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G-D’S RETURN WITH THE JEWISH


 PEOPLE FROM EXILE (CONT.)
D’var Malchus | Likkutei Sichos Vol. 9, pg. 175-183
A DAILY DOSE OF MOSHIACH
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[Continued from last week]


b) The verse speaks about the

G-D’S redemption of Jews. Why then does


Rashi conclude with, “Indeed, this
concept is also found with regard to
the gentile nations, etc.”?2
c) The quandary is even more

RETURN puzzling. In order to cite proof that


G-d will take every individual out of
exile, it would have sufficed for Rashi
to quote the words, “You…shall be
gathered one by one,” omitting the

WITH THE words, “the Jewish people,” which


appear at the end of the sentence [in
the original Hebrew, making it
seemingly extraneous here]. This
inclusion indicates that Rashi wants

JEWISH to emphasize that the fact that “He


personally needs to literally hold the
hand of every single person [to
extract each one] from his place [in
exile]” is also applicable to the Jewish

PEOPLE people [and not just the gentile


nations].
(The latter is also inferred from
the verse that is central to our
discussion, “G-d, your L-rd, will

FROM EXILE
Likkutei Sichos Vol. 9, pg. 175-183
return (with) your captivity”
(according to the second
interpretation), as follows. The fact
that “He personally needs to literally
hold the hand of every single person,
Translated by Boruch Merkur etc.” is in virtue of the fact that G-d is
“your L-rd.”3)
If so, why does Rashi follow this
with, “Indeed, this concept is also found with regard to
the gentile nations, etc.”?
d) Why is the lengthy discussion, requiring proofs
from the works of the Prophets, etc., relevant here?
e) What does Rashi intend to add with the word
“literally,”4 thereby negating the usual interpretation of
G-d’s “hand,” mentioned in his commentary on the Torah
portion VaEs’chanan?21*
3. The answers to all these questions will emerge from
a prefatory discussion of a concept that is common to all
of the Patriarchs5 – that [it was said of them that] G-d is
with them. The simple meaning of this statement is as
follows. The Patriarchs enjoyed treatment from On High
that was beyond the natural order, to the extent that
everyone perceived that their success came from G-d.6
Thus,7 the verse emphasizes that G-d was with them
(although He is omnipresent – “in the heavens above and
upon the earth below”24* – as it is written, “I fill the
heavens and the earth”8), meaning that He was with them

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and He protected them in a manner that was plainly there must be, “G-d, your L-rd, will return (with) your
revealed, [for which reason]they experienced [a captivity.”
miraculous degree of] success, etc. [To be continued be”H]
The same principle applies to the Jewish people, even9
NOTES:
during the time of exile. The fact that it is apparent to all
that G-d gives special attention to them [protecting them] 19 See Footnote 19 in the original.
– being one sheep among seventy wolves, but it remains 20 See Footnote 20 in the original.
safe10 – illustrates that G-d is with the Jewish people (as
21 Which is not the case in Rashi’s commentary on the
learned earlier regarding the exile to Egypt, the first (and
root11) of all exiles, “The L-rd will be with you”12). An beginning of the portion VaYishlach.
example of the latter concept is what is said of the Jewish 21* 4:31.
people when they are redeemed: “the Divine Presence is 22 VaYeira 21:22; Toldos 26:3, ibid 28; VaYeitzei 28:15.
with them.” 23 VaYeira ibid, Toldos ibid 28.
It is understood, however, that this concept is distinct
from what is referred to in the verse, “G-d, your L-rd, 24 See Rashi VaYeira ibid.
24* See D’varim 4:39; commentary of
Rashi ibid 4:35, etc. – see Footnote 24*
The concept that G-d is found with the in the original.

Jewish people in exile in order to protect


25 Yirmiyahu 23:24.
26 Although, in general, during the time
them from the “seventy wolves,” on the of exile this [miraculous degree of]
success is not readily perceived, as it was
other hand, means the exact opposite! in the times of the Holy Temple, etc. –
see Footnote 26 in the original.
He is there in order to help them; 27 See Ester Rabba 10:11; Tanchuma

certainly He is not in “exile.” Toldos 5.


28 For which reason, in the descent to
Egypt there needed to be the promise
will return (with) your captivity (and not “with you” and “you will also go up” – from the 4 exiles (Rashi Shabbos 89b,
the like). The term here (that G-d’s “return” occurs with entry beginning with the words, “I will descend”). And see [the
discourse] beginning with the words, “The voice of my
your captives (with your return, returning from exile)),
beloved,” of 5709 and the references there.
indicates that prior to the redemption, G-d is (restricted,
29 VaYechi 48:21. Also with regard to the other exiles it is
as it were, in the lands of the gentiles, and of
consequence) distanced and expelled, as it were, from His written (VaEs’chanan ibid), “He will not fail to grasp you with
His hands” (which echoes, “He personally…holds the hand,”
“home.”13 The concept that G-d is found with the Jewish
in Rashi’s commentary on the verse central to our discussion).
people in exile in order to protect them from the “seventy
wolves,” on the other hand, means the exact opposite! He 30 For which reason Rashi cites the words, “(with) your
is there in order to help them; certainly He is not in captivity,” because this terminology proves (see above Footnote
“exile.” 16) “that the Divine Presence resides with the Jewish
people…amidst the suffering of their exile,” and not just in a
Thus, Rashi says that here there is a different meaning
manner that resembles [what is suggested in the verse], “The
to “the Divine Presence resides with the Jewish
L-rd will be with you,” which is said regarding the exile in
people…amidst the suffering of their exile.” Namely, that Egypt. See Footnote 37.
He is indeed suffering, as it were, from exile. Therefore,

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24 ELUL: AVODA WITH KABBALAS OL


“And on that day His feet shall

A DAILY stand on the Mount of Olives”


(Zecharia 14:4).
“Oil” alludes to wisdom – serving
G-d with understanding and logic
(intellectual avoda), whereas the

DOSE OF “foot” alludes to serving G-d out of


kabbalas ol (accepting the yoke of
Heaven).
Furthermore, the pasuk comes to
teach us that [what is alluded to by]

MOSHIACH “foot” is superior to “oil.”


This is because Avodas Hashem
with kabbalas ol is loftier than Avodas
Hashem achieved through intellect
and logic.

& GEULA: (Likkutei Sichos, Vol. 1, pg. 103)

25 ELUL: BRINGING MOSHIACH NOW


The unique purpose and objective
of our generation is to bring
24 ELUL - 1 TISHREI Moshiach speedily and immediately,
“We Want Moshiach Now!.”
Selected daily pearls of wisdom from the In fact, this is no innovation, for
every Jew davens and requests in the
Rebbe MH”M on Moshiach and Geula. Shmoneh Esrei, “Cause the sprout of
Dovid to grow speedily…for we hope
Collected and arranged by Rabbi Pinchas Maman for Your salvation all day”
Translated by Michoel Leib Dobry (throughout the entire day).
Thus, when the time for the
Mincha prayer comes, and Moshiach has yet to arrive, we
say this again. And if the Redemption is ch”v delayed until
the evening, we repeat this prayer at Maariv!
(Likkutei Sichos, Vol. 2, pg. 458)

26 ELUL: PUBLICIZING THE COMING OF MOSHIACH IN THE


PAPERS
…In addition and most importantly, we should have
(the coming of Moshiach) in actual deed. Furthermore, it
should be that we already had it (in the past tense).
This is particularly so according to the well-known
saying of our Rebbeim regarding publicizing the coming
of Moshiach in the newspapers, as has actually occurred
recently with the publicity in numerous periodicals
throughout the world (and there should be a greater
increase in publicity), for “Here comes (Melech
HaMoshiach),” immediately – and he has already come –
in actual deed, down in this physical world, revealed
before the eyes of all mankind, and all the more so,
“before the eyes of the entire Jewish People,” immediately,
mamash.
(sicha, Shabbos Parshas Nitzavim-VaYeilech 5751)

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27 ELUL: WAITING AND BELIEVING WITH P’NIMIUS protected the Jewish People so they could learn and
In the Future, Melech HaMoshiach will arise and daven, and “absorbed” the letters of prayer and Torah) –
restore the kingdom of Dovid…and anyone who does they will surely receive their reward, and return to be
not believe in him or does not await his coming… established in Eretz Yisroel.
(Rambam, Hilchos Melachim, Chapter 11). (Seifer HaSichos II 5748, pg. 464)

Believe in him – faith can be in an encompassing


manner, as our Sages, of blessed memory, have said, “A 29 ELUL – EREV ROSH HASHANA – THE BIRTHDAY OF THE
thief breaking in (“in the framework of his occupation”) TZEMACH TZEDEK: THE ESSENCE OF MOSHIACH UNITED
calls for G-d’s help.” WITH THE ESSENCE OF THE INFINITE G-D
Furthermore, besides the faith in Moshiach, a person It can be said regarding Moshiach that in addition to
must also await his coming in its simplest sense, in a the revelation of Moshiach’s name, to the point that he is
manner that it penetrates his inner nature. connected with (the general level of) yechida, there is also
the essence of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, which is literally one
with the Essence of the Ein Sof (the
Infinite G-d).
The spiritual elicitation that the Jewish See the Tzemach Tzedek’s Seifer
HaMitzvos on the mitzva to appoint a
People bring about on Rosh HaShana king: You have placed the Ein Sof
(the revelation of G-d’s sovereignty in Himself into Moshiach.
(Kuntres Yud-Tes Kislev 5752)

the whole world) resembles the 1 TISHREI – 1ST DAY OF ROSH


revelation in the Future to Come, which HASHANA: THE SPIRITUAL ELICITATION
ON ROSH HASHANA — LIKENED TO THE
is the true intention literally rooted in FUTURE TO COME
G-d’s Essence – His desire for a Chassidus explains (the Rebbe
Rashab’s hemshech Yom Tov Shel
dwelling place in the lower realms. Rosh HaShana 5666) that the
spiritual elicitation that the Jewish
People bring about on Rosh HaShana
(Seifer HaSichos I 5749, pg. 351) (the revelation of G-d’s sovereignty in the whole world)
resembles the revelation in the Future to Come, which is
28 ELUL: SHULS IN THE FUTURE TO COME the true intention literally rooted in G-d’s Essence – His
“In the Future, the synagogues and battei midrash desire for a dwelling place in the lower realms.
will be established in Eretz Yisroel” (Megilla 29a). The maamer further explains that “there has already
The meaning here is not only in reference to been something resembling this in the world at the time of
synagogues and battei midrash that exist today, at the Mattan Torah,” but this revelation was only for that time,
time when the Redemption arrives, but also the etc., “until the appointed time of the end of days,” when
synagogues and battei midrash that have existed there will be fulfilled the destiny of “And the glory of G-d
throughout all the generations (even those that were will be revealed and all flesh will see it together, etc.,”
destroyed). likened to what can also be achieved on Rosh HaShana.
Thus, the stones, the wood, and earth from which (Seifer Hisvaaduyos 5747, pg. 34)
were made the synagogues and battei midrash (which

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AN EXTRAORDINARY
YOMIM NORAIM
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A moving description by a Sanzer One day in Elul 5704 (1944), I
heard from my friend Leibel Malach
Chassid who spent Rosh HaShana with z”l (who was originally from
Otrolinka near Warsaw) that on the
Chabad Chassidim during World War upcoming Yomim Noraim there
would be a minyan at the home of
Two in the Soviet Union. the amazing Chassid, R’ Berel Yaffe
z”l in Chimkent. I was thrilled to
hear the news and I said to R’ Leibel:
If only I could be part of that

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minyan. strength to withstand the hostile minyan. R’ Leibel seemed like an
He said that he couldn’t environment that surrounded him. angel of salvation and it was only
guarantee it, because he wasn’t one I asked R’ Leibel why a minyan embarrassment that stopped me from
of the organizers, and they did was being organized this particular kissing him. The organizers had
everything with the utmost secrecy so year when there hadn’t been one in checked me out, to see if I was
that word wouldn’t get out beyond a previous years. He told me that since kosher from a “security standpoint,”
limited few. Of course, they were they were in the midst of a war and and baruch Hashem, I had passed.
fearful of the danger in publicity. the NKVD was busy with other My wife and I began preparing
After all, we were in Russia and problems, the danger for the for the trip to Chimkent for Rosh
Chimkent is a big city with NKVD organizers and those who would HaShana. I felt like a Chassid who
agents swarming everywhere. attend the minyan had diminished. prepares to travel to his Rebbe.
In addition, R’ Berel lived in a In addition, it was felt that after Indeed, my admiration for R’ Berel
little hut that could not hold more millions of Russians had fallen on the was no less than that of a Chassid to
than twenty people. However, as a German front with no end in sight, his Rebbe. This was especially after I
loyal friend, R’ Leibel promised to do the atmosphere antagonistic towards heard from R’ Leibel (who was
what he could so that I could religion had eased up somewhat. In himself a Gerrer Chassid and an
participate in this minyan on the order not to miss this opportunity, a outstanding scholar, whose every
Yomim Noraim. How could I miss few people, confidants of R’ Berel, word was weighed) how he spoke
this rare opportunity? I eagerly about R’ Berel, about his Torah
awaited his answer. scholarship, his Chassidus, and his
Who was R’ Berel Yaffe? R’ Berel d’veikus to Hashem.
Yaffe was from the Ukraine. Not only I must say that as soon as I began
was he a distinguished Chabad importuning R’ Leibel to work on my
Chassid but they said amazing things behalf so I could join the minyan, I
about his exemplary conduct, his promised him that I would not be a
holy ways, and his deep knowledge burden on him as far as meals were
of Chabad Chassidus. He studied concerned. I knew his situation and
Nigleh and Nistar day and night, that he was poverty-stricken. I had to
despite his sorry circumstances. fend for myself during my stay in
For 15 years he was expelled Chimkent.
from his home and city by the How do you prepare for a trip in
Bolsheviks because of his “counter- Russia during wartime? My wife and
revolutionary” activities. He suffered I made an exact count of how many
from hunger, torture, and slices of bread I needed, minimum,
persecution, like every exile being for two days and how many roasted
punished for such activities. R’ Berel Yaffe potatoes. I had to consider my wife
Nevertheless, his spirit was not and my five-year-old child who were
broken and he poured out his heart had decided with his agreement to staying home, who also needed food
to his Maker in his painful isolation. organize a minyan for a few men. to eat. Our figures had to be very
He lived in a wretched hut In the meantime, I remained exact.
together with his young daughter. tense, as I hadn’t gotten an answer When we finished calculating, my
Generally, he did not leave his house. from R’ Leibel. I really yearned and wife went to the market to buy the
He was rarely seen outside except prayed to Hashem that I would be food for the three of us, for Rosh
when he went to the market to buy able to daven on these holy days with HaShana. In Russia you had to
something. He had hardly any the Chassid R’ Berel. I felt that this prepare everything in advance and
friends since he was an exile and would give support and could not wait for tomorrow, lest
who would endanger himself to encouragement to my broken heart tomorrow the item you needed
befriend an “enemy of the to continue and not, G-d forbid, cave would not be available.
motherland” and a “counter- in, under the burdens and sorrows I My wife managed to get the
revolutionary” like him? had experienced these past five years. bread, potatoes and a little flour to
So he lived alone for 15 years, Then one day, at the end of Elul, make some cereal, poor man’s food.
involved in Torah study and avodas R’ Leibel Malach appeared at my This was the food we ate in this
Hashem, which gave him the house with the news: I could join the galus, year round, if we had it… And

