Entries in #990 (10)
Who put this riddle here, I wondered. I liked the idea. My friends know that I enjoy riddles and figuring them out in my free time. But here, in my cousins’ house? How do they know about my hobby?
There was a very special man by the name of R’ Refael Chudaitov. He was a Bucharian Jew who had a great love for Sifrei Torah. He would rescue Sifrei Torah from destruction, and he often endangered his life for this
The Holy One Blessed is He, says to them, “Fools of the world! Whoever toiled on the eve of the Sabbath will eat on the Sabbath, but whoever did not toil on the eve of the Sabbath from where will he eat on the Sabbath? Nevertheless, [I will accede to your request]. I have an easy Mitzvah and its name is Sukka. Go and perform [it].”
Whoever knew the Chassid, R’ Chaim Shneur Zalman Kozliner, known by the acronym “Chazak,” knows that he was a different sort of Chassid. He was strong, like his nickname, a courageous Chassid who was afraid of no one. Despite the suffering and torture he endured the two times he was arrested, he continued to live a Chassidic life and spread Torah everywhere. * From his childhood in the Chassidic town of Disna and his learning in Lubavitch, to his working as a secretary for the Rebbe Rayatz, and then imprisonment and exile to Siberia, the image of a Chassid.* To mark his passing on 13 Tishrei.
R’ Berel Weiss’ friends and acquaintances say about him that he was first a Chassid and then a philanthropist. * From when he first became connected to the Rebbe, he did not make a move in business before receiving the Rebbe’s bracha. To him, whatever the Rebbe said was holy of holies. * We spoke with some people who were close with him, who told us the fascinating story of how he came to Chabad, about private audiences with the Rebbe, and miracles that he experienced.
People know already, “Whoever did not see the Simchas Beis HaShoeiva in Crown Heights, never saw simcha in his life.” * Shraga Crombie spoke with the man at the keyboard, R’ Yossi Cohen, who has been playing every night of Sukkos for twenty-five years. * About the first time, and about the unforgettable moments when he played in front of the Rebbe in 5753 and 5754
Then, Moshe commanded them, saying, “At the end of [every] seven years, at an appointed time, in the Festival of Sukkos, [after] the year of release, when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord, your God, in the place He will choose, you shall read this Torah before all Israel, in their ears. Assemble the people: the men, the women, and the children, and your stranger in your cities, in order that they hear, and in order that they learn and fear the Lord, your God, and they will observe to do all the words of this Torah.
Two brothers, R’ Akiva Wagner – rosh yeshiva in Toronto, and R’ Noam Wagner – rosh yeshiva in Johannesburg, meet once a year for a week at the Rebbe. * R’ Sholom Yaakov Chazan and Avrohom Rainitz interviewed them for Beis Moshiach’s Sukkos issue, in the course of which the roshei yeshiva provided an edifying view of what it means to be devoted to the Rebbe, the inner work needed in inyanei Moshiach, and about the hiskashrus of bachurim today