Former supermodel Naomi Campbell: I love the Lubavitcher Rebbe and visit his grave.
Former NBA basketballer Lamar Odom: I love the Lubavitcher Rebbe and visit his grave.
Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell (formerly Peretz Bernstein): I love the Lubavitcher Rebbe and just wrote an entire piece about how much in Tablet. Also, hold my beer.
The Rebbe’s teachings help bring about a change of consciousness and a transformation in daily living. They inspire me in my life as an artist. “God wants us to ‘dream’ about what He ‘dreams’ about,” the Rebbe taught. “This is why He shares with us His dream for the Messianic future.”
If it was my mom who came to me and opened my eyes to a world beyond the one we see, it was the Rebbe who helped give my soul its direction. I’ve immersed myself in his teachings. I feel guided by him in work and message, including in my most recent album, Kind Heaven. Perhaps he was a part of that “We.”
The Rebbe died 25 years ago but his teachings are very much for the new future that we must create today. His wisdom can inspire us all to dream God’s dreams, and empower us all with the creative and artistic agency to bring about wonders for ourselves and for all of humanity. It’s time for us all to bring Kind Heaven down to earth.
When the prophet Isaiah spoke about the coming of the Messiah, and a time when trees would yield their fruits the day they were planted, the people listening to him couldn’t comprehend. Well, we can see that time coming on. We have the technology to do that. It’s in our ability to put down our arms and pick up our plowshares and figure out how to feed the world. That’s spiritual farming. The Rebbe was a modern prophet; prophets speak about the future to people who haven’t lived it yet.
The Rebbe, whose anniversary of passing was this July 6, was a mystic, a sage, a great mind, and a leader for all people who cared about the world deeply. He taught that every human being has a divine spark, is inherently good and has a unique purpose in this world. That we all need to reach out to those around us, every race, color and creed, with loving kindness, patience and charity. That’s how we can cross the threshold.
What’s the next step? I study and reflect on the teachings of the Torah every day. It’s a living document to apply to our surroundings. I’m on tour now and I have one of the Rebbe’s books with me, Daily Wisdom. I study in the morning and—after all the craziness I see during the day—at night. We all need to take the time to reflect on our purpose and our indispensable role in God’s world. Working on the intellectual side will lead you to a place where you don’t have to qualify yourself as a good person any more, the study will actually change you.
Read the entire thing.
As I said in my Lamar Odom post, I am convinced something otherworldly is going on here.