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so now the food for the trip was honor he would give any rav and av so, if I have the opportunity to daven
ready. beis din. But when R’ Menachem with them and to pour out my heart
On the Shabbos before Rosh Mendel of Vizhnitz came, he went in their presence before our Master
HaShana, when I went to daven in out personally to greet him and gave on the holy days, could I miss such
our minyan in Leningrad, two b’nei him great honor. an opportunity?
Torah that I knew approached me The Divrei Chaim answered: You The two of them did not continue
and asked me whether it was true know that the Beis HaMikdash was trying to dissuade me from going,
that I was planning on going to not built on Har Sinai, where the and with tears choking them up, they
Chimkent for Rosh HaShana, to R’ Torah was given. Rather, it was built wished me a k’siva va’chasima tova
Berel Yaffe. I told them this was on Har HaMoria, where Yitzchok from the depths of their hearts.
correct and that I hoped Hashem was bound as a sacrifice. The ***
would help me in this. Vizhnitzer Rebbe offers himself to Erev Rosh HaShana: I prayed a
The two of them peppered me Hashem as a korban and he is the silent prayer in my heart that nothing
with questions: Since when are you a pillar of avoda. untoward would happen. If in every
Lubavitcher? We know your father This is my answer to you, I said. place and at every time a person
and grandfather and they were During my five years here in Russia, needs Heavenly mercy, and if Chazal
devoted Sanzer and Shinover as I wandered from place to place, I say that “all roads are in the category
Chassidim. Now you’re suddenly met many Jews of different groups, of danger,” then all the more so on a
involved with Chabad, which in our from Russia, Poland, and Lithuania, trip in Russia by train which
part of the world is unheard of? Chassidim and Misnagdim. Most of swarmed with NKVD agents. Their
You’re running away from us, all of a them made their peace with the suspicious eyes darted everywhere
sudden, Erev Rosh HaShana? Who decrees of the communists, though at and they wanted to know everything,
will we be left with, with the first they did not want to. The only even what you thought in your heart,
“shochet” G., who was known to ones who did not make their peace and naturally, what was the purpose
consort with unsavory characters. He with these g’zeiros shmad, who even of your trip? Where are you going?
will be our chazan during this holy jumped into the lion’s den and were When are you returning? Over the
time? moser nefesh for the smallest thing, years I spent in Russia, I had
I replied: Your complaints are are the Lubavitchers, the ones you endured these interrogations before.
somewhat justified, but I have a say I have fallen in with. I cast my burden upon Hashem,
response. Since you mentioned the I am sure Shlomo HaMelech in Who shepherded me from my very
holy tzaddik of Sanz zt”l, I will tell Shir HaShirim (8:6), with his ruach first day, and implored Him to guide
you what he once said to the gaon, ha’kodesh, was referring to them me safely and allow me to reach my
R’ Shimon Sofer, the av beis din of when he said, “for strong till the destination in peace. After all, I was
Cracow, the son of the Chasam death is my love; though their zeal going to a tzaddik for Rosh HaShana
Sofer zt”l. R’ Shimon Sofer once for vengeance is hard as the grave, and was involved in a mitzva, and
asked the Divrei Chaim of Sanz why its flashes are flashes of fire, the emissaries to do a mitzva are not
it was that when his older brother, flame of G-d.” Wherever I met them, harmed.
the K’sav Sofer, the av beis din of all of them, without exception, they, The trip was uneventful, thank
Pressburg, had gone to him, the their wives, and their children, were G-d. If, during the two-hour trip, I
tzaddik had not honored him in any ready for literal self-sacrifice, without was somewhat fearful, Hashem paid
special way. He had given him the looking for excuses and leniencies. If me back with the great joy of R’
Leibel Malach when he saw me in
his house and rejoiced so greatly,
The only ones who did not make their and “as waters reflect a face…”
When two friends meet, especially
peace with these g’zeiros shmad, who during a difficult time, their joy is
even jumped into the lion’s den and doubled and redoubled.
We ate a snack so as not to enter
were moser nefesh for the smallest Yom Tov in distress and we went to
R’ Berel Yaffe’s house. On the way
thing, are the Lubavitchers, the ones we passed the Mosva River and
immersed in honor of the holiness
you say I have fallen in with. of the day. From there we went

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R’ Berel Yaffe (center) at a farbrengen in Samarkand. From right to left: R’ Eliyahu Levin, R’ Betzalel Shiff,
R’ Berel Yaffe, R’ Chaim Zalman Kozliner, R’ Feivish Hankin

directly to R’ Berel. greeting, first to R’ Leibel and then the Jewish people.
to me. ***
R’ BERELE With my hand in his, he asked me I knew a little bit about the life of
my name, about my father and where suffering this wonderful man had
The hut was in an alleyway near a
I was born. I told him everything, endured during recent years. He was
side street, concealed by tall
about my five-year-old son, Tzvi, alone after the passing of his wife in
cypresses, a place that was out of the
who was born two months after the Chimkent, but his main suffering was
purview of the NKVD’s evil eye.
war broke out while I was already in due to Stalin’s police, the NKVD,
When R’ Leibel pointed out R’
exile in Stari Zapanda, in the who kept a watchful eye on him. He
Berel’s home from a distance, I
Ukraine; how we traveled with him had been exiled for “counter-
immediately thought of the forced
in Siberia, the Urals, and Tashkent, revolutionary activity” and a person
converts of Spain and Portugal and
and that I prayed for Heavenly like that was under constant
the places they hid in during the
assistance that my wife and I would surveillance. His life was hell.
davening on the Yomim Noraim and
be able to raise him to Torah and Although R’ Berel did not break
the famous niggun for Kol Nidrei,
fear of G-d. I told him of the under the constant persecution, you
which according to tradition was
miracles with my son, about the could not say that it did not leave its
composed by anusim, a melody that
illnesses he had had, the travails we mark on him. In his sad and tired
we continue to sing till this day. I
had experienced, and that I thanked eyes you could see the pain and
recalled all the descriptions, just as I
Hashem for the past and prayed for torment. When he tried sometimes,
had read them in my childhood.
the future. while talking to people, to smile a
There we were, standing at the
R’ Berel looked straight into my little, it was a smile mixed with
threshold of R’ Berel’s home. R’
eyes and finally bestowed warm sadness. Although he tried to conceal
Leibel knocked gently and when
blessings upon me for my requests his anguish and hide his feelings, he
asked who was there, he answered,
and wished me a good year and a wasn’t always successful. These were
“It’s me, Leibel.” The door opened
k’siva va’chasima tova for me and all my impressions as I stood there, for
and R’ Berel held out a hand in

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those few minutes, with my hand in feeling that we were the emissaries of After we walked into the
his. the congregation made up of our Bucharian shul and waited a few
brothers and sisters who were minutes, two people (apparently
T’FILLOS ON ROSH presently in German crematoria and gabbaim) came over to me and to my
extermination camps, and they were surprise they suggested that I
HASHANA pleading before us: Please, have address the people. I immediately
The worshippers slowly gathered. mercy on us and tear down the walls realized that this idea came from my
The shochet (whose name I don’t of iron that separate us from our friend, R’ Leibel. At first, I adamantly
remember), who was going to be the Father in heaven. Please arouse refused, knowing where we were, in
chazan for Musaf, came in. He had a mercy on us before G-d that He say Russia, where every living being was
noble face. He looked sixty- enough to our sorrows and tell our suspected of being a counter-
something. He had a long flowing destroyers to desist, for in a little revolutionary and a spy, especially a
beard and warm and deep eyes. while, it will be too late… foreign citizen like me. Why should I
When I held out my hand in These and similar thoughts look for trouble and transgress the
greeting, his refined look and his preoccupied us throughout the law?
penetrating eyes aroused in me davening. When the men persevered, I gave
feelings of admiration. I felt that this Of course we tried, with all our them another reason for my refusal,
was no ordinary person standing strength, to restrain our feelings so that I wasn’t comfortable with the
before me. Afterwards, I realized they wouldn’t burst forth in language and I couldn’t address
from his conversations with R’ Berel uncontrolled sobbing. R’ Berel and them properly.
that he was most proficient in the the shochet made similar efforts, all Then one of the elders came over,
teachings of Chabad. without success. Every so often, the a distinguished looking man with a
We were preparing for Mincha. R’ young Yaffe girl, R’ Berel’s daughter, beard, and he said, “I will be the
Berel was the chazan and he davened who patrolled around the house guarantor.” In Russian mixed with
in a voice choked with tears. Even a looking out for the NKVD, the Ivrit he said: I guarantee you that
simple person like myself knew that militia or other dangers, would nothing bad will happen. Speak on
his prayers were imbued with deep motion to the congregation to rein in this holy day to this broken
hidden intentions and came from the their emotions. congregation whose precious sons
depths of his heart. You could see the That is how we spent the two are on the frontlines against the
emotion pent up in the faces of the days of Rosh HaShana, and with greatest enemies of both the Russian
worshippers, about 25 in number, Hashem’s help, there were no nation and the Jewish people, the
most of them old-time Chabad unpleasant incidents. Germans. Many of us have already
Chassidim. received word of our fallen loved
Slowly, voices saturated with ones in their defense of the Russian
pent-up tears could be heard. Tears
PRAYER WITH A
motherland.
glinted in people’s eyes and all as one BUCHARIAN JEW IN Saying this, the old man removed
poured out their hearts to their CHIMKENT one of these telegrams from his
Father in heaven for the suffering of I must tell you about an pocket. He always kept it with him
individuals and of us all. incredible experience I had on that so he wouldn’t forget his pain for
After the davening R’ Berel sat Rosh HaShana. On the second day even a moment, a telegram about his
down at the table along with the of Rosh HaShana, after returning beloved son who had fallen in battle.
shochet and some old-time from the davening at R’ Berel’s and As for my excuse about not
Lubavitchers and he gave over a after finishing the holiday “meal,” we having a common language, he
Chabad talk, very little of which I were very tired. R’ Leibel said that suggested that I speak half in
understood. It was the first Chabad since it was hard for us to go back Russian and half in Ivrit and he
talk I had ever heard. Yet I was for Mincha at R’ Berel, whose house would translate, for he knew both
gripped by the feeling of great was three miles away, we should go languages well.
emotion that I merited this, at this to daven at the shul of a Bucharian The old man’s heartfelt words
time, in this place. Jew who lived nearby. convinced me and even the fear,
I know that I cannot possibly I immediately agreed, as I had which I had felt earlier, dissipated. I
describe even a little bit of the two heard much about these dear Jews felt I could no longer refuse.
days of Rosh HaShana. R’ Berel with and I had never had the occasion to So I was led, almost against my
his Shacharis and the shochet with spend time with them and to get to will, to the lectern near the Aron
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my right side. Gripped by emotion I Our people wallow in its blood Then R’ Leibel explained: My
began to speak: before the eyes of the “enlightened” friend has a little boy at home who
Dear brothers, we are in the nations of the world. never tasted a pastry and he wants to
midst of the Day of Judgment before My speech was translated into bring it home for him.
the G-d of Yaakov, as we said in our Bucharian by the old man. The When the groom heard this, he
prayers today, “and on the nations it impact of my words could be heard went to the kitchen and brought me
will be said which to sword and from the women’s section and tears two packages for my son. Then he
which to peace, which to hunger and flowed from the eyes of bereaved asked us again to enjoy the meal.
which to satiety, and creatures will be parents. Indeed, we left the simcha feeling full
remembered on this day for life or At the end of Yom Tov, after and in a good mood, especially when
for death.” Maariv, another surprise awaited this was a genuine Jewish simcha,
In this fearsome prayer, we me… with singing and enthusiastic
expressed today, before the Creator dancing. After we left, I expressed
of the world, the desire of nearly all ANOTHER EXPERIENCE my amazement to R’ Leibel about the
the nations of the world, especially strength of spirit and courage of
the unfortunate Jewish people, for
THE SAME NIGHT these Bucharian Jews who remained
that magic word: peace. If millions of After Maariv of Motzaei Yom Tov, loyal to G-d and His Torah, despite
soldiers from the nations of Europe two Jews approached me and R’ the treacherous, heretical Soviet sea
are being killed now on the Leibel, a father and his young son. that stood ready to drown them for
twenty-five years now.
R’ Leibel said: The deep
All of them, without exception were impression made by the Lubavitchers
within the hearts of these Jews is
ready for literal self-sacrifice, without readily apparent, and with Hashem’s
help they will continue in this work.
looking for excuses and leniencies. If so,
if I have the opportunity to daven with YOM KIPPUR
WITH R’ BERELE
them and to pour out my heart in their Erev Yom Kippur arrived and
presence before our Master on the holy once again, I was with R’ Berel.
Those were two days packed with
days, could I miss such an opportunity? uplifting experiences for those who
merited to be in that rarified
atmosphere, as the rest of the world
battlefront by the beasts of prey, the The son was going to be engaged drowned in a sea of blood and fire
Germans, the tragedy our nation that night and they were inviting us and smoke.
endures is a thousand times worse. to the engagement party that would R’ Berel himself led the prayers of
While our young people are being be taking place in another half-hour Kol Nidrei and Maariv. We all
killed on the killing field on the in their home. We did not refuse, for shuddered as we thought of our
Russian front against Hitler’s hordes, the simple reason that we were loved ones. Where were they now?
our brothers and sisters are being starving after our “meals,” and we Were they still alive? What condition
exterminated in the cruelest way, could certainly expect to be fed at were they in? These thoughts
unprecedented in the annals of this party. churned within us and did not cease
mankind and the history of the We were brought to their home throughout the hours of prayer.
Jewish people, whose pages are and were given places at the table The davening concluded and R’
saturated with the blood of the holy that was set with all sorts of Berel, with his face still like fiery
and pure throughout the generations. delicacies. The groom himself passed flames of holiness, began reciting a
The Germans set up crematoria platters with various pastries to us Lubavitcher maamer. He was
and extermination camps throughout and invited us to sample them. When completely immersed in his thoughts
Europe in which millions of our he saw us hesitating, he was taken and his words penetrated our hearts,
people were destroyed and the aback and he said we should not even though we did not understand
annihilation continues at a rapid rate. worry since none of the food was anything but a tiny bit of what he
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with the shochet, who was nearly the contemplation, as though it is simply prophet in his generation is like
only one who understood him. impossible to deny G-d’s oneness.” the heart which pumps blood and
I wondered: Doesn’t this fit the On the same topic, he quoted life to all parts of the body. The
description by Chazal, “I recall when from the works of the gaon and limbs closest to the heart receive
I sat behind Rav in front of Rebbi Chassid, the holy R' Yosef Yaavetz, the blood first and then those
and there were sparks of flame going about whom the Chida wrote in his limbs that are further from the
out of the mouth of Rav to the Shem HaG’dolim that he was the heart, and finally, the furthest
mouth of Rebbi, and from the mouth first tzaddik of the latter day extremities of the body, the hands
of Rebbi to the mouth of Rav, and I Chassidim and he was one of those and feet. The opposite takes place
didn’t know what they were saying” expelled from Spain in the year when the soul separates from the
(Chulin 137). 5252/1492. This is what R' Yosef body, when the heart stops
This Lubavitcher talk lasted for Yaavetz writes: Most of those who beating. Then the limbs furthest
an hour and more, and R’ Berel, who prided themselves on their wisdom from the heart are the first to feel
knew well the problems of the time, and good deeds, betrayed their honor the cessation of the blood flow and
continued and spoke about on the bitter day, whereas the simple life force.
sanctifying G-d’s name and self- people sacrificed their lives and their This explains the question of
sacrifice during this fateful time. He money for the sanctity of their prophets’ disciples. We, who are
quoted the kabbalists on “Why did Creator… However, those who were far from the heart, from the source
the neshama descend from a high wise in their own estimation…when of prophecy, already feel it. Do
place to a low pit? Because this a powerful storm arose…and you, who are closer to the source,
also feel it? And Elisha answered,
yes, and this is a sign that
“We are being exterminated in the Eliyahu’s ascent to heaven is very
soon.
cruelest way, unprecedented in the With words of encouragement
and strength, R’ Berel concluded
annals of mankind and the history of his talk which entered deep into
the Jewish people, whose pages are the hearts of his listeners.
When I left his room, I felt like
saturated with the blood of the holy and my mind was overwhelmed. On the
way back to R’ Leibel’s house,
pure throughout the generations.” when I tried to review what I had
heard from R’ Berel, I could only
remember snippets from this
descent is for the purpose of an uprooted them from their faith and amazing talk. As much as I tried to
ascent.” from their Torah… they said, “What concentrate on one topic, I could
He went on to quote the Baal is Hashem that we should serve not. It was all confused. When R’
HaTanya: “Sometimes the willful Him.” Leibel asked me: What are you so
sinners of the Jewish people draw R’ Berele mentioned what the Ari lost in thought about, I answered:
down very lofty souls that were in the z”l says on the verse in Melachim II, In olam, shana, and nefesh.
depths of klipa, as it says in the Book chapter 2, verse 5: “And the disciples Yom Kippur morning we were
of Reincarnation … Therefore, even of the prophets approached Elisha back in R’ Berel’s house. To
the lowest of the low and willful and said to him, do you know that conclude, the truth must be said
Jewish sinners will generally sacrifice today Hashem will take your master that I don’t have the ability, with
their lives to sanctify G-d’s name and from upon your head. And he said, I my poor writing, to describe even
suffer severe torture so as not to also know, be still.” This is a fraction of our feelings on that
deny the one G-d. Even if they are surprising. Why did the prophets’ holy day. I can only say with near
boors and ignoramuses who don’t disciples think that Elisha wouldn’t certainty that all those who were
know of G-d’s greatness–– And know something that they knew present that day with that
even the little that they know, they when Elisha was a far greater tormented Chassid – the uplifted-
don’t comprehend at all. They do not prophet than they were? Elisha’s ness of spirit that was felt and all
sacrifice their lives because of answer is also surprising: I also the holy experiences associated
knowledge and contemplation of G-d know, be still. with that day, that place, and that
at all, but without knowledge and The Ari z”l says that the Chassid – will never be forgotten.

