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concept of the Oral Torah is not

Divine, G-d forbid).
In fact, even a line of reasoning

THE ETERNAL that was considered and rejected

(salka detach) and the statement
of an apparent difficulty in the
Gemara are veritable aspects of
Torah that were given from the

HOUSE OF mouth of the Alm-ghty. 29 Even

when one learns only a considered
line of reasoning or a difficulty in
the Torah (not learning the final
accepted line of reasoning or the

Likkutei Sichos Vol. 15, pg. 231-242
resolution of the quandary in the
same sitting), he is obligated to
have said a blessing for Torah
study, saying about the considered
line of reasoning or the quandary –
Translated by Boruch Merkur and likewise with regard to an
opinion that was not accepted as
[Continued from last issue] law – “…Who gave us His Torah” [as the blessing on
3. The difference between “Torah” and “the word the Torah reads].
of G-d” is as follows. The Gemara 19 says, “‘the word 4. Notwithstanding the fact that all the various
of G-d’ – that is halacha,” clearly rendered legal opinions and disputes in Gemara and so on, as well as
rulings. Whereas, “Torah” (especially when considered lines of reasoning and difficulties in the
juxtaposed to “the word of G-d”) includes the Torah, are veritable aspects of Torah – “[both] these
underlying debate, 20 lines of reasoning that are and these are words of the living L-rd” – the law is
scrutinized and etc. 21 rendered according to only a single opinion, as the
In greater detail: Gemara puts it 30 : “G-d (Havaya) is with him, 31
With regard to customs, we find that the Torah insofar as the law was rendered according to his
says that one must follow the local custom: “A place opinion.” Thus, rendered law and differing opinions
where the people have the custom to, etc.” 22 parallel the difference between the Divine names
Also with regard to Jewish law there can be a “Havaya” and “(these and these are words of) the
difference between localities, as it is phrased in the living L-rd (Elokim chayim),” both of which are
Talmud, 23 “In Rav’s locale, the law follows the among the seven Divine names that may not be
opinion of Rav; in Shmuel’s locale, the law follows erased. 32
the opinion of Shmuel.” The same principle even The following is the explanation of this
applies to the dispute between the Academy of parallel 33 : The name “Elokim” (L-rd) – also
Shammai and the Academy of Hillel. Prior to the law “Elokim chayim” (living L-rd), which is loftier than
being ruled according to the Academy of Hillel, 24 just “Elokim” 34 – is plural, 35 indicating a
each followed their own opinion. multiplicity of levels and classifications, as it were.
Moreover, even after the law had been ruled The same distinction is, therefore, traced in Torah.
according to the Academy of Hillel – to the point that Namely, with respect to [the level of Divinity
“[a ruling that follows] the Academy of Shammai described as] “Elokim chayim,” the concept of
instead of the Academy of Hillel is not authentic divisiveness signified by “these and these” applies,
(eina Mishna)” 25 – the fact is that “[both] these whereas Havaya is the Explicit Name 36 (Shem
and these are words of the living L-rd” (divrei Elokim HaM’forash), the Essential Name 37 (Shem
chayim). 26 G-d forbid that one should say that the HaEtzem), the Special/Specific Name 38 (Shem
opinion of the Academy of Shammai is not part of HaM’yuchad), transcending divisiveness, for which
the Torah, for then such a person would have no reason the concept of rendered law in Torah,
connection to the entire Torah 27 (as per the ruling of specifically a single opinion, is derived from the
the Rambam 28 regarding one who says that a name Havaya.

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Havaya is the Explicit Name, the 27 As proved also from the fact that
in the future, the law will be
Essential Name, the Specific Name, according to the opinion of the
Academy of Shammai (Likkutei Torah
transcending divisiveness, for which Korach 54b, end ff, where it is
reason the concept of rendered law in 28 Laws of Repentance 3:8 (and see
Kesef Mishna there). See Perush
Torah, specifically a single opinion, is HaMishnayos Sanhedrin Perek
Cheilek y’sod 8.
derived from the name Havaya. 29 See Likkutei Levi Yitzchok Igros
pg. 366. See above [in Likkutei Sichos
[To be continued, be”H] Vol. 15] pg. 94 and the citations there.
NOTES: 30 Sanhedrin 93b.
19 Shabbos 138b, etc. – see Footnote 19 in the original.
31 Shmuel I 16:18.
20 Notwithstanding the fact that all matters of Torah, even
32 Sh’vuos 35a.
the narratives, contain teachings, for which reason it is
said that “‘Torah’ means ‘teaching’” (Zohar III 53b; 33 See at length Ohr HaTorah Yisro, pg. 890 ff, discourse
Radak, cited in Gur Aryei, B’Reishis Ch. 1 beg.). And see beginning with the words “VaYedaber Elokim,” of 5627;
later in the text. Hemshech 5666, pg. 431 ff, among others.
21 To note that it is said regarding matters of Torah 34 See Pardes shaar Erchei HaKinuyim, etc., – see
discussion, “Derive teachings and receive reward, etc. ‘He Footnote 34 in the original.
expands the Torah and strengthens it’” (Chullin 66b; 35 See also Rashi VaYeira 20:13, VaYishlach 35:7.
Yeshayahu 42:21).
22 P’sachim Ch. 4, Bava Basra beg., among others. 36 Sota 38a, Sanhedrin 60a; Rambam Laws of the
Foundations of the Torah 6:2.
23 See Shabbos 19b.
37 Kesef Mishna Laws of Idolatry 2:7, Pardes shaar 19, A
24 Or, according to R. Yehoshua, that we don’t give Guide to the Perplexed cheilek 1 Ch. 61 ff, Ikarim maamer
credence to a bas kol (a Heavenly proclamation), Eruvin 2 Ch. 28.
6b ff. 38 Sota ibid, Sanhedrin ibid, etc. – see Footnote 38 in the
25 Brachos 36b, where it is discussed. original.
26 Eruvin 13b.

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and the Redemption… In addition,

and this is obviously most important,
they should increase in the stringent

A DAILY observance of mitzvos, especially

stringency in the mitzva of tz’daka
(the most comprehensive of all
mitzvos), which “hastens the

DOSE OF Furthermore, it is appropriate and

correct to connect the increase in
tz’daka with the increase in Torah
study on the subject of Moshiach and
the Redemption, whereby the

MOSHIACH increase in tz’daka is with the

intention to quicken and hasten the
Redemption, since this intention in
itself is part of the Torah study on the
subject of the Redemption.

& GEULA: (sicha, Shabbos Parshas Tazria-Metzora 5751)


This physical world hides and
conceals the G-dly light within it and
5 KISLEV the G-dly power that enlivens and
sustains everything at every moment
Selected daily pearls of wisdom from the anew, ex nihilo (the word “olam”
(world) derives from “helem”
Rebbe MH”M on Moshiach and Geula. (concealment)).
In the days of Moshiach, the truth
Collected and arranged by Rabbi Pinchas Maman will be revealed that the world’s true
Translated by Michoel Leib Dobry existence is only as a vessel for the
G-dly light that enlivens it, and there
will be revealed that “there is nothing
28 MARCHESHVAN: THE SIGNS AND TIME OF THE else besides Him,” there is no other existence in the
The departure of hundreds of thousands of Russian (Seifer HaSichos 5748, pg. 514)
Jews into freedom, thus bringing them closer to mitzva
observance, resembles the preparation for the ingathering THE REVELATION OF THE SPARK OF MOSHIACH IN EVERY
of the exiles in the days of Moshiach and the fulfillment of JEW ON ROSH CHODESH KISLEV
the destiny of “a great company shall they return there”
(Yirmiyahu 31:7), on the level of “those who taste it merit It has already been accepted and spread (continually)
life.” throughout the Jewish Diaspora that the month of Kislev
is called “the month of the Redemption,” starting with
(sicha, Shabbos Parshas B’Reishis 5751)
Rosh Chodesh Kislev (which includes the whole month),
Rosh Chodesh of Redemption…
29 MARCHESHVAN: GIVE TZ’DAKA WITH THE INTENTION OF Furthermore, it can be said that on Rosh Chodesh
HASTENING THE REDEMPTION – PART OF THE STUDY ON THE there is revealed within every Jew a spark of Moshiach
REDEMPTION within him, the aspect of yechida, which is a spark from
To bring about the revelation and coming of the the general level of yechida, the soul of Moshiach. This
Moshiach immediately, every Jew must increase in the revelation brings about a renewal of his entire existence,
study of Torah (particularly) on the subject of Moshiach and in all of his affairs that have been done, there is

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instilled the level of yechida, and most importantly, it 4 KISLEV: SEEING THE DIVINE CHARIOT IN THE FUTURE TO
brings about the revelation and coming of Moshiach COME
Tzidkeinu, to the point of its most literal expression – a “And your Teacher shall no longer be concealed
soul within a body, “a king from the House of Dovid, (y’kaneif) from you, and your eyes shall see your
etc.” Teacher” (Yeshayahu 30:20).
(Seifer HaSichos 5752, from pg. 122) It is not possible today to see even just a “kanaf,”
which is nothing more than the end of the garment. In
2 KISLEV: DELAYS IN MOSHIACH’S COMING AROUSES addition, even the garment itself (not only a “kanaf”)
ADDITIONAL VIGOR AND VITALITY IN OUR AVODA is secondary and subservient to the person clothed
Jews must know that that the time for the coming of within it, and all the more so when it’s “your
Moshiach has certainly arrived already, and there is only Teacher.”
the need for “Stand ready all of you,” out of a sense of In the Future to Come, there will be the reality of
yearning and longing for Moshiach, which will surely “kanaf” (the “Seider Hishtalshelus” (downward
bring the Moshiach. progression of the spiritual worlds), the “Maaseh
As for the fact that Moshiach has not come until now, Merkava” (Divine Chariot), the Ten S’firos), except
Moshiach will surely answer this question himself. that the “kanaf” will not conceal.
However, it is forbidden to allow this question to weaken (Seifer HaSichos 5749, pg. 134)
ch”v a person’s avoda. On the contrary, it must arouse an
increase in vigor and vitality with greater strength and 5 KISLEV: THE SIGNS AND TIME OF THE REDEMPTION –
greater fortitude in his avoda. THE TIME OF YOUR REDEMPTION HAS ARRIVED
(Seifer HaSichos 5748, pg. 574) This year is the year of “I will show him wonders,”
the year when there will be fulfilled the appointed
3 KISLEV: A RAINBOW IN THE CLOUD AS A SIGN OF THE destiny of “As in the days of your exodus from the
REDEMPTION land of Egypt, I will show him wonders” (Micha
It is stated in Zohar (Vol. I, 72b) that the rainbow is 7:15).
one of the signs of the Redemption. It is explained in Furthermore, they have actually seen already
s’farim (Abarbanel, Parshas Noach 9b) that the rainbow “wonders” that testify to the fact that this is the “year
relates to the elevation and purification of the world when Melech HaMoshiach is revealed,” to the point
through the Flood. of “the hour when Melech HaMoshiach comes…and
Prior to the Flood, there were thick physical clouds, he proclaims to Israel, ‘Humble ones, the time of your
and therefore, the light of the sun was not subject to Redemption has arrived’” (Yalkut Shimoni,
refraction as a result of passing through them. However, Yeshayahu, Remez 499), until the proclamation that
after the purification of the world through the Flood, even “Here comes [Melech HaMoshiach],” who has
the clouds became more refined, reflecting the light of the already come.
sun, producing a rainbow. This means that we are already standing on the
This shows us the connection between the rainbow verge of the beginning of the days of Moshiach, on
and the coming of the Moshiach, when the whole world the verge of the start of the Redemption.
will be at the culmination of purity. (sicha, Shabbos Parshas Balak 5751)
(sicha, Shabbos Parshas Noach 5721 – unedited)

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By Menachem Ziegelboim

It was the first time in the history of the bachurim, who spent time with the
Rebbe during t’fillos and
Seventh Generation that Chassidim farbrengens, who thirsted for every
drop of information about the Rebbe
were confronted with the notion that the and waited until late at night in
order to be able to speak with those
Rebbe is a man of flesh and blood. The coming out of yechidus, were
event which took place Shmini Atzeres shaken to their core. The Rebbe and
health problems simply did not go
night 5738, when the Rebbe suddenly together. Nobody dreamed that the
Rebbe could experience ill health.
sat down, looking very pale, shook the I spoke to one of the bachurim
who was in 770 at the time,
Chassidim up. They never dreamed someone knowledgeable about the
customs of the place, who knew the
that the Rebbe could be seriously ill. * people, and who had connections to
Thirty years later, I spoke with Rabbi the secretariat, having worked on
editing books for Kehos along with
Sholom Yaakov Chazan, one of the Rabbi Leibel Groner.
During the second and third
bachurim in 770 at the time, and he hakafa, the Rebbe encouraged
the singing, clapped, and
described the scene, the panic, the motioned to all to increase the
simcha, albeit with slower
tears, and the dancing. * Information movements. During the fourth
from diaries that were publicized at the hakafa, in which the guests were
honored, they sang “Al HaSela
time are interspersed with the Hach,” but the Rebbe’s clapping
was different than usual. It was
interview. gentle and his hands barely
touched one another. The Rebbe’s
left arm leaned on the lectern.
The thirty years that have passed hit Lubavitchers around the world
The Rebbe suddenly turned
since that night, which to a certain like lightning, and especially those
pale, and without people realizing
extent, was a turning point in the who were in Crown Heights.
it, he asked R’ Groner to bring
lives of Chabad Chassidim of the This was true for balabatim and
him a chair. The Rebbe sat down
seventh generation, have not all the more so for the T’mimim,
and brought his siddur closer. It
diminished the tremendous shock who had nothing else in their world
was unusual for the Rebbe to
that took hold of the Chassidim who aside from Torah study and
lean back and close his eyes. It
were in 770 at that time. The news hiskashrus to the Rebbe. The
looked as though he was suffering

