Thirty-five years have already passed since the histalkus of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe. G-d forbid to say that for thirty-five years he has not been among us. G-d have mercy upon us for such a mindset! * The opposite is true. For thirty-five years now the Rebbe has been present among us and within us “more than when he was alive,” and from year to year his vitality and activity in the physical world progressively gains force.
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Let’s face it. The greatest obstacle we face in the pursuit of peace and happiness is that we are full of belief systems that govern the way we perceive ourselves, the world and role in it. Prejudices about ourselves and others, conditioning that is the product of our education and upbringing and the intensity of life experiences and our reactions to them all contribute to the internal clutter…
We sat with R’ Yaakov Moshe Spitzer, one of the leaders in the Sanz-Klausenberg community, and his son, R’ Yonasan Spitzer, shliach in moshav Mata. * How did R’ Yonasan become a Lubavitcher Chassid? * What the Klausenberger Rebbe had to say about the Rebbe, about Lubavitch, and about shlichus. * Part 1 of 2
The road to personal redemption, for those Jews regarding whom the Rebbe charged us with to reach out to them, often takes interesting turns. Some are affected by the “straight path to bringing the Redemption,” which the Rebbe told is through the study of Torah on the topics of Moshiach and Redemption. Others are impacted in a more roundabout way, starting off as observers looking from the outside in. The following is a sampling of shlichus stories that illustrate both types of spiritual journey.
When a Jew tries to hide his or her Jewishness, the non-Jew senses that there is something amiss. A Jew who is a product of exile conditions is a walking contradiction. On the outside he or she is like everyone else, but on the inside he or she is a Jew. The non-Jew senses the discrepancy and is unnerved by it. Is the Jew trying to deceive me?
I was amazed when I saw the Rebbe. There was no platform. He stood next to the Aron Kodesh throughout the davening, as though he was like anyone else, but we saw a king! * Mrs. Sarah Greenberg, who was the principal of Beis Rivka in Kfar Chabad for many years, tells us of her yechidus with the Rebbe.
Now, when you lie in bed at night and have difficulty falling asleep, you don’t count sheep. No sirree, not you! You just count all of the dollar bills that Mr. Madoff is increasing on your behalf, and you immediately fall into a blissful sleep, with a smile of contentment on your face. You have a hard time concentrating by Shmoneh Esrei, because you are so busy daydreaming about your astounding portfolio…
One of the reasons for his hesitation was the fact that the Rebbe Rayatz was not a member of the Moetzes G’dolei Ha’Torah. R’ Shlomo went to consult with the Sadigora Rebbe. The Rebbe thought a bit and then said: Lubavitch is malchus. Did you ever hear of a king who listens to the opinions of the other ministers? * A compilation of Chassidishe stories on the topic of hiskashrus and obeying the Rebbe
Over the years, the auspicious day of Lag B’Omer was often marked by special events, some of them complete surprises, which took place at 770. * Beis Moshiach presents a brief diary of some of these events.