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Mivtza: HELPING THE NEEDY


To every member of the Lubavitcher community:

During this month of preparation for Rosh Hashonoh, the ”head” of the New Year, we fondly recall our
Rebbe’s words that this is an especially auspicious time for strengthening our deep bond of
Hiskashrus with the ”Rosh Bnei Yisroel,” the ”head” of the Jewish people and leader of the generation.
Our Rebbeim explain that an important way to strengthen Hiskashrus is by participating in
the Rebbe’s activities and concerns, consequently, by supporting an organization that
brings together a number of these activities, the Hiskashrus is greater and stronger. Such
an organization is Kupas Rabbeinu, which seeks to continue many of the Rebbe’s activities and
concerns without change from the way he would conduct them himself.
Every year at this time, the Rebbe would call upon us to contribute generously to help needy families
with their extra expenses for the coming month’s many Yomim Tovim. This also coincides with the
special emphasis during this month of giving extra Tzedokah, (indicated in the Hebrew letters of the
word ”Elul,” as explained in many Sichos etc.), as a vital way of preparing ourselves for the new year
and arousing Divine mercy upon us.
We therefore appeal to every individual man and woman to contribute generously to Kupas
Rabbeinu, enabling us to fulfill the Rebbe’s desire to help all those who anxiously await our
help. The greater your contribution, the more we can accomplish.
Your generous contribution to Kupas Rabbeinu will be the appropriate vessel for receiving the
abundant blessings of the Rebbe, who is its Nasi, that you may be blessed with a Ksiva Vachasima
Tova for a good and sweet year, materially and spiritually. May it help to bring the full revelation of
Moshiach - our Rebbe - immediately now!
Wishing a Ksiva Vachasima Tova for a good and sweet year,
In the name of Vaad Kupas Rabbeinu

Rabbi Sholom Mendel Simpson Rabbi Yehuda Leib Groner

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will be devoted to the activities to which the Rebbe would devote them.
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QELRDEQ

WHEN YOUR HEAD


IS HELD HIGH, YOU
SEE MUCH FURTHER
By Rabbi Chaim Ashkenazi (said at a Chassidishe farbrengen)

Chassidim would say that as high as nefesh for Judaism, for which Rabbi
Levi Yitzchok was imprisoned and
you can jump, you won’t reach higher sent into exile, where he died after
much suffering, characterized his
than your head. In other words, if you life. However, many Chassidim at
that time did likewise. I heard that
want to be elevated, you need to lift your R’ Yochonon Gordon a”h, gabbai in

head. * On Rosh HaShana, as we bless 770 in the time of the Rebbe Rayatz,
was once invited to a meal with the
and are blessed “may we be the head Rebbe Rayatz. At this meal he said
that Anash in Russia would say:
and not the tail,” let us wish and hope Whoever sat in jail one time –
that was his chiyuv (obligation)
that we remember to connect to the according to halacha. If he sat two
times – that was hiddur (beautifying
Rosh B’nei Yisroel, who will raise our the) mitzva. If he sat three times,
that was in the category of mechezi
heads and lift us up above the vanities k’yehora (showing off). When the
of the world into the Yemos Rebbe Rayatz heard this, he laughed
so hard that the spoon he held
HaMoshiach. shook.
So the difficulties of
imprisonment and exile were not
unique to Rabbi Levi Yitzchok and
WHO PUT THEIR HEAD They say he did not sleep on a
bed but would nod off in a chair many experienced them. Yet, not
DOWN BEFORE ME? wanting to put his head down on the
throughout that period of time. He
Rabbi Levi Yitzchok, the Rebbe’s bed because he didn’t know who had
said that he didn’t know who had
father, was once in Charkov to done so previously contains a special
put his head down there before him
participate in a meeting of rabbis. message for all who go in the ways
(i.e., the spiritual state of anyone
The communist authorities invited of Chassidus.
who might have slept on that bed
them so that the rabbanim would tell The foundation of a Chassidic
previously) (related by R’ N.
the world that there was no religious life, as explained in Chassidus, is
Goldschmidt a”h).
persecution in Russia. Rabbi Levi lifting up the head . The purpose of
This conduct contains an
Yitzchok spent several weeks there hiskashrus to the Rebbe MH”M is
important message for us. Mesirus
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the Jewish people,” and “When you gastronomical delights. Although immersed in something negative, it
raise up the head of the Jewish intellectuals also eat, since food is can affect one’s general behavior.
people” – i.e., lifting the head to the not their world, they don’t belong
proper height. among gourmands whose level of IT ALL DEPENDS
Why is the head afforded this intellect does not enable them to
special treatment? Aren’t the other understand and discuss intellectual
ON THE HEAD
limbs important too? What is this matters. The Rambam alludes to the idea
raising of the head that we are The Rebbe Rayatz, for example, of working on the head when he
talking about? spent an entire Shabbos at a tavern says that all mitzvos (connected with
in order to meet with a professor, to various limbs of the body) were
be able to ask him to try and annul a given in order to correct one’s deios
THE BODY FOLLOWS (character, attitudes). The Rambam
decree. The Rebbe describes what
THE HEAD kind of a Shabbos it was for the says something similar in connection
The Rebbe explains the Rebbe Rayatz, in which he had to be with immersion in a mikva – that the
importance of the head in in the company of drunken gentiles, purpose is to enter the soul into the
connection with something whose goal in life was to drink pure waters of knowledge.
surprising that Yaakov Avinu does alcohol. Chassidim said that this is why the
when he “encountered the place (the most important thing to do is dunk
place of the Mikdash) and slept the head because if you dunk the
there.” Before he lay down “he took head in the water, everything is
from the stones of the place and purified too.
placed them around his head.” The question is: to what or to
The Rebbe asks: Why did he only whom are you bowing your head?
protect his head? Didn’t the rest of The answer lies in Gemara and
his body need protection? The halacha, where it says that one
answer is that if you protect the shouldn’t walk fully erect; one
head, the rest of the body is should lower his head because of the
naturally protected as well. If you Sh’china.
don’t protect the head, it is very So the person concerned for the
hard and nigh impossible to protect welfare of his soul, who wants to
the rest of the body. succeed in his avodas Hashem, can
What does it mean when we say attain a kind of spiritual helmet for
that a head is or isn’t protected? his head by learning Torah and
The law is that you must wear a doing mitzvos like a businessman.
helmet if you ride a motorcycle and As Chassidus explains on the words,
every soldier on duty has to wear a “Whoever is osek (occupied) with
helmet, because the head needs the Torah and chesed and t’filla” – it
greatest protection. If it is injured, Based on this idea, we can needs to be done like a baal esek (a
the rest of the body is in danger. understand the Gemara which says, businessman), who is fully immersed
Chassidus explains that a “The body follows the head.” in his work. He is only interested in
protected head is a head that is Chassidim would say that no that which is connected with his
where a Jewish head is supposed to matter how high a person jumps, he business. All his thoughts and talk –
be. If the head is involved in matters cannot jump higher than his head. even while he eats and drinks –
of heaven, the rest of the body goes In other words, if you want to be revolve around his business. His
along. If the head is involved in elevated, you need to raise the head. head is in his business to the point
seeking a higher standard of living, If the head is involved in an elevated that he dreams about it at night.
all the person’s powers and talents quality of life, then the entire body Sometimes, he gets so involved, he
will be dragged along in that pursuit. will enjoy this quality too. forgets to eat.
What the head is interested in is The Rebbe said children should That is how we are supposed to
readily apparent. Someone, whose not dress up or act the part of an be involved in Torah, chesed, and
head is interested and takes pleasure evil person because identifying with t’filla. They should be our “business”
in intellectual pursuits, won’t be this person causes the child to think which occupies our head day and
found sitting at the table with people and feel like him, and if the head is night, even if most our time is taken
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matters. him, and they fell and badly hurt pleasures. It’s not that a person
There are stories of Chassidim, themselves. R’ Meir explained that doesn’t see them; it’s that he doesn’t
who were businessmen, who were he didn’t slip because when you are consider them to be of any value.
preoccupied with Torah and mitzvos. bound up above, you do not fall
Everything they did while working down below. ROOSTERS OR PEOPLE?
was with the feeling of longing for The inner meaning of what he
Chassidus, and only Chassidus,
the moment they could get back to said is that since his head was
enables us to reach a point where
what really interested them. When a connected with what is Above, this
physical things hold no significance.
certain businessman asked the affected him so that his feet did not
Yes, you can distance yourself from
Rebbe for permission to leave his slip down below. This is a very high
physical pleasures by thinking that
work and go and teach, so that his level in which the body is nullified to
after 120 years, nothing will remain
work would involve Torah study, the the neshama.
of them, and you don’t take them to
Rebbe said: Who says Hashem Perhaps we cannot reach R’
the grave, and they don’t defend a
wants that? Perhaps your thirst for Meir’s level but every one of us has
person in the world of truth.
Torah and mitzvos while in business, the ability to prevent a spiritual
However, this approach doesn’t stop
your constant yearning for the set falling by keeping our heads up.
you from wanting these pleasures.
time you have for learning, is more Then, naturally, as we walk down
You refrain from them because you
precious to Hashem? the street, the enticements all around
calculated that they aren’t worth it.
us will hold no allure, because our
Chassidus on the other hand, by
WHEN YOU ARE BOUND heads are elsewhere and those other
explaining the absence of value in
things are beneath us. Not only do
UP ABOVE they not attract us, we feel repulsed
everything the world has to offer,
According to how involved the shows a person that right now they
by them, as it says about the Maggid
head is in k’dusha, to that extent will are of no value, yet the cost is
of Mezritch, that when he saw a
it lift a person entirely above this astronomical.
woman dressed immodestly, he
world. This idea was expressed Thanks to this Chassidic line of
vomited!
regarding g’dolei Yisroel, for thought, involvement in mundane
This fits with what it says in
example, it would be said that one things was anathema to Chassidim.
Tanya, chapter six: a child craves
was a hands-breadth above the The Rebbe Rashab said, for
and enjoys little, worthless things
ground or three hands-breadths example, about the rav of
because his intellect is too limited to
above the ground. Kremenchug (who was a Torah
appreciate better things.
These were people who walked scholar) and complained to him
For example, a person walks with
the same earth we do, but they lived about his business, “I’ve seen feet in
his young son on the street and the
in other worlds because their heads galoshes, but this is the first time
son sees things on the sidewalk and
– i.e. their ideas and thoughts – I’m seeing a head in galoshes….”
stops to pick them up or look at
were in lofty realms, above the earth. Chassidim would also mock
them. The father doesn’t even notice
R’ Isaac of Homil was once at those who sit in the sukka
them. This is not because the father
the home of Rabbi Yisroel of Ruzhin preoccupied with their food, saying
is walking with his eyes closed. On
on Erev Shabbos and they sat and they did not fulfill the obligation of
the contrary, his eyes are open and
discussed lofty matters together. sukka since their head and most of
more alert than his child’s, which is
When the assistant came to say it their body was in the plate and not
why he is taking his son for a walk
was almost Shabbos, the Ruzhiner in the sukka.
and not vice versa. Why doesn’t the
put down his pipe. R’ Isaac said, People immersed in material
father notice the items that are
“He went up above and I remained things were considered like the
fascinating to his son? Because we
down below.” prince (in the famous parable) who
see what is important to us. This is
For Rabbi Meir of Premishlan, went crazy and thought he was a
true for the father, but the difference
the “raising of the head” had an rooster. The doctors were unable to
is in what we value. If the father
impact not just on spiritual matters cure him. A wise man came and sat
would see a bundle of dollar bills on
but on his physical body. On a cold with him in the chicken coop and
the sidewalk, he would surely stop
winter day he went to the mikva on acted like a rooster by eating seeds
and pick them up.
the slope of a mountain. He walked and crowing, until he managed to
So when we say that if our heads
the icy, steep path as though he was make friends with the prince and
are full of thoughts of k’dusha, there
walking on level ground. restore him to his rightful place at
is no room or interest for physical
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If we looked at the two men in available as dust. The comparison to Because of the spiritual descent
the coop, we might not see a dust teaches us that although of the generations, we have stopped
difference between them. Both said delicacies will abound, we will seeing the Ten Utterances by means
cock-a-doodle-doo and foraged for regard them as dust, something of of Torah. So in Hashem’s great
worms and seeds. The difference no value, which nobody bends down kindness, He gave us the Baal Shem
between them was in their way of to pick up. This is the first step in Tov and his successors, the Rebbeim
thinking. The prince thought he was the demand made of us to live with and the Rebbe MH”M, and they set
a rooster and thought only of seeds Moshiach – not just to anticipate up a system to provide vision
and water in his coop. The wise man him and ask for his coming, but to training and improvement.
knew he had entered the coop live the sort of life and the sort of We can obtain glasses for every
temporarily, in order to extricate the high levels we will have in the time age and level, and whoever wants to
prince. The wise man constantly of Geula. can come and be fitted for glasses.
thought of how to attain his goal: Since a person lives primarily These will enable him to see the
getting the prince back to the table what he sees, and this is far stronger truth in Chazal within Nigleh of
in the palace. than what he hears (which is why Torah through the teachings of
This is why we say the morning you can contest things that were Chassidus in which every maamer
bracha, “who gives the rooster merely heard, even if you heard and verse loudly proclaims the
understanding,” because that is what them from reliable people), how can Divine Utterances within Creation.
it’s like in the big chicken coop, a person live with the truth of all The idea that p’nimius ha’Torah
functions like glasses to improve our
vision is proven in the Zohar, where
the wording is “come and see,” as
“Whoever sat in jail one time – that was opposed to Nigleh where it says,
“come and hear.” The Rebbe says
his chiyuv (obligation) according to this is why the first maamer in
Likkutei Torah starts with the words,
halacha. If he sat two times – that was “see that Hashem has given you the
hiddur (beautifying the) mitzva. If he Shabbos.”
Chassidus can provide the glasses
sat three times, that was in the category but a person has to take the first
step and enter the Chassidic
of mechezi k’yehora (showing off).” optician’s store. Even if the eye
doctor would come to him, he would
be required to sit still and drop all
his running around after material
which is this world. Some of us are created things (that it is really the pursuits so the eye doctor could fit
fixated on seeds, physical pleasures. G-dly energy that gives it existence), him. If the person doesn’t tell him
The wise ones, those who learn when we can’t see it? what he sees and how much he sees,
Chassidus, know that temporarily, We see this truth in Torah and it the eye doctor won’t know if the
seeds (physicality) serve as their is alluded to in Chazal in numerous strength (of his Chassidic glasses) is
food although it is not fit for places. For example, it says “ten, ten enough or he needs to increase it so
humans, and so their heads are was the spoon” in the gifts of the he can finally see G-dliness.
focused on the task for which they N’siim. The two times it says “ten”
entered the coop: to bring lots of allude to the Ten Commandments, BEING NEARSIGHTED
roosters out of there to the king’s which correspond to the Ten
table which is set with an array of Utterances. In other words, through
=DANGER!
Torah and mitzvos. the Ten Commandments, the Torah, There’s a saying that says that
it is possible to see the Ten three things must make an impact:
Utterances, the word of Hashem mashke has to make you
THE CHABAD intoxicated, money has to make you
(“Let there be light. Let there be a
CHASSIDIC OPTICIAN heaven, etc.”) which creates and crazy, and Chassidus has to refine
We’ll achieve perfection of this brings the world into existence, you. If we see that this was not the
level in the era of Geula, when constantly, every day. result, then apparently, according to
delicacies will be as common and his body mass, he needed more

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mashke, according to his appetites can see the treasure, the G-dliness Whenever anything new comes
he needed more money, and hidden within the material world. our way, a style of dress, a way of
according to his coarseness he Chassidus says don’t allow your life, a manner of speech or doing
needed more Chassidus. head to see things as they appear to something, we first need to check
In other words, he didn’t yet find someone nearsighted, someone who out “whose head was in this” – was
the right glasses, because Chabad only sees the material world. In our it the head of someone with fear of
Chassidus has the ability to provide generation the media try to catch the Heaven? A servant of G-d? A rav?
for every prescription. attention of the nearsighted by Then that tells us that Torah rested
Perhaps this is what is meant in massive advertising for websites or its head here and this is for me. But
connection with the Beis products designed only for material if it’s product of a non-Jew or
HaMikdash, whose windows were pleasure and coloring it with loud, (l’havdil) that of a Jew whose views
narrow on the inside and wide on attractive colors. are currently that of a non-Jew, what
the outside. It was possible to look In order to be saved from their does it have to do with me?
out of them and see what was net, we need to use Chassidic lenses We would avoid putting our
outside, but the reverse, looking in, which guide a person to raise his heads down on a pillow of someone
was not possible. That meant that head. In Chassidus, proof is brought who had lice, even though there are
someone who came to the Beis to show that this is man’s primary various methods of removing them.
HaMikdash was actually coming to task, for an animal is made in such a Spiritually, it’s much worse because
an optician where he received the way that it cannot lift up its head someone afflicted with “spiritual
glasses that enabled him to see the and cannot view the sky. Man was lice,” views that express undesirable
values, cannot be easily gotten rid
of, and even after you get rid of
Chassidim would also mock those who them, an impression remains.
One who protects his soul will
sit in the sukka preoccupied with their keep his distance from them because
food, saying they did not fulfill the prevention from contagion is easier
and more effective than fighting
obligation of sukka since their head infection, and this is done with the
teachings of Chassidus. If a person
and most of their body was in the plate feels that such worldly matters are
beneath him to even hear about and
and not in the sukka. they do not resonate for him (just as
he does not relate to the behavior of
animals or primitive peoples) then
world the way the Beis HaMikdash created to walk erect, in a way that there is no need to fight to remove
saw it, and not the way someone enables him to raise his head these things from him because to
saw it who was immersed in the heavenward. begin with, he did not allow them in.
world from his end.
Viewing things from the PREVENTION IS BETTER BEING CONNECTED
perspective of the Beis HaMikdash
means it’s not the world that dictates
THAN CURE TO THE ROSH B’NEI
to you how to see things, but the Rabbi Levi Yitzchok taught us YISROEL
Torah, particularly p’nimius that sometimes we need mesirus To “lift up” your head above the
ha’Torah. Everybody knows that a nefesh for this, and it can be lowly world is a constant challenge.
nearsighted person would be a fool uncomfortable, like not sleeping in a There’s no ignoring the fact that the
(or worse) if he drove a car or bed for a few weeks, the main thing world holds some attraction for us.
crossed the street, because he cannot being not putting your head down With Moshiach’s coming we will be
see properly and he endangers where who knows who put his head uplifted and will take pleasure and
himself and others. and his ideas. Every effort must be be moved by that which suits our
A nearsighted person who can made to protect the head, for “as the spiritual standing, for without the
only see three feet away will not see head goes, so goes the body.” It’s demand for material merchandise, it
a great treasure that is four feet hot and uncomfortable for a soldier won’t be marketed and available for
away. When you give him glasses, he to wear a helmet, but he doesn’t sale, just like nobody is trying to sell
remove it, for his life depends on it.

