Hiskashrus to the Rebbe begins with our thinking about another Jew. Thinking about how to connect another Jew to the Rebbe and also connect him to the tremendous chain of the Nasi Ha’dor. To put the Rebbe’s wishes before us at all times and to push aside our egos which diminish others in our eyes.* Presented for 11 Nissan
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They tell a story of three people who were schmoozing about what type of eulogy they would like to be said at their funeral. The first one said, “I would like the Rabbi giving the eulogy to stand up, look at the coffin and say that the person lying there was known to be a very smart and learned man.” The second person said: “I wish that the Rabbi would get up, look at the coffin and say that the person lying here lived with Mesiras Nefesh for Yiddishkait and the education of his family.” The third one said: “I think it would be great if at my funeral, the Rabbi would get up, look at the coffin and say… ‘He’s moving! He’s alive
At nearly every 11 Nissan farbrengen, the Rebbe would begin with “and I will bless those who bless you,” with the Rebbe blessing all those who blessed him. The Rebbe, who received spiritual gifts from his Chassidim in honor of his birthday, also gave gifts. On nearly every 11 Nissan in later years, the Rebbe gave out something, whether a pair of t’fillin to someone who committed to using them, a new kuntres that was published, something new in hafatza or a Tanya. The following collection of diary entries covers some of those events
“As he approaches his 90th birthday next month, the Rebbe’s power has never been greater.” With this sentence, a New York Times reporter described the Lubavitcher Rebbe in a magazine article entitled, The Oracle of Crown Heights, before 11 Nissan 5752.
Perek 111 in T’hillim is about emuna. That means that this kapitel is challenging you. There’s a world, and there’s G-d. If the world left G-d alone, or vice versa, there would be no problems. There would be no solutions either. When you juxtapose G-d and the world, it is apparent that the world has one reality, while Hashem has a different reality, and quite often they’re in severe conflict with one another. I’m not only talking about the difficulty in being Torah observant, rather the fact that sometimes it doesn’t seem like G-d is right…
On 11 Nissan, the Rebbe sent two Sifrei Torah to a new neighborhood called Nachalat Har Chabad, a neighborhood in Kiryat Malachi. On Chol HaMoed Pesach there was a festive event that was attended by Chassidim from all over the country. * Why did this new neighborhood merit such a special gift? Why two Sifrei Torah? * “If He had given us the Torah … Dayeinu.”
The fact that Pharaoh can force him into backbreaking labor – it is not Pharaoh King of Egypt who truly forces him! Rather, when G-d wants to test a Jew, He wields an axe, rod, or stick. But this is only “the axe in the hand of the woodchopper.” G-d checks whether he will stand up to the challenge and be strong in his Judaism. It is then that the exile is not real! * Part 2 of 2 (continued from last issue)
How is it possible to say that, prior to the exodus, when the Jewish people were still entrenched in exile, from the time of Rosh Chodesh Nissan (“This month shall be for you”), Nissan is referred to as the Month of Redemption? Security was so controlled at the Egyptian border, throughout the entire country, that the Torah testifies, “Not a single slave was able to escape Egypt.” So how is it possible to say that from the time of Rosh Chodesh it was the Month of Redemption?
In honor of Yud-Alef Nissan that year, I decided to send the Rebbe the most beautiful notebooks. I told the girls about this and the competition was fierce. All the girls worked hard to make their notebook the most attractive. Excitement ran high – they were sending a gift to the Rebbe!
In honor of Yud-Alef Nissan, the birthday of the Rebbe MH”M, we present fifty stories of the Rebbe, including directives, quotes, Torah thoughts, and miracles. The common denominator is the lesson in avodas Hashem. * The stories were collected and written by Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber Reichman, who heard them firsthand.