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great pain. not want it, nor did he want to be married. I asked him to convey how
R’ Groner, who did not know touched at all. the Chassidim and T’mimim reacted
what was happening, called one I spoke with Rabbi Sholom to the news of the Rebbe’s
of the doctors who was standing Yaakov Chazan, editor of Beis condition.
near the bima. The doctor asked Moshiach, about what happened “The bachurim took it very
for water. Rabbi Binyamin Klein that night thirty years ago. He had hard,” R’ Yankel told me. “We
handed the Rebbe a cup of water, arrived in America from B’nei Brak thought that this simply couldn’t
but the Rebbe refused to drink it. four years earlier, learned in Oholei happen to the Rebbe. We saw the
The doctor asked for a wet Torah for two years, and in 5737 Rebbe’s holy work and how he was
handkerchief to be placed on the went to learn in Chovevei Torah. going from strength to strength
Rebbe’s hand, but the Rebbe did Then he learned in 770 until he every year, more healthy and vital,
more farbrengens, more of a
shturem. A health crisis was out of
the question and therefore, it was a
tremendous shock when it
How much did you know of
what was going on at the time?
We knew almost nothing; they
didn’t tell us anything. In the first
days after the Rebbe’s heart attack,
Rabbi Groner, after pressure from
the public, would come down at
seven in the evening and update us.
The first night he said that the
doctors said there was progress,
baruch Hashem. The next night he
said the same thing, without
volunteering details. After the third
night, the bachurim got annoyed.
It was only afterwards that we
learned that the Rebbe did not allow
them to discuss what was going on.
The Rebbe did not allow any
information to get out. Over time,
bit by bit, with a word here and a
word there, people began to realize
what was actually going on. It was
only several years later, after those
in the know published their diaries,
that more details were made public.
At the time though, all we knew
was that we did not see the Rebbe,
the situation was not good, and 770
was closed.
When did you finally realize
that something terrible had
During the hakafos we could see
that the Rebbe did not feel well. The
Rebbe asked for a chair and was
very pale. Nobody knew what this
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approached the lectern, he put his
Nobody knew why the Rebbe was siddur down and turned to
encourage the crowd with great
saying this when the Rebbe Rayatz had energy and clapping, which was
long since passed away. Which doctors unusual. Nobody understood the
reason for the Rebbe’s great simcha.
should they not listen to? On Shabbos Chol HaMoed at
Mincha, the Rebbe began singing
“Ana Avda” and he turned around
as a result of the great exertion over room. and began clapping vigorously.
Tishrei. After the davening, the The Rebbe entered his room The night of Shmini Atzeres,
Rebbe went up to his room, then and closed the door. The when the Rebbe had a heart attack
went out to the sukka and made secretaries remained outside. and the best doctors were brought
Kiddush. The Rebbe even told There were actually signs earlier in, people began to realize what the
everybody to go home for the Yom on, spiritual signs. The Rebbe, as Rebbe meant about not listening to
Tov meal. So everyone went home always, “prepared the cure before the doctors who might despair of
without anybody realizing that the blow,” but the Chassidim did the life of the Nasi HaDor...
something very serious had not understand anything at the time, A real battle took place that night
happened. or maybe they didn’t try to about whether to take the Rebbe to
Only a few people returned to understand. It was simply something the hospital. The Rebbe refused to
770 to see what was going on. that made no sense to them. go, but the elder Chassidim, who
During the course of the night they At the farbrengen for 13 Tishrei listened to the doctors, wanted the
slowly began to fathom the gravity that had taken place ten days earlier, Rebbe to go. His life was in danger,
of the situation. the Rebbe spoke about a letter that they reasoned. That’s when they
When they reached the seventh the Rebbe Rayatz had written after realized the Rebbe had been
hakafa, the Rebbe got up from his Yom Kippur 1929, the first after he speaking about himself. Some felt
seat in order to join the hakafa, was freed from Russia. In this letter, that the great simcha on Sukkos was
as was his custom throughout all he asked that they be especially intended as compensation for
the years, to dance during this happy during the joyous days of Simchas Torah, when the Rebbe
hakafa. All suggestions that the Sukkos and Simchas Torah. The would not be present at the hakafos.
Rebbe rest, or alternatively, to Rebbe said that this letter applied Where were you when it
hold the hakafa on his bima at now too, and he asked/wished that happened?
the front of the shul, were it be a happy Sukkos. I was standing in my usual place
rejected. The Rebbe took the The Rebbe added some near the aron kodesh, not far from
seifer torah and walked towards perplexing statements: It is known the Rebbe.
the bima in the center of the shul that the doctors told the Rebbe When did you notice that
where the hakafos took place. Rayatz (around the year 1933) that something had happened?
The secretaries tried to speed they had despaired of his life, but he When the Rebbe asked for a
things up, to make it easier for actually lived another 18 years! The chair. He was very pale. I was
the Rebbe. The tension was felt. Rebbe said not to listen to doctors standing nearby and I could see this.
The crowd began to sing the who said to minimize the simcha, In the diaries it says that they
hakafos niggun and the Rebbe etc. yelled to the crowd to leave so
danced with Rashag, with his Nobody knew why the Rebbe fresh air could get in, and only a
hand on his shoulder. The was saying this when the Rebbe hundred or two hundred people
Rebbe’s pale face was the only Rayatz had long since passed away. remained. I’m guessing that you
hint that something terrible had Which doctors should they not listen were one of those few…
happened. to? Let’s just say that I was there
After a few rounds, Rashag Sukkos began with unusual joy, almost until the end. I tried to be
left the dancing and that’s how relative to those times. Years later, there as long as possible… I may
the last hakafa ended. The Rebbe the tremendous simcha was already not have been there for the final
went back to his bima, finished something expected, but back then, hakafa.
davening, said gut Yom Tov three the Rebbe sufficed with encouraging And?
times in a weak voice and the crowd by motioning with his At moments like that you don’t
arduously made his way up to his hand. That year, when the Rebbe

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operate rationally. I don’t know hakafa on the Rebbe’s bima, but the expressed his surprise that they
what I was thinking. Your mind Rebbe wanted it to be in the usual had called for her. Later on, the
doesn’t work, only your emotions, place. Rebbetzin came out and said to
seeing the Rebbe like that… We did not understand exactly R’ Groner that the Rebbe assigns
Aside from his being pale and what was going on. They thought you the responsibility to take care
the chair, the Rebbe tried to the Rebbe wasn’t feeling well, having of medical matters. This was the
continue as usual… stood all day, not eating, not first time that the Rebbe agreed,
Even before he asked for a chair, sleeping… They didn’t think of in a roundabout way, to accept
his clapping was weak. Then he anything beyond that. medical treatment.
stood up again. The doctors went Only the Rebbetzin entered A large crowd stood on the
over to him to check his pulse, but Gan Eden HaElyon. One of the pavement outside 770 and waited
the Rebbe did not let them touch people present, who stood nearby, anxiously to hear what was going
him. He didn’t drink water either. saw how the Rebbe greeted her on inside. Nobody knew what had
Then they wanted to have the final with a big smile and then happened, but everybody realized
that it was not good. Many stood
there in shock and fright.
The worst of all was Simchas
Torah night, when the Rebbe did
not come down for the first time
since the nesius.
Simchas Torah is the highlight of
the year, and Tishrei in particular.
For the Rebbe, it was the peak day
of giluyim between him and the
Chassidim. Then came the time for
hakafos and there was no Rebbe.
His absence was horrifying.
Nevertheless, from the very
beginning they saw how the Rebbe
took charge and said to make the
hakafos with great simcha. The
Rebbe even told Rashag to sell the
verses for the benefit of Tomchei
T’mimim and said that he would
give a dollar to anyone who bought
a pasuk. The Rebbe even told R’
Groner a d’var Torah to repeat in
his name.
Yet everybody went home feeling
despondent. They didn’t know what
had happened. In the morning they
found out that there had been
another heart attack, worse than the
first one, and there was a discussion
about whether to take the Rebbe to
the hospital or not. The situation
was serious.
That made people even more
There was chaos. People were in
shock. The fact that the Rebbe was
not coming down to hakafos was
serious enough. Yet the Rebbe

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great for a human being to
At moments like that you don’t tolerate.
That first night, a group of
operate rationally. I don’t know what Chassidim and T’mimim went to the
I was thinking. Your mind doesn’t Ohel to daven. In the morning,
when people found out that it was a
work, only your emotions, seeing serious heart attack, another group
went to the Ohel. Despite the
the Rebbe like that… secrecy surrounding the Rebbe, the
Chassidim understood that the
situation was bleak.
demanded simcha, to dance and Other, greater doctors were “I went with the third group to
rejoice as though nothing had called. All the top doctors were the Ohel,” said Rabbi Chazan. “We
happened. Everybody danced. Some called. They immediately realized left Shmini Atzeres afternoon for
cried and danced, cried because the this was a serious situation and Queens and walked four hours each
Rebbe wasn’t there and rejoiced they tried to convince the Rebbe way. First we went on Tahalucha to
because the Rebbe said it would to go to the hospital. make hakafos in Rabbi Sholom Ber
make him well. Throughout the night they Hecht’s shul in Queens. From there
The fact that the Rebbe sent carried out extensive tests. One of we continued to the Ohel. We
instructions every few hours was the doctors asked the Rebbe arrived and the place was locked.
encouraging. We couldn’t see the whether he could give him a pain We had to jump over the gate in the
Rebbe but we knew that he was killer and the Rebbe said it dark. Angry dogs surrounded us and
running the show. The instructions wasn’t necessary. One of the didn’t stop barking. We went to the
were surprising. To increase in Chassidim said to the doctor: Rebbe Rayatz’s gravesite and
simcha, to say a d’var Torah, to have When you ask that way, of course davened and then we walked back to
a farbrengen. All this was greatly the Rebbe will say no, since it’s a Crown Heights. We got back there
encouraging because it showed that holiday and according to halacha at 6-7 in the morning. It was an
the Rebbe was in command. The you can only give an injection if exhausting walk there and back and
situation was one of opposites. the doctor says it’s necessary! the entire ordeal took 18 hours. We
Midnight. The doctor, now knew already that the situation was
Most of the Chassidim had understanding the halachic serious, that there had been a heart
gone home to eat the Yom Tov requirements, went over to the attack, but we had no other
meal, knowing only that the Rebbe again and said: As a information.”
Rebbe was weak, but the real doctor, I order the Rebbe to What did the bachurim think?
situation was far worse. The accept this injection, because the There was no difference between
doctors among the Chassidim did pain endangers your wellbeing. the bachurim and the balabatim. On
not go home. They stood in 770 in The Rebbe agreed and then Simchas Torah we were all
confusion. The Rebbe did not rested for the next four hours. bachurim. Nobody was working, of
allow them to examine him. One Later on, the Rebbetzin said: I course; everybody was in 770 and
of the doctors dared to ask them don’t remember the Rebbe ever close to what had happened.
to ask the Rebbe whether he resting for four hours straight. At first, everyone was in shock.
could just ask a few questions. The doctors concluded that We could not believe this could
The Rebbe agreed and the doctor the Rebbe had had a serious happen to the Rebbe. The Rebbe
went in. He asked questions and heart attack. One of the doctors was 75 and it was the height of the
the Rebbe answered. asked the secretaries whether mitzva campaigns, the height of the
At the end of their dialogue during the heart attack, during fight for shleimus ha’Aretz. The
the doctor said emotionally: the hakafos, the Rebbe had Rebbe was fighting the wars of
Rebbe, according to what you say, moaned from the pain. When they Hashem with Mihu Yehudi.
you had a serious heart attack. said he had not, that he had only The feeling at that time was you
You need to be hospitalized sat down, the doctor said that he were growing with the Rebbe from
immediately in order to have the had been a doctor for decades farbrengen to farbrengen. The
necessary equipment at hand and and had never heard of anything Rebbe was physically conquering the
the appropriate supervision. like that; the pain of such a world, another country on the map,
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another big city, another leader of a hospital, the type of treatment he The Rebbe asked him why he was
country was coming to the Rebbe. got by top doctors, his instructions crying and he responded with the
The Rebbe’s activities were that we continue with simcha, etc. question: How could I not cry?
increasing – and then boom! It took The fact that the Rebbe was The Rebbe told him: If you want
us days to absorb this. constantly giving instructions about me to be healed, you have to be
Yet we saw how the Rebbe was how to bring about his cure, happy.
in charge and we understood that encouraged us. That’s when we When you recall that period of
this episode was beyond nature. The realized that what the Rebbe was time, what moment in particular
Rebbe took charge from the very going through was not natural, and comes to mind?
beginning when he said the hakafos therefore, the healing would also be One of the special moments was
should continue, when he went up supernatural. when R’ Leibel Groner came down
to his room and did not drink before A day later, the Chassid, R’ to the farbrengen at the end of
Kiddush, his going out to the sukka, Shlomo Aharon Kazarnovsky Simchas Torah, sent by the Rebbe,
his determination not to go to the entered the Rebbe’s room and cried. and brought wine from the Rebbe’s
cup to give out kos shel bracha. He
said that after Maariv and before
Havdala, a special announcement
would be forthcoming from the
The tension was enormous and
we all rushed to say the Birkas
HaMazon and daven Maariv.
Nobody thought it could be a sicha.
Everybody knew that the Rebbe was
in critical condition and that he had
sat in bed for the Shmoneh Esrei.
So when Leibel announced that the
Rebbe would say a sicha, people
were in shock.
There’s a video of it. You can’t
imagine how 770 danced. I don’t
remember another dance that was so
happy and emotional. It gave us
enormous encouragement, such
simcha! The sicha was broadcast to
all Lubavitch centers around the
It’s not like today when we have
cell phones and the Internet and we
can be updated minute by minute.
Phone calls were expensive and not
everybody had a line (in Israel).
And then you heard the Rebbe’s
voice …
His voice was weak, different
than what we were used to. The
Rebbe coughed more than usual. He
began by saying: “For a certain
reason we are speaking now on
Motzaei Yom Tov and it can be
heard around the world…” The
Rebbe did not say the reason, but
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they always did. With great effort the Rebbe was in charge.
R’ Shlomo Aharon the Rebbe sat on the bed and This is one of the reasons,
read the Haftora as clearly as he apparently, that the Rebbe did not
Kazarnovsky could. go to the hospital. It was for the
During Musaf, the Rebbe reason the Rebbe said – that he did
entered the encouraged the singing by tapping not want to cause his Chassidim
Rebbe’s room and lightly on the bed. When
davening was over, the Rebbe
pain, and also because in the
hospital he would not be able to be
cried. The Rebbe began to sing, “V’Samachta
B’Chagecha,” which cheered the
in charge. He would be among
many other patients. The main
asked him why he Chassidim up a bit. The Rebbe reason was that the Rebbe explained
asked that they pass by and wish to the doctors about the holiness of
was crying and he a Gut Yom Tov and he thanked the room and that the refua would
the Kohanim with a yashar only come here. From the first
responded with ko’ach as usual. moment, the Rebbe demonstrated
the question: How The main minyan was held in
the big shul without the Rebbe.
that it wasn’t a typical illness.
The Rebbe did not make peace
could I not cry? Someone spread the news that the
situation had improved and one
with the situation throughout. They
saw how the Rebbe did things that
The Rebbe told of the shluchim got up and according to the doctors and
shouted that everybody agreed to according to nature, he should not
him: If you want improve and they asked Hashem have done. But the Rebbe ruled over
to give the Rebbe good health. nature and nature did not rule him.
me to be healed, You mentioned earlier the fact Therefore, the Rebbe also did things
you have to be that the Rebbe, despite being the
patient, was in charge. What did
that he wasn’t accustomed to doing
before, in order to show that he was
happy. you mean?
From the very beginning, the
in charge. That is the Rebbe’s mode
of conduct, way above the laws of
Rebbe set the tone. If the doctors nature.
for about half an hour. Nobody did not allow the Rebbe to say a The Rebbe himself took control
believed that the Rebbe was in a sicha on Motzaei Simchas Torah, over the matter in an supernatural
condition to say a sicha, but he did. they ended up allowing five minutes manner.
Then came the period of and the sicha lasted half an hour. Indeed, afterwards, from 5738-
concealment. The upper part of Then the Rebbe edited the sicha and 5739 and on, everybody saw that
770 was closed and things also asked that they continue the Rebbe’s work in leading the
changed dramatically. sending in the weekly Likkutei world increased tremendously in an
The situation was murky Sichos for editing. open way. This included the sichos,
throughout. The Rebbe did not Those who worked on the the schedules and the farbrengens.
allow the doctors to say anything. sichos, members of the Vaad In everything that the Rebbe did
The Chassidim only knew that the L’Hafatzos Sichos, did not want to from then on, you could see an
doctors said there was improvement, send in a sicha so the Rebbe would acceleration, which is not the
but we had no details. Very few not have to exert himself, but the experience of a normal person who
people knew anything and they Rebbe demanded to know where it had a heart attack and naturally
didn’t tell us. was. Then the Rebbe began editing begins to slow down.
At ten in the morning a the sichos that he said every Something symbolic perhaps,
minyan of elder Chassidim Shabbos, which was highly irregular. took place on one of the days of
gathered near the Rebbe’s room For a while, the Rebbe said the Chanuka 5738, when the Rebbe
for Shacharis Yom Tov morning. mechitzos in 770 should be taken came down to daven Mincha with
Despite everything, it was Yom down and the place should be the congregation, which was not the
Tov. For Krias HaTorah they went completely open. Every day they saw norm for that time. After Mincha,
to Gan Eden HaElyon, where they improvements. The Rebbe was with the Rebbe said he wanted to
read the Torah using the Rebbe’s the Chassidim even if they didn’t see distribute Chanuka gelt. What
shtender as a reading table. They him yet. You could sense clearly that always happened, at various
called the Rebbe for Maftir, as

