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Fake News!

It’s been reported that our leader, in a treasonous act, has given large amounts of cash to our biggest enemy in the middle east!  Also, it’s been reported that our future leader has been eaten by a wild animal!

The catch is that both of these stories entirely false.

You see, tonight marks the anniversary of when the first Chabad Rebbe (Rabbi Shneur Zalman, affectionately called the Alter Rebbe) was released from prison.  He was put there because of a slanderous lie that claimed he was sending money to the Turkish government.  This is because he was sending tzedaka to Jews living in Israel, which was under Turkish rule at the time.

While in prison, he was visited by the souls of his teacher and his teacher’s teacher, the Maggid of Mezritch and the Baal Shem Tov.  He was told that the real reason he was in prison was because of a heavenly court case against him. They were upset that he was spreading the secrets of the Torah (i.e. Chassidic philosophy).  They argued that they were too holy for humans.  He was victorious after giving the following analogy:

Suppose a king had an only son that was very ill and the only cure was to crush the crown jewel of the king into a liquid in the hopes that a few drops might seep in.  Surely the king would accede to such a request to save the life of his son.  So, too, the Jewish people were “fainting”. They needed revitalization and this was the only way to do it.

The outcome was that he was released from prison on the 19th of Kislev and spread an even greater amount of Chassidus and ultimately lead to the massive Chabad movement that exists today.

As for the second news story, Joseph’s brothers lied to their father, telling him that Joseph was eaten by a wild animal. In reality, of course, they had sold him into slavery.  This, as you know, set off a chain of events that ultimately led to Joseph being the second to the king in Egypt.

The common thread in these stories is that a seemingly negative event caused by false stories ultimately lead to an extremely positive outcome.  So have faith, everything will work out just fine, fake news and all 🙂

Have a great week!
~Rabbi Yossi

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