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horses and wagons to those who worked hard and waited for hours Rosh B’nei Yisroel, who will lift us
have at least two cars. until the Rebbe’s promise was up above the vanities of the world to
As long as the material world fulfilled close to candle lighting time. Yemos HaMoshiach, and that we
threatens to flood us with waves of When he asked the Rebbe how merit to put our heads into those
licentious materiality, we need help he knew that many guests were things which the Rebbe’s holy head
to keep our heads above water. coming when they were not visible in is in. A brief glance in the sichos
Hiskashrus to the Rebbe – the Rosh the distance, the Rebbe said: When shows that the Rebbe is involved in
B’nei Yisroel, and cleaving to his you are high up, you can see much preparing the world – and the
teachings and instructions, are what further! miniature world which is man – for
enable us to “protect our head” in So this year, on Rosh HaShana Geula.
these final moments of galus. when we bless and are blessed “that May we protect our heads so
The Rebbe’s head is above all we be the head and not the tail” they are immersed solely in “pure
limitations and is focused upon the (and this definitely doesn’t mean waters of knowledge” and may we
infinite vastness of the Divine. The that each of us should be the head merit to soon see the fulfillment of
Rebbe Maharash alluded to this to because that’s not a good situation the promise, “for the land will be full
the innkeeper in Lubavitch to whom when you have many “heads”), let of knowledge of Hashem” with the
the Rebbe promised many guests on us wish and hope that we merit to true and complete Redemption.
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FATHERS AND SONS


LEARNING TOGETHER
By Yisroel Yehuda

In Chabad communities in Tzfas, Kfar The worldwide Avot U’Banim


movement has a promotional video
Chabad, Rechovot, Nachas Har clip featuring the 11-year-old
Shloime, a boy who has everything.
Chabad, Lud, and Yerushalayim, many He’s smart, has concerned parents,
a nice home, games, and friends,
have joined the popular Avot U’Banim but he lacks one thing – an involved

organization.* This is the Avot father, a father who treats him with
at least the same level of seriousness
U’Banim International program, as he does his work and other
involvements.
founded and directed by Rabbi Dovid Shloime calls his father at work
and asks to speak to him. His father
Hershkowitz of Yerushalayim, that says, “I’m very busy now, we’ll talk
at night, okay?”
facilitates fathers and sons to learn On another occasion, Shloime

together in shul for an hour a week. It calls his father’s cell phone. His
father says, “Listen, I’m in the
originated in Eretz Yisroel and now has middle of another conversation right
now. We’ll speak another time.”
over 1,300 affiliated locations in Israel, Late at night, when his father
comes home, Shloime hands him a
North America, England, and France. sum of money. When his father asks
what it’s for, Shloime says it’s all
The movement is spreading to Anash his savings. “I see that you are very

around the country and the world. * We busy and your time is worth money.
So I want to buy an hour of your
hope to soon hear of Avot U’Banim in time for myself.”
The film drives home the point
Crown Heights, Morristown, Montreal, that some fathers have time for
everything but their children. Their
Toronto, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, children learn that time with their
own fathers can only be bought.
Los Angeles, Melbourne, London – ***
wherever Anash communities are to be Seven years ago, the mara d’asra
of the Chabad community in Tzfas,
found. Rabbi Levi Bistritzky a”h, called the
gabbaim of the Heichal Levi
Yitzchok Shul. He told them that he

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had heard about an idea of HOW DOES AVOT and a parent who comes every week
gathering together fathers and sons U’BANIM WORK? to learn with his sons). “At Avot
for an hour a week to learn U’Banim, the boy gets his father!”
What does Avot U’Banim
together. He asked them to start a “In today’s day and age,”
offer?
similar initiative in the Chabad explains a parent to Beis Moshiach,
Every father and son(s) is invited
community in Tzfas. “it’s very hard to give a child one’s
for an hour of learning during the
The gabbaim (Rabbi S.Z. full attention. The home is busy
week. It usually takes place Shabbos
Gruzman, R’ Yoram Ma’uda, and R’ with all sorts of things and when the
afternoon, though in other places it
Aharon Shiffman) organized the daily tasks are finished, late at night,
takes place Motzaei Shabbos or
new program. Since then, it has the child is already asleep and his
Thursday night.
picked up speed and has been parents are very tired. Although we
During this hour, father and son
adopted by some of the large all intend on giving our children the
are study partners. They can pick
Chabad communities in Eretz proper attention, it is often done
any topic they like: reviewing
Yisroel and the world. halfheartedly. We talk to the child
material taught in school, studying
This idea first began with the but our head is elsewhere.
for a test, a sicha, etc. At the end of
International Avot U’Banim “In this fantastic program, the
the hour, nosh is distributed and
organization, whose goal is to unite father ‘has to’ leave himself and his
each child is entered into a raffle for
all fathers and their sons for an burdens out of the picture. He has
a book or other prize.
hour of learning a week. All sorts of this one hour of the week, which he
At first glance, it sounds quite
communities participate from knows his son looks forward to.
ordinary. Something like a Yeshivas
knitted kippot to Neturei Karta. The external reasons are nosh,
Erev, but when you hear educators
Six years ago, the then-director raffles, ‘everyone is going,’ etc. but
as well as parents talk about it, you
of the Vaad in Kfar Chabad, Rabbi the real reason is that the boy wants
begin to realize that this is
Menachem Lerer, organized a his father!
something very special.
similar program. He was looking for “The father goes to shul with his
What’s so special about this
a way to strengthen the father-son son and even before they get there,
weekly learning?
bond. Someone mentioned Avot just the walking is something special
“It’s very simple,” says R’
U’Banim and that’s all it took for for the child. It’s like going to buy
Gruzman (who serves in three
him to get it off the ground. Since shoes for a child, for example,
capacities: as a mechanech,
then, the Vaad of Kfar Chabad where the child finds the entire
organizer of Avot U’Banim in Tzfas,
financially supports the program. excursion an experience.

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“They arrive at shul and they always does ‘important things,’ They were busy studying for a
find the s’farim they need and comes and learns for an hour with degree and with their careers. Now,
sometimes they decide together his son. I’m also busy. Now, I have no time
which to take (and this is very “What does this tell the boy? for them.’”
important). The father sits down That learning is also something What does the father get out of
with his son and they learn together. important, at least as important as the learning?
“To children, what people say is banks and work, and Abba’s “The father also benefits. When
very important. For some boys, the involvements. The son constantly he learns with his son, he is
very fact that their friends see them hears about work, banks, and informed about what is going on
sitting with their fathers is what gemachs. To him, they are of with him. Many parents only find
counts. See, he also shows up with primary importance. out about their child’s progress at
his father. Fathers need to take this “Now that his father devotes an parent-teacher conferences or when
into account when they think they entire hour to learning, this tells the they receive report cards, and that’s
can’t make it. A child can feel child that learning is also very not enough.
inferior if he doesn’t manage to get important! The boy will want to “A father who attends Avot
his father to come with him to copy his father and when he learns, U’Banim knows how his son is
learn.” he will feel that he is also doing progressing, week by week.
R’ Aharon Halperin, an old-time something important, something Teachers say that they see an
mechanech and the one responsible adults do.” improvement in those children who
for Avot U’Banim in Kfar Chabad, R’ Aharon didn’t mention this, join the program. The child knows
presents another perspective: but from what he said we that he will be learning with his
“This short study period can understand that when arriving back father and that challenges him to
change the basis for a child’s home, it’s a good idea to talk with know what he is taught in school
thinking. In school, a boy knows the rest of the family about the and to give nachas to his father.
that you learn because you have to learning – what was learned, how it “The father, who knows where
learn. Then his father comes to went, etc. These five additional his son is ‘holding,’ pushes both the
learn and he doesn’t have a test minutes will solidify within the child teacher and his son to do better.
coming up in Gemara, and he the idea that learning is so And the teacher, because of the
doesn’t need to be in yeshiva at important that even his father and father’s involvement, pays more
eight in the morning. Abba, who the other adults talk about it. It’s a attention to the child and his needs
topic of conversation at home. (that is the case in every profession
Another old-time educator that I – if someone is standing over you,
ONE HOUR A WEEK? spoke to explained: things move).
THAT’S VERY LITTLE! “This time spent together is a “Aside from that, the relationship
foundation for listening and itself with his son gives the father
The Rebbe Rayatz writes:
communication between father and satisfaction. Every father loves his
My father proclaimed at a
son. One of the well-known son, and if fathers weren’t so busy
Farbrengen: Just as wearing
psychologists tells of parents who and burdened, they would want to
T’fillin every day is a Mitzva
came to him who were very involved spend more time with their children.
commanded by the Torah to
in their professions. They had a An hour a week with a child is
every individual regardless of
fifteen-year-old son who simply enjoyable for the father, even if his
his standing in Torah, whether
refused to interact with them. They son doesn’t know the material that
deeply learned or simple, so too
weren’t deemed worthy of his well.
is it an absolute duty for every
consideration. “Most importantly, because they
person to spend a half-hour
“The parents told the learn together, the father becomes
every day thinking about the
psychologist about their son, how involved in his son’s life. He realizes
Torah-education of his children,
terrible they felt over the situation that his concern for the child is not
and to do everything in his
and about their fears for his future. only in providing him with food and
power – and beyond his power
Then the psychologist spent some clothing but in his learning too. He
– to inspire his children to
with the son and the boy said, gets to hear stories that he wouldn’t
follow the path along which
‘When I was little, and I wanted to ordinarily get to hear because his
they are being guided.
spend time with my father or son doesn’t relate them when people
(HaYom Yom 22 Teives)
mother, they had no time for me. are only half-listening.

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“The father wants to hear the addition to the hour on Shabbos!”
next installment in the story his What if the father works at that
son’s teacher is telling the class. At time?
work, he becomes nervous at ten in “The parent needs to do his
the morning because he knows that utmost to make sure that hour is
his dear son is about to take a test available to his son, and if all else
in Chumash. His role is not merely fails, he must set aside another hour
one in which he asks, ‘What did during the week to learn with his
you get on the test?’ This emotional son.
connection between father and son “I cannot judge anybody, but in
deepens, and contributes a great my experience as a teacher, and
deal towards their future knowing my students, I know that
relationship.” this is extremely important and
Even the teachers benefit from almost anything is worth sacrificing
the program. R’ Aharon Halperin When we go to Avot U’Banim I for it.”
says that often, parents will inform suggest that we learn something What is a father to do if he has
the teacher of something that wasn’t additional to what he learned in several sons?
explained properly. “My son didn’t school. A different explanation, Mechanchim think that the time
know this part and I asked another something the Rebbe said perhaps. should be divided among the
father who was sitting near us and it In older grades you can learn an children. Some parents have one of
was the same with his son.” There easy Tosafos from Shaarei Tosafos. their sons learn with a friend in the
are many such examples and they It adds a lot.” same class along with that boy’s
clearly show how valuable this once- In those areas where Avot father. Another way of doing it is to
a-week session is. U’Banim takes place on Shabbos, learn something together with all
everybody can attend. When it takes the children, a sicha or something
IT’S NOT A TEST place on a weekday, some parents that pertains to all of them.
have a problem. They can be How many people are
There are children who are not
occupied at that hour; some even participating in the program?
interested in the program. Some
work at that time. What should they “Baruch Hashem, we have over
attend it but it doesn’t work out
do? How much needs to be 200 pairs of fathers and sons
well. On this point all mechanchim
sacrificed for Avot U’Banim? coming every Shabbos,” says R’
are in agreement: In Avot U’Banim
R’ Aharon Halperin: “I know a Gruzman. “The parents think highly
the father is not supposed to test his
father whose job requires visiting of the program and come in droves.
son on what he learned in school!
customers’ homes in the evenings. The community supports it and we
The child will associate what is
He told me that he does his best to get regular donations of nosh and
meant to be a wonderful, bonding
keep Thursday nights free. This prizes from Keren Aryeh Leib,
experience with tension and will
entails a mighty effort on his part. named for Rabbi Kaplan a”h, from
presumably refuse to cooperate.
His son knows that his father comes Galgal HaKodesh, and Super-
What if the father wants to
home at ten o’clock every night, Chabad.”
know what his son knows?
when he is nearly in bed, but on In Kfar Chabad, about 150
“It’s best if the child leads the
Thursday nights, his father comes parents participate and the
Avot U’Banim hour,” says one
home early, especially for him, at proportion is similar in Rechovot,
parent. “It’s a good idea to ask him
eight o’clock! Nachala, Lud, Yerushalayim and
what he wants to learn, what
“Other parents send an older elsewhere.
material he is having a hard time
bachur or a grandfather with their Says one parent, “Parents
with, and what needs more
son. And sadly, there are orphans recognize the importance of Avot
explanation. The child will see that
and we make sure there is someone U’Banim, and thank the organizers
his father came to help him, not to
to learn with them.” for running it every week. The
test him, and will usually accept the
One teacher declared numbers grow with each new
help. This way, the father gets the
emphatically, “A father that doesn’t season. Surely, every hour gives the
information he needs and the child
have even one hour a week for his Rebbe nachas.”
gets the help he needs.
son is in a bad state. Every father
“I keep workbooks on the
must sit with his son once a week in
subjects being learned with me.

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JLPEF>@E  DBRI>

‘ARISE AND SING,


THOSE WHO DWELL
IN THE DUST’
By Rabbi Sholom Dovber HaLevi Wolpo
Translated By Michoel Leib Dobry

In response to requests by our readers,


we now present the fifth in a series of
excerpts from “V’Torah Yevakshu
MiPihu,” Rabbi Sholom Dovber HaLevi
Wolpo’s seifer on the Rebbe’s teachings
regarding Chabad chassidus, its
approach to emuna, and its various
customs.
6. THE REVIVAL OF MOSHIACH AND HIS The Rebbe also brought on the exiles – Zohar I, 139a. See also
STATE OF ETERNAL LIFE FOR THE numerous occasions the sources on Brachos 49a, Tanchuma 58:11).
REDEMPTION OF ISRAEL what is explained in the holy Zohar In Likkutei Sichos, Vol. 2, pg.
(Vol. I, 140a) that there are 518, the Rebbe writes: “There will
The Rebbe shlita himself explains
tzaddikim who arise at the beginning soon be, ‘Arise and sing, those who
in a sicha from Shavuos 5710 (Toras
of the days of Moshiach. The dwell in the dust,’ and he will be
Menachem, Vol. 1, pg. 100): “While
Gemara explains (Yoma 5a) that among them, and the Rebbe will
the order of things is that the
already at the beginning of the take us out of exile.” He adds by
Resurrection of the Dead will follow
Redemption, “Moshe and Aharon explaining that the Resurrection of
the coming of Moshiach, there are
will be with them.” Similarly, the certain individuals was also in the
certain special individuals who will
Tosafos states clearly (P’sachim past, “and as is known, there are
rise at the Resurrection before the
114b) “that when (the Beis numerous stories in the Talmud,
coming of Moshiach. Foremost
HaMikdash) will be rebuilt, Moshe Midrash, and from tzaddikim who
among them is my revered father-in-
and Aharon will be with us.” These came back to life. As our Rabbis, of
law, the Rebbe, who will return
sources prove that the great blessed memory, have said (Avoda
clothed in a body, and he will
tzaddikim will actually arise at the Zara 10b), “the lesser one of you are
come…and gather all the Jewish
beginning of the days of Moshiach able to revive the dead.”
People and proclaim: The time has
(even though the general We also find this innovation of
come to go out from the exile; come
Resurrection will only take place the Resurrection of great tzaddikim
let us go to our Holy Land.”
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days of Moshiach in halachic texts. the Jewish People and the building of holy service speedily in our days.
Similarly, the Aruch L’Ner (Nida the Beis HaMikdash, and they will Amen.”
61b) explains that “in my humble rejoice in the joy in return for their The Ridbaz writes further in his
opinion, it appears according to avoda, etc. seifer Migdal Dovid (83a): “I will
what is said (Yoma 5a) on how they “Then, there is a general one write good tidings and words of
[i.e., the Kohanim] will dress in the close to the onset of Shabbos as I tremendous comfort to those
Future to Come – that Aharon and have received, called the world of suffering from exile and the yoke of
his sons will come, and Moshe is T’chiya (Revival), regarding which it destruction, and those who died in
with them. The Gemara states is said, ‘And many who sleep in the sanctification of His Name and did
clearly that when the Beis dust of the earth will awaken,’ etc. I not see the benefit of the Jewish
HaMikdash will be rebuilt and the have seen again that it is accepted People, the building of the Beis
Temple service will be restored, that there are two Resurrections, and HaMikdash and its avoda, as the
Moshe and Aharon and his sons will on the first Resurrection, it is stated time of the Resurrection is the end
rise at the Resurrection of the Dead, in the prophecy of Zecharia son of of the sixth millennium…and thus,
even though it’s not yet the time for Berechia, ‘Old men and women shall they did not see the benefit of the
the Resurrection in the entire world. yet sit at the gates of Yerushalayim.’ Jewish People. Indeed, they have
For there is no difference between It is further derived on the basis of said that there are two Resurrections
these times and the days of identical expressions, where the – a specific one for those tzaddikim
Moshiach, except for the subjugation pasuk here states, ‘and they went on who died in the exile and did not see
of the [Gentile] kingdoms. Similarly, the benefit, in order that they should
the Zohar mentions that at the time merit to see the benefit of the Jewish
of Moshiach’s coming, great
tzaddikim will rise at the
These sources People, and a general one at the end
of the sixth millennium. The
Resurrection of the Dead. Rabbi prove that the scholars of the kabbala, the Ramban,
Yochanan states regarding this the Rashba, and the Ritva all agree…
(Gemara Sanhedrin, beginning of great tzaddikim It is the truth without question.”
^
^
Chapter 11) that they will give
truma to Aharon HaKohen.” will actually arise See the seifer 515 T’fillos (T’filla
2) by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto,
In the Ridbaz’s halachic
responsa, Vol. 3, Sec. 1069 (5644),
at the beginning of who composed a special prayer to
revive Moshiach. See Sanhedrin
he issues the following as a halachic
ruling: “You have asked me, my dear
the days of 96b, which discusses how Moshiach
is called “bar niflei,” because the
friend, about the time of the Moshiach. beginning of his birth was similar to
Resurrection, according to what you a “neifel” (stillborn), whose birth
have received from your fathers that was not completed, and the firmness
it is close to the seventh millennium their staffs,’ while it states in the of Moshiach is the restoration of the
with the onset of the Shabbos of the story of Elisha reviving the dead, fallen (nofeles) sukka of Dovid. See
world, which is [an era of] utter ‘staff’ – that each case of the use of the Malbim’s commentary (Amos
rest, etc. Thus, will the tzaddikim the word ‘staff’ refers to a 9:11) that “the sukka of Dovid” is
and the supremely pious that died in Resurrection of the Dead… Thus, the leader of the generation from the
sanctification of His Name in the we learn from the pasuk, ‘Old men House of Dovid that fell, and rising
exile neither see the benefit of the and women, etc., because of old from his fall is the coming of the
Jewish People nor rejoice in their age,’ that it refers to the first Redemption. (Thus is in accordance
happiness? Resurrection, as there will be no with what the Rambam writes
“Answer: I was bothered all of aging in the latter one, because (Hilchos Melachim, beg. of Chapter
my days over this matter, until I saw Shabbos, which is an eternal state of 11), “In the future, Melech
the words of the Ritva, of blessed rest, will immediately commence in a HaMoshiach will arise,” i.e., from
memory, in the name of his world that will be in a constant state falling.)
teachers, nishmasan Eden, that there of Shabbos. Remember this matter All this can possibly explain the
are two Resurrections. There is a always, for it is a great comfort for reason why there is no contradiction
specific one for the tzaddikim who those suffering the pain of the exile between the passing of the Rebbe
died in the exile, close in proximity and the yoke of subjugation that Rayatz on Yud Shvat 5710 and the
to the coming of Moshiach, and they their eyes will still see Tzion, a belief that he is Melech
will merit all the days of Moshiach in tranquil dwelling place, the palace HaMoshiach.
body and soul, seeing the benefit of on its proper site, and the customary
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midrash and shuls, vilifying all he


