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Voice From the Void
Imagine that you are standing in a public place when suddenly you hear a voice talking directly to you. You look all around you but you can’t find the source of the voice. What’s even more strange is that the people around you seem to hear nothing at all!

But be calm, you are not hallucinating. You have just come in contact with a “parabolic microphone,” which focuses sound waves in a single direction. Unlike classical microphones which scatter sound in all directions, a parabolic microphone sends a directed beam of sound waves to a single location, similar to the focused rays of a spotlight. Thus one individual can hear the sound while the person standing next to him is oblivious.

The technology is available, but it is complex and very expensive. Today it is in use only in select places such as in public libraries, where patrons can stop and listen to a description of a display. The voice comes from a parabolic microphone positioned directly above them, so they can hear the sound without it disturbing any other users of the library.

The truth is that over the course of the generations there were individuals who were privy to a divine “directed voice.” When Moses was in the Tabernacle he would hear the Divine voice speaking to him, and the voice did not budge past the curtain in the opening of the Tabernacle. Eli the High Priest heard G-d’s voice calling to the child, Samuel, whom he was raising in the Temple. The prophets who stayed with Daniel did not hear or see what he heard or saw. It is told regarding Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov that when the Torah was read on Shavuot, his congregants heard it read just as it was at Sinai, with thunder and lightning. During lectures of the Maggid of Mezritch, each student heard only what was pertinent to him.

Granted, these phenomena are not natural and today we have very limited understanding of how they work. But what we do comprehend is that even in our generation, there is a man who received direct communication from above. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, like the prophets of old, repeatedly transmitted to us G-dly directives which guided us through every crisis. He did not keep the information to himself but tirelessly reached out to all of us to make sure his message would be spread far and wide. His message was simple: the world is ready for redemption. One good deed, a kind word or even a good thought can tip the scale and bring salvation to this world.

If you want to be part of this mission, the way to do it is simple: just transmit the Rebbe’s message to as many people as you can.


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