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distributions, was the secretaries standing there; he didn’t want Yes, the Rebbe continued to be
remained until the end, and only limitations. We saw quite openly that concerned about the Jewish
then did they go over to get what the Rebbe was in charge and people while his own condition
the Rebbe had distributed. breaking new ground in a was still not stable.
However, it was different this supernatural way. Hundreds and thousands of
time. At the very beginning the The Rebbe left no room for Anash and T’mimim went out to
Rebbe called over Rabbi Chadakov, doubt as to how to behave on make Jews rejoice, doing so with
gave him a dollar, and told him to Simchas Torah. He called R’ pain in their hearts but with song
go up to his office and continue Groner and told him to tell the on their lips. Word of the Rebbe’s
working. Then the Rebbe called R’ people not to forget to make Jews ill health had spread quickly
Groner and R’ Klein over, and then rejoice in shuls, and the main throughout New York and
Rabbi Dovid Raskin, giving each a thing – mit a shturem! Those who thousands of Jews were saddened
dollar and sending them off to work. want to improve my health should at the news. In many shuls the
The Rebbe didn’t want them go and celebrate! aron kodesh was opened and they
said the verses “Ata Horeisa” but
did not dance much.
Then, as their Yom Tov joy was
diminished, in came the
Lubavitcher Chassidim who
began to rejoice. Are you crazy?
The Rebbe doesn’t feel well and
you’re dancing?
They were all surprised to
hear that it was the Rebbe who
ordered the Chassidim to go and
celebrate as they do every year.
At that time, back in 770, the
Chassidim who remained there
started the hakafos dancing with
great enthusiasm. It was easy to
see that the simcha was forced
and that people were sad inside,
but they knew that the Rebbe said
to dance and be happy. Even the
doctor, Dr. Weiss, said that the
more they rejoiced, the more the
simcha would help the Rebbe’s
health. No wonder then that
Anash began the hakafos with
mighty singing and dancing, “Der
Rebbe zol zain gezunt” (the Rebbe
should be healthy).
Then they changed the words
to “der Rebbe iz gezunt” (the
Rebbe is healthy). People had
tears in their eyes. They all
wanted to put down their heads
and bawl, but the Rebbe said they
should dance – and dance they
did, and cried too. Some held on
to the tables and pushed
themselves up, the main thing
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Rebbe was in control in a in Tishrei. Is this natural? This is
The Rebbe said supernatural way. the Rebbe’s nitzchius (eternality)
And when we don’t see and that leads the way just as he did in
then how to act in hear the Rebbe now? Tishrei 5738. You cannot explain it
Today as well, we know that the rationally. It’s not just faith but a
a situation of Rebbe is in control of the situation. palpable sense.
concealment. We The heart attack in 5738 was the
root of all later concealments and it
The morning of Simchas
Torah, the small minyan of
thought we just is the root of the current situation
too. The Rebbe said then how to act
Chassidim made hakafos around
the Rebbe’s shtender up in his
had to cry and say in a situation of concealment. We room. At the Krias HaTorah, R’
thought we just had to cry and say Mordechai Shusterman, the Baal
T’hillim and the T’hillim and the Rebbe said to dance Korei, began to say m’reshus to
and rejoice. How could dancing invite the Rebbe to be Chasan
Rebbe said to bring a refua? The fact is that it B’Reishis, but in the middle he
dance and rejoice. worked! Not only that but the Rebbe
said he wanted to hear the dancing
broke down and cried.
Nobody knew how the Rebbe
How could downstairs up in his room and this
is what led to his recovery.
would go up to the Torah, but
then, the Rebbe got up, although
dancing bring a When the Rebbe is not in good this required tremendous exertion
health, it is not like an ordinary on his part. One of the doctors
refua? The fact is person who is not well; rather, it is a sprang forward to ask the Rebbe
spiritual matter. We don’t know how to sit down, but the Rebbe smiled
that it worked! to explain it, but that’s the way it is. as though to say, don’t mix in…
We need to remember that The doctors could not believe
Thirty years have passed since everything, including the situation their eyes as they saw G-dly,
then. We’ve gone through worse today, is with the Rebbe’s consent supernatural things taking place
since then with the strokes on 27 and under his control. before their eyes.
Adar and then 3 Tamuz. What can When the Rebbe had a stroke in The physical life of a tzaddik is
we learn from 5738 if we can 5752, we had experience and knew not like that of regular people.
compare it at all? what the Rebbe said to do in 5738: When you know that the Rebbe’s
I don’t know if you can compare not to despair but to go forward. entire life is dedicated to hastening
it, but one thing we learned from Although we don’t see or hear the the Geula, how can you
that episode: the Rebbe is always in Rebbe, the way to the hisgalus is understand what happened on
charge! You know the sicha that the according to the instructions he 5738 as part of that process?
Rebbe said about the Alter Rebbe gave us. We also need to remember I don’t think we can know. The
and the Rebbe Rayatz – that that even in a state of concealment, verse says, “I thank You Hashem for
although they were imprisoned, it the Rebbe is in charge and it’s not being angry at me.” The Rebbe
was with their consent. If they had anarchy. frequently mentioned this verse,
not wanted to go to jail, it would not You can see this in Tishrei, when which is said in reference to Yemos
have happened, and the fact is that thousands of people continue to HaMoshiach. The Rebbe said that
when the Alter Rebbe did not want come to the Rebbe, to 770. Who then, in Geula, we will know that all
to continue traveling Erev Shabbos, dreamed this would happen back in the suffering in the time of galus
things happened that made it 5755? People thought it was over was part of the Geula process, but
impossible to travel. and there would no longer be now we have to believe it, even
In 5738 we saw how the Rebbe Tishrei with the Rebbe. Yet, from though we don’t understand it.
is in control. When the stroke year to year we see more Chassidim I don’t think there is anyone who
happened in 5752, although the coming to the Rebbe, how things can explain what part the heart
situation was different, we knew that are continuing and growing. You attack of 5738 had in the chain of
the Rebbe was in charge. On the feel how the Rebbe continues to events leading towards Geula, but it
one hand, the situation was grave lead. Every Chassid wants to be is part of it. We have to believe this
and we needed Divine mercy, but on here and every Chassid who goes but not allow our faith to undermine
the other hand, we knew that the back home tells about what he got the feelings of how difficult this time

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is due to the concealments. When Torah should not diminish the holy work, and indeed that was the
the Rebbe is revealed to us once simcha, and the Rebbe even gave an case.
again, we will understand. example from the tzimtzum that was If we look at the Rebbe’s first
Did the Rebbe say anything done to create the world, which maamer, “Basi L’Gani,” we see that
about this? actually facilitated the later the Rebbe says that since we went
No, not that I know of. The revelation. through what we went though, he
Rebbe did say, right away on Shmini Although the Rebbe did not will come and redeem us. Clearly,
Atzeres your absence will be noted, explain the direct connection to the everything that we went through was
i.e., that the Rebbe was not present event, everybody understood the part of the Geula process.
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By Rabbi Yosef Karasik, District Rav Bat Chefer – Emek Chefer

Why did Yitzchok want to bless the Yitzchok did not err when it came to
understanding who Eisav really was.
wicked Eisav? Didn’t he know what He knew the bitter truth about
Eisav’s low spiritual state and about
Eisav was really like? Was Rivka more his wicked behavior. However, he
was also able to see deep into Eisav
realistic than Yitzchok? Who descended and recognize his hidden soul
powers, and he saw enormous
from Eisav? * A fascinating look at the potential there.
parsha from the perspective of Chazal, In the Torah it says, “And the
boys grew up.” The Zohar says this
Kabbala, and Chabad Chassidus. refers to spiritual growth. Not only
Yaakov, but Eisav also had
tremendous spiritual power.
Parshas Toldos tells of the ask Yitzchok questions like, “how do Furthermore, as surprising as it
difference of opinion between you tithe salt and straw?” items that sounds, Eisav’s spiritual potential
Yitzchok Avinu and Rivka Imeinu. are not tithed), he sinned publicly was greater than that of Yaakov!
Yitzchok loved Eisav and wanted to and Yitzchok must have known That is why Eisav was the firstborn,
bless him, whereas Rivka loved about it! The Torah states explicitly since there was superior potential
Yaakov and wanted the blessings to that Yitzchok knew that Eisav had within the root of his soul. Yaakov
be given to him. She did all she married wives who were not of the referred to him as “my master,”
could to make this happen, even to highest caliber (“and they were a because Eisav’s spiritual level was
the point of endangering herself, source of sorrow to Yitzchok and indeed higher than his own.
when she said that if Yaakov’s Rivka”) and that the name of G-d Converts descended from the
trickery was discovered, any curses was not constantly on his lips! wicked Eisav who became great
would befall her, not him. Yitzchok was a man of g’vura, tzaddikim and g’dolei Torah, such as
This is all very surprising. Eisav one whose ability to critique was Rabbi Meir Baal HaNeis (“the
was evil. He fooled people and pronounced and developed. It’s just source of the wisdom of the Oral
committed the gravest of sins, idol not possible that a man of his nature Torah, for any Mishna not ascribed
worship, immorality, and murder, could believe a liar and not see to an individual sage by name is
while Yaakov sat and learned Torah. through to his rottenness! from him”). The Arizal explains that
Why did Yitzchok want to bless the success of his descendents is
Eisav? THE POTENTIAL OF sourced in Eisav’s lofty spiritual
Although Eisav flattered Yitzchok source. His source is “a great power
and tried to deceive him into
within chochma” (and this is the
thinking that he was pious (he would In Chassidus it explains that

