Message from Rabbi Hecht


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Dear friends
Sholom U’Bracha -

I do hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones in safety, and I’m confident that all will be well. I pray that the chaotic behavior displayed by some will become experiences of the past and lessons for the present and future. We need time to reflect on why our country is having so much conflict and misery.

The great Rabbi Moshe Maimonides, the Rambam, in his Book of Commandments-Sefer Mishnah Torah, taught us a monumental lesson:

It is forbidden to observe bad events and say “Things Happen”. It is of most cruelty and unG-dly to make such a statement. It shows gross insensitivity to G-d’s world, his creation.

One thing we can all agree on is that we cannot let society destroy itself.

I believe that we must try to influence the citizens of the world, descendants of Adam and Noah, to keep the seven G-d given commandments stated in the Bible.

Maimonides teaches these seven Noachide’s commandments in Book Fourteen: Judges, Chapter nine:

The first six precepts were given to Adam, the First created Man.

They are, the prohibition of Idolatry, Blasphemy, Murder, Adultery, and the establishment of Courts of Justice.

The seventh additional commandment is the prohibition of cruelty to animals, as by eating a limb from a living animal. This commandment was given to Noah, the Father of Worlds Humanity.

To Abraham, the first Jew, was added the commandment of circumcision.

Lastly the entire Torah, the book of deeds and Divine commandments, were handed to the Jewish People on Mount Sinai, creating the Jewish nation.

When I was a child I went to a private Jewish School. There I was taught the history of the Jewish people. We were taught from Cradle to Grave the customs and commandments .

One day I got up and asked my teacher a bunch of questions:

Is G-d Jewish?
What does he look like?
What does it mean when the Bible says that we are created in G-d’s image?
What was the color of the first man?
Are there other religions that believe in G-d?
Was Noah Jewish?
What about Adam?

To my dismay I was sent to the principal and given a speech on faith while he completely ignored my questions.

Years went by and I found answers and realized that we, human beings, have more in common then I first thought.

When the Chabad Jewish community area of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York was avictimization of a race riot in August 19 to 21, 1991 the following happened:

The New York Mayor then, Mr. David Dinkins, came to the area to quell the racist acts of random violence and stopped by to see the Chabad leadership. There he met the the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. After a few words the Rebbe said to the New York Mayor:

“We are all Created By The Same G-d, For The Same Purpose!”

(Please see below attached link to the video clip of that special meeting between the Rebbe and the Mayor)

If we could remember that, how wonderful our world would be.

Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Eli Hecht 
Regional Director


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