Of course, we (Chassidim) follow their lead (with respect to our Rebbes and N’siim. * There are those who say that Menachem is the name of Moshiach, as it is said, “because the comforter (menachem) is distant from me, even he that should revive my soul.”
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Today is 11 Nissan 5774, the 112th birthday of the Rebbe MH”M. It is a day that we give thanks to Hashem for allowing the Neshama of the Rebbe to descend to this earth and prepare the world for the coming of Moshiach. This concept is brought out in the new chapter of T’hillim that we begin saying this year, chapter 113. It is the beginning chapter of the Hallel in which we thank Hashem for the miracles associated with the Geula of Mitzrayim.
Do you feel tense these days before Pesach? Think of the shluchim who are preparing for dozens, hundreds, even thousands of guests. In their places of shlichus kosher food is hardy available and finding a spacious location for everyone can be difficult, not to mention security arrangements and all the other details that need to be taken care of. * A Beis Moshiach reporter took a virtual and telephone trip to Chabad houses around the world. He “visited” Katmandu and Nepal, India and Bolivia, Nicaragua, Mexico, and New Jersey and returned with fascinating stories about young shluchim who produce huge Seders as they witness divine providence guiding them every step of the way.
The Rebbe explains that Moshiach has two main roles: as king and teacher. As king, he raises up the spiritual status of the Jewish Nation as a whole to a level they could not reach as individuals. As rav he guides and teaches the Jewish people, like the leaders of the Sanhedrin in previous generations. We, as Chassidim of the Rebbe, have seen openly for many years how the Rebbe is carrying out these two functions, as king and rav; sometimes both simultaneously and sometimes each separately. On Yud-Aleph Nissan we not only celebrate the birth of our king, the leader of the entire nation and ultimately the entire world, we also need to feel how it is a personal celebration and birth for each of us personally.
A story about preparing for Pesach from the book “Sippur shel Chag – Chag Ha’Pesach.”
The construction of the mikva in Recife, Brazil was quickly moving forward. There was a donor, an engineer had volunteered his time, space had been allocated, but one important thing was missing. Recife had been enduring drought conditions for five years (!), and there hadn’t been a drop of rain. While the shliach was extremely busy with the building project, the m’shaleiach “knew all that was being done.” During the farbrengen of Shabbos Parshas Shmini 5744, the Rebbe began to speak about a subject that filled the shliach with excitement. And the miracle? It naturally took place! “And these days shall be remembered and celebrated…”
In k’dusha, there isn’t and there can’t be something that is devoid of meaning. Every word has a purpose. And even if sometimes we don’t understand the deeper meaning hidden behind a certain word, every person needs to be careful to fulfill the words of the Sages with awe. • From a speech said at a Chaf-Ches Nissan gathering in Kfar Chabad
Every person tries to give a present to the Rebbe for his birthday. Eight years ago on 11 Nissan 5766, a young man, Rabbi Gershon Avtzon, decided to give the Rebbe a very unique present. He announced the opening of a Yeshiva in Cincinnati Ohio that would be infused with Emuna in the Rebbe and his mission of “Lekabel P’nei Moshiach Tzidkeinu B’poel Mamash!” The success of the Yeshiva is known throughout the world. • In honor of 11 Nissan, Beis Moshiach conducted an interview with the founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati, Rabbi Gershon Avtzon.
As we celebrate the “Time of Our Freedom,” and remember the exodus from Egypt, there are those whose memories take them back to the not so distant dark days in which they personally experienced a despotic empire from which they went out to freedom. * We spoke with Mrs. Chaya Sheiner to hear about life in communist Russia and about Chassidim who celebrated Pesach as they looked forward to their personal exodus from Egypt.
A month and a half had passed since R’ Zalman wrote his last letter, on 7 Iyar. On 27 Sivan R’ Zalman wrote again and apologized about the long break and described his busy day that did not enable him to concentrate on writing a detailed report. Now and then he started writing a report, but did not finish it and it kept on getting postponed…