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secret of the verse regarding Eisav a great tzaddik. It is often the remained, while his body was buried
that he had “[the ability of] trapping children who are not as gifted, who outside the cave.
in his mouth,” which refers to the are not “wild geniuses,” who achieve As with all events, Eisav’s death
sparks of holiness within him that far more in their lifetimes than those and burial were not by
were revealed in his descendents who are endowed with far more than happenstance; they were directed by
who converted). they. Hashem and reflected Eisav’s
Eisav was like an undisciplined, In Chassidus, Eisav is compared personality. His head represents the
wild child, who seems foolish and to gold and Yaakov to silver, because source of his soul and the powers he
incompetent at first glance. Or he although gold is far more precious had in potential form, which were
was like a child with learning than silver, it is less useful. It is not holy and very lofty. That is why it
disabilities or behavioral problems used to buy bread in the store. It is was buried in the M’aras
who may actually be quite bright. the less valuable silver that is used in HaMachpella along with the Avos
His problem is his inability to retail transactions. and Imahos. His body, representing
control himself, etc. So too, although Yaakov’s what Eisav was in this world, was
Parents and teachers don’t know potential was inferior to that of corrupt, and that is why it was
how to deal with him, how to direct Eisav, it was Yaakov who had the buried outside the cave.
him. It’s actually his amazing greater spiritual impact on the world
abilities that are the real problem, – with Torah, mitzvos, and good THE VARYING
because rather than channel them in deeds.
positive ways, he uses them all
negatively. AND MOTHER
Eisav used his great potential to The difference of opinion
The story of Eisav’s death is between Yitzchok and Rivka about
do evil. Instead of making good use
tragic. On the day that Yaakov was who should receive the brachos,
of his abilities, he wasted them on
buried, Eisav was killed (as the Eisav or Yaakov, is reflected in two
forbidden things. Yaakov, on the
Midrash says) and his head rolled different and opposite approaches in
other hand, although not as gifted,
into the lap of his father Yitzchok in handling a wayward child.
used what he was granted to become
the M’aras HaMachpella. There it

The difference of
opinion between
Yitzchok and
Rivka about who
should receive the
brachos, Eisav or
Yaakov, is
reflected in two
different and
approaches in
handling a
wayward child.

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According to Yitzchok, you need split atom whose energy can be used encompassing light from above
to encourage such a child and give to build or destroy the world. Thus, and it does not get absorbed
him brachos, the tools, to motivate Rivka said the energy and powers – within him and internalized.
him to use his abilities. You need to i.e., the brachos – had to be given to Yitzchok wanted to bring
assign him important jobs, appoint the son who was tamim, a tzaddik. about the revelation of the lofty
him to responsible positions, As for the difficult son, his tikkun spiritual lights within Eisav, and
because this will inspire him to needed to be done carefully, slowly, this is the idea of the added light
improve, and then he will utilize his step by step, with much patience and in the brachos he wanted to give
gifts to carry out those tasks in the after many years they would see him, because in order to sift the
best way. changes. Ultimately, the child with good from the bad, much light
less potential would get a boost from needs to illuminate there so that
the brachos, and would be the one all the sparks that are contained
As surprising as it to bring about the tikkun in the
problem child.
therein, will be gathered and
sounds, Eisav’s Rivka was of the opinion that a
child like Eisav could not be
Moshiach will reveal that
which is hidden in the depths of
spiritual potential educated one-two-three, because the physical reality and the
quick changes with him are enormous and lofty kochos that
was greater than unrealistic. You need to be cautious exist within every single Jew.

that of Yaakov! and give a great deal of thought

about what to give him and what not
Moshiach will reveal the good
within every Jew and within
That is why Eisav to give him.
Even though Yaakov received the
everything in nature. That is why,
in Yemos HaMoshiach, there will
was the firstborn, brachos, and not Eisav, we need to
be very careful about the lessons we
be perfection in everything and all
will be corrected, because
since there was learn from this story. Only someone Moshiach will reveal the good
on the level of the righteous Rivka within everything.
superior potential can say that a child should not be Every child who is considered

within the root of drawn close and blessed. A

mechanech can and must draw out
an outcast, will be gathered into
the family by Moshiach, as the
his soul. Yaakov latent kochos in a child, even one
who behaves like Eisav.
prophet says, “and you will be
gathered one by one, all the
referred to him as Jewish people.”
We were told by the Rebbe at
“my master,” P’NIMIUS HA’TORAH
farbrengens in recent years that
all of the avoda needs to be
because Eisav’s The following is a description permeated with the awareness that
of the spiritual levels of Yaakov
spiritual level was and Eisav as Chassidus puts it in
“all your days to bring to Yemos
HaMoshiach,” and this is
Torah Ohr of the Alter Rebbe on
indeed higher this parsha:
particularly emphasized when
being mekarev those who fell
than his own. Eisav is from a lofty, spiritual
world, the world of Tohu. Yaakov
outside the camp. Moshiach will
draw them into the Chassidic
is from a lower spiritual world mainstream. That is why we, who
that is called the world of Tikkun. are busy bringing Moshiach, need
Rivka maintained that when it’s a Therefore, the Divine life force to dedicate our energy to these
child with such prodigious powers as contained within Eisav is in exile, Jews and bring them back to
Eisav, giving him brachos is and even though he draws from Judaism and Chassidus.
dangerous because he is liable to use the life force of holiness, he does May we speedily merit the true
them in negative ways – destroying not experience nullification to his and complete Redemption through
instead of building, breaking instead source. On the contrary, he raises Moshiach Tzidkeinu with our king
of fixing. Indeed, Yitzchok’s brachos himself high like an eagle and is leading the way.
were tremendously potent, like a arrogant, because the spiritual life
force is in the manner of an

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By Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Pevsner
Prepared for publication by G. Mendelsohn

It is specifically after the hardships of

5738 that we saw the Rebbe’s
additional closeness to us, and our
closeness to him. In greater measure,
this is true after 3 Tamuz. * That was a
preparation for our situation today.
The Rebbe is downstairs in 770 with
the Chassidim.
We see that after 3 Tamuz, not years after that, the 10th of Kislev question about the new moon. We
only is there not a weakening in the was established as a holiday, the count the new month when we see
celebration of Rosh Chodesh Kislev, Chag HaGeula of the Mitteler the new moon. When we get to the
on the contrary, the day is more Rebbe, and as of 5738, Rosh middle of the month, when the
significant than ever. The month of Chodesh Kislev became the Rebbe’s moon begins to wane, how come we
Kislev is called the “Month of holiday. don’t count 14, 13, 12, and so on?
Geula” and a Chassidishe month. In one of the sichos, the Rebbe The question becomes stronger
Many Chassidic holidays are asks a simple question. Since when we learn that the Jewish people
celebrated this month. everything is by Divine providence, are compared to the moon and
In the order of the holidays we why is it that Chanuka, that was count according to the moon. That’s
see a strange thing. At the end of the established as a holiday first, is at the way it was in Jewish history –
month, we celebrate Chanuka the end of the month, followed by the moon was full in the time of
(which, by the way, is also the other holidays in descending Dovid and Shlomo, when everybody
considered a Chassidishe holiday order? Chanuka should have been at “sat under their vine and fig tree.”
insofar as it is the holiday of oil, the beginning of the month, Then there was the destruction of
symbolizing p’nimius ha’Torah). followed, in order, by the other the first Beis HaMikdash and the
Many years later, the 19th of Kislev Chassidishe holidays! second, which is why we say: don’t
was established as a holiday. Some The Rebbe asks a similar despair of the ups and downs
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renewed like it [the moon].” This is the hospital. This was after the secretaries’ wanting to preserve the
why most holidays are in the middle Rebbe refused to go. Rebbe’s strength, as it were, but the
of the month: Pesach on the 15th of The Rebbetzin refused and said Rebbe meant what he said. The
Nissan, Sukkos on the 15th of that they could not take the Rebbe Rebbe received new life, and a new
Tishrei, and Shavuos is celebrated against his will. When the Rebbe got era and a new approach began at
fifty days from the first day of up after resting, the doctors went that point.
Pesach (Purim on the 14th-15th). over to him, all in agreement that he I didn’t prepare a precise list, but
The waning of the moon had to go to the emergency room, as over the years, since that time, the
symbolizes the descent of the Jewish his situation was critical. The Rebbe famous “dollars” were added. This
people. So why do we continue to was not mistaken about his enabled anyone to approach the
count upwards towards the end of condition. He said to Rabbi Rebbe. Another chiddush followed
the month, until 29 and 30, rather Chadakov and Rabbi Groner, “If the court case with the s’farim – the
than downwards? something has to happen, I prefer idea that 770 belongs to the
The Rebbe explains that the that it happen here.” Chassidim. That was from 5745 and
waning of the moon is not a real I spent Chanuka 5738 with the on. The Tzivos Hashem
diminishment but part of the process Rebbe. The Rebbe wanted to organization was started in 5741.
of its completion which it attains at distribute Chanuka gelt to everyone. Above all else, Mivtza Moshiach got
the end of the month. The Rebbe Until then, the Rebbe only gave a major boost starting in 5742.
enumerates the qualities of the last Chanuka gelt to the T’mimim, so the This is the idea of continuing to
days of the month: the 27th is zach Chassidim felt that the Rebbe count the days of the month
upwards, even though the moon is
waning. The more distant the moon
We are in the second half of the month, is from the sun, the more of it is

so to speak, in a time of increasing illuminated, until it becomes full. In

other words, in order to receive the
darkness, but also in a situation in light of the sun, it is necessary to
move away from it. From the 15th of
which we are approaching the light, a the month we see the moon waning,
but it is not really diminishing. On
closeness to the Rebbe that we never the contrary, because it is getting
closer to the sun, it becomes more
had before. battul to the mashpia. This reaches a
peak when the moon diminishes
even more and achieves utter bittul,
(pure), the 28th is ko’ach (strength), wanted to compensate the after which we see a sliver of moon
the 29th is Erev Rosh Chodesh, and Chassidim for not being with them once again.
Rosh Chodesh itself is the ultimate at t’fillos and farbrengens for weeks. It is specifically after the
completion. The Rebbe stood in the lobby of hardships of 5738 that we saw the
(The Rebbe tempered the custom the entrance to 770, near a small Rebbe’s additional closeness to us,
of not marrying during the second table. People entered from one end and our closeness to him. In greater
half of the month. Thus, in some and exited via the other door. At a measure, this is true after 3 Tamuz.
cases, there can be weddings certain point, the secretaries put Some people wonder why we
throughout the month, even in the down a bench to block the path so celebrate Rosh Chodesh Kislev,
“waning days.”) as not to tire the Rebbe. When marking the Rebbe’s recovery. The
I remember that one year, Rabbi people stopped passing through, the answer is that the point of Rosh
Groner came to Paris to attend a Rebbe noticed the bench and said Chodesh Kislev is a new birth,
simcha. It was around Rosh aloud so all could hear, “Hashem Geula. We boarded the express train
Chodesh Kislev and that night he gave me additional days and years to the Geula shleima. True, we are in
farbrenged and shared some inside and you want to stop it?” The bench a state of darkness and don’t see the
information with us. He told us that was immediately removed and Rebbe, but we feel him more than
at a certain critical point, the doctors people continued to pass through for before. We are in the second half of
tried to persuade the Rebbetzin to hours. the month, so to speak, in a time of
agree that the Rebbe should go to You can understand the increasing darkness, but also in a

