So this year, March 19, 2017, the twenty first of Adar Sheini, was my Bat Mitzvah. In My Bat Mitzvah speech, I spoke about what it means to be a Dugmeh Chaya, a living example for others. I looked into the Hayom Yom of my birthday, Hayom Yom 21 Adar Sheini:
The term “Chassid” is an ancient one that the Sages had even applied to Adam. It describes perfection and excellence in intellect or in emotive character-traits, or in both. However, in Chabad Chassidic doctrine the appellation “Chassid” refers to one who recognizes his own essence-character and his standing in the knowledge and study of Torah, as well as his situation in observing mitzvot. He knows what he lacks and he is concerned and takes pains to fill that void. He is diligent in obedience in the manner of “accepting the yoke.”
Then, I took a peek into the Hayom Yom of Adar 21, Adar Rishon:
The Tzemach Tzedek said at the conclusion of the preceding narrative (21 Adar II): “My grandfather, the Alter Rebbe, is the Moshe Rabbeinu of Chabad Chassidus. Our sages say that the Torah was given to Moshe but he acted generously (sharing it with Israel). The G‑dly “constant fire” related to the teachings of Chabad Chassidus, was given by the Maggid to my grandfather; my grandfather acted generously and gave it to anyone who occupies himself with the study of Chassidus. I am absolutely certain that whoever teaches another and arouses in him that G‑dly “constant fire” is assured of his reward, that this merit of his will never be extinguished.
In conclusion, one should always be aware of his Torah knowledge and true essence. One who takes on the knowledge of Torah and is generous still, will surely be rewarded. This last lesson I have mentioned, we sing in our JGR song. “…If you know Alef pass it on, reach out, apply it.”
This shows how much we really can learn for ourselves and our lives in JGR!
P.S. You were all by my Bat Mitzvah in my mind and my heart. I miss you, and I can’t wait to see you!
— Goldy Rosenfeld, Age 12
Beis Rivkah, NY
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