Didan Notzach – 5th Teves

This coming week Thursday, the fifth of Teves, is a day of celebration and rejoicing known as “Didan Notzach” – “Victory is Ours.”

It is the day, in 1987, when Judge Charles Sifton rendered his legal decision on the ownership of the enormous and valuable library of the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn.

For three weeks during the previous winter, the judge had listened to testimony concerning whether the Previous Rebbe’s library was a personal possession, subject to the laws of inheritances, or if it was the possession of “Chabad.”

Judge Sifton was tremendously influenced by the statement of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, of blessed memory, daughter of the Previous Rebbe and the Rebbe’s wife, that “My father belonged to the Chasidim just as the books belong to the Chasidim.”

There was great rejoicing on the day of the judgement, lasting for seven days. Each evening the Rebbe spoke publicly and expounded on the spiritual ramifications of the victory.

In one of these talks, the Rebbe said: “At the time of his imprisonment and redemption, the Alter Rebbe (Rabbi Shneur Zalman) found a Divine lesson in everything that had occurred.

One of his conclusions was the need to increase with renewed vigour and strength the dissemination of Chasidic philosophy.

The eternal Divine connection [of the Alter Rebbe’s imprisonment and subsequent release] to this event is obvious.

Thus, especially because the charge was brought against Agudas Chasidei Chabad as a living and vital organization, we must strengthen even more the dissemination of the teachings of our Rebbes, learning them privately and in groups amidst great joy and enthusiasm, a joy that breaks all boundaries…”

May we witness the ultimate breaching of limitations with the end of the exile and the ultimate joy of being united as one in the true and complete Redemption. Moshiach NOW!!!