saw.
The suffering Jews poured out

AS THE their hearts to their Rebbe,


“Rebbe, ad masai?”

PART II

SHEPHERD The Tzemach Tzedek finished


his maamer and went to his room,
leaving his flock of Chassidim
bedazzled by its depth. Some of
them had seen his father-in-law,

WITH HIS the Mitteler Rebbe; the older ones


among them had even seen the
Alter Rebbe. Everyone turned to
the maskilim, wordlessly urging
them to explain the lofty ideas.

SHEEP...
By Tzippora Eren
It was an atmosphere of
spiritual elevation and it
overpowered their yeshus (egos).
If only they could remain in this
holy place forever. If only the rays
of majesty spread out to the dark
A story about t’shuva, presented for exile and weakened the might of
the wicked and subdued them.
these days of t’shuva and for the Perhaps then there would be an
end to their misery.
birthday of the Tzemach Tzedek on 29 “L’chaim!” called out an old
Chassid.
Elul. “L’chaim u’l’v’racha!”
answered the Chassidim heartily.
Their souls took pleasure in the
PART I He would demand the rental G-dly secrets hidden within the
“My G-d!” He trembled as he payment and throw hapless words of their Rebbe. The
saw the glittering palace of the tenants into a pit if they were late mashpia revealed the depths of
governor before him. “The in paying him. the holy words quite clearly, until
ferocious dogs will rip me apart,” He used every opportunity to they also sensed the intoxicating
he mumbled in terror and his mock them and to disturb their wine (i.e., p’nimius ha’Torah)
heart raced. He imagined a volley peace. He would scream wildly deep in their souls.
of bullets aimed at him from the when he was drunk. Seeing a Jew He was able to paint a picture
revolver of the guard. infuriated him and he would yell with words so that it seemed you
He could hardly breathe and insults and humiliate the luckless could see them before your very
was about to retrace his steps. “I passerby. eyes, live, and transforming you
cannot, Rebbe. I simply cannot.” The Jewish mode of dress into a detail in it.
Then he remembered the holy particularly angered him when his A Chassid noticed the gabbai
name that the Tzemach Tzedek Jewish subjects filled the enter and whisper something to
had given him before he left his marketplace to make purchases one of the other Chassidim. The
beis midrash on his mission… Erev Shabbos or Erev Yom Tov. latter got up and followed the
An arrogant anti-Semite lived He would surprise them as he gabbai to the Rebbe.
in the beautiful palace on the hill. appeared in his magnificent coach “Rebbe!” the Chassid cried out
He made every Jew in the area pulled by mighty horses. He rode as he recoiled in shock. The
tremble in fear, especially those past them shouting insults, and Rebbe had commanded him to
who had to lease land from him. made sure to pass by their battei visit the wicked governor and to

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tell him the time had come to repent. “How can I
do that? The dogs will rip me apart! The guard will
kill me instantly as I approach! And if I still
manage to make it to the palace, won’t he kill me
before I give over the Rebbe’s message? How can I
do this? How?”
The Chassid looked imploringly to the Rebbe. If
only he could carry out this daring task. If only he
could please the Rebbe.
The Rebbe’s noble face calmed him somewhat
and he felt awed by the Rebbe’s gaze. “Could I be
arguing against the Rebbe’s authority? Could I
disagree with his holy order? What about the
power of the meshaleiach (the one who sends)?
His conscience bothered him.
“Rebbe, I will go right away on this holy
mission.” He turned to leave the room, but the
Rebbe’s soft, deliberate voice stopped him.
“As you approach the palace, you can think
about the holy name I gave you. Meditate upon it
as you enter and do not stop thinking about it until
you leave the gate on your way out of the palace.”
The Chassid nodded and his eyes lit up. He felt
overjoyed though other emotions were felt as well.
He kissed the mezuza and felt that an angel was
accompanying him to protect him.
The Tzemach Tzedek

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He heard a Chassidic melody had dissipated. The fear one stranger in a low voice. He just
from the hall he had left earlier. usually felt in his presence had now felt what a pure life can be,
How sweet it was. He felt how his vanished. Where were the vicious like a newborn baby.
neshama was opening up. “Rebbe, rants, the anger and arrogance? Among those who knew who
I am going on your shlichus!” “The Rebbe said it is time to the stranger was, some dared to
repent…,” echoed in the room ask the Rebbe, “If in your
PART III and the figure of the Chassid holiness you are able to transform
slipped out without anybody a person and lift him from the
He closed his eyes in order to
noticing. lowest pit to the highest height,
concentrate on the holy name the
why then, Rebbe, do we work so
Rebbe had given him, so as not to
PART IV hard in our efforts of t’shuva?
become confused by the palace
Why doesn’t the Rebbe bring
and the dogs. He whispered It was an atmosphere of
about these changes within us
verses and parts of a maamer as spiritual elevation. If only I could
too?”
his heart raced. remain in his holy place forever. If
The Rebbe replied, “As a
He approached his destination, only the rays of majesty spread
shepherd supervises his flock,
step by step. Without paying out to the dark exile and
having the sheep pass under his
attention to the guards and the weakened the might of the wicked
rod, so too Hashem supervises,
dogs he moved forward and subdued them, for then
looking with a general glance and
determinedly, as he focused on perhaps there would be an end to
with individual supervision, seeing
the holy name with all his might. my misery. This is what the
that some sheep slide down while
others climb the hills. Some turn
to winding paths and some go
He heard a Chassidic melody from the straight ahead. Can the shepherd
run after every one of them and
hall he had left earlier. How sweet it bring them back?”
was. He felt how his neshama was The Chassidim listened closely
and wondered: Some go down
opening up. “Rebbe, I am going on your into the depths of the valley in
sins between man and his fellow,
shlichus!” and some turn to the twisting
paths of sins between man and
G-d. Some climb high on rungs
of arrogance and pride and some
His Rebbe’s holy countenance was stranger who had just arrived at
sink into the depths of despair,
clearly revealed before him. He the beis midrash thought.
bitterness, and depression.
walked straight towards the figure The rays of majesty did indeed
The Rebbe went on, “If a
standing opposite him. spread forth and penetrate the
sheep is injured and falters; if it
“The Rebbe said it is time to walls of the palace and subdue the
falls and cannot release itself from
repent,” he blurted out to the klipa, uproot and break it. Like
the brush on its own, will the
portly man who sat facing him. pure water that permeates stone,
shepherd’s shouts help? Will the
The governor was stunned by the light of the yechida had
sheep be able to extricate itself
the bearded Jew who had penetrated his soul.
from the brambles by the sound of
suddenly appeared before him, He put down his sack and sat
the flute? Will the blasts of a horn
without prior warning. There he down. “Oy,” sighed the stranger.
help arouse it or guide it?”
was, in his palace. The nerve! “If only there would be an end to
The Chassidim were quiet,
The Chassid closed his eyes, my suffering, an end to my
contemplating the Rebbe’s words.
knowing that this was the critical pains.”
The Rebbe concluded, “When a
moment. He focused on the holy “L’chaim,” called out an old
sheep is caught in the brush, the
name… Chassid.
shepherd follows it and releases it
When he opened his eyes he “L’chaim u’l’v’racha,”
gently and compassionately. Then
observed signs of humility on the answered the other Chassidim
he lifts it, taking it in his arms.”
governor’s supercilious face. He heartily.
(P’ninei HaKeser vol. 3, p 444)
noticed that the hatred and pride “L’chaim,” repeated the

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In addition, chickens will be sold on,


Thursday, 8 Tishrei (Sep. 20) - from 8:00PM to 6:00AM
AT THE CORNER OF PRESIDET ST. AND KINGSTON AV.

Extra care will be taken to ensure that there will be a sufficient


supply of chickens to meet the demand.
THE CHICKENS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED
TO VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE SHECHUNA AND PRIMARILY
TO THE "HACHNOSAS ORCHIM."

The police dept. has requested that all cars should be parked on President St.
between Kingston & Brooklyn Ave.

LONG LIVE THE REBBE KING MOSHIACH FOREVER AND EVER


PEIF@ERP

SHLICHUS DIARY:
NEW ZEALAND
By Ben Tzion Sasson

Most people think that a brief shlichus cut off from the tensions,
international struggles, and wars
during the holiday season shouldn’t be that affect the rest of the world.
With its burgeoning farming and
too difficult. However, once you’re on tourist industries, its laidback
democratic political system, the
the scene things look different – natural beauty and quality of life,

unexpected twists and turns, obstacles nothing seems to threaten the idyllic
tranquility of this country (which
and miracles, along with shocking doesn’t even have any snakes or
dangerous animals). It’s no surprise
surprises. * The Tamim, Ben Tzion then that the most common
expression that you hear from the
Sasson spent Tishrei 5766 in New locals is, “No worries.”
Our shlichus was to the city of
Zealand, where he experienced shlichus Christchurch, capitol of the

on a whole new level. * Rosh HaShana Canterbury region, which is the


largest city on the southern island.
and Yom Kippur on the far side of the The city is on the western coast of
the island, surrounded by stunning
world. views and the endless plains of
Canterbury, with their rolling green
hills extending to the ocean, which
NEW ZEALAND peacefully. All of this is topped off makes for a breathtaking contrast.
New Zealand is known by vast expanse of sky, which The population of the city is close to
throughout the world as one of the explodes into intense colors during 300,000 and it serves as a secondary
most beautiful places on the planet, sunrise and sunset. entrance point into the country,
a veritable Eden on earth. This These magical vistas are spread particularly to the southern island.
reputation is deserved when you over two large islands – the smaller
factor in the gorgeous and diverse of the two is 270,000 square SETTING OUT
mosaic of panoramas all in one kilometers, more than ten times the
size of modern day Israel. All of this Three years ago, the T’mimim
place: prehistoric rain forests, sky- Aaron and Maor Cohen opened a
high active volcanoes, snow-peaked land houses only four million people,
with seventy-five percent of the “Chabad House for Tourists” in the
mountaintops, sparkling clear blue Canterbury region. The Chabad
waters flowing through stunning population concentrated in a
number of larger cities, which leaves House is active mainly during the
fjords, shooting geysers, massive summer months, when many
waterfalls pouring into the ocean, a lot of territory in its original
natural state. tourists visit the area, and it is run
golden beaches, glittering icebergs, by bachurim who rotate every few
endless fields of green dotted with Being an island country on the
far end of the earth, New Zealand is months.
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season, the plans for the trip started
to take shape. Despite our concerns
as to whether it was worth going this
time of the year when the tourist
season is slow, we decided to go for
it. After a lot of logistical and
financial preparations, as well as
organizing the spiritual aspects, I set
out alone and I would be joined by
another bachur for Yom Kippur.
After many bureaucratic hassles,
the flight was underway. I was
carrying a large shipment of
materials that would provide for all
our needs throughout the month of
Tishrei. During the flight, I was
concerned about the possible Havdala following Rosh HaShana
problems at customs because I was
bringing in food. In fact, enough of questions at me: Why did you visit with the contact person who
food to last the whole month for come? Who sent you? What are you was supposed to meet me at the
myself and the many guests that we here for? What do you do? Who is airport was unsuccessful. That being
anticipated for Shabbasos and the funding your trip? Each question the case, he began opening all of my
holidays. I was worried since New was repeated with many variations, luggage and dumping out all the
Zealand is known as a place that is in order to try to trip me up and contents without any consideration.
very particular when it comes to complicate matters. I answered S’farim, food, clothing, and many
legal matters. softly, trying to explain myself as other things were tossed about,
After a total of twenty hours in well as possible considering my less- much of it thrown on the floor and I
the air, I deplaned, exhausted and than-perfect English. wasn’t allowed to touch anything.
worried, whispering a silent prayer Suddenly, he started screaming I couldn’t contain myself and
that I pass through customs quickly at me that I was contradicting myself asked him, “Why are you behaving
and successfully. However, one of in my answers. My attempts to this way? What did I do wrong that
the officers sent me off to a side explain that he wasn’t able to you are making such a mess?”
room, where I was asked to sit and understand me properly due to my
wait. deficiency in speaking the English He gave me an angry look and
When the officer finally entered language were useless. Even an just about screamed, “You want to
the room, he appeared particularly attempt to clarify the purpose of my know why I am behaving like this?
angry and hostile. He fired a series It’s because you came here with
drugs.”

