From Chapter Six of Rabbi Shloma Majeski’s Likkutei Mekoros
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The Chabad House that operates in Bocas del Toro Archipelago in northwest Panama is not only a place whose outreach activities have been crowned with tremendous success and growth, it also regularly is witness to what we call “Baalshemske miracles.” The two dynamic shluchim, R’ Mordechai Cohen and R’ Yariv Klein, tell the story of their extraordinary shlichus
When the Rebbe said to learn Inyanei Moshiach and Geula, he said this is the direct way to bring the Geula. A few months later, the Rebbe said that by learning, we can open our eyes and see how the world is ready for the Geula. At the same time, the Rebbe said that if we want the learning to open our eyes, we need to learn in a very unique way
After the Rebbe distributed the maamer “V’Ata Tetzaveh,” we wondered – does the Rebbe want us to continue living with the same mesirus nefesh that we needed in Russia? But the reality is different here and there is no need to be moser nefesh for Shabbos observance, t’filla and chinuch! * R’ Hillel Zaltzman discusses mesirus nefesh in a country and era with no religious persecution
The Talmudic Sages (Sanhedrin 74a) derive from this verse that the Mitzvos were given for the sake of life, not death. With the exception of three cardinal sins (idolatry, forbidden relations and murder) the preservation of life takes precedence over the performance of a Mitzvah. For example, one whose life may be at risk by fasting on Yom Kippur does not have to fast, and indeed, is forbidden to fast.
One of the fundamental aspects of Bitachon is recognizing and internalizing that everything that happens in our life is ordained by Hashem. Parshas Acharei Mos provides for us an opportunity to internalize this message. To preface this message we will first discuss a component which is integral to seeing Hashem’s relevance in practical life
In 1954 Rabbi Gorodetzky travels to Tunisia to see if he can establish a Chabad presence there * The JDC refuses to sponsor, and the program got delayed to 1960 * How did Shlichus begin in Tunisia in 1960? * What did the Rebbe think about Rabbi Pinson’s Mikvah project? * Part Ten
The story began in Adar of a year ago. A young bachur, only fourteen years old, was diagnosed with a serious illness. This was in addition to the sad fact that he was orphaned of his father. Since he was a relative of R’ Yosef Yitzchok Lieder, a busy shliach in Rishon L’Tziyon for decades, the boy’s mother contacted him and told him the terrible news.
He raced between the houses, looking for a place to hide from the conquering soldiers. After a while his lungs burned from the effort but he continued to run, distancing himself from the place of danger. He constantly looked right and left. The fear that he would encounter enemy soldiers kept him on high alert, knowing that an encounter like that would cost him his life.