Today I have accomplished an assignment given to me by the Rebbe (through the Igros HaKodesh – a compilation of communications written by the Rebbe) two years ago, when my wife and I asked him for his blessing for our shidduch.

The Rebbe congratulated us, and encouraged us to have the wedding ASAP. He also mentioned our shared wish to do chessed, but didn’t fail to remind us that a spiritual chessed is more important than material help. Then he gave me an assignment: learn the first five chapters of Shaar HaYichud VeHaemuna by heart.

In our family there has always been a special place for the second part of the Tanya, which teaches about HaShem’s presence in the world.

It took me two years but I did it, Baruch HaShem!

All through these last two years, the Rebbe found different ways to remind me to keep working on my assignment, and when I wrote to the Rebbe about my father’s (of blessed memory) health, he wrote that I should remember the first lesson of the book: the world is created anew by the word of G-d every moment, and that in the light of this, there is no room for unhappiness.

I have received other letters like this more recently when we went into labor prematurely. This came after a two week long ordeal of dealing with the professional establishment that is Soroka hospital. It was an ordeal since right along with their expert and humane care, they never failed to remind us of the worst case scenario. Thus, my wife and I had to keep reminding ourselves that none of it is set in stone, that we are Jews. We are above nature. HaShem creates the world anew every moment.

The Alter Rebbe says that everyone who will celebrate the holiday of Yod Tes Kislev, he – the Rebbe, will pull him from a tight place into freedom, and from the material plane into the spiritual plane.

These past few weeks, with continuing back and forth trips to the hospital are seeming to be moving above the natural plane of existence.

Last week I was congratulated by a taxi driver on the birth of our son.

I asked him how he knew we had a baby.

He answered, “I picked you up from the hospital, and I always say ‘think good, and it will be good’, so I thought of the best reason to be in a hospital”.

I couldn’t help but mentioning that he was actually quoting a phrase by the Tzemach Tzeddek, who had helped a seriously ill man get well with this phrase.

And again, today, on the eve of Yud Tes Kislev, the guard on duty at the baby’s ward, whom I’ve never met before, asked me if we were getting discharged.

I said, I don’t know.

He said, how is he.

I said, we’re hoping for the best.

He said, is he doing well?

And I had to say yes, because he really was doing great Baruch HaShem!

He said, then you shouldn’t say ‘it should be okay’, say ‘it will continue to be great’!

Thus I got a lesson in chassidic thinking from a long haired, piercing-filled young man, who for me was Eliyahu HaNavi, reminding me what day it was.

It is Yud Tes Kislev today.

For the past few weeks we have been carried along by a river of love and miracles. We have been fed, cleaned and, in a way dressed by friends who became as close as family. We have been blessed to take part in bringing a new Jewish soul into this world, and in every step of the way, we have felt the Rebbe’s brochos, strengthening and giving hope and security in HaShem’s love.

It is Yud Tes Kislev today, the holiday of holidays.

L’shana tova b’limud hachassidut uv’darchey hachassidut ticatevu v’techatemu!