Jews always have the power to withstand exile. Even when the will of a Jew in matters of holiness and Torah and Mitzvos is sometimes concealed, his true desire is to fulfill G-d’s will.
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The passing of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok on Chaf Av emphasized a critical matter in his avoda throughout his life – mesirus nefesh for Klal Yisroel. * We need to learn a lesson for our lives, to act in this way too: forgoing our good for the good of someone else, devoting ourselves to the shlichus the Rebbe assigned to us, preparing the world to greet Moshiach.
Eli Cohen, a businessman from Venezuela who had been in yechidus with the Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach and didn’t ask for a thing, suddenly found himself in a desperate situation. When he passed by the local Chabad house one Shabbos and decided to go inside after hearing the sound of niggunim, he never dreamed what would take place as a result of this detour… An amazing story spanning nearly a quarter of a century after a private meeting with the Moshe Rabbeinu of our generation.
If we tried to picture the shliach of the Rebbe Rayatz to the Caucasus Mountains, the k’hilla in Batum in Georgia, the rav of the Chabad community in Samarkand, and the rav of a shul in Mea Sh’arim, we would surely think these are several different rabbanim. * R’ Nachum Shmaryahu Sossonkin was the one person who served in all these roles, and in all of them, he used his influence to spread the wellsprings outward and to connect people to the source of the spring, the Rebbe. * Presented to mark his passing on 19 Menachem Av.
“We want Moshiach now!” is a declaration, originally part of a song sung by children at summer camps, and endorsed and popularized by the Rebbe. In this refrain we give expression to our most heartfelt desire to see the unfolding of the Messianic Age through our righteous Moshiach.
Shliach R’ Tzvi Yosef (Herschel) Rabisky’s shlichus targets thousands of Russian Jews in Toronto. * His mekuravim see miracles of the Rebbe, but R’ Rabisky prefers to deal with the outreach work and shiurim than to tell about miracles. * He gives us a fascinating look at his work now as well as his work in Ladispoli, Italy in the early 90’s.
Monday, 19 Shvat, 5700. R’ Levi Yitzchok Schneersohn, the Rebbe’s father, traveled by train under very difficult conditions. After many, exhausting hours, the train arrived in C’ili, a town far away in Kazakhstan.