Our sages tell us that the death of tzaddikim is just as tragic as the breaking of the Ten Commandments tablets; they also teach us that the death of tzaddikim atones for all of Israel, just like Yom Kippur.
Today, 3 Tammuz, is the 23rd yahrtzeit of one of the greatest tzaddikim and lovers of every human that ever walked the earth - the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of saintly and blessed memory. And four years ago today, the Jewish people lost another prodigious tzaddik, Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth, of saintly and blessed memory, who taught the Jewish people, among other things, how to properly observe the Sabbath.
Both the Lubavitcher Rebbe (image, right) and Rabbi Neuwirth (image, left) had huge influences on my life. Exactly 30 years ago, I spent Shabbat Korach 5747 in Crown Heights with the Rebbe. I also had the privilege of learning Gemara with Rabbi Neuwirth for a year in the late 1980's, and several times served as his driver. Like the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Neuwirth was a profound scholar and a lover of every Jew. May their holy memories intervene in our behalf, amen!
Please light candles for:
Menachem Mendel ben Levi Yitzchak (The Lubavitcher Rebbe, osb"m)
Yehoshua Yeshaya ben Aharon (Rav Neuwirth, osb"m)