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THE REBBE INCARNATE
source materials compiled by Rabbi shloma Majeski. translations appear in bold; underlining is the emphasis of the compiler.
Translated and presented by Boruch Merkur
After the daytime meal of Simchas Torah, the Rebbe concluded his sicha with the blessing: The main thing is that the Rebbe shlita should lead us to greet Moshiach Tzidkeinu, to Eretz Yisroel, to the true and complete Redemption.
(Toras Menachem 5711, pg. 52)
*** In the farbrengen of Yud-Tes Kislev 5711, the Rebbe MH”M refers to the story of the Alter Rebbe’s incarceration in the Petropavlovskaya fortress in Petersburg. There in prison, the Alter Rebbe was visited by his Rebbes – the Mezritcher Maggid and the Baal Shem Tov. These tzaddikim visited the Alter Rebbe posthumously, coming from the World of Truth. The Rebbe MH”M points out that it was not just their souls that appeared to the Alter Rebbe. Rather, “their visit was incarnate, in bodies”: One time, my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe, visited this special place (see the sicha of 19 Kislev 5692, Likkutei Dibburim Vol. 4, pg. 750a, end). Incredibly, when he returned from there, his father, the Rebbe nishmaso Eden,
asked him whether the cell was spacious enough to contain three people. His query proves that their visit was in the form of physical bodies. Indeed, it is known that the manifestation of the soul invested within a body is a higher revelation than that of the soul without the body (see, for example, Hemshech 5666, pg. 175).
(Ibid pg. 113)
*** On Shabbos Parshas VaYigash of that year, the Rebbe MH”M further develops the theme of the responsibility of the Chassid in utilizing the kochos the Rebbe gives him, elaborating on the verse, “And Yosef said… behold you have seed, so sow the soil” (VaYigash 47:23): The words, “Behold you have seed,” signifies the influence received from Yosef HaTzaddik, especially following the histalkus [of the Rebbe Rayatz, whose first name is Yosef]. This concept is elucidated in Igeres HaKodesh, where it discusses the concept of גדולי גידולין מן אור זרוע לצדיק .בשדה אשר ברכו ה “So sow the soil” – the activity of Yosef in providing
“seed” does not suffice. Rather, every single person must take action on his own part, taking the seeds from Yosef and planting them in the earth. That is, to direct the energy received from Yosef towards the practical service of G-d, and to do this with bittul (the significance conveyed by “planting seeds”), and amidst goodwill and gladness (the concept of planting specifically in the “land,” being called “land – eretz” for it “wanted – ratzasa” to fulfill the will of its Master). The result of this approach, as discussed in the beginning of the following parsha, is that “Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years” – that “(he) lived” is achieved even (or precisely) in the land of Egypt. And not just “lived” (without any further description), but “lived… seventeen years,” the numerical equivalent of “tov – good.” The main thing – as far we are concerned – is that the Rebbe shlita should take us out even from the land of Egypt, and lead us to our holy land, may it be rebuilt and reestablished, speedily in our days, amen.
(Ibid pg. 165)
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THE REBBE’S BATTLE FOR
THE UNITY AND JEWISH CHARACTER OF ERETZ YISROEL
For nearly thirty years, the Rebbe waged a battle for a (technical) united religious front among the religious parties for the elections or following the elections for the Knesset. In many letters, the Rebbe explained the critical importance of a religious front, which was to increase religious representation and political influence regarding everything pertaining to the Jewish character of Eretz Yisroel. However, shortsighted askanim torpedoed this plan. * As the religious parties are currently jockeying for position it is important to remember that critical battle, if only to close ranks for the sake of the Jewish character of Eretz Yisroel.
By Shai Gefen
reat is the pain and how shameful it is that there is no [united religious] front at this fateful time.” “It is unnecessary to go on at length about the great pain and damage caused by this dismantling.” “I was shocked to read in your letter about the abrogation of the religious front.” “Perhaps it would be appropriate to have a special
emissary sent from here and maybe he can have an influence over those upon whom the matter depends.” *** These were just some of the many sharp expressions the Rebbe employed in dozens of letters to public figures from all parts of the political spectrum, about the need to establish a religious front for the Israeli elections to the Knesset. The Rebbe’s words reveal his
prophetic vision, for he saw what would happen if a religious front was not formed. When examining the current state of affairs and seeing where the religious parties have gotten to, it is helpful to read the Rebbe’s letters in which he begs the leaders of the religious parties to form a united religious front before the elections. The purpose being to diminish the power of the Left. The Rebbe’s importuning, versus the shortsightedness of
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The Knesset. A RELIGIOUS FRONT AT LEAST AFTER THE ELECTIONS There were three main religious demands in the first Knesset: “We demand. while the Rebbe wrote about this decades ago. saying that this is what would happen if there was no united front. in order to ensure that no religious votes go to waste]. During the first elections there was a united front among all the parties. Issue 871 • � 7 . first and foremost. but complete unity among all the religious parties. to urge the establishment of a united front that would nominate one list for the elections that were planned for the beginning of 5709. It wasn’t merely a technical front. even one that was merely technical [for elections only. demonstrates yet again who actually saw what would take place. in the clearest possible way. the observance of Shabbos in this country … We demand kashrus … Jewish law certainly can serve as the foundation of our law in Israel” – this is what was written in the wording of the coalition agreement in the first Knesset. The various battles facing religious Jewry prompted the Chief Rabbi. People have been surprised over the success of Yesh Atid. Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac Herzog. about a year after its founding others.
“The government will provide the religious needs of its citizens but will prevent religious compulsion. unity was achieved between Mizrachi. one of the Mizrachi leaders. and splitting up afterward would not help those parties that wanted to uproot religion. the Rebbe wrote a sharp letter to Mr. The agreement also established that the acceptance speech of the Prime Minister. In the early days of the State he saw what would happen to the Jewish character of the state if. the splintering among the ultra-Orthodox is exceedingly painful. Moshe Shapiro – Minister of the Interior – said about this. Ben-Gurion said. one of the leaders of Poalei Agudas Yisroel. at first. Levin – Minister of Welfare and Disabled Veterans. Rabbanim and Admurim told him that they were in favor of it and when they saw the voluminous correspondence that the Rebbe had with public figures of that time they expressed their amazement over the Rebbe’s vision. Agudas Yisroel. L. R’ Y. One of the rabbanim even told R’ Mottel that what the Rebbe said about a religious front was in the category of a prophecy. we find him working on preserving the religious front.” Sixteen Knesset members in the first Knesset represented the four religious parties that existed at the time. when the Rebbe had already become the Nasi.FeatuRe to an agreement came. and Poalei Agudas Yisroel. In the clause to the governmental and legal procedures that establishes Shabbos and Jewish holidays as official days of rest. and in addition. and to Rabbi Binyamin Mintz. on 22 Tammuz 5711. would include a portion that mentioned these points. as “Religious Jewry is obligated to impress that imprint of Judaism upon the legislation and laws by mobilizing all its strength and influence through parliamentary means. the Rebbe lamented PROPHETIC VISION The mashpia R’ Yosef Yitzchok Gansburg told about how R’ Mottel Kozliner a”h continued to try and work on a religious front even in more recent times. although not as one party. G-d forbid. which would allow for preserving the original. Moshe Shapiro – Minister of the Interior and Aliya. The advantage of a united front was two-fold: the important principles of the various parties would not be effected on the one hand. Moshe Shapiro. the idea of a united religious front had fallen by the wayside. Jewish character of Shabbos.” A month and a half later. the Rebbe suggested that it was preferable that there be a technical religious front.” Before the elections in 5712. In fact. in which he would outline his administration’s policies. a religious front would not be formed. HaPoel HaMizrachi. in his speech to the Knesset on 7 Adar 5709. 2-The religious front would be represented in the new government by: R’ Y.” In his speech preceding the confidence vote for the first government. each faction and party would break off and go its own way. “The government is not ready to include laws about non-religious marriage and divorce. mainly due to personal conflicts. M. also from the ultraOrthodox. which meant joining forces prior to elections and running as one list. In a letter dated Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5711. Opposition 8 � • 19 Adar 5773 . the Rebbe wrote to R’ Yitzchok Meir Levin who was the leader of Agudas Yisroel and Minister of Welfare: “I was greatly saddened by the situation prevailing in Eretz Yisroel. additional specific rules were to be added. considering the current situation. Prime Minister Ben-Gurion said. Shabbos and Jewish holidays will be established days of rest in the State of Israel. At R’ Herzog’s initiative. but as forces interested in running together in order to get most of the religious vote. from the Mizrachi groups and afterward. Unlike the first religious front that was completely united. It was an agreement that approved the “status quo” and included: 1-The ministry of religion would continue to be maintained. one of the heads of Mizrachi. In the letter. Neglect and weakness today will be the cause of weeping for generations. The purpose of uniting was stated by Rabbi Norok. Mr. Every day brings very saddening news. Their united strength resulted in an agreement that Ben-Gurion signed with them at the forming of the first government. because irreligious divorces can create a breach in the House of Israel and now is not the time for that. And yet I hope that ultimately a united religious front is formed. especially after what Mr. 3-The “status quo” would be preserved in matters of marriagedivorce and kashrus. FishmanMaimon – Minister of Religion. A few months after the Rebbe officially accepted the Chabad leadership. After the elections.
” In a letter to Dr. at least after the elections. “.” The Rebbe went on to say that a front needed to exist “only for the elections and other matters ought not be mixed in. he set his sights much lower. After Mr.. M. the Rebbe continued his fight for a religious front. but the Rebbe wrote about this decades ago. He wanted at least a united front among the ultra-Orthodox parties: Agudas Yisroel and Poalei Agudas Yisroel. we can better understand what bothered the Nasi Ha’dor during the battle for a religious front. he said. the possibility for a fully unified religious front will increase. 5715/1955. However..” People have been surprised over the success of Yesh Atid..Chief Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac Herzog R’ Itche Meir Levin. For nearly thirty years. However. Burg during that time (9 Sivan 5711) the Rebbe writes. And it is my hope that by doing so. because for a number of reasons I did not want to use other methods . in the clearest possible way. the Rebbe wrote Issue 871 • � “GREAT IS MY DESIRE AND LONGING TO ESTABLISH IT” From the perspective of sixty years later. he was opposed by forces and petty interests within the individual parties which led to the dismantling of a religious front. At least now.” In another interesting letter from that time. which in my opinion is essential. and more specifically a united front between Agudas Yisroel and Poalei Agudas Yisroel. this position of mine was strengthened.. “I turn to you as a religious man who will try with all your strength and influence to create a united religious front even if the matter entails party concessions. In a letter that the Rebbe wrote to R’ Y. may the leaders of the parties find within themselves sufficient strength to give precedence to the interests of religious Jewry over the imagined party benefits – which by doing so will ultimately benefit the party as a party – to establish a front. member of the government the absence of a religious front and said that at least they should present a religious front after the elections in order to be in a stronger position for negotiations with the government: “Great is the pain and how shameful it is that there is no [united religious] front at this fateful time. Binyamin Mintz visited here. In a rare letter. Levin on Erev Lag B’Omer 5715. the matter of a religious front. I think I did what I could in this matter in ways of pleasantness. the Rebbe expresses the enormous pain he had over the dismantling of the religious front: “It is unnecessary to go on at length about the great pain and damage caused by this dismantling and you were correct when you wrote that great is my desire and longing to establish it.” Before the elections in 9 . the Rebbe fought this battle for the sake of Klal Yisroel. saying that this is what would happen if there was no united front. this time. while regularly offering explanations about the great benefits for Judaism that would accrue from a united front.