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I was stunned. After a brief the home of Udi, a local Israeli who turned out that indeed there were
moment to collect my wits, I was the contact person for practically no tourists visiting at this
responded, “Do you seriously think everything pertaining to the trip. He time of the year. I wondered
that a Jewish rabbi, who came to was not home, but he had left the whether to prepare a program for
officiate at the holiday prayers for door open for me. After Maariv and Rosh HaShana or not, but the
the local Jewish community, would Krias Shma I feel asleep, exhausted Rebbe saw to it that the question
bring in drugs?” He seemed to be from the difficult trip. resolved itself.
thrown off for a moment. “Are you On the Sunday before the
sure about what you are saying,” he ROSH HA’SHANA holiday, I found out about an Israeli
asked in quiet voice. girl touring the area who called to
After Shacharis, I loaded up all
“Please, check all the valises,” I find out about a program for Rosh
of my possessions into Udi’s car,
offered. HaShana. When I got in touch with
and we headed off to the Chabad
He gave me a disbelieving look her, I found out that she was a
House. When we reached the main
and his tone of voice changed religious girl looking for a place to
thoroughfare in the center of the
dramatically. It was obvious that he spend the Yom Tov. I told her that I
city, I recognized the office building
was beginning to calm down. A few didn’t know if I should try to put
that housed the Chabad House,
minutes later, two drug-sniffing together a program because I hadn’t
from the pictures that the bachurim
dogs were brought into the room, located any Israeli tourists in the
in New York had given me.
and they began sniffing around me area, but I would be happy to do so
Since it had been some time
and my luggage. The officer saw the and provide for meals as well. She
since any bachurim had come to run
dogs remaining calm, and he calmed told me that had met three other
Israeli girls who were also interested.
We made up to meet and work out a
He gave me an angry look and just plan.
That is how the ball started to get
about screamed, “You want to know why rolling. They came to the Chabad
I am behaving like this? It’s because House, where they informed me that
they had met another two Israeli
you came here with drugs.” guys. So, we started to make a list of
supplies we would need along with
I was stunned… the menu for the meal.
Parenthetically, one of my chief
concerns was the fact that the
down as well. He began to electricity in the Chabad House was
the Chabad House, it needed a lot of
apologize, explaining that it seemed not working, and I had no clue how
work to get it into shape for any
strange to him that a tourist had to deal with it. I was afraid that it
activities. That Friday, my first day
arrived in New Zealand for a month would put a damper on celebrating
in New Zealand, I devoted to
and someone else was funding his the holiday properly. However, once
organizing the Chabad House.
trip – it had seemed to fit the profile again, I saw how the Rebbe looks
I spent Shabbos in Udi’s home,
of a drug smuggler. out for his shluchim.
and for the meals I made do with a
He asked me to explain why I When we came back from our
little of the food that I had brought
had come to New Zealand, and I shopping trip for supplies, I was
with me. Despite the scarcity of
explained about the Chabad overjoyed to see that the lights were
food, the meal went nicely, with
movement and the Rebbe MH”M, on in the Chabad House. It turns
words of Torah, stories, and
who looks out for every Jew in the out that one of the Israeli
Chassidic niggunim. The following
world. When I finished, he replied backpackers happened to be walking
morning, after walking for an hour
laughingly, “Next time, when a down that street when he saw the
and a half, I arrived at the local
member of Chabad passes through, I sign for the Chabad House. Upon
community shul, where there were
will know how to treat him,” and he entering, he saw that there was no
people already waiting. After brief
let me go on my way. electricity and he immediately got to
introductions, we began Shabbos
After another brief flight, I work. He so happened to be an
morning prayers.
reached the capitol city of electrician by profession, so it was
Rosh HaShana was quickly
Canterbury, where I took a taxi to only a matter of minutes before he
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of the prayers on a music stand next
to her, from which she read the
words of the siddur, interrupting
occasionally with remarks intended
to “uplift the atmosphere.”
In my wildest dreams I could not
have conjured up such a scene, and
on Rosh HaShana, no less. Earlier, I
had made contact with the president
of the community to ascertain that
there would be no problems, and
now I had to make a decision on the
spot with all eyes upon me.
Immediately, I decided to return
to the Chabad House together with
the group that I had brought with
me. We left the synagogue in a huff.
On the way back, we tried to analyze
what we had witnessed, but we
couldn’t quite believe it. We began
davening with song and dance,
Buying fish for the Rosh HaShana meals which lasted for some time.
At the meal, we had close to
got the electricity up and running. Two hours before Yom Tov, the twenty Israeli trekkers, who enjoyed
After dividing the cooking chores kitchen was a beehive of hurried every second of the four hours. It
amongst the tourists, I set out to activity, which ended only minutes was a seuda filled with words of
shop for fish. Before I had even before sundown. After candle- Torah about the deeper significance
walked one block, I encountered lighting, we walked in procession of Rosh HaShana, along with
another pair of Israelis. One of them towards the local community shul, as explanations of the mitzva of
turned to me and in English asked if the passersby gave us astonished blowing the shofar from the
I speak Hebrew. I answered them in looks. The heart filled with joy and perspective of Chabad Chassidus. At
fluent Hebrew and they seemed emotion as the old year passed one point, I suggested that we sing a
shocked. It turns out that they had through its final moments and the Chabad song, and before I even
arrived in the city a short time New Year came in. finished making my request, they all
before and tried to locate a Jewish I thought to myself about the began singing “Yechi Adoneinu,”
community or a suitable place to retraction of the Divine life force which continued with much gusto
spend the holiday. When they were that creates the worlds until the into the wee hours of the night.
unsuccessful in their search, they following day, as explained in Tanya, Towards the end of the meal, Udi
decided to go shopping for their and that the very next day at the showed up and told me that the
holiday needs in order to observe the blowing of the shofar, we would administration of the synagogue had
days in their hotel room. They crown Hashem as king and “draw promised that what had occurred
smiled from ear to ear when they down” a new revelation of the G-dly that night would not repeat itself in
heard that there was a Chabad life force that is constantly creating the morning, and that they really
House, with organized prayers and the world every instant. hoped I would come along with the
meals. It was with those thoughts that I guests. We set out hopefully the next
By the time I got back to the entered the synagogue, and–– morning to the shul. It seems the
Chabad House, I was happy to see disaster. For a second, I thought that locals got the message. The seating
that the number of people which I had come to the wrong place. To was separate, and the cantor was a
only yesterday was at a paltry three my utter shock, I saw men and more suitable choice. The services
had now become fifteen. It was only women sitting intermingled, and if were conducted in an orderly
one day ago that I had not even that were not enough, standing on fashion, with the visitors and the
considered having public meals for the Torah-reading platform was a locals trying to integrate the prayers
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In the late afternoon hours, the After he got settled in, we began started the meal, which is the main
Israelis returned to the Chabad calling all the Israeli families living in mitzva of the day. The participants
House for classes, which had more the area in order to invite them to enjoyed a festive meal that they had
of a farbrengen atmosphere. Yom Kippur services. That kicked helped prepare themselves. The
off our frenzied preparations for the discussion that developed during the
YOM KIPPUR holiest day of the year. seuda was on the topic of each
On Wednesday, Erev Yom person’s personal Yom Kippur
The second Shabbos I spent in
Kippur, we found ourselves at the experiences. Each person shared
the city passed happily and
Chabad House in a flurry of last reminiscences of Yon Kippurs past
successfully, with a small group of
minute preparations. A nice size in their parent’s homes. Many of
tourists participating in the meals.
crowd of Israelis was busy preparing those present got a new appreciation
During the following days, I made
the seuda. Meanwhile, we managed for Yom Kippur through hearing
sure to publicize the times for prayer
to do Kaparos with them. Since we some of the Chassidic ideas about
and the Seuda HaMafsekes (the
had no chickens, we used money. In the significance of the day.
meal right before the fast begins) of
the afternoon, we gave out lekach After Birkas HaMazon, we set of
Yom Kippur in all the places that
(honey cake) that we had brought together to the shul, many of the
Israeli tourists congregate.
from New York, wishing all a good tourists all dressed in white. The
One day, I was joined by the
and sweet year. strange procession drew a lot of
Tamim Yaakov Dan, who came to
Some time before the fast we curious stares…
help out for the rest of the month.
The shul was already packed with
the local Jews and their families,
many Israeli tourists who came on
A UNIQUE CHALLENGE their own, as well as a nice number
During my trip to New Zealand, I was invited to give a lecture of Israeli families living in the area
before a group called “Christians for Israel.” Originally, I refused to who came in response to our early
even consider it, but the members of the local Jewish community publicity efforts. This time, there
pleaded with me, explaining how it would really benefit the community was proper separation, and the
on many fronts. atmosphere was appropriately
I presented the question to various rabbanim and after being given a elevated.
whole list of conditions it was decided that I should speak. At the entrance to the shul, a
For an ordinary yeshiva bachur, this presented a difficult challenge, table was set up with hundreds
but I knew that I was fulfilling a candles which had been lit by dozens
shlichus of the Rebbe by focusing my of women who had come to join the
talk on the Seven Noachide Laws. I services. It was obvious that for
prayed that I wouldn’t inadvertently many of them this was a spiritual
say the wrong thing, and that it experience that only happened “once
should lead to a kiddush Hashem. in a year,” and for some, once every
The hall was full with members of few years. The spiritual light helped
the group, and the manager of the dispel much of the spiritual darkness
hall introduced me to the crowd. I that has been the lot of this city for
began my talk with the concept of many generations.
shlichus, explaining who the Rebbe is When the Torah scrolls were
and what is Lubavitch, and from taken out of the ark and the cantor
there went on to explain the Rebbe’s began a “Kol Nidrei” that shook the
goal to bring the world to the universal values of righteousness and walls, I felt overcome with emotion.
justice as a preparation for the final Redemption. It seemed to me that this was the
I ended with a story of the Baal Shem Tov, drawing a personal first time that the people of this city
lesson for each individual to add even one good deed so that the world would be part of Yom Kippur
will be ready for the revelation of Moshiach. services carried out according to
The people listened attentively and seemed quite moved by the Jewish law. I looked around me and
message, and the president of the organization expressed his saw the wide range of Jews who had
appreciation by announcing that he was taking on a good resolution in come for Kol Nidrei – businessmen
honor of the new Jewish calendar year. alongside Israeli backpackers with

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verses “Shma Yisroel,” “Baruch
Sheim” and “Hashem hu
HaElokim.” To my ears, it sounded
like a powerful scream from the
depths of the heart.
One of the community elders
went up to the reader’s platform
holding an ancient shofar. He blew a
long blast that seemed to have the
power to break even the most
desensitized heart. This was
followed by the emotional cry that
erupted from the crowd, “L’Shana
HaBaa b’Yerushalayim.” At that
point, I couldn’t contain my tears,
and when I looked around I saw that
I was not the only one.
With backpackers in the Chabad House The prayers ended with a final
round of song, and for many of
dreadlocks; elderly locals alongside the mood, I incorporated Chabad those present it was the first time
young children; raggedy Israelis tunes along with Sephardic tunes, that they had experienced the
alongside well dressed professionals. and many Jewish “folk” tunes which holiness of the day, although they
All of them looked into their everybody was familiar with, so that were far from their homes in the
siddurim feeling the awesome they could all sing along and join in. Holy Land, far from a place of
emotion of the day. This unique Within seconds of starting each holiness. At the conclusion of
integration between people of varied tune, the entire room became one Maariv, the crowd gathered in the
backgrounds and social standings unified voice calling out, “Open a auditorium for Havdala, along with
was expressed beautifully at the end gate for us, at the time of the closing a light repast to break the fast.
of the services as everyone dispersed of the gates.” Afterwards, there was a mass
and wished each other a good year. Before the proclamations at the Kiddush Levana ceremony, and
Many of the transient Israelis end of the prayer, I turned to the everyone couldn’t stop raving about
chose to spend their time during this crowd and explained briefly in their first proper Yom Kippur
holy day within the walls of the Hebrew and English how important experience.
Chabad House, saying T’hillim or it is to focus on the meaning of the A short while later, we made our
learning a sicha of the Rebbe about words when we loudly proclaim symbolic start on a sukka as we went
the significance of the day. these verses that express our with a group of Israelis to look for a
The high point of the day was readiness to sacrifice our lives to suitable place to build it in the
obviously, the final prayer of the sanctify His Holy Name. Maybe I’m courtyard of the Chabad House. It
day, “N’ila.” The shul was packed, imagining it, but it seems to me that seemed to us that it should be a
and in a surprise move, the president in all Chabad shul that I have ever pretty simple undertaking, yet it
of the shul asked me to lead the davened in, I have never heard such turned out to be anything but simple.
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GOING TO THE
REBBE FOR TISHREI
“AND THEY Tishrei. This is the reason for going to is a new and atzmi-essential light that
CONGREGATED TO THE the Rebbe for Tishrei, because that is was not present in any of the previous
when there is the arousal of the giluyim (revelations). This is why we
KING SHLOMO, EVERY essence of the soul. Staying with the go to the Rebbe at this time, to be
JEW, IN THE MONTH OF Rebbe during this period of time is able to receive the new light and
TISHREI” the aspect of makifim (encompassing giluyim in a deep and “eisan” way,
Rabbi Shneur Zalman Gafni, revelations not yet internalized) and and from there, to draw down the
Rosh Yeshivas Ohr T’mimim and afterwards, all the spiritual abundance encompassing lights in an “inward
mashpia in B’nei Brak is drawn inward and from there we manner” too.
have the strength for the entire year. All the years that I went to the
The month of Tishrei is called This is also what Chassidus Rebbe for Tishrei, I personally felt an
yerach ha’eisanim, as it says, “and explains about “v’dodi li” (my beloved aliya (elevation) and renewal in every
they congregated to the King Shlomo, is to me), which refers to Tishrei – way. I was there not only in the years
every Jew, b’yerach ha’eisanim on the that the “dodi li” has an impact on all when I had yechidus (more than
chag, this is the seventh month.” This matters throughout the year. seven times!), but in the years after
verse describes the Chanukas Beis In letters that the Rebbe wrote to that too.
HaMikdash, which was built by Anash, he tells the parable of the Today, when we don’t see the
Shlomo HaMelech. The Chanukas Rebbe Rayatz – that when you go to Rebbe, we still see hiskashrus
HaBayis lasted from the 8th of Tishrei the Rebbe for Tishrei, you bring a increasing, whether it’s through the
until after Sukkos. suitcase to fill up and when you go Igros Kodesh or other means (and in a
The amazing thing about it was back home, you need to unpack it. certain way it is more than the years
that they ate and drank even on Yom This is what Tishrei is about – when we saw the Rebbe). This comes
Kippur. The Gemara in Moed Katan drawing down the necessary spiritual from a longing for the Rebbe, like the
says that all those who were there are bounty for everything throughout the inyan of the shofar described by the
destined for the World to Come. entire coming year. This is our goal, Zohar as “an inner voice that is not
This shows us that all the avoda of to bring the essence of Tishrei into heard,” which arouses the essence of
the month of Tishrei is connected our daily lives so that it enters and the soul and all hidden powers that
with yerach ha’eisanim. “Eisan” refers permeates our inner being. cannot be revealed on their own.
to the essence of the soul. Another I was once at yechidus in Tishrei One can say that this is what
explanation is that “eisan” means and I asked the Rebbe something hiskashrus is about now –essential
something strong, and “eisan” refers about what was said at the hiskashrus, the “kol p’nimi” that
to the future, as it is comprised of the farbrengen. The Rebbe answered my cannot be expressed except in our
Hebrew letters that are used to question and said that since Tishrei current circumstances. This is why, in
change a word to the future tense. accomplishes that all the things are the midst of all the concealment, we
The month of Tishrei has the strength drawn down for each and every day are able to attain an inner and
to draw down the future revelation of throughout the year, may this inyan essential hiskashrus that is revealed by
the essence of the Jewish soul, the also extend throughout the entire a trip to the Rebbe.
true and complete Redemption. year. Knowing how important and holy
All these things mentioned in As we know, every year a new this month is, it is vital to make the
connection with eisan is aroused by revelation, that was never here before, effort to be with the Rebbe. As the
the Rebbe MH”M in the month of is drawn down on Rosh HaShana. It Rebbe Rashab said, “Where can a

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Chassid be on Rosh HaShana if not talking. At some point they burst out chayus from a new maamer or sicha,
in Lubavitch?” laughing. today, one who really wants to refresh
The main thing is that we should The boy said sharply, “We are his blood and become purified must
merit all the spiritual abundance and already deep in Elul and you still come “to see and be seen.” When you
revelations that the Rebbe gives us didn’t prepare the leeches, and that’s see thousands of Chassidim preparing
each year in a way of “all who give; why you are laughing…” all year with a chayus and excitement
give with a good (i.e., generous) eye,” The Chassidim were sure that he for a trip to the Rebbe, this shows
and may we merit to be proper vessels had heard this from his father, the how this trip is far more necessary
to receive all the enormous goodness Alter Rebbe. They understood it to than in years gone by.
that we get from the Rebbe. mean that a leech sucks out the On the one hand, we are living
tainted blood and allows clean blood through very special times, as the
TO EXCHANGE AND to circulate throughout the body. Elul Rebbe called them, “hechste tzait,” the
is a time for cleaning and refining the peak time before the Geula, the very
REFRESH THE SOUL FOR body. threshold of the Redemption. On the
THE COMING YEAR A short while later, the Alter Rebbe other hand, we are immersed within a
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gurewitz, heard the commotion in Gan Eden double and redoubled darkness and
Mashpia in Yeshivas Bucharim HaTachton and he went out to see the only place for us to renew our
what was happening. The Chassidim Chassidic blood is in Beis Rabbeinu
There is a story from the Mitteler
told him what his son had said. The Sh’B’Bavel.
Rebbe that when he was seven years
Alter Rebbe smiled and said, “What Even if we still don’t see the
old he heard his teacher ask the
comes to us through avoda, comes Rebbe, we know there are senses that
neighbor, who was a doctor, “What’s
matter-of-factly to the children.” go far beyond sight, like when a
new?” and the doctor answered, “We
Elul, for Chassidim in general and person enters a dark room and he
are deep in Elul and I still didn’t set
the T’mimim in particular, is a month feels around and knows what is there.
up the leeches for the coming winter.”
of preparation for a trip to the Rebbe. In 770 you feel and see the Rebbe in
In those days, they used to put
The chayus that a balabus, young every corner. When you are close to
leeches on an invalid in order to
married man, or bachur need to the Rebbe you can take in all the
remove the blood and settle the blood
absorb, in order to exchange and things you absorbed throughout the
pressure. These leeches were
refresh their soul for the coming year, year in a p’nimius’dike way, and most
obtainable only in the summer. In the
is through going to the Rebbe for importantly, exchange the blood and
cold of winter they hid, so they had to
Tishrei. change our very beings, to refine
be prepared in advance.
In our current situation, it is that ourselves to greet Moshiach.
That day, when the boy went
much more important. If until 3 There is an interesting letter that
home, he came across a group of
Tammuz we were able to obtain the Chassid, R’ Itche der Masmid a”h
Chassidim who were sitting and

