The sun’s blessings, solar energy and the Rebbe

March 4, 2009


The blogger at Jewish Climate Initiative has a post about the Rebbe’s early recognition of the possibilities of solar energy.

“So why did Rabbi Schneerson get it twenty eight years ago, when so many other smart people didn’t? The date of his utterance, April 11th, 1981 provides us with a clue. The Lubavitcher Rebbe gave his speech on solar power three days after the last Birkhat Hahama celebration…

Speaking on the Shabbat after the last Birkhat Hahama, Rabbi Schneerson was doing just that. He was challenging his listeners to use that day, an obscure but precious resource from our tradition, to think about whether their generation was using the sun’s blessings wisely.”

Read it all here.

Here’s the a clip from the sicha he references: (You will note that this Farbrengen, held in honor of the Rebbe’s birthday, did not take place on Shabbos. Chabad.org tells me that 11 Nissan 1981 was a Wednsday.)



  1. It’s probably stuff like this that first got me hooked and drinking up the kool-aid.

    (Twenty points if you can figure out my TWO intended references).

  2. Does it have anything to do with “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”?

  3. (Nah, just the Jones thingy and a recent TRS post).

  4. Firstly, this site is certainly my style! Keep it coming..

    In other news, do you have anything for the next (3rd) installment of the IAF fighter Pecker’s yechidus?

    Also, is this the Hebrew source you refer to ? –

    [It includes a transcript (by Tzach 5751), as well as the audio of his interview on “Kol Yisrael” radio.]

    – or is it to a different location?

  5. Can you please post a link to CrownHeights.CH on your link section. Thanks!

  6. you write in your quiz Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shneerson, the 8th Lubavitcher Rebbe. I am sure you are aware of the fact that he is the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe, not the 8th. Thank you, its a very nice post otherwise.

  7. okay, they fixed it.

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