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Meet Tzivos Hashem
Meet the most powerful force in the world: An unstoppable army of young soldiers trained to conquer the world for Hashem and bring Moshiach. With the Rebbe’s direction, Tzivos Hashem Headquarters designed a system of discipline that kids are motivated to join, and now CKids is bringing it to your Chabad house.
Soldiers are trained to follow the orders of Torah with the ultimate commitment, using the light of mitzvos to fight the Yetzer Hara. Soldiers show the world who’s really in charge—Hashem. As more and more people recognize the Commander-in-Chief, the army marches closer and closer to victory. Will your community open an army base?
Welcome to Hashem's Army
The most powerful force in the world
The Rebbe had always spoken to children about their unique ability. But it wasn’t until 40 years ago, Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5741, that Tzivos Hashem was officially launched.
“The only reason for a regular army’s structure is in order to know how Hashem’s army should function,” the Rebbe explained. The Rebbe came up with a perfect model of a discipline system that kids would be excited to join: an army.
In over 15 different gatherings the Rebbe shared sichos comparing the military to Tzivos Hashem.
Just like in a regular army, where a soldier must obey the commander without question, in Tzivos Hashem, the core is discipline, Kabalos Ol. Soldiers act first, before understanding. Naasa, then Nishma.
When a command is given, soldiers don't start asking questions or giving opinions. A soldier can’t go against an order and take the punishment for it. A soldier is part of something so much greater, where one misdeed can affect everyone else. Only the Commander in Chief, Hashem, sees the bigger picture.
Every army has a goal. The goal of Tzivos Hashem is to get rid of all evil, beat the yetzer hara, and conquer the four corners of the world by learning Torah, davening, and giving tzedakah.
In an army, the Commander in Chief recognizes soldiers for superior performance. In Tzivos Hashem, Hashem will get rid of the Yetzer Hara and bring Moshiach, the greatest joy. Hashem gives us all the blessings to help us succeed in our mission and to succeed in influencing other boys and girls.
Soldiers every need is taken care of by the army, so that they can focus on the battle at hand. In Tzivos Hashem, our Commander in Chief takes care of our physical needs as well. Hashem blesses parents that they should have everything they need. This will help win this battle faster.
Hashem’s Army is Different
In other armies, the Commander in Chief stays behind while sending his soldiers out on dangerous missions. In Tzivos Hashem our Commander in Chief is with us wherever we are, even the youngest of children.
In the military over the years, technology changes quickly. What soldiers fight with today is very different than what they fought with a couple years ago—and how much more so hundreds of years ago.
In Tzivos Hashem the weaponry has never changed. It has always been and always will be Torah (learning), Avoda (davening), Gemilus Chasadim (Mitzvos, tzedakah).
Comparisons Between an Army and Tzivos Hashem
Soldiers: Every single Yid was enlisted by Hashem, who relies on us to wage His war. The army began when the Jews left Egypt. Since then, every Jew is part of Tzivos Hashem.
Enemy: The Yetzer Hara.
Mission: Make it clear to the world that Hashem is the creator and the only one in charge. Being part of Hashem’s army is a great honor, privilege, and a serious responsibility.
Base: Local Chabad house, where kids will be trained as Hashem’s dedicated soldiers.
Uniform: Soldiers wear yarmulke and tzitzis; girls dress tzniusly.
Orders: The Torah, where Hashem wrote all of our daily tasks and missions for special occasions.
Registry: All soldiers are kept track of in a registry: their letter in the Sefer Torah.
General: The Rebbe, who helps us understand our orders and accomplish our mission.
Commander: Local shliach and Hebrew School teachers, who help kids transform into soldiers.
Battle Plan: Accept Hashem as our Commander-in-chief, then become living examples of Torah and mitzvos, doing only what Hashem wants every day. This is done, not through destruction, but by adding light.
Victory: The army’s mission will be complete with the coming of Moshiach, when everyone will recognize Hashem and do only what He wants.
Children have a special power. When the Jews were in Egypt, the children prepared for the korban pesach with more warmth and enthusiasm than the adults. This led them to recognize Hashem first at krias yam suf, even before the adults.
The Torah was only given because children are the guarantors! They need to be taught torah even before the adults, and then the kids influence the adults as well. The simple desire for Moshiach is so much greater in children than in adults. Children’s connection with Moshiach is also reflected in their environment: their rooms are a mikdash me’at.
Impacting the world
Tzivos Hashem actually impacts and affects the world. The health of the body is connected to the health of the soul. Learning Torah makes a person physically healthy. When we eat because the Torah says to, then we won't eat harmful foods or eat like a glutton. Our entire day should be in the way of Hashem, even when we are not davening, learning, and doing mitzvos. Eating and sleeping has to be in the way of Hashem, in order to fulfil Torah and mitzvos.