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sent his good friend, R’ Yisroel we need to know that both the proper 18 years ago, the Rebbe said that
Jacobson a”h, who had moved to spiritual and material preparations in order to bring Moshiach, you need
America. This was when the Rebbe have to be made. “pure simcha.” When we have the
Rayatz was in Riga and Warsaw and When the Rebbe was in Paris to privilege of going to the Rebbe for
R’ Itche wrote, “It has been a long greet his mother, Rebbetzin Chana, Tishrei, we see pure simcha only in
time now that you have not come to the Chassid, Ben-Tzion Shemtov once 770. Although you would think the
the Rebbe. The fact that you saw the saw him learning a topic in Nigleh. R’ loss would be greatest there, since we
Rebbe in America when he visited in Ben-Tzion said there were important don’t see the Rebbe, it is specifically
1930 – that is the ‘king in the field’ – matters to attend to here, but the there that the simcha is greatest. In
but a Chassid needs to go to his Rebbe said that if we don’t learn here, order to absorb this in an inward
Rebbe.” we won’t be able to show our face in manner, there has to be diligent
The Rebbe is everywhere and we New York. learning, mivtzaim, and proper t’filla.
connect to him throughout the year, In order to go to the Rebbe in What is the preparation: Proper
but a Chassid must travel to be in the New York, the proper preparations speech, thoughts, and of course,
Rebbe’s four cubits and get what he need to be made whether it’s adding action. Rabbi Sossonkin a”h once
needs for the coming year. in Nigleh, adding in maamarim, said to R’ Binyamin Klein when the
There is a Chassidic vort on the inyanei Moshiach and Geula, latter began his work as secretary,
Gemara, “Rebbi lo shana, Chiya mivtzaim, being mekarev people to “You need to know that you are
minayin” – if you don’t go to the the Rebbe, taking a pidyon nefesh working in a place where the Rebbe
Rebbe once a year (at least), where from someone you know to the reads minds.” This awareness has the
will your chayus come from? It Rebbe. ability to compel us to step up to a
should be a given that in order to live It’s a good idea to keep a daily much higher level.
materially and spiritually, the place to diary of your trip to the Rebbe. Your In a letter, the Rebbe says the trip
derive chayus and life is the Rebbe’s Tishrei then is different, as the for Tishrei is to become refreshed. In
place, and all the avoda throughout significance of every moment order to get strength for the entire
the year is in order to go to the becomes more apparent and the year, you go to refresh yourself at the
Rebbe. experience remains etched in your Rebbe and get new kochos.
May we merit, this year, to see the memory for years to come. After the Rebbe Rayatz left Russia,
Rebbe MH”M here in Yerushalayim When you are in 770, you need to Rabbi Yehuda Eber, who served as
with the complete hisgalus. value every minute of your time there. rosh yeshivas Tomchei T’mimim,
Every maamer that you learn there wrote that the shell of Tomchei
THE SH’CHINA should be valued. It even pays to keep T’mimim remained but the inner
the booklets of maamarim that they structure was lacking, which referred
IS EXILED THERE give out in 770. to a trip to the Rebbe (since it wasn’t
Rabbi Sholom Ber Reichman, The importance of the trip is possible to go to the Rebbe at that
Mashpia – the Anash Shul in Kiryot measured differently for each person. time).
A groom once went to the Rebbe The mashpia R’ Mendel Futerfas once Every Tamim needs to know that
and the Rebbe asked him about the said that when you go to the Rebbe, the inner structure and the goal of
wedding preparations. The groom the point is not that you’re going to Tomchei T’mimim is preparing to
said that the apartment was ready and see the Rebbe but that the Rebbe sees travel to the Rebbe.
so were the furnishings. The Rebbe you. In 5747, when R’ Mendel Another point. We say in our
said: That’s not what I meant. I was returned from the Rebbe in Teives, he prayers, “Bless us our father, all as
referring to the spiritual preparations, explained that as soon as you return one.” All Chassidim are one body, and
the maamarim of Chassidus, etc. from the Rebbe you have to start when we go to together to the Rebbe,
On another occasion, a different preparing for the next trip. it is obvious that he is our father and
groom went to the Rebbe and the All year long, a Chassid needs to we receive all the blessings of the
Rebbe asked him the same question be thinking about his next trip to the seventh month. The entire month of
about his preparations. The groom Rebbe. Whatever a Tamim learns Tishrei turns into one long
only responded regarding the spiritual throughout the year in yeshiva needs farbrengen. Being in the Rebbe’s
preparations. The Rebbe told him he to be a preparation for going to the presence incorporates us all into one
meant the material preparations. Rebbe. All our chayus throughout the unit, for the Rebbe and the Chassidim
This is the time of year when we year, and everything we do, need to are essentially one.
are all getting ready to go to the be in preparation for the trip to the When you go to the Rebbe and the
Rebbe, and when we go to the Rebbe Rebbe. Rebbe looks at a bachur, it refines

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him, just like entering the Holy of mekarev to Chassidus. When we in 5734 the Rebbe contributed a large
Holies. In the kuntres “Beis Rabbeinu passed by the Rebbe for kos shel part of the cost of the guests’ tickets,
Sh’B’Bavel” the Rebbe says that 770 bracha, the Rebbe asked about them saying that those who come to him
is the place that everyone turns to. and gave me a bottle of mashke. He for Tishrei are his guests. The way the
When you go to 770, you are asked that we make a farbrengen in Rebbe conducted himself in Tishrei
going in order to help bring about the New York and a farbrengen in Eretz towards the guests was special. He
hisgalus of the Rebbe as Moshiach, Yisroel. I saw that the Rebbe was davened in a minyan in the middle of
and your behavior has to match, pleased by our group and so we the week [before the passing of the
including davening in the Rebbe’s cannot be satisfied just by going Rebbetzin in 5748, the Rebbe didn’t
minyan – Shacharis at ten o’clock and ourselves, but have to be mekasher daven Shacharis with the minyan
Mincha at 3:15. Even within 770 more and more people to the Rebbe. daily] because of the guests who came
there’s work to do, like being mekarev In 5757 our family went to the for Tishrei and it was obvious that the
and talking to bachurim who need Rebbe for Tishrei. People who saw me Rebbe was pleased that people came
inspiration. Share your feelings with said that the fact that I went to the for Tishrei.
others, and of course, be exceedingly Rebbe with the entire family, gave Tishrei is the time a Chassid has to
careful with your thoughts, speech, chizuk to those living in Crown make the trip, for this is the month in
and actions. Heights to go to 770. There’s no which we coronate the king, when the
When you go to the Rebbe question that when you put everything Ushpizin come, especially the Rebbe’s
knowing that this is the place where aside and go to the Rebbe with day on Simchas Torah, and we draw
the Sh’china was exiled, “and this is mesirus nefesh, it also gives chizuk to from these special days for the whole
year.
Also now, when we don’t see the
Rebbe, and this saddens us, we know
There is a Chassidic vort on the what the Rebbe said about the Rebbe
Gemara, “Rebbi lo shana, Chiya Rayatz – that holiness does not move
from its place. This is all the more
minayin” – if you don’t go to the Rebbe true for the Rebbe. So it is obvious
that in 770 we continue to get all the
once a year (at least), where will your Divine hashpaa, because it all comes
through 770.
chayus come from? Under the present circumstances it
is easy not to be careful about keeping
to the times, but the Rebbe wants us
the place of the future Mikdash,” it those who are weaker and gives them to, and we have to make the effort out
will hasten the full hisgalus of the a chayus to connect to the Rebbe. of hiskashrus and utter bittul.
Rebbe MH”M, and we will merit to Before a Chassid goes to the The Rogatchover Gaon said to a
go up to the third Beis HaMikdash, to Rebbe he has to learn kuntres Beis Chassid who came to the Rebbe
see and be seen. Rabbeinu Sh’B’Bavel in depth. The Rayatz in Leningrad that there’s a
Rebbe agreed to reveal the great difference if a Chassid goes to
THERE IS NO CHANGE holiness of 770 to us. In the past, Leningrad to the Rebbe or he goes to
Chassidim spoke privately about 770 the Rebbe in Leningrad. He showed
Rabbi Gershon Mendel Avtzon in this way, but the Rebbe brought how this makes a difference in Jewish
The foundational principle is the this out into the open, as he once law.
simple awareness that nothing said, you can learn from the walls of This should be our perspective on
changed, and just as Chassidim knew 770. What the great Chassidim did going to the Rebbe, to know precisely
that only if you fulfilled all the not merit, we merited, and this should how we’re going to receive the Divine
conditions that the Rebbe established spur us on to value every minute we bounty: are we going to the Rebbe
to go to him (with permission from get to spend with the Rebbe in and getting the essence, or are we
hanhala and parents), did you go, the Tishrei. going to Crown Heights and to the
same applies now. Throughout the years, the Rebbe Rebbe as well, in which case we’re
We also need to bring other people wanted people to come for Tishrei missing the point. The main thing is
to the Rebbe. In 5748 I brought some and he encouraged people to come we should know how to come
people with me that I had been especially for Tishrei. I remember that prepared to the Rebbe.

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TAKE PART IN
THE REBBE’S WAR!
Interview by Shai Gefen

This week marks the beginning of the that the Israeli government
represents our enemies?
30th year since the unfortunate Camp Unfortunately, that is the
situation. We are people with our
David agreement. * An interview with eyes open and this is suicide.
Otherwise, how do you explain
Rabbi Gedalia Akselrod, one of the that Ehud Barak, who brought the

directors of the Committee to Save the disaster of Lebanon upon us, is


the Defense Minister once again?
Nation and the Land. How do you explain that Shimon
Peres, who brought Arafat to us
and ten thousand terrorists from
This week marks 29 years This year marks 40 years since Tunisia, has become the
since the signing of the Camp the Six Day War and the start of president?
David agreement in which Israel the 30th year since the Camp It’s not happening one hundred
conceded land for the first time, David agreement. The difference years after the terrible things they
and officially recognized as is stark. During the Six Day War did, but within a few years, as the
legitimate, the rights of a we were terrified and one voice, Jewish nation still bleeds. Just a
Palestinian people. How can we that of the Rebbe, calmed us. With few weeks ago, the Education
sum up what has taken place the Camp David agreement, Minister said they should put al-
since then? everybody was exhilarated and one Nakba (“the catastrophe” – what
We have gone downhill ever voice – that of the prophet of our Arabs calls Israel’s Independence
since the government signed that generation – warned of the dire Day) into the Israeli Arab
unfortunate agreement. I consequences of this agreement. textbooks – that we stole their
remember that 40 years ago, What is going on with the land in the War of Independence.
before the Six Day War, everybody government, now that we all see Is that normal? In a normal
was terrified. It felt like one of the the tragedy they brought upon country they would hospitalize her
darkest times in our history. us? in a psychiatric hospital!
Just one calm voice could be After the Six Day War there Is there a rational explanation
heard – that of the Rebbe MH”M. were representatives of RaKaCH to what is going on?
I was in the rabbanut of Ramat (the communist political party) The only logical explanation is
Gan at the time and we went to who shouted that they should stop that the Zionism that was founded
the stadium to designate an area the attacks on the Arabs. At that on uprooting Torah and religion is
for a cemetery for the tens of time they knew that he was a continuing the process of
thousands we anticipated would be Russian agent. Today, it’s the destroying the Jewish people.
killed. On the way, we turned on whole government. Today the Previously it was against the soul,
the radio and heard the news central parties have turned into and now it’s against the body.
about the liberation of the Kosel RaKaCH, to lackeys of our Klipa can’t stand that there’s
and how the Old City was enemies. Jewish life in Eretz Yisroel.
conquered. Is that an exaggeration, to say Tens of thousands are getting

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closer to Hashem and so the of the Rebbe who is chai v’kayam,
suicidal process of destruction and all the foundations of faith
continues apace. The same that are completely “beyond
process that began 60 years ago reason.”
with the establishment of the So I urge Anash and the
State, continues today. They are T’mimim to take part in this fight
operating in a way of “lower than of the Rebbe in the “wars of
reason” by returning it all to the Hashem,” to publicize it and make
enemy, while conspiring against it constantly the topic of the day.
the settlers, bringing gentiles into It is everybody’s obligation to
the country, and removing the protest; everybody must be part of
barrier between Jews and non- the Rebbe’s war. This is about our
Jews with phony conversions. It is very lives.
derived from the same klipa whose In conclusion?
goal is “the name of Israel shall no We need to make a cheshbon
longer be remembered.” So they ha’nefesh about the situation and
don’t care if there is no more realize that this is all leading us to
State; the main thing is if they the hisgalus of the Rebbe MH”M.
successfully uproot it all. We need to publicize to one and
One of the Rebbe’s main wars all that the Rebbe is the prophet of
in the “wars of Hashem” is The goal of the politicians is to the generation and we need to
shleimus ha’Aretz. What can be destroy it all. obey him, as we see how the
done? The explanation for what is Rebbe is right in everything he
The first thing is spreading going on today is simple. Since says.
Judaism and Torah. Continuing to avodas Hashem is above nature Today, the eve of the Geula, is
promote t’shuva in the world, for and strengthening faith is “beyond the best time to strengthen
it is their intention to uproot it all. reason” – and this is the avoda ourselves and others in inyanei
Second, a massive publicity before Moshiach, as the Rebbe Geula, so that all the Jewish
campaign about shleimus ha’Aretz. Rashab wrote – bitter will be the people unite around the Rebbe’s
The public needs to understand end of one who follows intellect in malchus. With Hashem’s help we
that the war against shleimus the time of Ikvisa d’Meshicha, so will proclaim together before the
ha’Aretz is not a rational one, one klipa today goes “below reason,” Rebbe, “Yechi Adoneinu Moreinu
that considers what is best for the as only it can. This is our avoda in V’Rabbeinu Melech HaMoshiach
Jewish people and their security. inyanei Moshiach, the eternal life L’olam Va’ed!”

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COULD DO THIS
By Nosson Avrohom

A miracle story about the Lubavitcher “Over the years, as I entered the
world of askanus, I heard about the
Rebbe, as related by a Sanz- Rebbe’s righteousness from various
sources.
Klausenberger Chassid. “In Kiryat Sanz in Yerushalayim,
which I founded, lived a Jew who
Despite his advanced age, it’s yechidus. was born and lived in Australia.
almost impossible to catch Rabbi By way of introduction to that There he began to study to be a
Moshe Yaakov Spitzer for an story, R’ Spitzer tells of his first teacher and planned on converting
interview. R’ Spitzer is a leading meeting with the Rebbe, from which and becoming a religious Christian.
communal figure among Sanzer he emerged thunderstruck, teeth “One day, he came across a
Chassidim in Eretz Yisroel, a chattering and legs trembling with newspaper clipping with divrei Torah
member of the administration of emotion. from the Rebbe and he liked what he
Mosdos Sanz, and the director of “I loved davening in the Chabad read. He sent a letter to the Rebbe
Imrei Shefer in Yerushalayim. shul when I was a child, the Baal and the Rebbe’s answer inspired him
R’ Spitzer is a Chassidishe askan HaTanya Shul in Yerushalayim, and to drop his plans of converting. He
in the full sense of the word. He spending time with great Chassidic became a baal t’shuva and moved to
begins his day early in the morning figures, such as Rabbi Moshe Weber, Yerushalayim.
and ends it late at night. In between, Rabbi Avrohom Hirsh Cohen, and “As time passed, I realized that
he serves as gabbai of the Sanzer others. One of my childhood the Lubavitcher Rebbe was not
shul in Yerushalayim and memories is of that Sunday when we merely another Torah scholar but
administrator of the yeshiva where heard the sad news about the really, an angel of G-d.
he gives a shiur every morning. passing of the Rebbe Rayatz and of “At the end of the 70’s, in the
After Maariv and supper, he has the great mourning of the month of Sivan, I had the
a chavrusa for the daily Daf Yomi. Chassidim. opportunity of flying to New York
Although he is a Sanzer Chassid “As great as their pain was over and attending the wedding of the
through and through, the Rebbe the passing of the Rebbe Rayatz, daughter of the Sanz-Klausenberger
MH”M is an important figure in his that is how great their joy was, one Rebbe zt”l. I had to remain abroad
life, and when he told about his first year later, when the present Rebbe for a month and on a Friday I went
encounter with the Rebbe he cried took over the nesius. The Chassidim to my rebbe, who asked me where I
for quite some time. who had traveled to the Rebbe in the would be spending Shabbos.
R’ Spitzer witnessed the Rebbe’s early years of the nesius were “I told him that I wanted to
ruach ha’kodesh on a number of dumbfounded. They told of how check out the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
occasions. The most outstanding they followed the Rebbe and barely This was chutzpadik, as I am a
example, as far as he is concerned, is slept nearly an entire month. Sanzer Chassid.
the heart-stopping miracle story that “The impression they left on their “The truth is that I really wanted
saved the life of his brother’s only listeners was that the young Rebbe to see how the Sanzer Rebbe would
daughter, thanks to a clear bracha was an angel of G-d. I had a strong react to my request so that I would
he received on her behalf in urge to meet him. know his opinion of the Lubavitcher
Rebbe. My Rebbe responded in

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Rabbi Spitzer
receives a dollar
from the Rebbe.