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situation in which we are what I owe the Rebbe in connection great respect. The doctor looked at
approaching the light, a closeness to with Rosh Chodesh Kislev. my file and finally told his assistant,
the Rebbe that we never had before. At the time that the Rebbe “preserve Pevsner’s beard.” He
Before 3 Tamuz we could sleep remained closed up in his room after explained that they would only have
in bed while the Rebbe said sichos. his heart attack, I was in 770. to make a tiny cut of a quarter of a
Now, we represent him. Back then, Despite the concealment, we lived centimeter.
the world looked at the Rebbe. with the Rebbe all day, every day. I Then the doctor asked me how I
Today, the world looks at us, and was a young bachur learning in 770 was paying. I innocently showed him
through us, they see the Rebbe. and my parents lived in France. my Medicaid card. The doctor didn’t
Those who never saw the Rebbe say, Trans-Atlantic calls were prohibitive know whether to laugh or cry. He
“I will look at a Chassid and see and it was nearly impossible to said that at Beth Israel they didn’t
who the Lubavitcher Rebbe is …” speak every day. The Rebbe was the accept Medicaid and the operation
On Simchas Torah 5738, a day father and the yeshiva was the costs tens of thousands of dollars.
and a half after the heart attack, a mother. The doctor laughed, but was at a
minyan was held in Gan Eden That was all good and fine, but loss as to what to do. He knew he
HaTachton. The door was opened to what do you do when you have a couldn’t be angry with me since I
Gan Eden HaElyon so the Rebbe sudden health problem? I didn’t was so naïve. He left the room and a
could hear the t’fillos, but the Rebbe want to worry the Rebbe, even few minutes later he came back and
asked them to close the door, saying, though he himself had said on Isru said, “You know, the Lubavitcher
“I am with the Chassidim downstairs Chag that we should continue Rebbe sent you to me and I consider
in 770 now” (the Rebbe said the writing to him as usual. I didn’t you the Rebbe’s son. I won’t take
door should be open only for know what to do because I had to any money for the operation.”
hakafos and they went inside for undergo an operation to have This story took place between
hakafos). That was a preparation for something removed. Simchas Torah and Rosh Chodesh
our situation today. The Rebbe is I had Medicaid, health insurance Kislev 5738. I got the best treatment
downstairs in 770 with the coverage for people with low and care.
Chassidim. income, and having no choice, I When I returned to 770
At the hakafos of 5738, the went to the hospital. I underwent afterwards, I didn’t think to write
Rebbe said that although they don’t many tests that indicated that I and thank the Rebbe. I simply wasn’t
see who sits on the chair, they needed the operation and I was told aware enough of the importance of
should picture him sitting there. So I would have to remove my beard doing so. A short while later, R’
too, those who come to 770 now say first. At this point, I wrote to the Klein came into the zal and said,
that they sense that the Rebbe is Rebbe. I explained that I had not “Pevsner, the Rebbe sent me to see if
sitting in his chair. written until then because I didn’t you feel well,” just like a father cares
This is the reason to celebrate want to bother the Rebbe, but I was for his son. That’s the kind of love
Rosh Chodesh Kislev even after 3 writing because I didn’t know what we got from the Rebbe. Every Jew is
Tamuz, and why it should be to do about my beard. like the Rebbe’s only child and the
celebrated more than ever. The Rebbe told the secretary, R’ Rebbe turns over worlds for him.
When they asked me to come Klein to get me an appointment with This is the reason why I decided
and farbreng in honor of Rosh a top doctor at Beth Israel in to come and farbreng here today.
Chodesh Kislev, I hesitated to accept Manhattan. The appointment was Through this farbrengen I am saying
the invitation, being inordinately made under the Rebbe’s name. Until thank-you to the Rebbe and I know
busy. But after some consideration, I this day, I remember how I was seen that the Rebbe is listening.
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While the sichos up until 5752 in
connection with the International
Conference of Shluchim dealt with

WHAT IS OUR the subject of shlichus, they did so in

a general manner. In contrast, in
5752, the Rebbe emphasized and
proclaimed what the purpose of the
Shluchim Conference is in the avoda

By Rabbi Shneur Zalman Liberow, Director, Chabad of Flatbush
of shlichus from now on, something
that apparently was not in place
during the earlier years.
It is understood that behind this
wondrous fact stands a special
Translated By Michoel Leib Dobry
purpose that finds its expression in
the content of the sicha. The Rebbe
states that we have already
completed the avoda of shlichus, and
the only remaining avoda is to greet
Moshiach Tzidkeinu. When we
consider and contemplate the nature
of this sicha, we find some unusual
“The shluchim have already long
since reached the time after the
fulfillment of the beginning of the
shlichus in spreading Torah and
Yiddishkait and the spreading of the
wellsprings outward, and the time
after the middle of the avoda of the
shlichus – to the point that they have
already completed the shlichus.”
The Rebbe emphasizes here three
points: a) they have already fulfilled
the beginning of the shlichus; b)
they have already fulfilled the middle
Why did the Rebbe emphasize Sheini, after Gimmel Tammuz, when of the shlichus; c) they have already
that the avoda of shlichus has been “the sun stopped in Givon” – yet completed the shlichus.
completed? If in fact we have after all this, it still appears r”l that The question here seems to be:
finished the shlichus, what is our the Rebbe’s words from Chaf-Ches What is the need for this lengthy
role as shluchim now? An in-depth Nissan have not penetrated our account? Couldn’t the Rebbe have
look into today’s shlichus, as based hearts!... Another surprising fact – just said in brief that we have
on the sicha of the Rebbe MH”M that ten (and many tens) of Jews completed the avoda of shlichus?
shlita at the 5752 International gather together, and at a worthy Another question: If we really have
Conference of Shluchim. time in relation to the Redemption, completed the avoda of shlichus,
We are now after the and nevertheless, they don’t make what are we supposed to be doing
earthshaking sicha of Chaf-Ches a tumult to bring about the coming now? Have we stopped being
Nissan 5751, after the sicha at the of Moshiach immediately. “shluchim”?
5752 International Conference of Without a doubt, if we would When Yaakov Avinu went to
Shluchim and all the amazing and learn in-depth the sicha from the carry out G-d’s mission of spiritual
wondrous sichos from that time 5752 International Conference of elevation in Charan, G-d said to
period, after Chaf-Zayin Adar Shluchim, we would know clearly him, “And I will restore you to this
Rishon, after Chaf-Zayin Adar what our job and our shlichus is land.” The Rebbe asks: Since he’s

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currently in the middle of his the following segment: this “introduction” and the
shlichus, why does he have to know “According to the known premise conclusion that it draws? What is
now that he will eventually go back? that ‘in every generation, there is the connection between the fact that
The Rebbe explains that even when someone born from the seed of “in every generation, there is
we’re in the middle of our shlichus, Yehuda who is fit to be Moshiach of someone…fit due to his
we have to know that when we Israel,’ ‘one who is fit due to his righteousness to be a Redeemer”
complete the shlichus, we go back. righteousness to be a Redeemer, and and the definition of the current
Thus, since we’ve finished the when the time comes, G-d will be avoda of shlichus? Furthermore,
shlichus, we have to return… revealed to him and He will send why is it so important to emphasize
However, the Rebbe continues, him, etc.,’ and according to the that the leader of the generation is
since despite everything, the True announcement of my revered father- the only Moshiach of the
and Complete Redemption has not in-law, the Rebbe, leader of the generation? Couldn’t we understand
yet come, “we must say that there generation – the only shliach of our without this preface that there is no
still remains something to do in generation and the only Moshiach of other avoda, and the only avoda that
order to actually bring the our generation – that they have remains is “to greet Moshiach”?
Redemption.” What is the already completed the entire avoda, In order to understand the
“something” that we still have to do? it is thus understood that the necessity of this “preface,” we must
The Rebbe says: “The only thing fulfillment of ‘Send now with whom contemplate upon what the Rebbe
that remains now in the avoda of You would send’ has begun, the derives as a result:
shlichus is to greet Moshiach shlichus of my revered father-in-law, The Rebbe explains his intention
Tzidkeinu in actual deed.” the Rebbe. And it is thus understood by saying: “All the details in the
The Rebbe continues in the sicha that the only thing that remains now avoda of the shlichus in spreading
to explain the meaning of this in the avoda of shlichus is to greet Torah and Yiddishkait and the
abstract saying as referring to an Moshiach Tzidkeinu in actual spreading of the wellsprings outward
increase in Torah and mitzvos, deed, in order that he can actually must be instilled with this point:
studying the subject of Moshiach fulfill his shlichus and take the entire How will it lead to the greeting of
and the Redemption, and more. But Jewish People out of the exile!” Moshiach?”
first, before defining the current At first glance, it is difficult to The following words might
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apparently speak the truth: order to greet someone, you have to
request to the people of that city that
We derive from the sicha that know who he is…
they should prepare the city and
while we were given the task of The matter is explained in the
make it befitting to serve as the
dealing with various mitzva Rebbe MH”M’s sicha: It must be
king’s capital. Years passed, and the
campaigns during the early years said that there still remains
city is still not ready, but the king
without connecting them to the something to do in order to actually
periodically sends ministers to get
imminent Redemption, the 5752 bring the Redemption, and it is
the townspeople moving. Only after
International Conference of according to the known premise that
a few more years does the king
Shluchim represented a 180 degree in every generation, there is
announce that based on the
turn in the basic outlook of someone born, etc.,” as mentioned
information he has received, the city
mivtzaim. From now on, a shliach above. Can there be anything more
is already prepared to be the capital
who carries out a certain activity clear than that? What else are people
of the kingdom. At this stage, he
without connecting it to the expecting the Rebbe to say?
sends one of his most important
Redemption – this activity will It’s true that not every mitzva
ministers to proclaim the final royal
apparently not stand in his merit as campaign can easily be connected to
consent to move the capital city, and
being the Rebbe’s shliach! For the the subject of the Redemption, and
he makes certain that the city’s
will of the m’shaleiach is that every particularly not the Redeemer, but
residents prepare for the king’s
activity will be connected to the with a little desire and concentrated
main point of “greeting Moshiach,” effort, it is possible to come up with
At the next stage, the king
announces that he has already
decided to come, and he is on his
The world is already purified, the way at this moment. Now, it’s
simply a question of time. How long
avoda of spiritual elevation is over. will the journey take? In the
The Rebbe is interested in seeing that meantime, even though the city is
already fit to be the nation’s capital,
all the activities done should from this it is always possible to spruce things
up a bit. Now, however, when the
moment on be in a spirit of preparing king is already on his way, he wants
all these activities to be done in a
for his arrival, every activity should be spirit of preparation for his arrival,
i.e., it is evident that every activity is
done to greet the king. done for the purpose of greeting the
More years passed, the king has
and if not – this is not “shlichus.” some amazing ideas and connect
been delayed on his journey, and the
It’s as if he decided on his own to every mivtza to the Redemption and
townspeople have dozed off… In the
do some mivtza – e.g., Netilas to the Redeemer! It is an established
meantime, the king arrives at the
Yada’im – and he certainly can’t say fact that a shliach who “lives” with
outskirts of the city. He expects to
that he’s doing this mivtza at the all of these matters will succeed in
see a crowd of thousands of people
initiative of the Rebbe! Despite the finding the connection of every
waiting for him, but he doesn’t see a
fact that it’s one of the mitzvos and mitzva campaign to the Redemption
living soul. He observes the city,
expresses the Will of G-d, it does and to the Redeemer – as this is our
sees that it is immaculately clean,
not represent a “gateway” that the task: “All the details in the avoda of
spotless, properly groomed, acting
Rebbe opened! the shlichus in spreading Torah and
with justice and honesty, totally
Furthermore, not only must all Yiddishkait and the spreading of the
suited to be the capital of the
Chabad activities be connected to wellsprings outward must be instilled
kingdom. But no one is talking
the Redemption – they must be with this point: How will this lead to
about the king. They conduct
connected to the Redeemer, the the greeting of Moshiach?”
themselves with justice and honesty,
Rebbe MH”M. This is because while To what can we compare this?
fulfilling all the king’s commands,
the avoda in the past was to hasten There’s a king who decided to move
but no one knows that all this is with
the coming of Moshiach – today, the the capital of his kingdom to another
one purpose in mind – to greet the
avoda is to greet Moshiach, and in city, and sent an announcement and

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Is it befitting for the king to enter activities done should from this his city, and he will remember that
the city in such a fashion? moment on be in a spirit of the m’shaleiach gives this instruction
To pursue this point further, let’s preparing for his arrival, i.e., every and he’s also the one who grants the
imagine to ourselves what a shliach activity should be recognized as ability to carry it out!
would do if the Rebbe’s secretary being done to greet the king. In practical terms, it is
calls to inform him that the Rebbe is The Rebbe is now standing incumbent upon every shliach to
planning on visiting the Chabad behind the door and waiting. Let’s fulfill this holy obligation: Cry out,
House in his city. The shliach’s imagine what he would see in the shout, and awaken the whole world!
activities go into full throttle, and city if his shliach is engaging in At every shluchim conference,
when the call comes from the activities, but does not connect them every shliach has an obligation to
secretariat telling him that the Rebbe all to the Redemption and to the devote at least one whole day to in-
is on his way now, the shliach puts Redeemer. He sees good chassidim depth study, studying in order to do
all his holy pursuits aside and stands carrying out his orders, actively what the Rebbe said in his sicha
waiting by the open door. Woe to involved in all the mivtzaim, but before the 5752 International
that shliach if he should close the failing to emphasize (in the best of Conference of Shluchim, which as
door and say that he’s busy with his circumstances) that all these mentioned above is an explicit
mivtzaim in spreading Torah and preparations are for the coming and instruction for our avoda today. We
Yiddishkait, and he has no time r”l hisgalus of the Rebbe MH”M. must discuss how we can bring
to greet the Rebbe. This is the current avoda of about that “all the details in the
That is exactly how it appears if shlichus: to do everything so that all avoda of the shlichus in spreading
ch”v we don’t connect all activities the mitzva campaigns will be Torah and Yiddishkait and the
to the Redemption and to the instilled with the central point of spreading of the wellsprings outward
Redeemer. The Rebbe has told us greeting Moshiach Tzidkeinu. The must be instilled with this point:
that the Redemption will come in Rebbe must see that we are waiting How will this lead to the greeting of
our generation, and we must be for him and preparing for his arrival. Moshiach?”
ready. Every few years, the Rebbe In the meantime, he’s standing And through the “stubbornness”
added another mitzva campaign outside. He’s waiting. Furthermore, to bring the coming of Moshiach
through which we can prepare the he said this explicitly to HaRav Tzidkeinu immediately in actual
world. The objective of these mitzva HaGaon Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu deed, mamash, we will merit the
campaigns is to prepare the world to shlita: “As I have mentioned true and complete gathering, the
be fit to accept the indwelling of the repeatedly several times, not only completion of the fulfillment of the
Sh’china down here below. will the Redemption come, but the appointed destiny of the ingathering
After a few decades, we finished Redemption is already at the of the exiles of Israel, the building
the avoda, and in 5752, the Rebbe threshold, waiting for every Jew to of the Beis HaMikdash, as we bear
informed us that the avoda of open the door and drag the witness to the revelation of His
birurim has been completed. The Redemption into the room!” glorious kingship through the
world is ready now. The time has He’ll already make certain that Rebbe MH”M shlita, and all of us,
come to redeem the world; he’s on we’ll prepare for his arrival, but why “sons of one man,” instead of
his way! should we wait for all these various crying out “Ad Masai?” will cry out
The world is already purified, the signs? Let’s do it right now! It’s an and proclaim: Yechi Adoneinu
avoda of spiritual elevation is over, established fact that every shliach Moreinu v’Rabbeinu Melech
and this time, the Rebbe says, he is will fulfill his shlichus in an HaMoshiach l’olam va’ed!
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By Nosson Avrohom