The Rebbe was most pleased by this: “I just received a letter (and telegram) about the front with Agudas Yisroel and thank you for sending it. In a letter that he wrote the day after Yom Kippur 10 � • 19 Adar 5773 . so there is more of a likelihood that they will concede the imagined advantage of individual party leaders in order not to adversely affect the religious situation in the Holy Land. we decided to attend without an invitation. but I do remember that I told him about how the Beis Yisroel treated R’ Garelik at that meeting. the meeting was attended by R’ Garelik – the rav of Kfar Chabad. The Rebbe said that it is manifestly clear that they do not follow this gadol’s view regarding municipal elections. “Unfortunately. After we spoke. The chairman of the Moetzes G’dolei Ha’Torah was Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin and he was opposed to a religious front. Chabad rabbanim were told by the Rebbe to present importance of forming a united religious front. there were those who treated the matter coolly. Who knows what effect it would have had on the religious lives of hundreds and thousands of our fellow Jews. when it came to the territories and the issue of Mihu Yehudi. May it be for the success and elevated glory of the Jewish people. R’ Ezriel Zelig Slonim. was discussed.” It is important to note that the Rebbe himself negated the claim that the Knesset members acted according to the instructions of a certain gadol who forbade a religious front. In a private audience that I had with the Rebbe. I told him what had happened. i.FeatuRe that there had developed the potential for a religious front because “the pressure came from the outside. we left. They succeeded in raising an entire generation to do battle against every religious matter. and myself. on the Rebbe’s behalf. It was at this meeting that the topic of the future of a united religious front. the Left. to form a technical religious front. “Sad to say. there were leaders on the Right and the Left. R’ Dovid Chanzin. including Torah leaders. where they had a religious front and even joined forces with irreligious parties and handed them control of some of the most crucial departments of city government! CHABAD RABBANIM MEET WITH THE COUNCIL OF TORAH SAGES Before the fourth round of elections for the Knesset. The Moetzes met for a secret discussion. The purpose of the meeting was to ask them.e. when we see the harm that was caused by not forming a front 55 years ago. I can only imagine if those earlier elections had been framed in the context of choosing between two alternatives – between those who identify with Judaism and those who don’t. The Rebbe fought for this even when it seemed there was no chance it would happen. I don’t remember what the Rebbe said. I also remember that R’ Slonim spoke forcefully about the THE REBBE ADDRESSES THE VOTERS DIRECTLY The Rebbe’s efforts to establish a religious front extended over twenty years. attended a moving meeting of Chabad rabbanim and members of the Moetzes G’dolei Ha’Torah his view on the necessity of forming a religious front. When we found out about this critical meeting.” The late R’ Moshe Ashkenazi.” The Rebbe wrote this in 1955 and it seems most apt for our days when there is great pressure from those parties which fight Judaism. which was actually the future of Judaism in Eretz Yisroel. how things would look and how much power religious Jewry would have today. “Today. “When we arrived there was no place to sit. which is what the Rebbe wanted. one of the senior Chabad rabbanim in Eretz Yisroel. and the Beis Yisroel of Ger zt”l gave his seat to R’ Garelik and he sat on the sofa behind the table. R’ Garelik spoke in a greatly pained way and even cried. we see how important it was. who did not listen to the Rebbe. R’ Ashkenazi recounted: “It was in the first years after the establishment of the State. Agudas Yisroel and Poalei Agudas Yisroel joined forces. while others wanted it but could not impose their view on the others. In speaking to Beis Moshiach. (Council of Torah Sages). If I am not mistaken. It is sad to see how everything the Rebbe foresaw came to pass.
we see to what extent the deterioration in religious matters is due to not listening to the Rebbe. For many years. the Rebbe ‘made do’ with just Poalei Agudas Yisroel and Agudas Yisroel. In a letter from 2 Rosh Chodesh Elul 5725. which one would hope would add to the number of delegates. He noted that in the previous Knesset and the one before it there had been a number of issues where one vote made a difference. I think it was one of the Rebbe’s wars. Many of the messages on this matter were conveyed by my father who led the battle with mesirus nefesh.Rabbi Binyamin Mintz The Knesset room in 5726 5726. the Rebbe expresses this clearly: “… All those amongst the parties or factions. during the election cycle leading up to elections for the sixth Knesset. Issue 871 • � 11 . My father. R’ Ezriel Zelig Slonim. went on many missions on this topic for the Rebbe.” “THE REBBE SPOKE TO ME ABOUT IT WITH GREAT EMOTION” Politics is nothing new. above the welfare of the general religious situation in Eretz Yisroel. did not listen to the Rebbe. but unfortunately the religious parties. are placing the benefits of the party. The Rebbe asked what was the difference between municipal elections and general elections in this regard? Rebbetzin Sima Ralbag: “The Rebbe’s fight for a religious front took place over decades. Today. which affects thousands and tens of thousands of our Jewish brethren in Eretz Yisroel. “For a period of time.” At this point. I remember my father giving telegrams to R’ Menachem Porush about this.” The Rebbe made various suggestions in the attempt to try and impose this on politicians in opposition to their personal desires. In the letter of 5726 the Rebbe brought proof from the city elections where the parties had a united religious front and even stated to the voters that going with the religious front in the municipal elections was vital to Torah Judaism. because they would not listen to the Rebbe about this. the Rebbe circumvented the representatives of the parties and their leaders and directed a plea to the electorate to only vote for a party that would include the establishment of a religious front in its platform. faction etc. but there too. they were estranged from each other. even more than one or two or three. but it did not happen. “which accentuates even more the necessity for a technical religious front. “It was a very painful battle. He met with R’ Itche Meir Levin many times and with R’ Moshe Porush and his son R’ Menachem Porush. or those individuals who prevent the establishing of this technical religious front. It has long been the case that the personal interests of many politicians are placed before the public good. He came and went from the houses of g’dolim and rabbanim in his work for a united religious front. there was opposition from all directions. the Rebbe went on at length about the need to establish a united front. In one letter the Rebbe writes that in order for the party members to succeed in overcoming the politicians’ opposition to a religious front. mainly Agudas Yisroel.
” they should arouse public awareness. In a letter from 5725 the Rebbe said that nothing should be done until all the details of all the rationales of that gadol were examined. expressing their clear view that a religious front is a must.” It is unambiguously clear that a united front would benefit the religious situation. The Rebbe said that it is manifestly clear that they do not follow this gadol’s view regarding municipal elections.” The Rebbe even added “that if this ‘public statement’ would be clear and firm. The Rebbe’s main point was that every vote that is cast for observant Jews could be the deciding factor in matters of religious legislation. the Rebbe lifted his hands upward and said. in contrast with the possible “maybe” that a united front would hurt a certain party or faction. “I had many missions and much correspondence from the Rebbe which may be publicized one day. it would surely be effective and a religious front would be formed. The Rebbe found the topic of a religious front very painful since he saw it as a salvation of the Jewish people. THE REASONS FOR ESTABLISHING A RELIGIOUS FRONT What were the reasons that drove the Rebbe to constantly push for the formation of a religious front? In a letter the Rebbe enumerates the main 12 � • 19 Adar 5773 . so that as many Jews as possible would vote for those parties that represent those that are observant of Torah and mitzvos. “I think it was one of the major issues that interested the Rebbe.FeatuRe Rabbi Tuvia Blau Rabbi Shneur Garelik Rabbi Moshe Ashkenazi When one of the rabbanim had yechidus and the topic of a religious front came up. where they had a religious front and even joined forces with irreligious parties and handed them control of some of the most crucial departments of city government! Another point the Rebbe made was based on the principle of “unambiguous and ambiguous – unambiguous is preferable. said: “The Rebbe considered a religious front extremely important. it is important to note that the Rebbe himself negated the claim that the Knesset members acted according to the instructions of a certain gadol who forbade a religious front. obviously in addition to Mihu Yehudi and shleimus ha’aretz. which is why he considered a religious front so critical. R’ Menachem Porush.” Former Knesset member. He spoke to me about this a number of times in private audiences and he spoke with great emotion. “Hilchasa l’Meshicha. “by having public opinion and the representatives of various organizations etc. I must confess that on this matter there were sharp differences of opinion and we went according to the opinion of the Brisker Rav. in order that as many Jews as possible would support a party that protected religious matters.” In response to what R’ Menachem Porush said. The Rebbe told me that I could bring about a change in the decision of Agudas Yisroel in this matter.
that they do not discuss establishing a religious front for the elections at a time when a number of parties which are not religious have discussed going together to the elections. the campaigning of the religious parties will be directed mainly at other religious parties.” Issue 871 • � 13 . p.. If the propaganda is directed at various groups that are not religious for whatever reasons. when the very people who did not want a religious front back then are now facing an antireligious backlash. 21. Preventing internal mudslinging – the Rebbe said “If G-d forbid there won’t be a religious front. the Rebbe explains the reasons for a religious front. Needless to say that the ultraOrthodox parties today prefer attacking the opposing side with the results that people vote for anti-religious parties. which remind us of the unfortunate situation we find ourselves in now. In Likkutei Sichos (vol. later the Gerrer Rebbe. The contents of the letter were also sent to other askanim in Agudas Yisroel and Poalei Agudas Yisroel.A letter written by the Rebbe to one of the heads of Agudas Yisroel in those days. The way it goes in election campaigning is that they don’t suffice with emphasizing their party’s good qualities. R’ Pinchas Menachem Alter. An announcement by Aguch before the seventh Knesset which clarified the Rebbe’s view reasons. will certainly serve as weapons in the hands of the parties that fight the religious parties. It merely led to sinas chinam (unwarranted hatred) and did not help in fixing matters concerning religion.” There is no need to expound how much this has come to be true and how much damage was caused by those parties. We see and experience the results every day. 419). It provides weapons in the hands of those who oppose religion – This is a third reason the Rebbe gave and those who are discerning see this as a prophecy about what is happening in our days. This is especially true when they can quote from the religious parties’ campaigns those liabilities which the religious parties accuse one another of having. “This fact.. not only can you hope to gain new votes. but emphasize no less the deficiencies in the other parties . but you can also be mekarev a number of our brethren to religious matters. The Rebbe wrote. Here are some of the reasons the Rebbe lays out: Kiruv levavos L’Inyanei dos – the effects of election campaigning are felt for a while after the elections. at least from a religious and political affiliation aspect.
Enclosed is a copy of a letter that I wrote about this that might clarify my position somewhat.FeatuRe R’ Tuvia Blau. if that were 14 � • 19 Adar 5773 . and that they don’t want to learn from the changes that took place since then. Actually. and the reasons that motivated them to prevent a front then. although in the first elections for the Knesset the entire religious sector went with a united religious front that wasn’t technical and they were included in the government. especially in such a serious matter as establishing a technical religious front [and I emphasize “technical” because it is solely for the elections. when there wasn’t a front. twentytwo years after the first elections. it is also vital that the parties not unite after the elections for a number of reasons].” In a letter that the Rebbe sent a few days later. and so I delayed until now. as it is close to the elections. for that is the opposite of the Jewish approach to any good thing which encounters difficulties. as well as how it will be interpreted by many of our fellow Jews etc. exist now too. who was active in the matter of a religious front said to Beis Moshiach. The reason for this is that I wanted to receive information to whatever extent possible about the possible hopes for this. And certainly for those such as yourselves there is no need whatsoever to explain the significance of such a dismantlement. Aguch publicized an announcement with the Rebbe’s view as stated above. the situation in Eretz Yisroel is the way it was before the last elections there..” possible. Bli neder. I read in their letter about the consideration (and apparently – it is more than a mere consideration) to dismantle and cancel the running together on one list in the elections for the Knesset – of Agudas Yisroel and Poalei Agudas Yisroel. if there won’t be the greatest and unequivocal public pressure so that they see that they are serious. to vote only for the list that includes a united religious front in its platform. May it be the Will that they give good tidings – and so too all the Jewish people. “The Rebbe’s emphasis was always on a technical united front only.” The Rebbe also continued the battle preceding the elections of 5737. to the leadership of “Yisroel HaTzair. As I wrote at the time of those elections. On 18 Shvat 5729. then to our great misfortune the chances are the same as they were then. it is no surprise that there has been no change in the situation because the same people who decided against a front then are the ones currently making the decision. i.e. as is the substance of the upcoming days of Purim. I apologize for the delay in my response. may they live long good days – each to his fellow. Before the seventh Knesset elections. G-d forbid. The following is a letter that the Rebbe sent on 13 Adar 5737 to some rabbanim and askanim in Eretz Yisroel: . and from various sources. This would happen by anyone identifying with religion being able to express this identification by voting for the same united front. Of course I do not despair. a Knesset member from Poalei Agudas Yisroel: “My outlook regarding a technical religious front is the same as it was previously and even more so. I will try to do all possible to establish a technical religious front and surely Yisroel HaTzair will use all its influence to carry out the idea as you write in your letter.with great pain and great shock. This would be a great accomplishment in many ways. The Rebbe’s goal was to increase religious representation.. But time is pressing. If only the results will be different than they were then. And may it be fulfilled “juxtaposition of redemption to redemption” – the True and VOTING FOR THE PARTIES THAT SUPPORT A RELIGIOUS FRONT In the election cycle for the seventh Knesset in 5730. the Rebbe continued the battle and in many letters repeated his view. on 29 Shvat. Thanks in advance if you can inform me about any developments in this regard and in general. According to the latest information that I’ve heard. the Rebbe sent a letter on this subject to R’ Kalman Kahane. “One of the reasons that in Chabad they voted for Poalei Agudas Yisroel for many years was because it was the only religious party that included a religious front in its platform as the Rebbe requested in his letter of 5726. and for which I received verification also from the side.” the Rebbe wrote: “I received your letter in which you write about the question of a technical religious front in Eretz Yisroel. because I opine that just as it is vital for the elections. What a pity that they don’t want to learn a lesson from the failure of the previous elections.
