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Common Language

Friday, 5 November, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Dear Friends,

I'm writing this short message just a few minutes before candle lighting in Brooklyn, NY. As some of you may know, I'm participating with 3,000 thousand other Chabad Rabbis from no less than 60 countries around the world in the international conventions of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbis. To understand the uniqueness of this meeting, let me share with you the following incident:

A few days after I returned from the annual convention, it may have been the first year, I told a fellow woman in our community about an interesting ride I had on my visit.

"At the end of the day” I told her, “I joined a friend to ride back home, when I turn around to see who was in minivan, it was quite unique. One Rabbi was from Tokyo, another was from Copenhagen, another was from Uzbekistan, the driver was from northern California, the other was from Bangkok, and the last one was a colleague from Minchin, Germany and me, from Canada..."

"This is amazing" she said, "but what language were you speaking, then?"

I smiled. "We all speak the same language, in fact, we learned in Yeshiva all together..."

Afterwards I was thinking about that - it was a great question. She is right - we live in different parts of the world, and we, including our children, speak the same language, not only words, but more importantly the content - we all are inspired from the same materials, we all share the same lives. The different of geographic location doesn't change the message...

That's the story of Judaism for the last thousands of years, beyond time and beyond space.

That's the language of the Jewish soul. 

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