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Unread 08-20-2008, 03:31 PM   #1
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The Rebbe's opinion on Solar Power.

The Rebbe advocated Solar Energy as a method of reducing dependency on foreign countries, for the security of the US and Israel.

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How come this is rarely heard of?
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How come this is rarely heard of?
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From Mind Over Matter
Scientists Can also Help Bring the Moshiach

It is impossible to exhaust our discussion in these few pages. The point is that the Lubavitcher Rebbe is able to make scientists and science itself a vehicle for G–dliness and for hastening the coming of the Moshiach.

Once, before going to deliver a lecture at a conference of Jewish scientists, I had the privilege of being received privately by the Rebbe. "Since you work with solar energy," he told me, "tell the conference participants that you suggest that every Jew act like the sun. Everyone likes the sun, not because it is so big and hot, but because it shines, projects light, and warms everything around it. This is what a Jew is supposed to do, according to the mitzva of ahavat Yisrael, to love one's fellow Jew. Who would even talk about the sun if it cared, G–d forbid, about warming only itself?"

On another occasion the Rebbe told me, "A Jewish scientist must see to it that he be introduced first of all as a Jew who lives by the Torah and its Commandments, and secondly as a great scientist, and not in the opposite order, G–d forbid, as a great scientist who incidentally also keeps the Torah."

The Rebbe emphasizes that there should be no division or contradiction between one's private life as a Jew and one's professional life as a scientist. The Torah-observant scientist is obligated to do everything in his power so that his achievements and authority will inspire other Jews to put on tefillin, light Sabbath candles, and grow from mitzva to mitzva. His social standing and education will enable him to help fill the whole world with knowledge of G–d, and by doing this he will contribute substantially toward hastening the coming of Moshiach.

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Alternative Energy and Geopolitics[1]
Our Sages stated:[2] “G–d did not create anything in his world for naught.” In addition we have the pivotal role of actualizing the purpose of creation. As the Midrash explains the verse,[3] “‘That G–d created to make’—to correct.”[4] This notion is exemplified in a talmudic teaching that G–d created the world in such a manner that “the north side is not encircled.”[5] Each Jew must then come along and complete—“correct” and “make”—that which G–d has created, so that it does not end up being “for naught.”
How do we actualize this mission? Through fulfilling G–d’s directive that “you shall choose life.”[6] Thus, we “become a partner to G–d in the process of creation,”[7] thereby actualizing a potential. This begins with the fact that “G–d created man uncircumcised,” and we later “bring him into the covenant” by circumcising him, as discussed in Bereishit Rabbah. Similarly, the Midrash gives the example of beans that must be cooked as an indication that all that G–d created requires its completion through human endeavor. The same is true with man: “It is a man’s nature to go out and conquer.”[8] But “when he brings home wheat, can he chew the wheat itself?”[9] He needs the “counter-help”[10] G–d accorded him, namely his wife and family members who assist him to make of it food fit for human consumption.
If the person then eats the food with the recital of blessings both before and after, the food becomes “My offering, My food for My fires”[11]; man’s offering to G–d on his table which is an altar—“a man’s table atones for him just as an altar.”[12] Through reciting a blessing before and after, the food acts as sustenance also for the “supernal Man,” just like a sacrifice—as has been explained at length in many places.[13]
America’s Mission
Whenever we see upheaval in the world, and especially when we see that events are developing negatively and continually worsening—and “from the north [the Soviet Union] the evil will open”[14] which doesn’t require any interpretation—there is no doubt that G–d has established a country that has the ability to stop it.[15] In fact, it is not enough merely to stop it. That would be like “a wealthy man who has brought the offering of a pauper—he has not fulfilled his obligation.”[16] There must be action taken which will not allow them [the communists] to spread at all in the world. On the contrary, we must ensure that they stop having an affect on other countries and places, for that will help to bring justice and fairness for those still there [in the Soviet Union itself] as well. It is just and fair that they shall be able to go “each man in the name of his god,”[17] and especially that the Jews will be able to act in the Torah manner as Jews must, since this is their “life”—“they are our life and the length of our days”[18]—with all the specifics and details included as implied by the term freedom of religion.
Everyone must work on this to the best of his personal capabilities. This is especially true regarding our country: G–d has placed it in such a situation that it can stop the spread of heresy in the world, and thereby bring about the spread of true peace in the world, etc. The main thing is, that people generally, and Jews in particular, should be able to serve G–d with complete peace of mind and body.
Towards this goal, this country must use all of its capacity, all methods available to it in their entirety. It may not sit back and say, “I have saved myself.”
In general, this country is one in which “nothing is lacking.”[19] Of course it is not, chas v’shalom, to the extent which is meant in the verse in the Torah; that is said only about the Holy Land. However, when a majority of the Jewish people are in one country, that country becomes—as was the case in Egypt when the Jews were there, and so too every other country since—the country that “dominates the entire world,” the superpower.[20] This happens, however, only when they utilize all the capabilities that they were given.