… We need to unite in order to deliberate over and discuss this issue which is agreed upon by all. When one of the rabbanim had yechidus and the topic of a religious front came up.” heaven forefend. including by those Jews who observe Torah and mitzvos b’hiddur among whom there was created a situation of machlokes to the extent of “man fighting his brother. and then all sides will see and verify that there exists the possibility for discourse in a civil and respectful manner. !מזל טוב On behalf of the staff of the English and Hebrew departments of Beis Moshiach Magazine and its readers all over the world. issues that are mired in dispute. Even after the stormy elections of 5749. the Rebbe lifted his hands upward and said. Unity was always a matter of the highest importance to the Rebbe. With honor and esteem and with the blessing of a happy Purim. “Hilchasa l’Meshicha” (Talmudic term referring to a law that only has practical relevance after the coming of Moshiach). the Rebbe devoted a sicha right after the elections to calling for an amalgamation of the camps and cooperation in all religious matters: The election cycle in Eretz Yisroel was conducted in a manner that was the complete opposite of unity. Leah Greenberg sh’yichyu on the engagement of their daughter May they merit to establish a binyan adei ad in the spirit of the Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach shlita. “a person’s sword in his brother. After that. and may we merit to see the true and complete Redemption now! Long live the Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach forever and ever! --The Beis Moshiach Family 15 Mushky tichya to Ari Eidelman yichyeh Issue 871 • � . NY Rabbi Heschel and Mrs. and that they can sit at one table … a meeting like this will surely contribute towards kiruv levavos between all the parties. they can deliberate over and discuss even those issues about which there is a difference of opinion. when a tremendous split took place in the ultra-Orthodox sector. he knew where things were heading.Complete Redemption through Moshiach Tzidkeinu. we would like to congratulate and extend our warmest blessings and wishes to our beloved writer in the English department. Shliach of the Rebbe in Williamsville. Each party will be able to listen to what the next person at the table has to say and might even see and acknowledge his good qualities. to attempt to bridge between them and find a way that will be acceptable to all concerned … The Rebbe knew good and well the personalities of those that populate the political arena and despite the battle he waged.” Furthermore.
” We’re not just talking about buying meat and fish.InteRvIeW THE CHASSIDIC SHABBOS STARTS ON SUNDAY What is a “Chassidic Shabbos” and why isn’t it enough just to “observe the Shabbos”? To answer this and other questions. Thus. NOT “THE NATION THAT PUTS ON T’FILLIN” A Jew can easily make a 16 � • 19 Adar 5773 . rosh mesivta and mashpia of Yeshivas Chassidei Chabad in Tzfas. rosh mesivta and mashpia at the Yeshivas Chassidei Chabad-Lubavitch in Tzfas. the preparations for Shabbos begin on Sunday.” By Nosson Avraham Translated by Michoel Leib Dobry “On many occasions during my year on ‘k’vutza’ – 5746. he appeared totally different. It turns out that the whole foundation for receiving the light of Shabbos depends on preparation. who would spend Shabbos in the library. we turned to Rabbi Asher Gershovitz. unlike anything seen during the rest of the week. to feel the uniqueness and special character of “the seventh day” and to experience the spiritual pleasure that Shabbos has to offer. “Anyone who davens and learns Chassidus properly during the week will merit to have his Shabbos appear different.” said Rabbi Gershovitz. His face shone with a distinct sparkle. This is perhaps just a chassidishe feeling. In the midst of a regular weekday. as in the well-known saying. “Only one who labors on Friday shall eat on Shabbos. “Come. but it’s something that we. we ascended into the atmosphere of Shabbos. as T’mimim. “THE NATION WHICH HALLOWS THE SEVENTH DAY”. let us go to welcome the Shabbos. We spoke with Rabbi Gershovitz about Shabbos as “chassidishe baalei battim” who want to improve the atmosphere at home during Shabbos. spoke about during those days.” This descriptive reminiscence was provided by Rabbi Asher Gershovitz. I was privileged to see the Rebbe’s face on Friday just before the onset of Shabbos as he left his room in 770 on his way to see the Rebbetzin. When he returned to 770 from the library. rather primarily about spiritual toil and effort.
Sinai.mistake and think that Shabbos is merely one of the 613 mitzvos. The People of Israel and Shabbos are connected with an inseparable bond. While Shabbos includes only five mitzvos of the Torah. Shabbos occupies a fundamental place in connection with the relationship between a Jew and his Creator. “the nation which hallows the seventh day. “a sign between Me and you”. Shabbos affirms the unique role of the Jewish nation. imagine what a mikveh can do for someone who is already Jewish… puts up mezuzos” – it only makes this special reference in regard to Shabbos. However. Anyone who learns Chassidus will see how it provides a most unique illumination of the concept of Shabbos. it is truly far more than that. this is just an external aspect. as is written. connection between a Jew and Alm-ghty G-d.” nor “the nation that PREPARING FOR SHABBOS ALL WEEK LONG What is a “Chassidic Shabbos”? What makes it different from a Shabbos observed by a Jew who hasn’t learned Chassidus? For anyone who doesn’t Issue 871 • � 17 . far more than with any other mitzvah of the Torah.” It doesn’t say “the nation that puts on t’fillin. It is a profound symbol of the If a mikveh can transform a Gentile into a Jew. as it does with many other concepts in Torah. as is written. especially since the mitzvah of Shabbos is only the fourth commandment given at Mt.
proper davening during the week is a means of preparing for Shabbos.” The latter symbolizes the passage from servitude to freedom. but the seventh day is Shabbos for Hashem. it would seem that nothing happens on Shabbos. you can also reach (through avoda.” rather “Today is Shabbos Kodesh. and the other days of the week we must strive to make our davening more passionate. the level of “turn away from evil. There are two levels on Shabbos: “remembrance of the work of Creation” and “commemorating the Exodus from Egypt.” The worlds undergo an inner spiritual elevation on Shabbos. as our eyes constantly long for the holy day of rest. on Shabbos itself. In truth.. the sun rises in the east. He wants to demonstrate his freedom by spoiling himself. On Sunday. However. Torah states “Six days you shall labor and do all your work. Chassidus teaches us to look primarily at the inner level. Shabbos is just another mitzvah. However. Yet. We would constantly be occupied with “turning away from evil. As in all things. “there is no point in offering the sacrifice. to cleave to the One G-d. anyone who doesn’t learn the inner teachings of Torah may not be able to perceive this light. It’s clear that you can keep Shabbos without learning Chassidus.” etc. the Written Torah of Chabad Chassidus.” This is because we must prepare for Shabbos every day of the week: Sunday is the first day to Shabbos. The internal aspect of Shabbos is the kavana in Shabbos davening and Torah study. Therefore. Why do we have to prepare? Isn’t it possible to come into Shabbos and attain spiritual elevation without the preparations? Tanya. this is merely the external aspect of Shabbos. Torah states that “your speech on Shabbos should not be as 18 � • 19 Adar 5773 . Since the special quality of Shabbos is expressed through its unique spiritual light. We are all familiar with the differing opinions of Hillel and Shammai: one would buy better meat each day in honor of Shabbos. of course) the level of experiencing this light. we also have to prepare for Shabbos in the spiritual realm. What exactly is this preparation? What should one learn? Chassidus explains that the weekday davening represents the level of Shabbos during the week.” “Today is the second day of the week. a Chassid places the emphasis upon the more inner dimension – “remembrance of the work of Creation. we say “Today is the first day of the week (Shabbos). Monday.” Someone who only fulfills the level of “commemorating the Exodus from Egypt” goes out before Shabbos and settles for buying sunflower seeds and other snacks. your G-d”. your G-d. Therefore.” On Motzaei Shabbos we make Havdala over a cup of wine and then devote ourselves completely to mundane affairs. It has a set time.” meaning that the commandment pertains and is relevant to all the days of the week. He gets excited over the special Shabbos food – but no more than that. which is done properly when it follows learning chassidus. a Chassid who learns Chassidus knows that this is not the case. as it is written. In contrast.” in order that we shouldn’t transgress the Laws of Shabbos. The world remains the same. concludes in Kuntres Acharon on the subject of Shabbos: It is known to those familiar with the esoteric science that in all the mitzvos there are internal and external aspects. anyone who thinks about it will find that matters of holiness are more easily grasped on Shabbos than on a weekday. just as G-d ceased creating physical heaven and earth. The avoda of Shabbos doesn’t begin at sunset on Friday. we are commanded “in order that your ox and your donkey shall rest. “It is Shabbos to Hashem. If you look at it from a purely external aspect.” representing the dimension of rest. What exactly is the “p’nimius” of Shabbos? Davening. Just as I toil in material matters to buy good meat and fresh fish in honor of Shabbos. while the other would say “each day [He] loads us” as a preparation for Shabbos. and sets in the west. we don’t say “Today is the seventh day of the week. Those who deal only with the preparations of physical food may not be able to experience the sublime spirituality that descends to this world on Shabbos. However.. Monday is the second day. we merely wait for this “suffering” to end already and for Shabbos to be over. it starts the Sunday before. someone who looks at Shabbos internally can feel the elevation of the worlds. And how do we prepare? Through davening. Over a period of six weekdays you build the Shabbos. no different from t’fillin or mezuza. The externality of Shabbos is refraining from physical labor. In the Shir Shel Yom. When you understand the true quality of Shabbos. You do spiritual work to prepare for Shabbos and transform it into a special day. As a result. and when the time passes. but it turns this holy day into a burden.InteRvIeW learn Chassidus.
” meaning that holiness is also drawn upon the days of the week.your speech during the week. blessed. One Erev Shabbos he returned home from a lengthy journey. is derived from the word HaMavrich. It isn’t for naught that the Rebbe Rashab explained in Kuntres Eitz Chaim. speaking against those who go for strolls on Shabbos. (Baruch. If he finished it off now. At this point.” and the wagon driver left Issue 871 • � Baal Shem Tov replied that this represented a Jew who ate oxen meat without proper intention for oneg Shabbos. whose wagon driver was a simple Jew and a very loyal Chassid. who called the wagon driver in to speak with him. and he asked her for a plate to satisfy his hunger. In other words. Chapter 25. The shtraimel. This continued until he had almost finished the entire pot. even eating and other material matters. “remained in the picture. what is the difference between a Chassid and a Jew who still hasn’t learned Chassidus? Chassidus explains that even routine things should be done in a holy manner. and she went and shared her anguish with the Rebbetzin. his Shabbos is not just another day at the end of the week to rest from his physical labor. and ate what was left in the pot. I saw the Rebbe looking at me. his wife told him to leave what was left. During a Shabbos meal with his students. Everything is holy. him a portion. filled his plate himself. he must also guard his thought. His image became one of an ox. After they opened their eyes they asked their rebbe to explain what they had seen. Shabbos is an “internal” concept. resting on Shabbos is not just from physical speech. She proceeded to tell everything to her husband. everything is instilled with G-dliness. “Blessed [is He] Who makes a distinction between the sacred and profane. The wife was deeply hurt. the Rebbe Rayatz brings a fascinating story of the Baal Shem Tov. representing the ultimate purpose of the entire week. The Alter Rebbe “put him in his place. Similarly. which represented his oneg Shabbos. there’s a story with the Alter Rebbe. and they beheld an amazing vision: They saw an ox wearing a shtraimel on his head. as she had prepared the dish for Shabbos. In one of his maamarim. This is the reason why we say at the end of Havdala. and saying L’chaim. he works the whole week long to transform it into a special day. The As soon as this thought entered my mind. he asked for another helping. he became like the ox itself. what would there be l’kavod Shabbos? But he didn’t listen to his wife’s pleas.” For a chassid.” but not the rest of him. She served 19 . the Alter Rebbe. hungry and tired. One has to want Shabbos all week along. nodding his head forcefully. For a Jew there is no dichotomy between the mundane and the holy. In contrast. but he was so hungry and the dish was so tasty. drawing forth). He saw that his wife had prepared “tzimmes” for Shabbos. about the great quality of Shabbos as a day wholly devoted to G-d through the study of Chassidus. though not a great scholar. he became very frightened. he asked them all to close their eyes. When he heard that the Alter Rebbe had called for him. A man is found where his thoughts are. Since he thought about the meat without any connection to Shabbos Kodesh.
