Entries in #926 (10)
The fascinating life story of a boy who grew up in Russia, ended up in yeshiva, and became exposed to Chabad Chassidus. * R’ Michoel Gershzon, of the Jewish Russian Educational Center of Ottawa “Acheinu.”
Forty-three years ago, in Av 5731/1971, R’ Yitzchok Dovid Groner a”h, shliach of the Rebbe to Australia, was in 770. Before returning home, he was called to the Rebbe who gave him 26 ten dollar bills. Each bill was designated for another person in a different location, with a different mission attached to it. * When he finally returned home to Australia, he quickly arranged a series of lectures and farbrengens and sent follow-up letters to the people he met on his shlichus. Then he prepared a detailed report for the Rebbe in which he told of his accomplishments, day by day, hour by hour. * Beis Moshiach presents this special report from a t’shura given at the Telsner-Goldschmidt wedding.
“If you will go in the way of My statutes and guard My commandments and you will observe them; then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield her produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”
In connection with the reason for joy on Lag b’Omer, the Rebbe writes: “A number of reasons were said about the joy of Lag b’Omer and its celebration. For us there is only what is written in the writings of the Arizal and brought in Chassidus, that this day is the day Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai passed away, his hilula, ‘that he attained at this time the origin and source of all his levels … and this was the subject of his teachings to the fellowship at this time … and there was illuminated in him the aspect … the illumination of the light of Moshiach. Every year, on this day, this state is aroused once again, as is known.’”
This week we celebrate the special Yom Tov of Pesach Sheini. We are all familiar with the story of Pesach Sheini. The source for this mitzvah is in BaMidbar (9:1-14). The Yidden were about to celebrate Passover one year after leaving Egypt. The offering of the Korban Pesach was at the core of that celebration. However “certain men” were ritually impure from contact with a human body and were therefore ineligible to participate in the Korban Pesach. Faced with the conflict of the requirement to participate in the Korban Pesach and their ineligibility due to impurity, they approached Moses and Aaron and demanded, “Why should we be left out?” This resulted in the communication of the law of Pesach Sheni.
Every Motzaei Shabbos at the Ascent Institute of Tzfas, dozens of Jews of all ages and persuasions from all over the world sit with Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles during the Melaveh Malka, as he tells them a few of his exciting Chassidic stories. The only thing they don’t know is that Rabbi Tilles went through his own intriguing journey in the worlds of sports and philosophy and even experienced a brief brush with Buddhism. Today, he sends people to the Arizal’s Mikveh, and the results are virtual spiritual revolutions. This is his amazing life story with accounts of his personal audiences with the Rebbe and a vivid description of his wide-ranging outreach activities. Part 1 of 2
“Yaakov, please stay home a little bit. Devote half an hour to the children. They did not see you all day,” pleaded his wife. But Yaakov, dangling a ring of keys in his hand, turned to leave. Moments before the door banged closed, he said in frustration, “How can you ask me to stay home? Don’t you know the situation? We are immersed in debt. I must use every possible minute for work.”
Why is it that when a young Jewish woman is murdered in the heart of Eretz HaKodesh simply because she is Jewish, no one seems to care? Maybe we’ve just gotten used to it. Maybe we simply don’t have the strength to cry out anymore. One thing is certain: This situation cannot continue. Wake up, Yidden!