Dependence on Oil-Producing Countries
On the other hand, when one country needs another country, or other countries, to provide assistance—especially when they are needed for a vital requirement—that lessens the power and effect that it could have had on the world scene.
This has a special connection to the concept of “one who sees the sun in its strength.[21] [This event takes place once every 28 years, and is accompanied by a special blessing on the sun. This talk was said in connection with such a blessing.]
Because of the manifold darkness of our exile, G–d now shows us things clearly. In earlier generations—in the times of the “early ones, who were like angels”[22]—it may have been sufficient to merely hint at such things, but nowadays they must be clearly stated, and even highlighted.
We see clearly that when this country needs oil it is forced to listen to others—even to concede matters that are the opposite of justice, fairness, and goodness. They are even forced to start up with the “eternal inheritance” that was given to the “eternal nation” in an “eternal covenant.” This automatically has a negative impact on the physical well being, and even the material well being, of this country itself. Such concessions cannot possibly coexist with the afore-stated purpose and mission of the United States.
G–d created his world in such a manner that, as predicted in the Zohar,[23] since “six centuries” [of the sixth millennium, i.e., from 5500-5600 since creation (1740-1840 C.E.)] there has been a great increase in wisdom in the world that has been translated into an increase in secular forms of wisdom as well. This led to various developments, discoveries, and inventions, which all require energy to be able to work.
This energy is produced from physical matter. The requisite matter seems to be found in other countries.
However, since this country has the mission of bringing about true peace in the world, and may not disturb justice and fairness—including also the justice that the “eternal inheritance” belongs to the “eternal nation,” as a result of the “eternal covenant” that was made by the “eternal G–d”—obviously there is something that people can do. After all, it isn’t possible that the nation that is charged with such a mission should be “enslaved” and dependent upon a lowly nation, just because their country happens to have oil!
This is why we see very clearly—it needs no proof or discussion—that if the U.S. would invest in developing the energy sources in its own land, they would have already long been freed of dependence on other nations.
This is known and has been proven, people have even written and made a tumult about it. If they would develop the domestic sources for oil and coal, etc. here in the U.S., they would long ago have rid themselves of any dependence on foreign nations. On the contrary: These resources are available in such abundance that it would be possible to provide them for other nations as well, just as the U.S. provides many other basic needs, and thus to become a supplier rather than a recipient!
The basis of this is the recognition that this wealth is not, Heaven forbid, as a result of “my might, and the strength of my hand,” and does not exist simply to increase seeming honor, or other trivial matters. Rather, it exists because G–d places all of it in the territory of the United States, so that this country should be able to disseminate the commandments recorded in the Torah, the Seven Noahide Laws, with all their details, corollaries, and specifics—throughout the entire world!
An Immediate Solution
One might ask: What’s the point of talking about the past? What’s done is done.
To develop energy sources domestically would take a long time. First and foremost, a way would need to be found to neutralize the opposition, who—for various and sundry reasons—object to the development of America’s natural resources such as oil and coal, etc. [officially because of environmental issues]. Even after overcoming this opposition, and finally ignoring these people, a long time would be needed to practically develop all these energy sources, and only then could America’s subjugation and pleas to the oil-producing nations finally end.
This is why the blessing on the sun reminds us—again, with an emphasis—that there is a clear and smooth path to solve this problem:
Several years ago, development started on a new energy source: nuclear energy. However, this type of energy generation involves several dangers—here is not the place to deal with them at length. There are also several other obstacles, starting with the opposition of those people who derive personal gain by stopping this nation from being completely independent in all matters—starting with the fundamental and indispensable matter of energy, which all the businesses and factories of this nation require to be able to work.
However, there is the solution of “the sun in its strength”:
In many countries, including this one, they have started to invest—in a very small, even miniscule, way—in the development and utilization of solar energy, about which it is stated, “none can hide from its wrath.”[24] This involves transforming the sun’s heat to energy, which can then be used to power factories, etc.
There is especially a great availability of solar heat in the south of the country. It would be fairly simple to transport this energy throughout the country. This energy source requires very little time, relative to the time needed to develop other energy sources which require heating, etc.
How will it be possible to succeed? It will be successful if it is built upon G–d’s assistance, upon belief in G–d. Then they will be able to ignore the claims and libels proposed by those who might personally profit by impeding this development. In a relatively short time, this could free the entire country from its subjugation to those small countries that have oil in their land—oil that for some reason Americans themselves (!) brought to the surface, actualizing their potential to provide oil to the world.
What Can We Do?
Theoretically, one could ask:
Jews have gathered in a synagogue—a place of prayer and Torah study—and other people are even listening in from afar—far only in a physical sense, but spiritually close, and for Jews that is the main focus, since “our souls are the main thing, and our bodies are only secondary.”[25]