He was born in Tailit in Morocco, far

from the center of the country, in a
Jewish-Moroccan traditional
atmosphere, where people still wore the
traditional Moroccan jalabiyas. That is
where he first encountered Chabad and
the Rebbe through the shliach who
came on a donkey, wanting to start a
Talmud Torah. The road from there to
Kfar Chabad was long but smooth.
Rabbi Saadia Dahan was recently emotion was apparent in his voice REPRESENTATIVE OF
appointed rav of the new Mishkan and he expressed it in his unique CHABAD IN A NON-
Menachem Shul that was founded in way by asking that I convey the
memory of R’ Zalman Shagalov, message that we increase and
who was his relative. R’ Dahan is an strengthen our unity with brotherly Morocco is divided into three
experienced mechanech, a shochet, a love and mivtzaim, in order to bring sections. One is called the Sephardic
sofer, and a learned man. He is also about the hisgalus already. section. Another is called the French
a warm, Chassidishe person with a He recalled life back in Morocco, section, where French colonialism
sincere belief in tzaddikim and learning in Chabad yeshivos there and its liberal culture has permeated
hiskashrus to the Rebbe. and in Kfar Chabad, about a all aspects of life there, adversely
I interviewed him a few hours personal miracle he had, and about affecting Jewish communities. The
after Motzaei Rosh an unusual instruction in the middle third is more rural and retained its
HaShana/Shabbos, when he was still of a yechidus. He says that early on original Moroccan character, which
inspired by the spirit of the large he knew that his neshama was is where I was born in the village of
farbrengen that took place in 770 connected to Chabad Chassidus. Tailit in the “Duds” region.
with thousands of people. The Near our village were another

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two villages in which Jews lived, with
our village being the main one.
and cities and at a certain point he
came to us too. He took one of the
As soon as I
Many Jewish families lived in our
village and we lived a full life of
people of our village, Rabbi Yosef
Emor (today of Ashkelon), who was
entered the main
Torah and mitzvos with people a Torah scholar, paid him part of his hall of the
excelling in a life of wholehearted salary, and the parents paid some
faith in G-d. more. That’s how an organized, yeshiva, I
Our parents, who ensured that daily Talmud Torah was founded.
we were given a proper Jewish We had learning contests with prizes decided this was
education would bring an expert
melamed from the outlying cities
and we became aware of the
Lubavitcher Rebbe and Chabad,
my place. The
and shared the cost. His job was to
teach us Torah and Mishnayos,
though in a superficial manner.
Till this day I remember the great
atmosphere, the
reading and writing. In the village excitement when Rabbi Matusof’s warmth, and the
there were some knowledgeable emissaries came to found the
people, some who knew how to Talmud Torah. We in the village simplicity that
learn and teach, but for whatever were wearing our jalabiyas the
reasons they refused to teach us. traditional Moroccan garb. shone from the
Their excuse was that this entailed
much responsibility and effort. Due
Everything was simple and primitive
and we weren’t accustomed to
faces of the
to the need of importing melamdim
from afar, they were frequently
seeing men in suits and hats.
Amongst ourselves we decided that
replaced and we did not have a these shluchim were geniuses. captivated me.
proper curriculum and schedule. Whenever they came to visit, to
Nevertheless, our parents’ example arrange tests or to supervise, we neighborhood of Yerushalayim.
was more powerful than anything would call them gaonim. I was known as the
else and we learned from them. At a certain point we moved to “representative of Chabad” at this
The person who came and Marrakesh, where I attended a non- yeshiva. I don’t know why, but
rescued our chinuch was Rabbi Chabad yeshiva. One of the apparently my neshama is connected
Shlomo Matusof, who came to melamdim was Rabbi Moshe Ben with the Rebbeim. In those days,
Morocco on shlichus. He founded Abu. Today he is the rav of the Gilo there were talmidim from Morocco
Talmudei Torah in all the villages who left to learn in Litvishe yeshivos

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in France and England, and the
timeworn debate between Chassidim
and Misnagdim came to our yeshiva
too. I was always the ultimate
defender of Chabad and the Rebbe.
I remember how much I quaked
when the rosh yeshiva in Marrakesh
heard that I wanted to switch to a
Chabad yeshiva in Maknes. He
called me in and asked, “What do
you need over there? Over there
they have just T’hillim and Tanya…”
Nevertheless, I switched to the
Chabad yeshiva in Maknes. The rosh
yeshiva was a local Torah scholar by
the name of Rabbi Yitzchok Sebbag.
People davened from a Sephard
Siddur and observed some which combines intellect and learning with another two T’mimim,
Sephardic customs, but it was emotion and can bring a person to Shlomo Fleischman and Zecharia
otherwise a Chabad yeshiva with genuine spiritual heights as it places Abadi, when in walked R’ Moshe
mikva in the morning and shiurim in him in his true spiritual place. This Scheerson a”h. He conferred a little
Chassidus. I was so connected to attracted me back in Morocco. with R’ Moshe Naparstek and I saw
Chabad and the way of learning in I quickly acclimated to my that they were pointing at me. I had
Chabad that I found it hard to learn studies in Kfar Chabad. R’ Moshe an idea what they were talking about
Gemara with a melamed in the Naparstek was my mashpia, and he and I said to my friends, “I won’t be
yeshiva who came from a Litvishe farbrenged a lot with us. I would a mechanech; it doesn’t suit me at
background. bring him all my questions in all.”
Later on I learned in the Chabad Chassidus and soul matters and A few minutes later the two of
yeshiva in Casablanca, which was consult with him. He is a special them came over to me and R’
run by Rabbi Michoel Lipsker a”h. person who treated me in a fatherly Naparstek said they wanted me to be
Around the year 5720/1960 Rabbi manner that you don’t see much of a mechanech in the school in
Shlomo Matusof sent me to be a nowadays. You can feel that he truly Berosh. I was beside myself. Despite
melamed for a year in a town called loves you and desires to help. my earlier pronouncement, I said
Beni-Milel, and then my family While learning in yeshiva, I had that if the Rebbe agreed, I would
made aliya to Eretz Yisroel and we my first experience with the Rebbe’s accept the job. I wrote to the Rebbe
settled in Ramat HaSharon. power when I sent him a letter with and the answer quickly came. It
a request for a bracha. I had a said, “Blessing and success for
BECOMING A medical problem which bothered me. chinuch al taharas ha’kodesh.”
CHABAD TEACHER At the time I thought it was a I worked for eight years at the
Two months after I arrived in medical problem and now I realize school in Berosh and received many
Eretz Yisroel, Amram Yifrach, a that it wasn’t a problem at all, but letters from the Rebbe, both routine
childhood friend who came to Eretz back then I was preoccupied with it letters for births and holidays and
Yisroel before me and went to and didn’t know where it came letters with specific instructions for
Yeshivas Tomchei T’mimim, invited from. me.
me to visit Kfar Chabad. As soon as I wrote to the Rebbe about it and Regarding the birth of one of my
I entered the main hall of the the answer was a bracha for a daughters, the Rebbe wrote, “I
yeshiva, I decided this was my place. complete recovery and to check my double my bracha” about the birth
The atmosphere, the warmth, and t’fillin. I rushed to do so and being easy, which was not the usual
the simplicity that shone from the discovered that the writing was wording of letters of this sort. After
faces of the T’mimim, captivated faded. I bought new parshiyos and the birth, we understood the Rebbe’s
me. the unbelievable happened – the bracha. They were anticipating a
In hindsight, the thing which problem stopped bothering me. complicated birth but it turned out
drew me to Chabad was Chassidus, One day I was sitting and

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I saw the Rebbe for the first time not to rush to promote him to first
FIRST YECHIDUS in Tishrei 5734. After a month grade.
replete with giluyim, I had yechidus ***
When I finished my work in
and emerged trembling with Rabbi Saadia Dahan works as a
Berosh, I moved to Lud and from
emotion. A yechidus with the Rebbe shochet now. He hurried off to make
there, with the Rebbe’s approval, I
cannot be described in words. There the final preparations before his
moved to Nachalat Har Chabad. I
were some personal matters and so I flight to the slaughterhouse in Iowa.
worked in the vocational school in
will only tell you that the Rebbe He also serves as rav of the Mishkan
Kiryat Malachi, the vocational school
blessed me with success in the work Menachem shul that was recently
in Kfar Chabad, and also in Kiryat
of chinuch. As far as one of my started in memory of Rabbi Zalman
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pilot announced that we should get

back on board for we were flying to
Milan! Our pleading was to no

DANCING IN avail. The pilot was a nice guy but

he informed us that we had to
travel with all the passengers to the
predetermined destination.
Disappointed, we got back on the

THE STREETS plane and headed for Milan.



OF VENICE Our son was waiting for us in

Milan with the car that the shliach,
R’ Benin had sent for us. Before we
arrived our son told us that Venice
is very close to Milan. It was
The shluchim and T’mimim celebrated actually a long, three-hour trip.
72 hours of Chassidishe simcha. There Since there are still no planes
with sukkos on board, I nearly
among the houses of the Jewish ghetto, fainted from hunger. I was thrilled
to see that our friend Rami had
within the huge, magnificent shuls, thought of us and had sent his
mobile sukka along in the car. We
above the canals and thousands of opened the little sukka is one of the
many roadside truck stops along
tourists, they met Jews who experienced the way. Among all the tractor
Simchas Torah for the first time. * A truck drivers from Turkey and
Germany, and all the other
diary by Rabbi Zev Crombie from 5765. countries of Europe, we set up our
little sukka so we could eat.
I stood in the sukka (even if I
wanted to, there was no room to
TRAVELING TO VENICE When I finished davening, I
sit) and looked at the goyim who
The sixth day of Sukkos, on donated my Dalet minim (that were
sat nearby and ate. I thought, who
the eve of Hoshana Raba: still fresh and green) to the Chabad
is like Your people Israel? They eat
Until today I still toyed with the stand at the airport. Before
and drink like animals, but when
idea of going to the Rebbe. Today I boarding the plane I had the
we eat, we fulfill Hashem’s
had to come to terms with the sad satisfaction of seeing people using
reality that we weren’t going. My my (former) set of minim.
At the end of our long and
wife Nurit and I finally decided to After a few hour flight, we
tiring trip we crossed a very long
accede to the repeated requests of could see Italy beneath us and then
bridge which was built right over
our friend, Rabbi Rami Benin and the pilot said we could not land in
the water, and we finally arrived in
our son Yosef Yitzchok and his Milan. Instead, we would be
Venice. There is a large parking lot
wife, to spend Yom Tov with them landing in Venice. I thanked
at the entrance to the city, where
in Venice. Hashem for shortening our trip
everybody leaves their cars. Beyond
We managed to find a cheap and bringing us directly to Venice,
that point, there are no more cars.
ticket to Milan five minutes before saving us the ride from Milan to
For the rest of our stay we walked
the travel agency closed and the Venice.
wherever we wanted to go or used
next day, bright and early, at I soon saw that my joy was
a boat (on weekdays).
sunrise, we were at the airport. I premature. Hashem had other
It was a great relief not to hear
recited the Hoshana Raba t’fillos by plans for me. After we got off the
the endless noise of vehicles that
myself in the shul in the airport. plane and saw Venice before us, the
we are used to constantly hearing.

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In Venice it’s all boats: a boat-bus,
a boat-taxi, a boat as a garbage
truck, a truck-boat, an ambulance-
boat, even fire engine-boats. Since
water isn’t lacking in Venice, the
fire-boats consist of pumps on a
boat that draws up water from the
canal and sprays the fire.
We went to the “bus station.”
These boat-busses have schedules
and routes. There’s even a map,
like the subway map in New York.
Boat #42 floats down Grand Canal
and then turns left onto Conergo
Canal. We got off at the second
stop on Conergo Canal and saw
the Chabad sukka in front of us.
How exciting! The sukka was
located on the banks of the canal,
close to their restaurant. Not even
two minutes went by and two
Israeli tourists showed up. It was a
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among the many tourists as to who get somewhere are something like, friend Uri told me that his father
was and wasn’t Jewish, but we “walk until the second bridge, had been born in this ghetto.
didn’t have to look for them. Every make a right and walk along the During the war, his entire family
Jew who passed by, whether a canal.” The streets were full of hid in a chicken coop and only
tourist from Israel, America, or any gentiles and we got ready for Chag came out at night to look for food.
other place, reacted with Simchaseinu. His grandfather was an engineer
amazement when they discovered The yeshiva was located in the and he built bombs to blow up the
the sukka, and came right over to oldest Jewish ghetto in the world. I German trains.
talk to us. This phenomenon was could imagine how Jewish life once The yeshiva opens into the
our experience throughout our stay was. Jews lived here for hundreds ghetto square. Whoever comes to
in Venice. An endless stream of of years, being born here, learning, the ghetto (and we saw that every
tourists came to us day and night, marrying, rejoicing, quarreling, etc. tourist who comes to Venice, visits
and all we had to do was talk to This is where one of the most the ghetto) comes to the yeshiva.
them about Judaism. important communities in the Apparently, the ghetto is number
Next to the restaurant’s sukka Middle Ages was established. Here one on the list of tourist
we saw another wonder of Venice. is where important s’farim were attractions. The number of people
In addition to the large sukka that written by distinguished scholars. who came to gawk at the sukka
was built near the restaurant, and Here is where the first s’farim were continued to grow. They thought
the sukka next to the yeshiva, Rami printed. The famous “Printed in they had come to Venice to see the
had a sukka on his boat. This latter Venice” refers to right here. I could canals, but we knew the truth, that
sukka is a real attraction and every feel the “fluttering of the wings of they had come to learn about
Jew who passes by this boat takes a history.” Judaism at the Chabad house of
picture. In the center of the ghetto is a Venice. Jews, who you couldn’t talk
We had less than half an hour statue in memory of the Jews who to about Judaism back where they
until candle-lighting and we once lived here who were murdered came from, were happy to sit down
hurried to our apartment so get by the Nazis, may their name be and hear what we had to say.
ready for Yom Tov. erased. Near the statue is an Hakafos Shmini Atzeres night:
ancient water faucet from which We were particular to take a
HAKAFOS IN water never ceases flowing. When l’chaim only in the sukka but the
we wanted to wash our hands, we guests were not mehader in this,
THE JEWISH GHETTO used this faucet. The water is good and so we made sure that each one
Shmini Atzeres night: for drinking too. Nobody seems said a proper l’chaim before they
We went to the Chabad yeshiva. concerned about water danced with the Torah or said a
In Venice there aren’t orderly conservation here. pasuk from “Ata Horeisa.” Some
streets. Explanations as to how to When I returned home, my were shy and stood at a distance
and watched until a smiley bachur
helped them join the circle of
dancers. Many of them entered the
yeshiva with their cameras and
hesitantly asked, “Can we take a
picture?” Some of them have no
idea how inappropriate the
question is.

