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You did great, now do more!

Thursday, 4 July, 2019 - 9:04 am

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson OBM, passed away 25 years ago. Even though I was only nine years old at the time, the Rebbe impacted my life in so many ways.

A Rebbe is not only a "Rabbi" - someone who is learned, has knowledge or who was elected to lead a large congregation. A Rebbe is the Moses of his generation; a leader whose role and responsibility is to care for all Jews and all of humanity to ensure they have all that they need spiritually to fulfill their unique life mission, leaving this world a better place (with their unique flavor) then when they got here. 

As we approach the Rebbe's 25th Yahrtzeit, this Shabbos, I want to share why I believe the Rebbe’s vision is still relevant. 

The Rebbe cared for every individual that they should fulfill their potential.
The Rebbe wanted every person's soul to shine.
The Rebbe was not shy about his agenda to communicate that the Torah is true and immutable.
The Rebbe cared for the Jew in Curaçao just like he cared for the Chinese in Manhattan.
The Rebbe cares for you. He wants you to see the world in a positive light (see this new book). 

The Rebbe demanded of us to work hard on stretching our spiritual and mental muscles. We need to dig deep and grow as a human being, to grow as a Jew if one is Jewish, to do more good than we already do. The Rebbe encouraged all to become their best possible self, to express the deepest places of their souls.

From the very beginning, the Rebbe said in many ways: You did great, now do more.

There was a person who gave out many Chanukah menorahs one year. When he told the Rebbe of his accomplishment, the Rebbe replied Yaashar Koach (thank you that is amazing). Following that, the Rebbe encouraged this individual to "give out more". 

Similarly, the Rebbe told a businessman who was building a building: “You should make the basement ceiling higher and you should make the foundations sturdy enough to add more stories afterwards, even if you don’t have the financing to invest in it now.” He added that the bigger the container, the more blessings the Almighty can put into it. (see the whole story here). You are building? Build bigger and better or at least make sure you have the capacity to expand. 

Today YOU are doing great at making the world a better place, now going forward, do more!

Have a great Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

P.S. Many books have been written about the Rebbe. - Here are 3 - RebbeMy RebbeTurning Judaism Outward

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