Reflections on Gimmel Tammuz


This is the day of the histalkut – passing away
of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, OBM. It is also
an extraordinary day in the annals of the Tanach,
for on this day Joshua in the midst of his battle
with the Amorites ordered the Sun to stop in its track
24 hours to facilitate the victory. (Joshua 10:13-14)
וַיַּעֲמֹד הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ בַּחֲצִי הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְלֹא-אָץ לָבוֹא כְּיוֹם תָּמִים.
וְלֹא הָיָה כַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, לְפָנָיו וְאַחֲרָיו, לִשְׁמֹעַ יְהוָה, בְּקוֹל אִישׁ
There was never a day before or after, that G-d (or the Sun) would listen to the voice of a mere mortal (at least to the extent of changing the immutable laws of astronomy)!

We know the miraculous efficacy of any Zaddik’s prayer and blessing for health and other needs of his followers and as attested by the countless encounters people have had with the Rebbe. But apparently for this to occur again on a cosmic scale, like it did with Joshua, we will have to wait until the revealed coming of the Moshiach, who will control the climate and the world with the utterance of his mouth. However, since each of us is a “world in miniature” – עולם קטן, the private miracles we have experienced with the Rebbe can be a hint as to the future.
I and my deceased wife, Yael Avi-Yonah OBM, are artists inspired by the Rebbe and you are invited to see the samples of our work:

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About the Author
Dov Lederberg is engaged in the converging vectors of art and science, but receives added inspiration from Kabbalah teachings & meditation and tries to create visual forms (in paintings on canvas but also video art) conducive to mystical experience and self-transformation. 
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