Shmini Atzeres day:
In the morning, when I woke
up, all I could think of was how to
recover from the abundance of
mashke I had had the night before
and which still flowed in my veins.
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they are part of the museum tours
which are organized by the tourist
department of the municipality.
Simchas Torah is one of the days
that they daven in them.
They told me that every Yom
Tov they daven in a different shul
in order to keep them all active so
they don’t get taken over by the
municipality. There was a guard at
the entrance. For security reasons,
those who enter have to stay until
the end of the davening.
The shul was old and
magnificent. You were still able to
see the beauty that once was. I
could imagine the Jews who
davened there on Simchas Torah
years ago. In my mind’s eye I could
Shliach Rachamim (Rami) Benin putting t’fillin on with a tourist picture the wealthy Jews along with
the simple folk, all rejoicing
together on Simchas Torah. The
shul has a very high ceiling and
around the walls there is ancient
heavy furniture with elaborate
wood carvings.
The houses in Venice are
crowded together and connected
one to the next. The shul is also
connected to the homes of goyim.
On the walls are plaques
dedicated to Jews who donated
money hundreds of years ago to
the shul. The Venetian community
is unique and it has unique
customs. The people circle the
bima with twelve ancient Torah
scrolls with covers of old fabric
with ancient bells. After every
In the Talmud Torah Chabad of Venice
hakafa they put the s’farim on
special stands that are attached to
benches in the shul. Each hakafa
I thought. Throughout the davening new
has special niggunim that go back
When I arrived at the yeshiva I people kept coming in. Some came
told Rami what I wished for and he in for five minutes and others
laughed. To my surprise, there was stayed longer.
a mikva in Venice. Past the square, Simchas Torah night: TAHALUCHA OVER
near the bridge, within a small After davening in the yeshiva, THE GRAND CANAL
niche is where I discovered the we went to bring joy to the Jews in At the end of the hakafos in the
Venetian mikva. Perhaps it wasn’t the “big shul” of Venice. In Venice big shul we went on Tahalucha.
the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, there are five ancient shuls, About ten Lubavitchers went and
but it was a kosher mikva since the hundreds of years old. The shuls sang on the streets of Venice. The
water in it touches the waters of are open for davening only a few Rebbe taught us not to be fazed by
the sea. I immersed and felt better. times a year. The rest of the time the world and we did this b’hiddur.

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The streets were packed with from Israel who were touring in of Lubavitchers entered the square
tourists and we looked like Venice with their little boy. When with song. Once again Yossi went
madmen to them. We sang Rabbi we suggested that they come to on a bachur’s shoulders and
Levi Yitzchok’s hakafos niggun and hakafos, their young son schlepped explained to dozens of tourists
I thought about what a great his parents all the way to the about Simchas Torah and the
distance this niggun had traveled yeshiva, a walk that takes three- Seven Noachide Laws.
since Rabbi Levi Yitzchok had sung quarters of an hour. As we walked When he was finished, he
it in Alma Ata. they explained: We have three older invited them all to hakafos at the
Many tourists photographed us. sons who have already toured the yeshiva. We rushed back to the
In general, wherever I went, I was world. Wherever they went, they yeshiva in order to welcome our
visited Chabad and they told their guests.
younger brother about it. Now, Hakafos on Simchas Torah
She told my wife when our youngest son hears that
Chabad is in Venice too, he’s
Many tourists came to the
that in her getting us to follow him to the yeshiva and every one of them
yeshiva. danced with the Torah. Some were
parents’ house We got to the big bridge, shy and they sat outside near the
they said the Rialdo, which is built over the
Grand Canal, the main canal in
refreshments. We noticed an
American Jewish woman with a
blessing for bread Venice from which the minor
canals branch off. On either side of
gentile husband. She seemed
uncomfortable, probably because of
but did not wash the bridge were expensive shops for
tourists. We walked on to the
her non-Jewish husband, but she
came anyway. She told my wife
their hands. My bridge and did an enthusiastic that in her parents’ house they said
Chassidic dance there. All traffic the blessing for bread but did not
wife commented stopped in amazement and wash their hands.
that you can’t everybody took photos of us.
Yossi Mendelsohn went on the
My wife commented that you
can’t always make shortcuts. The
always make shoulders of one of the bachurim
and spoke in English to the crowd
woman thought about this for a
while and then said, “Okay, I’m
shortcuts. The that had gathered round, about the
Seven Noachide Laws. It was hard
going to wash my hands.”

woman thought for me to tell if there were any Jews JEWISH SOULS
in the crowd, but Yossi identified
about this for a some Jewish tourists. He took out
Shabbos B’Reishis:
while and then a bottle of wine and while still on
the bachur’s shoulders he made Today everybody is eating at the

said, “Okay, I’m Kiddush in a loud voice.

We could hear several people
restaurant. One of the special
things about the Chabad house in
going to wash my responding with “amen” which told
us that indeed, there were Jews in
Venice is the restaurant it operates.
It is located on the edge of the
hands.” the crowd. We invited them all to canal (actually, every place in
Venice is on the edge of a canal!).
come to hakafos at the Chabad
yeshiva in the ghetto – families During the week it serves the
an attraction. People were with children, young couples, those tourists who want kosher food (as
surprised to see such a weird sight whose Jewish spark inspired them well as many gentiles who enjoy the
– a man wearing a long, black coat. to drop their shopping expeditions good food).
Maybe they thought I was one of and to take part in our traditions. On Shabbos and Yomim Tovim
the costumed revelers that walked We continued on the winding the food is free. Dozens of tourists
around the streets of the city, streets until we reached the main partake of the meals without
someone leftover from the local square. Hundreds of people from paying. The atmosphere is special,
carnival. all over the world stood in awe of as Jews from all over the world
On the way we met a couple the ancient buildings while a group enjoy Shabbos, the day which is
ours. We eat, sing, and hear divrei

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Torah. Jewish. the Chabad school, which is
Near us sat a traditional couple It was touching to hear this attended by six Jewish children.
from Yerushalayim. They brought story about a wayward soul whose The children receive a very high
food with them for the rest of the pintele Yid was not entirely level chinuch. We were impressed
week, but on Shabbos they wanted extinguished. by the devotion of Mrs. Shachar
to enjoy the special atmosphere and We looked at two Israeli couples Benin.
so they came to the restaurant. The approaching us hesitantly. It looked ***
husband, originally from England, as though they had come directly The following Friday our son
told us about his uncle. This uncle from northern Tel Aviv (though not Sholom Dovber went on mivtzaim
was a famous doctor who lived for from Rabbi Ginsburgh’s yeshiva!). to his usual place in Israel. When
many years in an exclusive They were discussing amongst he put t’fillin on with one of his
neighborhood of London. He was themselves what to do since Rami regulars, a woman came over and
the only Jew in the neighborhood. had invited them to the Shabbos told him excitedly about her
One night, the local priest called meal. marvelous trip to Italy. “The
him and told him that the We heard one of them say, highlight of the trip was Simchas
greengrocer of the neighborhood “Me? To Chabad? Even if they Torah in Venice. You can’t imagine
had died. “He’s one of yours,” said paid me I won’t go in!” We smiled. how moving it was. Here we don’t
the doctor. It was a cold and snowy Not five minutes went by and the pay attention to the holidays but in
night and the uncle had no interest two couples sat down at a table. Venice it was really something
in leaving his house for the funeral “It’s just because of my wife,” the special.”
of a Christian. He was the family husband excused himself. “I simply When she finished describing
doctor of the greengrocer and of could not refuse her.” And once everything they had seen, my son
the entire extended family for more again, I thought to myself, “who is said, “The people you met in
than forty years. He knew the like Your people Israel?” Venice were my parents!” What a
family well as old-time family Knesset member Yossi Sarid (a small world.
doctors once knew their patients. Left-wing, anti-religious former Hearing about the shluchim and
“No,” said the priest. “He’s a Israeli politician) came to the old their work is nothing compared to
Jew.” shul on Shabbos. When they asked seeing it in action. It was amazing
It turned out that the his name and insisted he stay until to see what shluchim can
greengrocer had lived all his life as the end of the davening as the accomplish. How so many
a gentile but he did not want to be condition for entering the shul, he neshamos can be ignited. It’s just
buried among goyim. He had asked refused and instead, he went to the unbelievable. Only the Rebbe, Nasi
to be buried among his fellow Jews yeshiva. Turns out it was his HaDor, can empower his
whom he had abandoned decades birthday and our chevra were Chassidim, the shluchim, to such
before. Since he knew that nobody happy to make him a party with an extent. We saw that just being
would believe that he was a Jew, he Kiddush! When I heard this I was shluchim endowed them with
had left the key to a box with his amazed – Yossi Sarid in the prodigious powers. They work
will. When they opened the box yeshiva!? devotedly to fulfill the Rebbe’s
they discovered his parents’ k’suba Motzaei Shabbos: vision that “nobody will be pushed
and saw that he was actually Before we left Venice, we visited aside.” Fortunate are they! Check it out!! Educational and Fun!!

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the city and visit with the Chassidim

and shluchim. During summer

THE REBBE’S vacation I attended seminars that

shliach, Rabbi Shmuel Azimov held,
and later, although I wasn’t actually
a Chabad Chassid, I would go with
the shluchim on mivtza t’fillin.

By Nosson Avrohom
While attending school in
Strasbourg, the shluchim connected
me to the Rebbe and I was caught
up in the great enthusiasm that
characterized their work. On
various occasions I even wrote
letters that I sent to the Rebbe, but
The thoughts of repentance that came to my sorrow, I did not get a reply.
The Chassidim cheered me up and
to me occasionally, mainly around the explained that just sending the letter

Yomim Noraim when I remembered my meant that I had given the matter
over to the Rebbe. They said that
visit to 770, vanished shortly thereafter. the Rebbe read every letter.
Every time I went on mivtzaim
They did not bring about a change in with the Chassidim, every time I
attended a farbrengen, each time I
me. Then one day, something happened learned the Rebbe’s teachings, it
connected me more and more to
that changed my entire way of Chabad. I eventually changed my

thinking... way of dress and wore a kippa.