the Alter Rebbe turned to him and said. we see how important this really is. When the wagon driver left.” The Alter Rebbe was once asked why he didn’t include z’miros in his siddur (beyond what the Arizal had written). the Alter Rebbe states that it was only with great difficulty that the Chachomim permitted saying THIS IS WHAT A CHASSIDIC SHABBOS SEUDA SHOULD LOOK LIKE We must take full advantage of the Shabbos table. mikveh represents a passage from one essence to another. Chassidic stories at the Shabbos table 20 � • 19 Adar 5773 . though they are eventually hurled down. This is the only day when we can all sit together. the future Mitteler Rebbe. However. I would have said. so too we find in the spiritual realm. especially about the Rebbeim. We recently learned Parshas Yisro. if you’re already participating in the farbrengen and come late as a result. Rabbi Shlomo of Zvhil. It is known that the Rebbe Rashab had the custom of sometimes saying the z’miros that appeared in the Alter Rebbe’s siddur. as they complement one another. including stories of Divine Providence. and he decided that he wanted to convert to Judaism. as a very simple avoda. The farbrengens cannot ch”v be at the expense of making the Shabbos seuda at home. from the mundane to absolute holiness. “purifying” ourselves without the soiled garments of the entire week. we must make room for niggunim. In the appendix to Torah Ohr Parshas Ki Sisa. We have to prepare a d’var Torah to say at the table. the Alter Rebbe says. “May my portion be with him. had been present in the room at the time. and he replied that he figured that the chassadim would sing niggunim during the seuda. immersing in the mikveh represents the spiritual elevation of the Jew and all his good deeds throughout the week! There’s a story about the tzaddik. and had waited until after the onset of Shabbos Kodesh before eating the dish with the same hunger and appetite. we know that one of our preparations for Shabbos is going to the mikveh. Even at the most external level of Shabbos. he said that he figured that they would say Chassidus during the seuda. The holy words had a powerful effect upon Yisro. On another occasion. This even includes those klipos that want to connect to the holiness. However. The Alter Rebbe’s eldest son. whereas we must do everything in the proper time. “If this wagon driver had been able to control his hunger and appetite. The truth is that there is no contradiction between the two answers. both at the evening and daytime meals.” When you realize the magnitude of the inner dimension of Shabbos. Start thinking about Shabbos on Sunday. in which Moshe Rabbeinu told midrashim to his fatherin-law. as song is higher than zemira. make certain to tell stories that you heard there and give over the messages conveyed at the farbrengen. R’ Issur Zalman. Afterwards. the week-long process of purification is raised further. This is how we enter Shabbos. In addition to the stories and words of Torah. in a manner of kabbalas ol. who came from a Litvishe background. imagine what a mikveh can do for someone who is already Jewish… Thus. who had as a chavrusa one of the leading Torah scholars in Yerushalayim of that generation.InteRvIeW the room deeply ashamed. and then you’ll enjoy Shabbos when it comes. We know that many Chassidim and even Litvaks would (and still) go to the mikveh on Fridays. How does that constitute preparing for Shabbos? Going to the mikveh is not just rinsing off on Erev Shabbos. on Erev Shabbos. “This naturally applies only to tzaddikim of high stature.’” While it might seem that we’re just talking about a superficial expression of “Oneg Shabbos”. when you do return home. The Alter Rebbe compares washing in hot water on Erev Shabbos to a mighty stream that casts out evil while bringing good to the surface. Just as we make certain to prepare enough physical food for everyone to eat their fill on Shabbos. R’ Issur Zalman Meltzer. While there are sometimes farbrengens in shul. we must know how to create a proper balance and not forget the members of our household. The Alter Rebbe explains in Torah Ohr the concept of washing in hot water on Erev Shabbos: While we spend the entire week raising the sparks of holiness. ‘May it be G-d’s Will that my portion [in Gan Eden] be with him. present a golden opportunity to awaken tremendous spiritual influence. once asked Rabbi Shlomo: Why do we go to the mikveh? The rebbe replied: If a mikveh can transform a Gentile into a Jew. you find that reaching that level requires considerable preparation. As Chassidim. the following footnote appears in Seifer HaMinhagim.
The whole idea is to make proper use of our time on Shabbos. not words. This is because speech is an inferior concept. this enables the lights of Torah to descend into the letters of Torah and not be left without vessels. Naturally.. there is no problem for someone who takes a short nap on a weekday to do so on Shabbos as well. We should take our time more Issue 871 • � 21 .” but niggunim without letters reach a much higher level. There’s a well-known story with the Rebbe Rayatz’s daughter. why do Chassidim tend to look upon this concept disparagingly? It’s true that there is a concept of sleeping on Shabbos. she can’t understand how it’s possible to do so by sleeping on Shabbos. However. live the Shabbos. If you deal only with the food. Yet. when the Shabbos seuda turns into a positive experience with stories and divrei Torah. when you finish eating. The Shabbos meal is a time to build the family connection. Nevertheless. When you live the Rebbe. Chassidim must utilize every available moment on Shabbos. it is the greatest gift for parents and children. as we are extremely busy with a thousand different things going on. When the children see that their parents are imbued with something. it passes on to them as well. She once said in amazement that while she realizes that you can eat and do many other things as a means to have oneg Shabbos. as everyone tells about what they learned and how they felt during the week. For even though it requires the use of letters.” parents must do as they preach and act as role models for their children. and therefore. do everything with great precision and fervor without complaining about how hard it is. while niggunim without words are something extremely lofty.words of Torah on Shabbos. This is a real treat. The Shabbos z’miros have “letters. the first thing is to daven properly. There is nothing more profound than seeing a real Shabbos seuda with parents and children sitting and enjoying themselves together. The Shabbos meal is not a punishment. Taking greater interest doesn’t just apply to the Shabbos table. Similarly. Mrs. it extends to every moment of the holy day of rest. and as a result. this instills them with similar enthusiasm. you simply get up and leave – and what’s left of the Shabbos seuda? However. The best possible education is action. Sheina Hornstein Hy”d. the Alter Rebbe brings that on Shabbos we must say z’miros.. Chassidim are not overly eager to sleep on Shabbos. Parents often ask: Should we force our children to sit for the entire Shabbos meal? This is a question that shows a lack of basic understanding. How do we instill these lofty values in our children as well? As in all educational concepts – “I was an example for the multitude. What about sleeping on Shabbos? This is one of the well-known acronyms of Shabbos. they are less inclined to waste time sleeping. the child will make sure not to miss out on such an opportunity. we wake up a bit later than we do on a regular weekday. We tend to pass one another during the day like ships passing through the night.
During my year on k’vutza. I resolved that regardless of what might happen on a given Thursday night. lasting until the wee hours of the morning. etc. I came to the conclusion that perhaps this was because I had failed to go out on mivtzaim. when we are under pressure and busy with our work obligations. learning Chassidus before Shacharis as a preparation for davening. Between sichos. but one sicha after another passed without the Rebbe noticing my presence. there will soon illuminate within us the level of “May the Merciful One let us inherit that day which will be all Shabbos and rest for life everlasting. up late the next day and I didn’t go on mivtzaim. At first. as the night of the seventh day shined like daytime. nodding his head forcefully. On Shabbos. After thinking to myself for a while. and there was morning. I lifted my cup and I felt that the Rebbe was passing over me. T’mimim spend hours upon hours purifying and raising the sparks.” Anyone who was there on such occasions knows that you can really feel when the Rebbe is looking at you and when he isn’t. one day. As soon as this thought entered my mind. “There was evening. making it loftier than the previous one. and I stood to the Rebbe’s left during the farbrengen. This process continues until we reach the level of eternal Shabbos at the time of the True and Complete Redemption. davening should be much more sublime. and of course. then to the Chassid on my right. If we properly utilize the Shabbos.” Do you have anything to say in closing? There is a well known question from the Alter Rebbe: Regarding the other days of the week the Torah states. At that very moment. I thought that maybe he would say L ’chaim after the next sicha. As a result. He would nod “L ’chaim” to the Chassid on my left. Shabbos is the oxygen for the entire week. both in internal and external terms. We should concentrate more on the meaning of the words. It gives us the strength we need to descend into the depths of weekday activity and extract the precious jewels found therein. contemplating on various aspect of t’filla. and saying “L ’chaim. Instead of wasting time walking along the seashore.InteRvIeW than we do on a regular weekday. but he skipped me. as opposed to Echad Targum. the one in the mundane language of the nations. We then bring them to the coming Shabbos. I had a regular mivtzaim route in Manhattan. I would (bli neder) go out on mivtzaim on Friday – no matter what. the two in the realm of holiness can purify the Echad Targum– going out on mivtzaim to raise and purify the sparks. I woke 22 � • 19 Adar 5773 .” “ECHAD TARGUM” – MIVTZA’IM ON FRIDAYS Torah sources explain that Shnayim Mikra refers to the two which are holy. the Rebbe would nod his head to Chassidim lifting their cup to say “L ’chaim. One week. In other words. we had a farbrengen on Thursday night.” Why isn’t this written regarding Shabbos? Didn’t G-d create an evening and a morning for the seventh day as well? The Alter Rebbe says that Shabbos had no evening. The following day was Shabbos. a second day. I saw the Rebbe looking at me.
the structure that channeled G-d’s presence into the world. Why pay so much attention to the small details of this horrible transgression? DEFINITION OF TACHTONIM When the Midrash establishes that the purpose of creation is for G-d to have a Sanctuary in our world. is to avoid using negative language. whenever there is no need for a clear lesson. Ki Sisa.” This sanctuary is G-d’s instrument through which He reveals Himself to each and every Jew and beyond.PaRsha thought REPAIRING THE SHATTERED TABLETS By Rabbi Heschel Greenberg THE SANDWICHED PARSHA This week’s parsha is “sandwiched” in the narrative of the construction of the Mishkan. represents the center and core of the theme of the Mishkan. The Mishkan is arguably the single most discussed theme in the Torah. The Torah avoids saying something disparagingly even about a nonkosher animal. What can be lower than a Issue 871 • � 23 . to the entire world. one must be clear and unequivocal. Tachtonim literally translates as “down below. This configuration suggests that this week’s parsha. It is. thus. hundreds of verses are devoted to the solitary theme of the Mishkan! Why is the Mishkan so important as to warrant such incredible attention to its every detail? Its importance lies in the one verse the Torah uses to introduce the construction of the Mishkan: “Make for Me a sanctuary and I will dwell within them. In light of this fact. surprising to discover that the central theme of Ki Sisa is the Jewish people’s greatest indiscretion! In Moses’ absence—when he was on the mountain to receive the Torah— they created and worshipped a golden calf! Why would the Torah insert this tragic episode of national shame and degradation in the center of the Torah’s most cherished subject—the construction of the Mishkan? Why would the most serious deviation from G-d’s plan be featured as the central narrative of the Mishkan which represents the ultimate in fidelity to G-d’s plan? Furthermore. the Torah avoids negative language. the Talmud states. its vessels and the priestly garments. the Torah devoted thirty-two verses in this week’s parsha and over twenty verses in the book of Deuteronomy to this painful subject. We cannot afford to have people misunderstand the meaning of a given prohibition because the law was vague. Whereas hundreds of laws are contained within one or two Torah portions. The two preceding Torah portions (Truma and Tetzaveh) discuss the construction of the Mishkan.” referring to the lowest possible level of existence. the question arises: why would the Torah devote so much space to describing the sin of the golden calf. arguably the most negative of experiences in the Torah? Whereas some of the most important laws and narratives are condensed into but a few verses or words. when dealing with matters of Jewish law. To be sure. The Mishkan. the Midrash actually describes the location wherein G-d wants to dwell as: tachtonim. as do the next two Torah portions of VaYakhel and P’kudei. represented the ultimate purpose for which the world was created: to transform it into a dwelling place for G-d. And the lesson we derive from this fact. the Talmud (P’sachim 3a) establishes a rule concerning the Torah. But. The Talmud tells us that the Torah will often employ a euphemism to describe a negative phenomenon.