At such a time, we should theoretically talk only words of Torah, words of spiritual arousal and fear of Heaven. At the very least, we should be talking about issues important for Jews in their Divine service, “serving our Creator”[26] through all 613 Mitzvot, rather than talking about issues that are only relevant for the Seven Noahide Laws; true, they comprise many details, but still they are only seven.
It is true that they must fulfill these commandments because G–d commanded us at Mt. Sinai to keep them. The process of the Giving of the Torah began with the Exodus from Egypt on Passover—“when you take the nation out of Egypt, you shall serve G–d on this mountain.”[27] At that time the Jews were also given the obligation (as the Rambam writes[28]) to attempt to ensure that everyone recognize that Moses was commanded by G–d—and he transmitted this command to “the congregation of Jacob”[29]—that every person should fulfill G–d’s intent, “He formed the world to be civilized,”[30] which includes the Seven Noahide Laws and all their corollaries.
Yet, we are discussing an issue that doesn’t seem to relate to Jews as Jews, but rather only as citizens of the country. However, as mentioned earlier, we must “pray for the peace of the city,”[31] since we live here too.
And most importantly, based on what was discussed earlier, it is important to work on this issue so that the Jews behind the Iron Curtain will be able to study Torah with much more serenity than they’ve had until now, and be able to fulfill Mitzvot with much greater care than until now. It also affects the peace and serenity of American Jewry. Therefore, we may not allow success to those trying to create discord—those whose work, at least in part, is funded by income from investments in the import of fuel, etc., from other countries.
One might argue: What benefit is there from the fact that people like us will talk about this between ourselves?
However, as mentioned often, the Rambam rules[32]—the ruling of the Torah of truth—that when a Jew says even one thing, he “is obligated to see himself as evenly balanced and the entire world as evenly balanced.” His one statement can tip the balance for himself and for the entire world to the side of merit, and cause for himself and for them rescue and salvation!
We have seen this practically: A statement was said in private conversation, then repeated publicly, then publicized widely, including in the nation’s capitol. This was seen to have had an effect, and, with G–d’s help, an effect greater than was ever imagined.
America Benefits
As mentioned, this is for America’s own good. It is not a request for a favor or kindness for others, for some “patient”; it is to this country’s benefit to free itself of its subjugation to the oil-producing countries, a subjugation which is completely unjust, and that stems only from those countries’ ingratitude. They do not understand; they do not want to thank G–d, who granted this country resources of energy, beginning with solar energy. As we just said in the blessing on the sun, “nothing is hidden from its wrath”—there is not even a single corner of the world that is concealed from the sun’s heat.
There are, of course, different levels. There are places where the amounts of solar energy available are enough not only for local needs, but even to supply energy to the surrounding area, and even enough to provide for the entire country. In fact, this can be practically implemented in such a manner as to provide more than enough, so that there is extra energy that can be supplied to other countries as well.
When the U.S. achieves its freedom from this subjugation, it will be able to assert itself with greater force. The truth is that no “force” will even be needed; the very fact that everyone will know that there is no longer any dependency will break the pressure, since there will no longer be anything with which to threaten, as they will see that no attention is being paid to those who tried to block this.
The Power of Faith
This should be done because of G–d’s commandment—to fully utilize the entire potential granted by G–d, and especially the capabilities that G–d gives to a country, a government of kindness. It must use that potential for the good of the individual and for the good of the public, for the good of the entire country and for the good of the entire world—a true good, which is “good for Heaven and good for creations.”[33]
When this is so, it is certain that the country will accomplish its goal. It will start gradually—“little by little I will banish him.”[34]
May it be G–d’s will that the “little by little” itself should be accomplished with alacrity, in a manner of “I will hurry it.”[35] Very soon, the entire country should switch, first of all, to energy that can be generated from the sun’s rays in the south, which should be supplied to the entire country. After that, they should also develop all the other sources of energy available domestically. Even just a beginning in this direction will already instill fear on all those opposed to goodness, charity and justice, and to all opposed to freedom for all people and for all Jews—which means the ability to live in accordance with the laws of Judaism and the like.
“In their peace you will have peace.”[36] There will be an increase in “you will have peace” even while we are still in the last days of our exile, and there will be fulfilled, “for all the Jewish people there was light in their dwellings”[37]; already in the waning days of exile we will arise “with an uplifted hand.”[38]
In this way we are prepared, so that immediately when we are redeemed our “uplifted hand” is already held high, as Rashi interprets the verse “with strength, elevated and renowned.”
As soon as Moshiach is revealed, “with our children and our elders, with our sons and our daughters”[39] and “their silver and gold with them”[40] we will go together with him, in the complete and true redemption, to “the land upon which G–d’s eyes are constantly focused, from the beginning of the year until the end of the year”[41]; i.e., throughout the complete span of time and all the changes, “G–d’s eyes are always upon it.”
And we enter the land with our people complete, for we receive the complete Torah, and we find our land complete, as we precipitate the complete redemption, speedily in our days.