The atmosphere at the Chabad
house warmed up as Tishrei 5743
Every Friday afternoon, a t’fillin you will understand why. approached. Chassidim planned on
stand is set up near the boardwalk Like many French Jews, I was going to the Rebbe. A relative of
close to the beach in Eilat and born in Casablanca, the capitol of mine, Rabbi Yaakov Bitton, a
bearded fellows put t’fillin on Morocco. As a boy, I became shliach in Sarcelles, helped me and
hundreds of Jews who pass by on acquainted with the Chabad we went to 770 together that year. I
their way for a swim. They stand in movement and its leader, the spent six weeks in 770, which was
line, young and old, simple folk and Lubavitcher Rebbe, through his the most moving and extraordinary
intelligentsia, students and faithful shliach, Rabbi Yehuda Leib period in my life. It is engraved in
professionals. Raskin. To us he was a role model my memory and every time I recall
“The Lubavitcher Rebbe is the and someone to admire. I learned it, I tremble as I see the Rebbe enter
prophet of the generation,” said Gemara and Chassidus from him 770 for the first time. My heart
someone with a heavy French and I was impressed by his nearly stopped.
accent. Before the Lubavitchers personality. He was a very special Throughout those weeks I didn’t
manning the stand could recover man. miss an opportunity to spend time
from the surprising announcement, At the age of seventeen I in the Rebbe’s presence. It was very
the man continued, “You don’t even emigrated to France with my family uncomfortable with the pushing, but
know who sent you here,” as and we moved to Strasbourg. I made every effort to be close to
though goading them into asking Although in Morocco I had the Rebbe and to watch him.
him to tell his story. attended a Jewish school with a Whoever did not see the Rebbe,
*** strong orientation to observing would definitely not understand my
My name is Shimon Levy and I Torah and mitzvos and our excitement. He was simply an angel
live in a suburb of Paris. Although, tradition, in France I attended a of G-d.
unfortunately, I don’t wear a kippa, secular Jewish school. I remember how sometimes I
I feel that I am a Chassid of the Despite my spiritual descent, I was able to accompany the Rebbe’s
Rebbe. When you hear my story, would go to the Chabad house in brother-in-law, Rashag, to his

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apartment on the third floor. He I was still wearing tzitzis and a
was elderly and every day I would kippa at the time. I removed them
help him. when I left the kashrus job and
After a month and a half packed began working with non-Jews.
with spiritual inspiration, I was I remember that one day I made
convinced I had to be a Chabad a spiritual reckoning and I was
Chassid. When I returned to France shocked at where I had gotten;
I bought a hat and dark suit and I recently I had been religious, I went
went to the Lubavitcher yeshiva in to the mikva every day, I learned
Brunoy. Chassidus and davened with
At first I did well there. I loved concentration, and now I was living
the staff of mashpiim and maggidei disconnected from any religious
shiurim and I was involved in the practice.
farbrengens, but after a few months It was hard for me to get back
I felt a spiritual descent. I think the on track and I mostly made peace
reason was that I didn’t find a with the situation. The thoughts of
chavrusa to learn with me. At first I repentance that came to me
tried joining other learning partners occasionally, mainly around the
but it didn’t work, and my spiritual Yomim Noraim when I remembered
descent began. I tried to stop it, but my visit to 770, vanished shortly illuminated a dark room.
as the days went by I found myself thereafter. They did not bring about I couldn’t work that day. The
davening less and learning less. On a change in me. letter made me feel ashamed and
the one hand, I was sad about my Then one day, something deep regret.
plight, and on the other hand, I happened that changed my entire Later on I found out why the
didn’t seem able to control it. way of thinking. As I said, I had letter had been delayed for three
Another thing that disturbed me written to the Rebbe many times but years. The letter had been sent in
was the fact that I saw that other did not get a reply. One morning, reply shortly after I had written my
bachurim had received letters from as I was busy at work, someone letter. It was sent to the school in
the Rebbe, answers to their came in and said that he was sent to Strasbourg that I attended, but I
questions and brachos, while I had me by the shliach of Strasbourg, had left the school and went to
written several letters and had Rabbi Shimon Samama. Without yeshiva. The principal of the school
received no reply. saying another word, he put a tried to locate me, but as he could
After half a year in Brunoy, I sealed envelope on the table. I not find me, he sent the letter back
returned to Strasbourg. At first I looked at the envelope and saw it to New York.
joined the Chabad house team and I was a letter from the Lubavitcher The Rebbe’s secretary, Rabbi
went on mivtza t’fillin nearly every Rebbe to me. Groner, was told to send the letter
day. I also joined the shliach in I began to tremble. Why had the again, this time to the home of the
visiting homes and koshering Rebbe written to me? I hadn’t shliach in Paris, R’ Azimov. R’
kitchens. When someone wanted his written to him in a long time. Azimov gave it to the shliach in
mezuzos checked, I was sent to take I opened the envelope and read Strasbourg. The letter remained at
them down. I don’t understand how the letter. I saw that it was in the Chabad house for a while until
it happened but at the same time response to the letter I had sent to the shliach found out where I was,
that I did these holy activities, I was the Rebbe three years before, even and he sent it to me.
dropping out of religious practice. before my trip to 770, when I was What can I tell you? Although I
At a certain point I stopped attending the school in Strasbourg. have not completely returned to a
working at the Chabad house and In the letter, the Rebbe asked me to life of mitzvos, the letter shook me
looked for a job where I could make be an “illuminating candle” to my up. I went back to putting t’fillin on
nice money. Ironically, I took a job friends and to behave in the way of daily. I wear a Chabad tallis and in
as a mashgiach for the rav of Torah and mitzvos. Paris, I daven at the Sephardic shul
Strasbourg. The work was seasonal You can imagine how I felt. I of Rabbi Shimon Dahan, a
and so before Pesach I supervised burst into tears and cried for some Lubavitcher. The Rebbe’s letter
the matza baking. Sometimes I time. The Rebbe’s letter illuminated stopped my deterioration and put
supervised wine production and my neshama in an instant. It was as me back on track, though I still
other sorts of kashrus-related jobs. though beams of light had have a ways to go.

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the privilege of being shluchim.

We were raised on the story
about the mashpia, R’ Michoel der

THE PRICE Alter, who was in the middle of

davening in the zal of yeshiva when
a shoemaker walked in. This
Chassidishe mashpia stopped
davening, went over to the

By Rabbi Yaakov Shmuelevitz, Shliach, Beit Shaan
shoemaker, and by motioning to
him he directed him to one of the
T’mimim whose shoes were torn
and indicated to him that he wanted
the bachur’s shoes fixed.
After the davening they asked
This is the price of shlichus that we pay the mashpia how he could have
stopped in the middle of the
happily and proudly. We only pray that brachos of Krias Shma to get
involved with shoes. The mashpia
we be worthy of this privilege that the answered, “You don’t understand?
To the bachur they are shoes, but
Rebbe help us be mekarev Jews and for me (in my role in which I look
bring the Geula. after the T’mimim) it is yichuda ilaa
and yichuda tataa” (the higher and
lower Divine unifications alluded to
A shliach (who wishes to remain by how the bachurim are immersed in the Shma).
anonymous) told me, “You can’t in their food and when the chulent That’s what we were taught.
imagine how much I yearn for a pot comes to the table in the dining That being on shlichus is the
Shabbos when I can sit by myself in room the bachurim get up to make highest elevation of all our avodas
peace and daven for a few hours sure they get a portion, that doesn’t Hashem. It is the ultimate
like I used to do in yeshiva. It just bother you? Let him enjoy it; the perfection of our davening, of our
isn’t possible on shlichus.” There main thing is that he davens.’ Torah study, and of our hiskashrus
are many shluchim like him in Eretz “I continued davening at length to the Rebbe for all eternity.
Yisroel. throughout my years in yeshiva. I am not going to pasken
This shliach went on to say, “As Now I am on shlichus and every halacha for everybody here. I wasn’t
soon as I started learning in yeshiva Shabbos I have to be the chazan at given the smicha to do so. Every
in Kfar Chabad, I loved to daven the Chabad house. Sometimes I visit shliach has to ask his rav or
b’arichus (pray at length). I other shuls before davening at the mashpia, but generally speaking,
remember a debate that I had (when Chabad house in order to say divrei this is what the Rebbe taught us. It
I was in shiur Alef) with an older Torah (mainly in honor of simchos is permissible and a mitzva to
bachur (from shiur Gimmel) about of mekuravim). I usually have sprinkle ashes of the red heifer and
t’filla. I said that it was acceptable guests waiting for me at home and I purify someone, even though the
and good that I enjoyed davening at have to welcome them right after Kohen himself becomes impure and
length, whereas he maintained that the davening, or there is a cannot enter the Mikdash until
it was bad if I enjoyed it because farbrengen after the davening. I’ve nightfall. The goal is to purify and
then I made davening into another almost forgotten what it means to be mekarev another Jew.
enjoyable activity. daven b’arichus.”
“The debate continued and we
went together to the mashpia, R’ YICHUDA ILAA WITH
Berel Kesselman a”h to present our THE HAFTORA
views. I remember that the mashpia
THE SHOEMAKER We shluchim sometimes feel that
censured the other bachur, saying: This problem is familiar to every we are “soiled” by our shlichus.
‘You’re not ashamed? This is your shliach in some form or another, There are shluchim who daven
problem – that a bachur enjoys but we are not complaining. We almost the entire year without a
davening? Instead of being bothered thank Hashem and the Rebbe for minyan because there just isn’t a

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minyan where they live or within only pray that we be worthy of this the Rebbe’s mivtzaim. I heard from
500 kilometers. We know shluchim privilege that the Rebbe help us be Rabbi Shmuel Gruzman, shliach in
who have a minyan but throughout mekarev Jews and bring the Geula. moshava Migdal, in the name of his
the davening they have to circulate Shluchim have two spiritual father, Rabbi Meir Tzvi, about the
and show people the place and turn accountings to make, one as any early years of mivtzaim. There were
pages for them in their siddurim. Jew – what have I done and what Chassidim who thought that
There are many shluchim who, if more could I have done? – and one mivtzaim could be done at the
they lived in Kfar Chabad or B’nei as a shliach – what did I sacrifice expense of t’filla and/or learning.
Brak, would surely be mehader not and what more could I have done? The rabbanim emphasized that all
to carry on Shabbos, but on the horaos from the Rebbeim in
shlichus they must rely on the eiruv MUSING INSTEAD Kuntres HaT’filla and Kuntres
and carry food for the Mesibos HaAvoda were still in force.
Shabbos or flyers about an
OF STORIES The question was sent to the
upcoming Chabad event. Some I guess I should apologize to the Rebbe. The Rebbe said that
shluchim run a public seider that readers of this column because I obviously good things are not
lasts for hours and only afterwards don’t have amazing stories to tell abolished, that there is only an
do they have a hurried seider of this week. No exorcising of demons increase in holiness, but not at the
their own so that they eat the or unexpected huge donations. Not
afikoman before midnight.
Rabbi Yitzchok Lifsh, a shliach
in Tzfas, tells of one year when he
‘This is your problem – that a bachur
planned on going to the Rebbe for
Simchas Torah. He had already
enjoys davening? Instead of being
bought a ticket and made sure that bothered by how the bachurim are
things would go smoothly in his
absence. Then he opened to a letter immersed in their food and when the
in the Igros Kodesh saying that a
neshama comes down to this world chulent pot comes to the table in the
for seventy years in order to do a
favor for another Jew, and therefore
dining room the bachurim get up to
he should “remain in his place.”
Rabbi Lifsh canceled his ticket
make sure they get a portion, that
and began to think about what favor doesn’t bother you? Let him enjoy it;
the Rebbe could be referring to. The
end of the story was that he devoted the main thing is that he davens.’
himself to a certain bachur and was
mekarev him. Following that, this
bachur went to a Chabad yeshiva even touching “neshama” stories, expense and not instead of learning
and he established a fine, although you can definitely find diligently and t’filla b’avoda.
Chassidishe home. many stories of heroes here, R’ Shmuel Gruzman told about a
There are endless examples of precisely as many as the number of farbrengen with R’ Leibel Groner.
compromises that people make for shluchim and shluchos. R’ Groner related that the Rebbe
the sake of the shlichus. Every year, Understand the spiritual mesirus heard a rumor about the lack of
when I read the Haftora of Parshas nefesh that every young couple tznius and separation between boys
Nitzavim, the three-four verses makes the moment they leave the and girls in Kfar Chabad. This was
about Hashem being willing to have “hothouse” of kollel and the before the girls’ schools were moved
His garments soiled with blood, the community, the Chassidishe to Kfar Chabad Beit. The Rebbe
main thing being to redeem His farbrengens, the minyanim, the reacted strongly, with tears, and
people, tears come to my eyes. They shiurim, the rav and chavrusa. They clear instructions. R’ Groner said he
are not tears of sorrow but tears of go to a life of compromise and had never seen such a strong
being uplifted, of cleaving to the sacrifice, with every t’filla or meal, reaction before, over this lack of
Rebbe. This is the price of shlichus with every step they take. care regarding halacha and the ways
that we pay happily and proudly. We Of course, nobody is permitted of tznius.
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There was great excitement at
the Machon (Institute) for
Rabbinics, Dayanus, and Training
of Yeshiva Educators of Bais
Moshiach 770 in Beitar, Israel, as
the shluchim – the nucleus of
leading senior students – arrived
here. These graduates of the 5767
kvutza (Israeli students who have
studied during the past year at
“770” in Crown Heights, New
York) will be studying Rabbinics –
Yoreh Deia, Hilchos Issur V’heter –
for which they will take the
examinations of the Israeli Chief
Rabbinate. They will also
disseminate the wellsprings of
Chassidus outward in Beitar Illit
the shluchim students, the gave the shluchim his blessings and
and the surrounding region.
Institute’s Rosh Hacollel, Rabbi spoke about the great significance
When they arrived here on
Yisroel Shvartz, Av Beis Din of Tel of serving as shluchim of the
Thursday, 13 MarCheshven, they
Tziyon, spoke about how much the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, in a
were welcomed by the Institute’s
new arrivals will contribute to the Torah community such as Beitar.
hanhala and students at an
Institute and to the entire Torah The chairman of Beis
impressive event held at the
community of Beitar, for the Moshiach 770 in Beitar, Reb D’niel
Institute spreads Torah light HaLeivi Goldberg, told about the
At the welcoming event for
throughout the city and its amazing miracles that have
environs. The mashpia, Rabbi happened since the Institute’s
Avrohom Pressman, made a establishment – as a result of the
profound impression on everyone holy blessing of the Rebbe, Melech
with gripping stories and Chassidic HaMoshiach, that has accompanied
insights about shlichus and the Institute at every step. The
hafotzas hamaayonos. Rabbi Rafael shluchim, he said, will have a deep
Tzikvishvili of Yerushalyim, a positive influence on the youth of
member of the Yeshiva’a hanhala, Beitar and its environs, and cause a
elaborated on the special privilege breakthrough in hafotzas
of serving as shluchim at the hamaayonos in the city. He
Institute, which, during the few announced that, as a result of the
months since its establishment, has Institute’s success, more shluchim
succeeded in accomplishing a great students will be added during the
revolution, and, with Hashem’s school year, and he expressed his
help, they will further advance this wish that Beis Moshiach 770 in
from strength to strength. The Beitar Illit will soon have the
Institute’s meishiv (students’ privilege of welcoming the Rebbe,
consultant for study questions), Melech HaMoshiach, shlita, with
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Silberman, great joy and gladness.

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