” where the Jew finds himself in the lowest of places. much more difficult in the olden days. Moses then descended from the mountain and. Finding G-d in places that appear most distant from Him is the very expression of G-d’s purpose for existence. All of existence awaits that U-turn. The Jerusalem Talmud asks why. that G-d says: “this is precisely the place in which I would like to dwell!” Recognizing how low we have descended and turning around our lives – that is what it’s all about. that the golden calf reflects G-d’s desire to dwell even. life was so 24 � • 19 Adar 5773 . Thus. when Moses heard directly MANY CHOICES Certainly. We are situated in this tachtonim of time and. heard directly from G-d to not make graven images and worship them. Many tend to look back nostalgically to the good old days when there was so much more light and we had so many more spiritual and G-dly people. there were few if any other choices. Soviet oppression. The term tachtonim— the lowest place—can also be applied to the end of the exile. in the middle of detailed instructions about the Mishkan. also the tachtonim in terms of our spiritual sophistication. by contrast. to complete the task by bringing us Moshiach and the Final Redemption. The Talmud expresses this sentiment in yet another form: “The place where a Baal T’shuva (one who returns to the right path) stands. the insertion of the golden calf episode. most of which are not compatible with the Torah’s view of life. Obviously. We are more than ready for Moshiach and Redemption at which time You will finally make Your presence felt in the lowest of realms. Now. creates an idol and worships it?! And it is precisely in that “location. nay. notwithstanding all the obstacles and challenges. demand of You.” The tzaddik introduces G-d into a place that has already been illuminated with G-d’s light. REPAIRING THE SHATTERED TABLETS The above. was intended to underscore that G-d chooses to dwell precisely in those places where He would most likely not be found. We did our part to turn things around and bring light into the darkness. that G-d says: “this is precisely the place in which I would like to dwell!” nation who saw the greatest miracles of all times. at the very nadir of his or her life. as no generation before us. Certainly. we respectfully. saw and heard G-d’s revelation at Mount Sinai. especially. is blessed or cursed (depending on one’s vantage point) with a plethora of choices. Western assimilation etc. in the darkest of places is reflected in one of the specifics of this narrative. The Holocaust. in many respects. THE LOWEST AND HIGHEST GENERATION The above has particular relevance to us in these last moments of living in the darkness of exile. has responded admirably. G-d informed him that the Jewish nation had degenerated into idolatry by making and worshipping the golden calf. Moses threw the tablets down and shattered them. The Baal T’shuva introduces light into the darkest of places—into the ultimate of tachtonim. If G-d wanted a dwelling place in the lowest and lowliest of places then it is in our day and age— the tachtonim—that His plan will finally be actualized. tzaddikim (perfectly righteous people) cannot stand. The fact that so many of us have made the right choice is noble and particularly praiseworthy and earns us the right to say to G-d: “We have risen from the darkest moments of history. just forty short days later. and then. When Moses was still on the mountain. when he saw how they were dancing around the golden calf. G-d does not want us to fall. and we have created a dwelling place for You in the darkest of places and times. Our generation. But for the Jew. Our generation. but there is nothing more desirous and precious to G-d than when we bounce back from the lowest point to which we can degenerate. our forebears had to contend with far more persecution.PaRsha thought And it is precisely in that “location” where the Jew finds himself in the lowest of places. but firmly. Could G-d really have the same positive feelings for our generation that worships its own version of the golden calf? Are we not so far from G-d’s purpose and plan? The answer is an emphatic no! On the contrary! It is precisely in our age with all of its darkness where G-d’s plan is fully realized. at the very nadir of his or her life.
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They introduced him to Devora Stern. Poland (today. he also left with his wife. He was sent to learn in the famous yeshiva in Baranovitch by Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman. The wedding took place in 1945 after which the couple returned to Gomel where they lived for a number of years. Belarus). by heart. When Chassidim left Russia for Poland. he filled two suitcases with s’farim and they became his R 26 � • 19 Adar 5773 . in the destroyed ghetto. daughter of a famous family of Chassidim from Gomel (Homel) and Bobruisk. may Hashem avenge his blood. he was sent with a group of bachurim to Siberia where he stayed in a prisoner of war camp. Upon his release he went to Kazakhstan where he met Lubavitcher Chassidim who were greatly mekarev him and learned Chassidus with him. During the war. He was one of a minyan of top bachurim and knew all of the Gemara being studied including the commentaries.obItuaRy RABBI ELIYAHU FINKEL A”H By Shneur Zalman Levin abbi Eliyahu Finkel was born on 10 Adar I 5681/1921 to R’ Avrohom Yehuda and Luba Feiga Finkel in Kletsk. In his love for Torah. R’ Eliyahu found the cellar that served as the beis midrash for the Gerrer Chassidim. They went to Lodz where.
On Rosh Chodesh Shvat he asked when Yud Shvat falls out and was told the following Monday. to Kfar Chabad. R’ Eliyahu helped support the shul which. When he returned from his trips abroad he would look for boxes of meat with his seal on it and would buy a number of these crates and distribute them among Lubavitcher families. but since he was proficient in Shas by heart. *** In his final years he suffered from Parkinson’s and it was difficult for him to leave the house. He also suffered from problems with his eyes. and great-grandchildren. He was the baal koreh and the baal tokeia. He did this for many years. usually in South America. Yud Shvat. He is survived by his wife. he was one of the main supporters of the kollel for seniors that was in the Belzer shul. “Is tomorrow Yud Shvat?” He passed away on Monday.” *** R’ Eliyahu was an outstanding baal tz’daka. when his temperature went up. “a wicked man borrows and does not repay. marry off their children and establish Chabad houses. n Raskin's it”CoSnuspiseteiotly r r “if it grows we have Fruit and Produce Emporium WHOLESALE & RETAIL Michal & Aaron Raskin 335 Kingston Ave. Germany and then to France where they stayed together with a group of Chassidim who planned on moving to Eretz Yisroel. *** In Eretz Yisroel. that is being a wicked man who borrows. He was a maggid shiur in Tiferes Yisroel in Haifa for a number of years. “It’s for my wife. On his first trip to the Rebbe he had yechidus and received specific guidelines regarding personal matters. he said. He helped families buy homes. when you borrow you need to know how you are going to repay the loan. From Poland they went to the DP camp in Poking. R’ Yechiel Michel Dubroskin. R’ Eliyahu constantly emphasized the importance of work. at first. the mashpia R’ Reuven Dunin and R’ Shlomo Kupchik. and when Tomchei T’mimim Lubavitch was founded in Haifa in 5715 he became a maggid shiur there. he asked. was in the home of R’ Dubroskin. Even in his final years.” When he borrowed was he wicked? He is wicked when he does not repay! Rather.library which exists until today. upon the Rebbe Rayatz’s instruction. This gift is my visa for the next trip. children. One year. For many years he would travel twice a year to shecht abroad. He also began working as a shochet in Haifa and occasionally traveled to shecht abroad. and grandchildren. For many years he ran a gemach from which he lent large sums of money interest-free. He would say: It says in T’hillim. His pleasant yet thunderous voice was much appreciated by the members of the growing community. When he was asked what it was. the Chabad community in Haifa numbered only a few families which included R’ Gershon Chein. R’ Eliyahu was involved with the religious Jews of Haifa and was one of the founders of Chevras HaMasmidim in the Gerrer shul. some of whom are shluchim. At that time. they moved to Haifa. On 2 Shvat. R’ Eliyahu was able to express his love for Torah. R’ Menachem Mendel Kuperstock. he could be seen walking down the street in Crown Heights while holding a large piece of fabric. If you borrow without knowing how you will repay the money. By 8:00 he was already on his way to the next slaughterhouse and he worked even in his 87th year. Each trip took months. In the end. a few minutes before sunset. Brooklyn NY 11213 * Tel: (718) 756-3888 756-2221 * Fax: 756-2440 We Deliver 27 Issue 871 • � . he would spend Tishrei with the Rebbe. On his way back home after shechting at the end of Elul. he continued to learn. He himself went to the slaughterhouse every day early in the morning. since you cannot repay the loan. He often dismissed payment whether partially or entirely. When he was already suffering from Parkinson’s he still went abroad as a mashgiach.
the Mara d’Asra of Crown Heights * The one whom the Rebbe called. his father brought him to Tomchei T’mimim in Lubavitch. and there were even those who brought a bulka. That was the first and second course. one piece per child. a roll made of white flour. and he decided that his son would benefit only by learning in a yeshiva. In R’ Lazer’s school. 19 By Dov Levanon abbi Zalman Shimon Dworkin was born in Rogatchov in 5660/1900 to Yeruchem and Rivka Dworkin. but his mother managed to postpone the trip for a year. R’ Eliezer Garelik. and his students were from the well-to-do families in town. bread and onion. or just bread. Tea with sugar was reserved as a Shabbos treat.” say Chazal.PRoFIle THE REBBE’S MARA D’ASRA The life and work of Rabbi Zalman Shimon Dworkin a”h. donors. his father saw that young Zalman Shimon was very bright. When he turned eleven. Dessert was a cup of cold water. His father was R a G-d fearing melamed. He taught the poor boys of the town whose parents could not afford tuition. Some brought an apple too. R’ Garelik was considered an expert teacher and a more effective educator. and thus brought home a paltry salary. His father had wanted this a year earlier. some brought bread with butter or cheese. Providing for the talmidim’s needs was mainly the responsibility of outside supporters. In both chadarim the boys brought lunch since they stayed from morning to night. which his mother served with some herring. he entered what were called the chadarim of the yeshiva. Indeed. parents and 28 � • 19 Adar 5773 . In R’ Yerucham’s school the boys brought a slice of bread smeared with oil. “Be careful with the children of the poor for from them does the Torah go forth. in the middle of the week! Supper in R’ Zalman Shimon’s house consisted of bread. at the beginning of 5672. Since he was so young. he switched his son from his own school and had him taught by the other melamed. “My Mara d’Asra” * To commemorate his passing on 17 Adar 5745/1985. R’ Zalman Shimon would say that in his new school he discovered what luxurious lives the wealthy families had. Despite his extreme poverty.