amazement, “Hoo-aah, he is a very guests. Since I was a guest, I could Lubavitcher Rebbe is someone
great man,” and encouraged me to sit there. I tried to explain that I lofty.”
go. wasn’t a rav or a Torah scholar and That Shabbos was Shabbos
“I was happy about this and I didn’t deserve that honor, but he Mevarchim Tamuz, and the next
arrived in Crown Heights on Erev explained that in Chabad, rabbis and day, R’ Spitzer woke up early in
Shabbos, where I was the guest of a ordinary people are treated the order to get a place to say T’hillim
relative, a Belzer Chassid. I told him same, ‘We look at the neshama.’ in the Rebbe’s minyan. Later in the
that other than a bed to sleep in, I “I eagerly anticipated the day he attended the Rebbe’s
planned on spending the entire Rebbe’s arrival and when he walked farbrengen and listened to the sichos
Shabbos in 770, watching the in with quick steps, standing tall, kodesh and said l’chaim to the
Rebbe. I did not tarry and long with a siddur held close to his side, Rebbe.
before sunset I was already stationed chills went up and down my spine. I His voice chokes up as he recalls
in 770. was overcome with emotion and I that magnificent Shabbos. He is
“I am a Yerushalmi in my soul stood in wonderment for a long overcome with strong feelings of
and I knew that a large crowd would time. This image of the Rebbe nostalgia for those days, which
come and I wouldn’t have a place to entering the beis midrash is etched clearly continue to serve as a source
sit. I looked for a good spot to stand in my mind. I felt that I was seeing of inspiration for him.
in so I could watch the Rebbe. Melech HaMoshiach, an actual “The miracle story I want to tell
“An older Chassid came into the angel of G-d. you happened a few years later. I
beis midrash and when I asked him “I have two Lubavitcher sons, but have a dear brother who lives in
to suggest where I should stand, he I am not a Lubavitcher Chassid. I Chaifa, by the name of Elimelech,
took me and said that the first two am a Chassid and mekushar of the and he has an only daughter by the
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took place, she was a young girl. written and supported the Beis who knows what to do in such
One day, she picked up a child, as Yosef, going so far as to rule that cases, no one who can save her,
she often did, and something strange one who uses t’fillin and mezuzos except for the Lubavitcher Rebbe!’
happened. They bumped legs and written according to the opinion of “He half ordered and half
she felt terrible pain. As the pain the Arizal did not fulfill his pleaded with me not to delay but to
grew worse, she went to the local obligation. R’ Leibel, a Sanzer buy a ticket on Motzaei Shabbos
clinic, which referred her for more Chassid, debated via correspondence and to take the medical information
tests that revealed she had a with him at length until the Chazon with me and bring it to the Rebbe
malignant tumor in her right leg. Ish said R’ Leibel was right and and receive a bracha. ‘Do not send
“The family was horrified. They admitted his error. Their letters. If you want your niece to
took her from doctor to doctor, correspondence is what his book is remain alive, go and meet him
experts in the field, and they all gave about. R’ Leibel’s wife worked in our yourself,’ he warned.
the same diagnosis – that the tumor house and knew about our niece’s “His confidence was inspiring. I
was so large and had spread to such illness. had already seen the Rebbe’s
an extent that they gave her only a “I recall that difficult period and greatness from up close, but the
month to live. Additional tests only the gloomy atmosphere, which was running around to doctors and the
confirmed their prognosis and the like Tisha B’Av, though Tisha B’Av is whole sorry story had made me
family was devastated. Their pain just one day and then there’s forget the option of turning to the
was compounded by the fact that consolation, and here there was no Rebbe. On Motzaei Shabbos I could
she was their only daughter and consolation. It was a very sad time. not get a ticket and I first arrived in
overnight, their dreams had been “R’ Leibel heard from his wife 770 on Monday, where I saw the
shattered. about our niece’s illness and Erev Rebbe davening in the small zal
“However, despite the bleak Shabbos, before Kiddush, he upstairs.
prognosis, they continued taking her knocked at our door. I was quite “I approached the secretary,
to experts in the field as well as surprised to see him there. Rabbi Binyamin Klein, whose father,
alternative doctors. Sadly, every “I asked him what he was doing R’ Menachem, I knew from Battei
doctor confirmed the opinion of the there and he said he had heard from Ungarin in Yerushalayim, and I told
previous doctors and their hopes of his wife about our niece. ‘I’m telling him the story. He told me that the
salvation faded. you, there is no one in the world Rebbe was not receiving anybody at
“As time passed, they saw their
daughter fading away before their
very eyes, showing signs of
weakness, tiredness, pain. The only
thing the medical world could
suggest was pain relief medications
to alleviate her suffering a bit. The
family doctor who treated her
explained that this specific growth
was of a highly malignant sort so
that within weeks it would spread to
the liver and kidneys and that would
be the end of her.
“In Yerushalayim at that time
was a distinguished Torah scholar by
the name of R’ Leibel Friedman. He
wrote Tzidkas HaTzaddik, which
contains an exchange of letters that
he had with the Chazon Ish
regarding the dispute between the
holy Ari and the Beis Yosef about
how to write the letter Tzaddik.
“The Chazon Ish negated the
Ari’s view on how it should be
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her medical files. The Rebbe
“That night, the motioned that it wasn’t necessary

Rebbe met with and said, ‘Go to Professor Doors.’


The Rebbe asked whether I knew
many people and him and I said that I did. He was a
surgeon at Hadassah Ein Kerem
despite this, he hospital.
“The Rebbe went on to say, ‘Go
received me to him and tell him in my name that
I am asking that he do the
graciously and operation.’ I was shocked by the

with a captivating Rebbe’s decisive statement and


dared to say that the doctor who had
smile as though I examined her had said that even if
they amputated her foot, it wouldn’t
was the first help since the malignancy had
spread and nothing could be done.
person he was “The Rebbe made a dismissive
motion with his hand and with a
seeing that broad smile he said, ‘If he operates,
Rabbi Moshe
Yaakov Spitzer night.” all will be well, with Hashem’s help.
Go home and relay the good news
and she will yet enjoy nachas from
that time, but at night I should wait received me graciously and with a her children.’
for the end of yechidus and perhaps captivating smile as though I was the “I left the Rebbe’s room in an
I could enter. That is what I did. first person he was seeing that night. emotional turmoil. I was back in
“Late at night I saw the Rebbe. “I told the Rebbe about my Eretz Yisroel on Wednesday and that
That night, the Rebbe met with niece’s critical illness and when I same evening I went to the doctor’s
many people and despite this, he finished, I wanted to show the Rebbe office in Hadassah Ein Kerem. I told
him the chain of events and he said
that he had heard of the Rebbe’s
greatness although he did not know
him personally.
“He also said that according to
the medical records, there wasn’t
much of a chance that an operation
would accomplish anything. On the
contrary, her condition would only
get worse. Nevertheless, he was
willing to try, and that week she
underwent the operation.
“What can I tell you… When I
tell you what happened and recall
that period of time, I shudder. The
entire extended family sat outside
the operating room, saying T’hillim,
tense with dread over her welfare. At
the same time, we had strong faith
in the Rebbe’s clear bracha.
“After a few hours, when the
operation was over, she was taken to
the recovery room and we were told
that the operation was very
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successful, to the point that even the
medical team was astounded. TODAY, WE GAINED A JEW
“A few days later she was On one of my trips to New York to fundraise, I passed by 770 and
released to her home in order to rest said to my friend, let’s go in and see what’s happening in Lubavitch.
and recover. A few days after that, We went in and someone came over with a bottle of mashke, asking the
she had to go back to the hospital to Chassidim to say l’chaim as per the Rebbe’s instructions. He explained
have X-rays taken to see the results the reason:
of the operation. The doctor who Before Menachem Begin visited the Rebbe, a letter came to the
examined the results before and after secretaries from a Jew who lived in France, an ardent supporter of the
the operation was flabbergasted and revisionist Beitar movement. He cried to the Rebbe about his beloved
he told her, ‘No human being did son who was about to marry a non-Jew. All his attempts to dissuade
this, that’s for sure. Only an angel him had failed. In his letter, he begged the Rebbe to help him to
could do this.’ convince his son.
“My niece told him the name of A few days later, Menachem Begin, who had been a leader of the
the surgeon, but the doctor smiled Beitar movement, came for yechidus to the Rebbe. At the end of their
and said that even that wonderful meeting, he asked the Rebbe whether he could do something for him.
doctor, with all respect due him, The Rebbe showed him the letter he had received a few days before and
could not make this miracle and he asked him to change his itinerary and to stop off in France and use his
repeated, ‘Only an angel could do powers of persuasion to convince the man to drop the non-Jewish
this…’ woman.
“The family and I knew good Begin took this seriously and on his return to Eretz Yisroel he
and well who that angel was. traveled via Paris and met with the young man. The young man, who
“Today, over thirty years later, had grown up in a Beitar-family and had enormous admiration for
she is healthy, baruch Hashem, and Begin, listened to him and was convinced.
lives like someone who never had This story had taken place two years earlier and now, another letter
any medical trouble at all. She had arrived from the father, saying that after Begin had convinced his
married and as the Rebbe blessed son, he had become interested in a Jewish girl and was about to marry
her, she has nachas from her her. They said that when the Rebbe received the letter, he said, “Today,
children. A few weeks ago she we gained a Jew.”
married off one of her children.”
***
R’ Spitzer began the interview and I found myself standing right of Sanz was doing. I told him that
with the great things he heard the behind the Rebbe. When the he needed a big refua, for at that
previous Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe davening was over, the Rebbe turned time he was already very weak and
say about the Rebbe, and he ended around and I took the opportunity to not well. The Rebbe asked me for
the interview with what he heard the ask for a bracha in my work. The the Admur’s name and his mother’s
Rebbe say about his Rebbe, the Rebbe blessed me that Hashem name and he said he would mention
Admur of Sanz. should help me and bless me with it at the gravesite [of his father-in-
“Every time I went to New York everything good. law, the Rebbe Rayatz]. Then he
to fundraise for the Sanzer mosdos “I was about to walk away when added, ‘We need him and we need
which I run, I would visit 770. One the Rebbe asked me how the Admur his prayers.’”
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REACHING OUT TO
JEWISH PRISONERS
By Rabbi Yaakov Shmuelevitz, Shliach, Beit Shaan

Every shliach knows that if there the prisoners (R’ Gevirtz is Sometimes the protection is for the
is a prison in his area, then that is proficient on several instruments). prisoner himself because of the fury
part of his shlichus, to bring the He kept in touch with some of the of the other prisoners over his
Rebbe’s message – as well as the ten (tough) inmates in friendships that heinous crime or because of dealings
mivtzaim, holiday joy, Torah, and produced some amazing results (see with the interrogators.
good deeds – to those who are sidebar). In this ward, two cells cannot be
behind bars. This entails quite a bit opened simultaneously without
of effort and sometimes some risk MY FIRST VISIT TO JAIL special permission from the director
taking. of the ward (only he knows when
The moment you pass the heavy
Near Beit Shaan is the Shateh yes and when no). If you want to
iron gate into the jail, the air is
jail which is surrounded by a high give a shiur, you need to stand in the
different (one time, an inmate asked
wall. There, behind the walls, are long corridor and speak loudly so
me if I also noticed the difference),
prisoners with life sentences who are that all the people with their ears to
as though time stopped. It’s a dark,
broken, embittered, and regretful of their jail cell bars can hear what
depressing atmosphere, as you
their bad deeds. Their souls cry out you’re saying.
would expect.
for tikkun and t’shuva. Sometimes, the shiur will be
R’ Teichtel led me to the most
When I arrived in Beit Shaan, 21 interrupted by the sobbing of a
secluded area, the protective custody
years ago, the prison chaplain was prisoner who is moved by what is
ward. In the local jargon it is
Rabbi Dovid Teichtel, a Lubavitcher said. Sometimes there is a request,
referred to as the “X ward,” which
rav who felt the prisoners’ pain and “Rabbi, come over here to #7, I
houses the most dangerous inmates.
needs. He helped them endure their want to see you.” And sometimes
prison stay.
R’ Teichtel arranged a permanent SOULS I’VE MADE
entry (and exit!) pass for me and he
showed me around the prison, Rabbi Eliezer Gevirtz relates: A few years ago I knew a prisoner in
explaining the various departments Shateh prison who was given a long jail term. He sincerely got involved in
to me. I got to meet the prisoners, Judaism and at a certain point he asked that I visit his family in Chaifa and
hold shiurim, and I gave out give them moral support. After he repeatedly asked me to go, I went to
doughnuts and mishloach manos Chaifa where I met his wife and little children and told them about how he
(with the help of Tzach) on holidays. was getting more involved in Jewish practice.
We slowly began to set up t’fillin They listened to every word and then the mother decided that she also
centers, and prisoners made Chabad wanted a change in life. The two children were registered in a religious
houses within the cells and within preschool which caused the whole family to strengthen their observance of
their sections of the prison. Torah and mitzvos.
I also met Rabbi Eliezer Gevirtz, In another case, an inmate who regularly attended a shiur I gave, did
a shliach in Kfar Gideon and the not want to miss the shiurim after he was released. He came to Kfar
Jezreel Valley, who also got involved Gideon and became a member of our household and participated in many
in helping out upon R’ Teichtel’s shiurim. He changed his life and his outward appearance. He began to
request. He not only gave shiurim grow a beard and to conduct himself as a Chassidishe young man. He
but also arranged holiday parties for eventually married and has a religious household in Yerushalayim.

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there is also a nervous prisoner (or a There is a rehabilitation ward name was Chanuka. Chanuka was
hostile Arab) who shrieks, “Shut up where the prisoners are allowed to released for Pesach. Hence the
already! I want to sleep!” go to work every day and to return heading, “Pesach released on
It is easier to distribute to their cells in the evening. Chanuka, and Chanuka released on
doughnuts there because there is no There is a shul in every ward. Pesach.”
concern that people will grab too You can invite the prisoners to the R’ Akselrod relates:
many. You hand over two doughnuts shul for a shiur and to encourage “We had a prisoner here who
into each cell and they divide it them in their mitzva observance. As was a Russian immigrant who knew
among themselves. In other wings of time went on, we found an nothing about Judaism. I taught him
the jail, where there are eight or outstanding prisoner in every ward the Alef-Beis. Then we circumcised
sixteen inmates per jail cell, you go who agreed to run a Chabad house him. At first he was called Yevgeny
in with a box of doughnuts and you in the ward or within his cell. and then Yonason. He became more
suddenly realize all you have left is a A prisoner like this is given a committed in his religious
box. notebook by R’ Teichtel in which he observance and began writing
Next to the X ward there is also writes down, every day, whoever put beautiful t’fillin and mezuzos under
the “national seclusion ward” and on t’fillin, who said T’hillim and the the guidance of a G-d-fearing sofer.
the detention cells ward, where you 12 P’sukim, and who attended a “When he was released he lived
can meet the most closely guarded shiur. Some go further and mark in Yerushalayim opposite the
prisoners in the country. You usually down who washed their hands and Zichron Moshe shtiblach. He said at
cannot go right up to the prisoner who said Birkas HaMazon. R’ the time that the transition from life
but you leave the doughnut two iron Teichtel is given all this information in jail to life in Zichron Moshe,
gates away and yell out, “Chag as is the Heavenly Throne, and it where he hears minyanim 24 hours a
Sameiach!” will speak well for the prisoners and day, is like the transition from Olam
One time I was told by the prison for all the Jewish people who are HaZeh to Olam HaBa.
authorities that in the national imprisoned in galus. In the merit of “Yonason got married and had a
seclusion ward there was a political these notebooks, we should merit son. He married a second time and
killer and he needed a Megillas the Geula shleima. had a daughter. Then he got sick
Esther. We had only a few and died. May these lines in his
parchment Megillos, so it was only PESACH RELEASED ON memory serve as an ilui nishmaso
after we had finished leining in the for Yonason Feldman.”
other wards that I brought him a
CHANUKA AND Another story from R’ Akselrod:
Megilla. I wasn’t able to see this CHANUKA RELEASED ON “An inmate who completed his
dangerous prisoner; I could only call PESACH term in jail returned to his home in
out that I had brought him a Megilla R’ Moshe Akselrod, shliach in Chaifa, but half a year later he
and “Chag Sameiach!” Atlit, adopted the prison in Atlit and returned to us for another period of
Afterwards, one of the wardens does tremendous work there. He incarceration. In a conversation with
would go over, and with the help of gives ongoing shiurim and him he told me that one day he got
a special hydraulic door handle he personally accompanies many up in the morning and went to
would open the bars from a distance inmates on their way to Judaism and “work,” breaking into homes.
and the inmate would be able to go to t’shuva. I’ve met released Suddenly, he saw his teacher from
and take the Megilla. prisoners in Beit Shaan who have jail, Rabbi Lior Eliyahu a”h (who
told me enthusiastically about lived in Chaifa at the time and gave
CHABAD HOUSE “HaRav Moshe from the prison in shiurim in the Atlit jail), leaving his
Atlit,” who looked out for them like house.
IN EVERY WARD “He thought in horror, ‘What?
a brother and even helped their
R’ Teichtel led me through the families with food and financial Will I rob on my rabbi’s street?’ and
various wards. Each ward is support. he went to a different street.
designated for a particular type of In the Atlit prison there was an “Till this day, those who live on
prisoner, according to the severity of inmate named Pesach. It was that street don’t realize how their
his crime and how much of their Chanuka when Pesach was released living in the rabbi’s neighborhood
sentence they had already for his first temporary home visit. protected them from a thief. May
completed. They are also assessed to There was another inmate, also one these lines serve as an ilui nishmaso
see whether they deserve a more of R’ Akselrod’s talmidim, whose for the Chassid Lior Eliyahu.”
open ward or can be paroled.

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