Rosh Chodesh Kislev: Rabbi Jacobson’s Historic Talk – 40 Years Later

Rabbi Simon Jacobson delivers historic talk on the beginning of the 40th anniversary of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, a holiday celebrated by Jews around the world, commemorating the day that the Rebbe went home five weeks after suffering a serious heart attack on Shemini Atzeret Eve 5738/1977.

Why do we celebrate this day? What relevance does it have for us today?

In this fascinating lecture, Rabbi Simon Jacobson reveals a highly unusual answer from the Rebbe addressing his recovery from the grave situation he was in. A short while after the heart attack Rabbi Avrohom Hecht beseeched the Rebbe to explain what this frightening event was all about, what is its meaning and divine purpose, and what will be next since the Rebbe must lead us and it is inconceivable otherwise ח״ו.

The Rebbe responded by referring him to the introduction to Zohar page 4B. The Zohar there relates that Reb Chiya’s time on earth had come to an end. But Rashbi requested that he be given more time to live in order to fulfill his mission in this world. And his request was granted.

Filled with captivating stories and newly revealed facts about the events of the time, Rabbi Jacobson, in his hallmark style, deciphers this cryptic Zohar, explaining how it uncovers for us the powerful significance of Rosh Chodesh Kislev and its profound relevance to our lives and shlichus today.

The talk, delivered Wednesday night, November 30, 2016, the eve of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, was hosted by Nshei U’Bnos Chabad commemorating the auspicious day of Rosh Chodesh Kislev. It was also dedicated to the eighth yahrzeit of Gavriel Noach and Rivky Holzberg a”h.

Image in the video: By Mordecai baron (scanning photograph taken by Mordecai baron) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…)], via Wikimedia Commons