R’ Yisroel Noach Blinitzky. daughter of R’ Menachem Mendel Dubrawski who was a rav in Krolevets. R’ Yehoshua Arsh. After the Rebbe Rayatz was arrested briefly in Rostov. When he learned in the class of the Dvinsker. to remain in Rostov and study sh’chita. The arrest and the contagious diseases that were rampant in Rostov precluded the continued existence of the yeshiva there. R’ Bentzion Shemtov. Despite the difficult conditions Issue 871 • � 29 . including R’ Dworkin. His main influences were R’ Shmuel Borisover for Nigleh and R’ Shmuel Grunem for Chassidus. and from there the bachurim went to Rostov where they learned during the winter of 5684. He devoted himself to his studies and did very well. R’ Eliyahu Plotkin. R’ Issur Kluvgant. The Rebbe then said: When you came to Rostov. i. you were honored with illness. The Rebbe was very pleased with the idea and blessed him with much success. When he became bar mitzva. all the talmidim went home. It was not an easy trip. R’ Zalman Shimon continued to progress in his learning until he was accepted in the large zal of the yeshiva. He merited many kiruvim (signs of affection) from the Rebbe Rashab and the Frierdike Rebbe.e. His special qualities and character were recognized. and instead took the train to Poltava. which cost a fortune in those days. R’ Shlomo Chaim Kesselman. By that time R’ Zalman Shimon had already received smicha on the halachos of Yoreh Dei’a. and Eliyahu Valatzki. he was greatly beloved by his teacher. They were removed from the train in the middle of the journey and were prevented. R’ Zalman Shimon asked the Rebbe Rayatz in yechidus about whether he should go to Poltava. R’ Shmaryahu Sasonkin. May Hashem bless you that this trip be successful and a good beginning for the opening of Yeshivas Tomchei T’mimim in Poltava. R’ Zalman Shimon remained in Poltava until Pesach 5683 and then went home to Rogatchov for Pesach. Yehoshua Korf. The Rebbe told six bachurim. The yeshiva lasted only a short time in Charkov. He also studied mila but did not want to actually perform it. “bread in salt” etc. When the Rebbe moved from Lubavitch to Rostov. R’ Zalman Shimon was from the nucleus that remained. They had to walk the rest of the way until they arrived in Poltava on the Friday before Shavuos 5681/1921. R’ Zalman Shimon. sitting from right to left: Reb Itchke Goldin. A year after his marriage he was appointed rav and shochet in the town of Voronezh in the Ukraine. Without any support whatsoever. hunger and the GPU. from getting back on the train. Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat. They then went to acquire practical expertise at the slaughterhouse in Vitebsk. but he remained a modest unassuming boy and they said that he was a p’nimi by nature. R’ Chaim Minkowitz Poltava were willing to support the yeshiva. his teacher made him a seudas bar mitzva and even bought t’fillin for him. R’ Binyamin Shlomo Gansburg of Haditch arrived in Rostov and told the bachurim that Anash in At a meeting in Brunoy. R’ Zalman Shimon fulfilled the requirements by which Torah is acquired. In 5686 he married Tzivia. The yeshiva was closed at the end of the winter and the Rebbe moved to Leningrad. After a few years he moved to Staradov and served as the rav there. at gunpoint. R’ Peretz Mochkin. He was also close with R’ Yehuda Eber (may Hashem avenge his blood) and R’ Avrohom Eliyahu Axelrod.relatives. He learned in Yeshivas Tomchei T’mimim for 13 years and was one of the pillars of the yeshiva. received permission to go to Poltava for a limited time. and the yeshiva was reestablished with him in Kremenchug and then in Rostov. After Pesach a letter arrived that informed him that the yeshiva had moved to Charkov and he went immediately to Charkov. Their going and establishing a yeshiva was so important to them that they forwent attending the wedding of the Rebbe’s daughter to Rashag.
When the siege was broken in one area. They arrived in Samarkand in 5703 and R’ Dworkin worked as a guard at a government hospital. From Leningrad the refugees were taken to the south of Russia where they slowly regained their strength. Government agents came to the Dworkin’s house too but the Rebbetzin managed to tell her neighbor. They spent the entire night talking until. grabbed a Torah scroll. R’ Dworkin was the Rebbe’s representative at the siyum of the Torah scroll for children in Eretz Yisroel On 10 Shvat 5710. bloated from hunger and with their skin sticking to their bones. he led a group of shochtim. where R’ Zalman Shimon worked as a bookbinder and continued teaching Torah. sometimes entire families. When he woke up he felt that something terrible had happened in Beis Chayeinu. R’ Yona got to the point. R’ Zalman Shimon served as rosh yeshiva even after they left Russia for Poking and Brunoy. and the communist persecution. he dreamed that Rebbetzin Rivka rushed over to the Aron Kodesh. in Nigleh and Chassidus. In 5710. Many were sent to Siberia and never returned. Parnasa was hard but he was not deterred. towards dawn. and ran to the doorway with it. he tried to spread Torah secretly and in public. in shiurim with b’nei Torah and with simple people. many people were able to leave including R’ Dworkin and his wife. Rabbanim and Chassidim were arrested en masse and tortured. thirst. they 30 � • 19 Adar 5773 . he dreamed that Rebbetzin Rivka rushed over to the Aron Kodesh. He managed to convince R’ Zalman Shimon to accept the position of rosh yeshiva of the new yeshiva.] In 5713. R’ Dworkin collected the bodies of Jews that he found. while in Ireland. and ran to the doorway with it. R’ Yona Cohen. the Dworkins left France for Pittsburgh. and he attracted dozens of men from different backgrounds with whom he established shiurim in Nigleh and Chassidus. When World War II began. where R’ Dworkin became the Maggid Shiur in the top class which had just been added to Achei T’mimim. He left the city that same day and in a circuitous manner went to Leningrad. the Rebbe Rayatz had passed away that night. [Indeed. the director of Yeshivas Tomchei T’mimim in Russia.PRoFIle decided to travel to Samarkand where most Lubavitcher refugees had settled. his wife was able to leave the city and they settled in Leningrad. and the terrible cold. They lived in Pittsburgh for seven years. made a special trip from Tashkent to Samarkand to R’ Zalman Shimon’s home. thousands died of starvation. Aside from those killed by bombs. After moving from place to place. The Lubavitchers in Samarkand began to recover from the starvation and epidemics. who quickly went to inform R’ Zalman Shimon about the unwelcome guests. grabbed a Torah scroll. while in Ireland. and took them in covered wagons to the big shul from where they were taken to the cemetery. and the askanim got busy establishing a yeshiva that grew from day to day. On 10 Shvat 5710. Government persecution and terror reached their peak in 1937-1938. Leningrad was under siege by the accursed Germans. After some time. bodkim and menakrim who traveled from Paris to Ireland to kasher a plant that manufactured kosher meat preserves for the Jews of Eretz Yisroel.
LIFE IN LUBAVITCH When R’ Dworkin went away to yeshiva in Lubavitch. The situation was generally satisfactory. an era that brought about the unprecedented growth of Lubavitch. R’ Dworkin sick. Outreached triggered a myriad of halachic questions in kashrus.. She called for the boy and sadly informed him that since Issue 871 • � 31 . I take responsibility for this. he went to see the grave.. which provided you with a cup of milk or a piece of black bread with a drop of cheese and a quarter cup of milk. Rebbetzin Dworkin passed away in 5736.In 5720. breakfast cost one and a half kopeks. the Dworkins moved to Crown Heights where he served as rav along with R’ Shmuel Levitin and R’ Eliyahu Simpson. mikvaos.. Fortunately. For R’ Yeruchem. For example. They called these shiurim “chadarim. In many other letters you can see the attitude and the special honor that the Rebbe demands be shown towards rabbanim. However.. R’ Dworkin continued spreading Torah until he passed away on 17 Adar 5745/1985 on Motzaei Shabbos. when he went to the Ohel. he amended the deed of commission used in the sale of chametz. the yeshiva was meant primarily for older bachurim. not to be stringent when the rav says it is forbidden to be stringent. I anticipate your relaying good news that he is doing this. From the right: R’ Mordechai Mentlick. R’ Meir Dubrawski (Vilenkin). The rubles only came to the yeshiva for a few months. After the two other rabbanim passed away. In a number of letters the Rebbe tells people to consult with R’ Dworkin and to listen to what he says. “To telephone to … in my name that he should do as R’ Dworkin says. and parents had to pay fifty rubles a month for a talmid of this age. He even had money for laundry. family matters and more. he said. He was the first rav to serve in the era of U’faratzta. In a rare handwritten letter the Rebbe writes. “Whatever was and whatever will be. I can say that ‘I worked with all my strength … by day I was consumed … and by night . the hanhala of the yeshiva felt unable to refuse the many younger talmidim and so they opened a shiur for very young students. In his final days. R’ Dworkin displayed genius along with creativity to solve these problems. He stayed at one of the boarding houses in Lubavitch. he became the single Mara d’Asra of Lubavitch in Crown Heights. The debt grew and the lady of the house decided that matters could not continue in this way. which also provided daily meals in exchange for a few kopeks. a relative from Rogatchov committed to sending the money to the yeshiva. and thanks in advance for doing so as soon as possible. Of course. because the bachurim and shluchim were not always knowledgeable in the laws of selling chametz.” Due to the tremendous deficit in the yeshiva budget it was impossible to provide the talmidim with room and board. the innkeeper would measure out a quarter cup of milk by using a straw that had been broken to that size. The landlord was a miser who supported his family on the same level that he fed his tenants. Since the boy preferred to eat something too. and a few hours later. A week went by and another week and the child continued to be fed by the landlord who eagerly awaited payment that never arrived. The peaceful days did not last long. when he was R’ Dworkin at a family bar mitzva. For example. It says explicitly in Chumash ‘do not veer right and left’ – i.” All halachic questions that people asked of the Rebbe would be referred to R’ Dworkin.’” The Rebbe went out to his funeral. R’ Yitzchok Springer.e. the bar mitzva boy. this amount was beyond what he could afford.
) and left with his bundle for the big zal. At twelve o’clock. most people were at home. the fruits would be given to the Mara d’Asra. And when the Rebbe said on 10 Shvat 5736 that the rabbanim should pasken that Eretz Yisroel belongs to the Jewish people. R’ Dworkin had the honor of serving both as the representative of the Rebbe to the public and as the representative of the public to the Rebbe. he understood his uncle’s cryptic words. but when R’ Dworkin passed away one week later. it was he who gave it to the Rebbe. his nephew [R’ Dworkin did not have any children] visited him in the hospital. it wouldn’t be polite if he was the only one who ate and drank. Gurary said he was already taking many children with him. He didn’t have the money nor the desire. Erev Pesach fell out on Shabbos that year. At first it was two days a week.” His nephew was frightened. “There were advocates and prosecutors. The Rebbe set aside some pieces of banana and then gave the plate. but trusting in Hashem that there would be many fruits worked only spiritually. the boys ate with Rebbetzin Rivka who took care of them as a mother would. straw sack. While R’ Dworkin was dozing. since he owed them a lot of money. to the Mara d’Asra. Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah and her group of women also supplied the boys with baked goods and soup at lunch time. nor could you eat matza. thinking that the disease had affected his uncle’s brain. Suddenly there was a surprise announcement – farbrengen! The Rebbe had told the secretary earlier but had told him not to publicize it. Going back home did not occur to him. then three and a half days. However. The quiet. On Shabbos. as well as the bottle of water. and they won. but the Alter Rebbe paskens in Shulchan Aruch that one should not drink wine after the tenth hour. With great effort. DUAL REPRESENTATION In 5741. Therefore. On the Rebbe’s table was a plate with some bananas and a bottle of water. with everything on it. around the time for destroying chametz. When a Tanya was published in the merit of the residents of Crown Heights. There were hardly any people in 770 and the farbrengen was different than usual. he had to leave his pillow and blanket with them as a deposit. THE ADVOCATES GAINED A WEEK A week before R’ Dworkin passed away. he offered to bring him money for food once a week.PRoFIle his relatives had stopped sending money he could no longer live with them. There was no wine. The eating and drinking that he and his beis din did would be like everyone eating and drinking. refined boy gathered his few things (the patched clothes. You could not eat chametz. in order to obtain his weekly nutritional needs he had no choice but to utilize other methods. Since he was still missing days without meals. R’ Dworkin was received with great honor as was fitting a representative of the Rebbe. etc. He approached one of the boys from a wealthy home. since he had pocket money. the first occasion. He wanted fruits to be brought. The prosecutors did not give any time. and asked to go with him to his lodgings.com Check it out!! Educational and Fun!! 32 � • 19 Adar 5773 . the boy was assigned essen teg. After the first sicha the Rebbe said that at first he thought of saying that wine should be brought to the farbrengen. he was sent by the Rebbe as his personal representative to the siyum of the special children’s Torah scroll in Eretz Yisroel. Tomchei T’mimim was his home. Those were the refreshments.MoshiachForKids. Instead. On the other hand. even if they were cut up. as per the Rebbe’s instructions. Moshe Gurary. there weren’t enough fruits for everyone. There were other incidents in which R’ Dworkin served both these functions. On www. but the advocates gave a week. he suddenly woke up and said. since the fruits on the plate would not be enough for everyone. after several rabbanim paskened the Rebbe told R’ Dworkin to pasken too.
