Entries in #966 (8)
For the past three years, on this yishuv and others in the neighboring region, the shliach Rabbi Shay Ben Odiz and his wife, Batya Yehudit, have been making the rounds on the shlichus of the Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach, reaching out to the local residents. Among the heavily secured houses, he gathers Jewish souls and brings them closer to their Father in Heaven. He went through his own adventurous life story until he came to the light of Chassidus.
My father arrived in Lubavitch in the afternoon. To be more precise, it was early evening. He was young, about sixteen years old, and his soul yearned for everything having to do with holiness and Judaism. He left the Litvishe yeshiva in Aix-les-Bains in the early afternoon and in the evening he stepped foot for the first time in Yeshivas Tomchei T’mimim (Brunoy, which the Rebbe referred to as being similar to the actual yeshiva in) Lubavitch.
We don’t know much about the secret connection between our Rebbeim and the watchman at the Rebbe Rashab’s Ohel in Rostov, R’ Mottel Lifshitz a”h. To mark Beis Nissan, the yom hilula of the Rebbe Rashab, Chassidic researcher, R’ Shneur Zalman Berger, tells us a bit about the watchman at the Ohel and reveals that the liaison between our Rebbeim and the watchman was the Chassidic askan, R’ Yona Eidelkopf.
My brief interview with R’ Menachem Mendel Kumer, resident of Kiryat Chabad of Tzfas, took place after midnight, following a full day in which he went from place to place, cheering people up. * Friday night, between the soup and the main course, he knocks on doors and in his costume he gets people to jump up in simcha. * We asked him for tips on simcha, whether in Adar or any time of the year.
About the American boy who traveled alone to Poland against his parents’ wishes, returned to the United States, and accomplished much as the emissary of the Rebbe Rayatz and our Rebbe, including secret missions to the Soviet Union. * Presented to mark his passing on 5 Nissan.