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The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion
Onyx and Jasper
In this week’s haftorah, we read of the legendary wealth that will flood Jerusalem in the future. It features the verse, “I will make your sunscreens out of kadked”--a precious stone. There is a debate in the Talmud which stone this refers to, either onyx or jasper. 
The word kadked is actually an amalgam of the Aramaic terms, k’dein u’kdein, like so and like so. In other words, both opinions are true, and the sunscreens will be made out of both materials.
Onyx and jasper are two of the precious stones in the breastplate of the High Priest, which corresponds to the twelve tribes. Onyx corresponds to Joseph and jasper corresponds to Benjamin. Chassidic teachings explain that Joseph and Benjamin represent two types of tzadikim, righteous people. Joseph is a “supreme tzadik,” whose effort draws abundant Divine energy into this world. Benjamin is a “down-to-earth tzadik,” who elevates the entire world to spiritual heights.
Which path in Divine service is better? G-d answers, “Like so and like so.” The correct path is one that merges and synthesizes both approaches.
This synthesis will be evident in the time of the third Holy Temple. The structure will be built by G-d, but some components will be constructed by humans, as Maimonides rules. The spiritual implication is that the third Holy Temple will feature abundant G-dly energies drawn to earth through the Divine service of the Jewish people.
(The Rebbe, Hitvaaduyot 5745 vol. 5, p. 2809)

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