states: "However, of the future, what does [Scripture] say? 'Death will be swallowed up forever, and G-d will wipe away the tears from all faces.' "

"Death will be swallowed up forever (la-netzach)" hints to the tzaddik who is the aspect of Netzach. As is well known in Breslov, "Nachman" has the same gematria as "Netzach" (148).

Moreover, the words "death will be swallowed up (bilah ha-maves)" (553) exactly equals "Nachman (148) ben (52) Simchah (353)."

The Rebbe instructed us, "It is a great mitzvah to be happy always." If we take his advice, surely we will be zokheh to the fulfillment of the verse, "Death will be swallowed up forever." Because all troubles come "because you didn't serve Hashem, your G-d, with gladness and a good heart..." (Devarim 28:47).

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