He continued to deny it. This is why she had come to the Rebbetzin. And so it was. she suddenly appeared in tears and asked for help. She stuck to her story. he annulled a decree and accusation against the Jewish people. She knew that the Rebbe did miracles and she wanted his help in finding her husband. would often get drunk. and bring him back home. The Chassid asked: Why don’t we see things [miracles] like that here? The Alter Rebbe said: We accomplish this by saying a maamer Chassidus. after not having visited for a long time. He ran off and she looked for him for a long time and did not find him. knowing the Rebbe’s powers. She immediately shouted at him to return home but he denied having any connection to her and said that he did not know this woman. R’ Shlomo of Karlin. The Rebbetzin waited for the right moment and told her husband about her former maid’s plight. The commander had her brought to him and he asked her to explain herself. she began to cry. saying: He is my husband. while on his way to the Rebbe. R’ Shlomo let it be known that for things like this. Issue 871 • � 33 . She said that her sheigitz. When the Chassid arrived at the Alter Rebbe. would appease him. R’ Shlomo said to his wife. She would come occasionally to visit. did not ask questions and went immediately to Moscow. R’ Shlomo addressed the Chassidim who were present and asked their opinion: Should a man divorce his wife for something like this or not? They responded unanimously: No! If so. Each time he did this she would go looking for him. I won’t divorce you.stoRIes WONDERS AND MIRACLES A compilation of Chassidishe stories on the topic of the power of tzaddikim. and therefore ought to be expelled. His wife served him and R’ Shlomo ate and then said he wanted to divorce her because she hadn’t baked well. she saw a battalion of soldiers standing at a parade and her husband was among them. he recounted the bizarre scene he saw and expressed his surprise. her gentile husband. When he would come home drunk he would hit her and run out of the house. The maid. stopped off at the tzaddik. There was a commotion and the commander came over and asked: What happened? The soldiers told him that a woman had arrived and claimed that one of the soldiers is her husband but he denied it. When she reached the center of town. The Rebbe told her to tell the woman to go to Moscow. She had worked for the Rebbetzin until she married and had then left Lubavitch. divorce is not appropriate. MISSING HUSBAND The former gentile maid of Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah (wife of the Rebbe Rashab) showed up one day. The Alter Rebbe said: By doing this. The accusers said that the Jewish people do not fulfill Hashem’s will. By R’ Chaim Ashkenazi a”h MIRACLES? CHASSIDUS! A Chassid of the Alter Rebbe. By doing what he did. He saw R’ Shlomo ask his wife to serve him some cake. But this last time he told her that the next time he ran out she would never find him. Hearing this. because it was after a fast and he wanted to break his fast. Now.
Her husband went to the Rebbe Maharash and told him what his father had said. but R’ Levi Yitzchok was always in a state of d’veikus and R’ Nechemia could not find the proper time to speak to him. The Tzemach Tzedek said that she should wash her head every night in hot water. WARM A Chassid once asked the Tzemach Tzedek for a bracha for his wife who suffered from headaches. While R’ Levi Yitzchok was in his house. alluding to hay in Yiddish). the Alter Rebbe asked him to return home by way of Dubrovna and stay in the home of R’ Nechemia. “Healer of all flesh who does wonders. pharmacist and ask for a yellow cream that he should smear on his eyes. COLD. Her husband went to the Rebbe Rashab and told him the story. R’ Chaim Ber the attendant told him that he had seen that while the Tzemach Tzedek sat learning through the night he had been stamping with his feet as though he was driving a wagon. They did so and he used it and was healed. After the passing of the CREAM OR FAITH? A Chassid of the Rebbe Rashab had pain in his eyes and he asked the Rebbe for a bracha. R’ Levi Yitzchok understood that he wanted him to follow. as R’ Levi Yitzchok went to the outhouse. R’ Nechemia waited for him with a cup ready for netilas yadayim. his Rebbe had said that with his evil actions he had caused a blemish in the hei ilaa (lit. The Rebbe Rashab said: If hot water and cold water don’t help. R’ Nechemia had a relative who was paralyzed and could not move her hands and feet. The Chassid went to the pharmacist and asked for yellow cream. and this helped. The Rebbe Maharash said: I think you caused a blemish in the hei tataa (lit. The Chassid did not know what to do to rectify his sin. R’ Nechemia wanted to ask for his bracha. It seemed to R’ Chaim Ber that the Tzemach Tzedek himself was directing the wagon with the rescued children. WONDROUS HEALING One time. After the passing of the Rebbe Maharash. you would never have found me. lower hei. after R’ Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev had been to the Alter Rebbe. i. They had gone to doctors but nothing helped. and when he finished with the words. she should wash in lukewarm water. Give the cow hay and it will give milk.e. the woman suffered from headaches again. the first hei) of G-d’s name.stoRIes R’ Levi Yitzchok washed his hands. HOT. spelled without a hei) and did not give milk. The Rebbe told him to go to the 34 � • 19 Adar 5773 . and this helped. the higher hei. The soldier said: I guess you went to see the rabbi. which is why the para (female cow. the headaches returned. The family had been to doctors and nothing had helped. And so it was. Tzemach Tzedek. He said that his cow had stopped giving milk and when he went to his own Rebbe for a bracha. and it helped. Once. WHO IS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT? The Tzemach Tzedek once sent one of his Chassidim to save Jewish children who had been kidnapped for the army (cantonists).” he repeated these words and the girl was healed. said the “asher yotzar” bracha. The Chassid responded that the pharmacist should simply add yellow coloration to the cream. The Chassid left at night and returned to the Rebbe in the morning. The commander sensed that the woman was telling the truth because he did not know who this soldier was who had recently joined his unit and had not revealed anything about himself. IT DEPENDS ON THE HEI/ HAY A Chassid of another Admur went to the Rebbe Maharash and asked for a bracha for parnasa. After he returned. she should wash in cold water. The Rebbe Maharash said: If washing in hot water doesn’t help. He was told that there was only white cream. R’ Nechemia said that the girl could not move and he asked for a bracha. R’ Nechemia stood before him with the cup. and he followed after R’ Nechemia until they entered the room where the paralyzed girl was. spelled with a hei) had become a par (male cow. When R’ Levi Yitzchok came out and wanted to wash his hands. The commander pressured the soldier until he admitted that he had run away from his wife. because otherwise.
” And whereas sixty years ago Europe sought to cremate the world’s Jews. and to silence or indict their repressors. But using the banner of human rights to justify and disseminate hate and murder is certainly a perversion of what human rights is all about. and so I will rock the baby while you continue learning. and fight for true justice. because at least then you know what you’re up against. R’ Zushe suddenly saw someone in the room with him and the man said: I am the Sh’la and your reading my work is precious to me. put things in their proper context. today Europe seeks to extol the virtues of the Palestinian resistance and isolate the Israeli oppressor. because you are an obstacle to the peace that we all want. R’ Zushe said he would rock the cradle so she could go and bring him something to eat. The Rebbetzin agreed and left the house while R’ Zushe stayed and rocked the baby as he looked into a Torah book that was on the table. because your righteous existence is an obstacle to our ungodly agenda. however appealing or tempting they may be. One day. This is the strategy of “misplacement. Human rights. But because evil knows it is losing the battle. for example. In short.” Today evil says that the Jews have to be wiped off the map because your existence is a mistake. Welcome to the 21st Century. Reprinted with permission from Exodus Magazine Issue 871 • � 35 . place and circumstance. The Maggid agreed and said that he would inform him of the days that he did not fast so that R’ Zushe would also not fast on those days.” It is what you do when you are up against a wall. R’ Zushe said that since he didn’t know what to buy or where to buy anything.” he repeated these words and the girl was healed. because it knows that we will no longer heed its hateful rallying cries. and you can use as a tool to destroy that which it seeks to uphold. evil used to say. for example. peace – and placing them out of context. in its desperation. There are still evil forces in the world that want to dominate it. to see through the superficial veils and falsehoods. We are still in a state of exile. we are being asked to possess an unprecedented level of insight and clarity. anti-oppression. could she go and buy something for him. “Healer of all flesh who does wonders. and most of humanity is lapping it up because they would rather die in the illusion of peace then have to live through more war. said the “asher yotzar” bracha. The Rebbetzin said that she could not go because she had to rock the cradle with the baby (who grew up to be R’ Avrohom the Malach). because you are oppressing others.” today their goal is the ostensibly benevolent gesture of “liberating occupied Palestine. but she had nothing in the house. and when he finished with the words. he ordered him to stop. It was the work known as the Sh’la and R’ Zushe got absorbed in it. A VISIT FROM THE HEAVENLY REALMS When the Maggid of Mezritch found out that R’ Zushe of Anipoli fasted a lot. is taking ideologies of goodness – human rights. is certainly a noble agenda. effectively condoning the murder of Jews and denying Israel’s right to exist. he was forced to stop learning it. So evil. But by the time he had finished his preparations the hour was late and he did not find anything to eat. but since he had to rock the baby. Today. Getting out of exile means using the gifts we are given to see past the illusion of misplacement. we’re not exactly there yet. All of this serves as a reminder that although we might have made tremendous progress toward world peace and prosperity. R’ Zushe said he was willing to stop fasting if the Maggid himself wouldn’t fast either. R’ Zushe ran to the Maggid’s house and asked the Rebbetzin to give him something to eat. So. In a sense. Exile means that things are out of place. “we want to wipe out the Jews because we hate your guts. R’ Zushe was told that the Maggid was not fasting and R’ Zushe had to go and eat. whereas fifty years ago the aim of the Arab states was to (as they themselves proclaimed) “drive the Jews into the sea. Continued from page 38 to defend them. it has become more creative – it has become adept at cloaking its message in the language of liberty and altruism. An ideology is constructed to be relevant to a certain time. when no one is willing to entertain your true position. this is even worse than outright evil. Take the ideology out of its proper context.R’ Levi Yitzchok washed his hands. it has changed tactics.
If they manage to evade the circling sharks and vultures and avoid getting infected by the latest epidemic. This place is totally chaotic. So you still want to be a conqueror? The truth is that you don’t have a choice. But conquerors are different. They see the world the way it was meant to be. And so they feel compelled to go out and do something about it. take a look around. As an aspiring conqueror myself. Congratulations. And because they see the world for what it really is. Because the world – as we mere mortals see it – is just the surface of what’s really there. I mean. consider yourself warned – you are going to be in charge of this tangled mess. People spend most of their time eating each other alive. see a wildly beautiful and complex landscape waiting to be tamed. That’s what you were created for. You have earned your conqueror’s license. a glare so intense that it distorts reality to the extent that you can’t see a thing. Conquerors. even worse. So let’s say you’re one of those optimistic. They don’t get affected by these glares. The first thing to consider is whether or not the world is even worth conquering. Actually. 36 � • 19 Adar 5773 . a reality TV show. take a look around. We find ourselves submerged in the madness wishing we could claw our way out before it consumes us completely. and the rest of the time ignoring one another. and the rest of a healthy relationship with the the time ignoring one another. Suffice it to say that your sleep is going to be interrupted – if they’ll let you sleep at all. the potential goodness inherent within it. they’ll find themselves mercilessly trapped in one natural disaster or another. eh? Let me give you some advice. let me share my wisdom with you. Let’s say you look at the world and see tremendous potential for goodness just beneath the crusty surface of the superficial reality we are presented with. You are going to be responsible to figure it all out. and are thus empowered to dive in full heartedly. You are going to be blamed whenever something goes wrong – and it will. This place is totally chaotic.vIeWPoInt OLAM HA’ZEH FOR DUMMIES By Rabbi Yisroel Harpaz CONQUER THE WORLD So you want to conquer the world. or a terrorist attack. People are so busy jumping through these sadistic hoops that they allow one million children to die each year for lack of clean water. world? This crazy world that the painful glare you get on the surface just before sunset. having spent endless hours imagining how my being in control of this spinning planet and its inhabitants would make us all better off. on the other hand. I mean. it’s not even the surface – it’s The first thing to consider is whether or not the world is even worth conquering. rose-colored-glassescup-half-full-always-see-thebest-in-every-situation-look-onthe-bright-side kind of people. You know the way. They see beyond the surface. But that’s okay. Keep driving. they are inspired to confront it with sanity – not like the rest of us. People spend INNER SANCTUARY How can I know if I have most of their time eating each other alive. or. So if you’re going to take over.