[1] Sichot Kodesh 5741, vol. 3, p. 120. (1981)

[2] Bamidbar Rabbah, 18:22.

[3] Bereishit Rabbah, 11:6. Rashi. Zohar I, 47b.

[4] Bereishit, 2:3.

[5] Bava Batrah, 25b. [Editor’s note: This Talmudic passage refers to the inferred trajectory of the sun during the summer night in the northern hemisphere after it sets in the northwest and before it rises in the northeast. The southerly trajectory is observed by day and hence closed, i.e., determined, whereas the north side trajectory is unobserved by night and hence not enclosed, or literally, not surrounded.]

[6] Devarim, 30:19.

[7] Shabbat, 119b.

[8] Yevamot, 65b.

[9] Yevamot, 63a.

[10] Bereishit, 2:18.

[11] Bamidbar, 28:2.

[12] Yechezkel, 41:22. Berachot, 55a.

[13] See Likutei Torah, Pinchas, 76a.

[14] Yirmiyah, 1:14.

[15] See Likutei Sichot, vol. 20, p. 553, 558.

[16] Nega’im, 14:12.

[17] Micha, 4:5.

[18] Liturgy of evening service.

[19] Devarim, 8:9.

[20] Cf. Chagigah, 13b.

[21] Berachot, 59b.

[22] Shabbat, 112b.

[23] 1, 117a, on Bereishit, 7:11. See Chapter 11.

[24] Tehillim, 19:7.

[25] Tanya, chapter 32.

[26] Mishna, end of Kiddushin.

[27] Shemot, 3:12.

[28] Melachim, 8:10-11.

[29] Devarim, 33:4.

[30] Yeshaya, 45:18.

[31] Based on Yirmiyah, 29:7.

[32] Teshuvah, 3:4.

[33] Kiddushin, 40a.

[34] Shemot, 23:30.

[35] Yeshaya, 60:22.

[36] Yirmiyah, 29:7.

[37] Shemot, 10:23.

[38] Shemot, 14:8.

[39] Shemot, 10:9.

[40] Yeshaya, 60:9.

[41] Devarim, 11:12.
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