but operating independently and with free reign within its material domain. it is logical and worthwhile to worship it and immerse myself in that reality. is manifest when I accept that there is a higher source that orchestrates the material reality. the pursuit of wealth or power or self. or whatever else distorts the true nature the material world by trying to convince me (whether directly or simply in my own perception) that material. At the end of the day. and conquer it and take its spoils. and without being consumed by every whim or temptation of the body and ego? Each person has to find their own answer to this question. constant Issue 871 • � 37 . We are not angels. There are two mistakes people make that lead to an unhealthy relationship with the physical world. it still runs my life. I see the material reality as the true power in my life. As such. independent entity that is divorced from its source. So the trouble in my relationship with the world begins when I find myself succumbing to the illusion. my ego. Retreat to an inner sanctum where you create your own reality that is separate. removed. an answer that addresses the unique challenges each one faces and the special talents each one is blessed with. Immerse yourself in the materialistic reality. As such. This is a recipe for existential indigestion – the inability to properly digest the material experience of our life. my boss. and therefore the one that is perhaps more dangerous. chaotic world of duplicity. and we were placed in it for a purpose. The less obvious mistake. But I see the material reality working in partnership with that source – not completely cut off. or a prison? Some say when in Rome do as the Romans. expertly and elegantly crafted by the high priests of Madison Avenue. how is an ostensibly sincere individual supposed to function within this elaborate. But is this a refuge. double-standards and outright deception? Some say you hide. So I should worship myself. when all my inner being wants is some peace and a sense of purpose in it all – how am I supposed to relate to it? From the microcosm of daily survival to the macrocosm of global geopolitics. my clients. and lock the world out. This physical world with all of its challenges and trappings exists for a reason. physical and even spiritual self fulfillment is the answer to everything. or an elaborately orchestrated defeat of the inner being? Or perhaps a very large prison? Neither of these approaches is palatable or honest. But how do I do so and remain in control? How can I have a meaningful and healthy relationship with the material world without it making me shallow or materialistic. But is this conquest. Neither denial of the material reality nor succumbing to it achieves anything truly worthwhile. even elevated. The antidote is honest acknowledgement. We do have spirit. and by extension that which feeds this fulfillment. But through understanding where the common mistakes come from. or from any spiritual significance or higher purpose. at least not anything that addresses the reality of our existence. I don’t outright worship the material reality. the gods of Wall Street. The more obvious one expresses itself when I relate to the material reality as a selfimportant. without becoming addicted to consuming. either you join the hedonistic party. perhaps we can avoid them and achieve greater clarity. albeit more surreptitiously. Lock yourself into a transcendent sense of being and an elevated state of mind.seems to be spinning to an increasingly absurd and chaotic tune. But ultimately I still accept it (perhaps even reluctantly) as the supreme power within the reality in which I operate. but we are human beings and as such are built and meant to engage in the physical. or get trampled by the hedonists. and a higher purpose. That would be demeaning.
Human rights are valued and (at least in theory) protected. a suffocating obstacle rather than a springboard for change. the boundaries and guidelines set ground rules that liberate us from the potential perils and paralysis of unhinged choice. It merely enslaves you in a different way. choice is no longer unhinged and chaotic. Open-ended. Rather than limit us. It enslaves you to yourself. and the values that make it important. perhaps more disturbing. choice dominates every area of life. And. unhinged choice actually becomes psychologically oppressive. 38 � • 19 Adar 5773 . or fuelled by our concern with how our choice will be perceived by others. and societal level. automobiles and spouses in the pursuit of self-fulfillment through the power of choice. and enables people to become the masters of their own destinies. Welcome to the 21st Century. MISPLACEMENT As far as human morality has evolved. And. academics and writers that are stepping forward to defend them. the power of choice can become a burden rather than a privilege. we believe choice brings with it the possibility of social change and personal growth. it seems that the world has basically gotten it right over the past few decades. which brings with it a sense of loss that can be overwhelming. Choice is probably the most powerful gift we have. In this context. whether real or imagined. we derive satisfaction and validation through making even simple choices – just ask your local shopaholic. but disciplined. But clearly it has its pitfalls as well. We have an organization called the United Nations that is supposed to sow the seeds of peace and brotherhood among all humanity. there still seem to be an overwhelming number of bandits and tyrants willing to unleash untold destruction on us all to achieve their aims and preaching venomous intolerance and hatred. stymieing social change and personal growth. It turns out the constant need to seek self-validation by exercising the power of choice doesn’t make you a master. (What exactly those choices will be is a matter for another discussion. THE PERILS OF CHOICE In 21st Century life. academics and writers that are stepping forward Continued on page 35 On a superficial level. There is an undisputed assumption that freedom to make choices is empowering and liberating. perhaps more disturbing. and to silence or indict their repressors. enabling us to make healthy choices grounded in reality that lead to social change and personal growth. people are organizing and rebelling against tyrants and injustice because they want the power to make their own choices. Often. both on an individual also implies that we have to abandon the alternatives. For all these reasons and others. there are countless world bodies. the choices we make are not ours at all. phone plans. In the east. the notion. or are constantly changing our minds. The only way to avoid them is to ask ourselves what it is we really want. Nevertheless. Whatever the answer is to this question. can sometimes be paralyzing. that you can do anything. Choice becomes guided and directed within the framework of the destination we are working toward. The real potential of choice is then available to us. rather than slaves to the choices of others. but choice influenced by what others are choosing.vIeWPoInt awareness and profound connectedness to the source from which the material reality and its purpose emanates. On a deeper level. The paralyzing anxiety of choice manifests in different ways. And it seems like most of the world is more interested in living in peaceful coexistence than engaging in the pillage and plunder of previous centuries. So it is also principled choice based on something more than our whims or psyches. And choice Answering this question also implies that we live our lives in a manner that is consistent with the objective we want to achieve. there are countless world bodies. unbridled. Sometimes we become so obsessed with making the perfect choice that we either choose not to decide. depending on the psychology of the individual. all the other choices we make become subservient to it.) In the west. Fascism and evil regimes are going out of style fast. But psychoanalysts have reached the counterintuitive conclusion that instead of being empowering. people are choosing new and improved gadgets.
he will give the prime minister a warm embrace. According to various reports he will demand the renewal of the construction freeze in Yerushalayim. Yehuda and Shomron and the taking of a few “confidence building” steps by easing restrictions on the Palestinians. having failed with the stick. in the meantime. as the last time Obama demanded a construction freeze he got exactly what he wanted. The prime minister has already halted construction in Yerushalayim. a sly smile. These details are very troubling. he wants to strengthen the diplomatic initiative and visit Eretz Yisroel himself. trying to bring them into the government at any cost. no one is prepared to guess what kind of government will be formed – when it is formed. there is a great deal of pressure going on behind the scenes. He’s most interested that the government should work towards advancing diplomatic negotiations with the heads of the terrorist organizations and lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state r”l. The chief executive of the world’s greatest superpower has suddenly announced that he wants to visit Eretz Yisroel. we’re getting a warning sign from the direction of good ol’ Uncle Sam. Maybe he can even arrange for some hokum “peace summit.” However. They convey a message of “business as usual” and speak about the need to form a “broad national government. By Sholom Ber Crombie Translated by Michoel Leib Dobry N o one knows for certain where the new government in Eretz Yisroel is bound to lead us in the upcoming parliamentary term. However. and the assumption is that he intends to set the agenda for the incoming government. Diplomatic sources estimate that he will now try to use the carrot approach.” The news accompanying this planned visit has not been pleasant. Obama is expected to make his visit in the very near future. The settlement leaders are trying to be optimistic. and building beyond the Green Line has simply not been progressing at a rate comparable to the tremendous increase in the population throughout these regions.cRossRoaDs BEWARE: OBAMA’S VISIT: A HONEY-COATED BOOBYTRAP! the upcoming visit of the President of the united states to eretz yisroel poses a real problem for the future security of the Jewish homeland. and which diplomatic policies his advisors are planning for the next term. Furthermore. 40 � • 19 Adar 5773 . Mr. and then demand that he return to the negotiating table. It still isn’t clear why the prime minister is embracing the left-wing parties. As a result.
The start of the new term for the Israeli prime minister and the American president presents an excellent opportunity to follow the Rebbe’s guidelines on a new relationship between the two nations. He will season his words with all kinds of American promises. They hide behind the title of “civil rights organizations. Of all things. This will also be Obama’s final term in office. In other words. and away they’ll go. The Americans would have made a small ruckus. the problem is not Obama. minister of defense during the First Lebanon War over thirty years ago.BEWARE: OBAMA’S VISIT – A HONEY-COATED BOOBYTRAP! It would seem that Mr. and giving the land to the terrorists. Netanyahu to remember that his predecessor as Likud Party chairman did not leave a very favorable impression due to his questionable policies of territorial compromise. it was considered to be a sign of leadership by a strong prime minister. Diplomatic sources estimate that he will now try to use the carrot approach. and had Issue 871 • � 41 . whenever someone gives a reason for the bloody conflict along the southern border. having failed with the stick He will give the prime minister a warm embrace. they are only concerned with the civil rights of the worst of our enemies. it turns out that the decision to conquer the city of Beirut was not implemented – not because of fierce American opposition. and then he’ll make every possible effort to forge a new sense of cooperation. If Sharon had convinced them of the need for further military operations. when the Netanyahu government demeaned itself and submitted to the Americans. virtually no one recalls Sharon’s contribution to the country’s national security. Of course. It would be appropriate for Mr. However. as if he hasn’t been living in Eretz Yisroel for the past twenty years. All that people remember is the terrible stupidity leading to the Gaza disengagement. On the contrary. placing personal security above all else. not succumbed to the policy of destruction and withdrawal. The government of Israel must make clear to the United States that it will protect its citizens’ interests and their THE AMERICANS ARE WAITING TO HEAR THE TRUTH Recently. it was the military operation during Sharon’s term of office – “Defensive Shield” – that restored security to Israeli cities. If only they had really wanted to finish the job. who is prepared to cooperate in these dangerous adventures. He is an American president who simply wants to ensure his place in history. but merely for the sake of protocol – as they really had no objection. Obama’s visit to Eretz Yisroel conceals a powerful ambush. The question is on the Israeli prime minister. revealing that Mr. and then demand that he return to the negotiating table. not even the decades he served as a senior military commander. and in historical terms. he is the one who is pushing the Likud prime minister to proclaim “two states for two nations” and a freeze on all settlement construction beyond the Green Line. He’ll assure his Israeli counterpart that there really is an Arab partner for peace. After all. a sly smile. However. but due to a “weak yellow light” as it was called then. the painful results of which we continue to bear to this very day.” expelling the Jews of Gush Katif and the northern Shomron. general to general. he would be remembered today as the Israeli leader who brought safety and tranquility back to the streets. Even during the previous term we could see how the Obama Administration appreciated firmness and determination. there was no actual opposition either. and he has no intention of becoming the first American president who failed to advance any peace initiatives in the Middle East. However. the Americans would briefly protest and then things would calm down. spoke with high-level Pentagon officials. The upcoming visit of the President of the United States to Eretz Yisroel poses a real problem for the future security of the Jewish homeland. due to his cruel expulsion of the Jewish communities in Gush Katif. Sharon. They would even show respect for the Israelis’ resolute stance in the defense of their people. while there was no support for this step. they could have done so. These facts have been proven time after time. they took full advantage of this and lost all respect for the Israelis. As the Rebbe said at the time. they recall “the Sharon legacy. they have declassified protocols.” but in fact.
Since then. like the United Nations. The Prisoner X Affair has split Israeli public opinion down the middle. This is a Jew of great self-sacrifice who placed himself at great risk. (2nd Flr) Brooklyn NY 11213 Get your tickets within minutes! (718) 493-1111 Fax: (718) 493-4444 42 � • 19 Adar 5773 Radio Moshiach & Redemption "The quickest way to reveal Moshiach is by learning the Torah sources about Moshiach & redemption" t"ab. it’s forbidden to take risks and stand idly by. personal security. and they have never made any genuine effort to ease his suffering. and when he learned that vital information to Eretz Yisroel was being hidden from its government.wv grumnu ghrz.” but in fact. there is another case confronting us now as we prepare for Mr. this story has also divided Israeli public opinion down the middle between those who care about the trampling of human rights. but the intelligence agency was forced to place him under arrest and try him for crimes against the security of the state. PRISONER X In recent weeks. he has endured shameful prison conditions in the land of freedom and justice. They hide behind the title of “civil rights organizations. and attacks the defense community for its incessant failures. Express service Fully Computerized 331 Kingston Ave. endangering his own personal safety to save other Jews. Obama’s visit: the case of Yehonatan (Jonathan) Pollard. he clandestinely passed all the information on to protect his people. they prefer to assault the country’s military operations. Instead of cooperating with the security services. However. Paradoxically speaking. always standing behind those concerned for our people. they are only concerned with the civil rights of the worst of our enemies. the leaders of the country for which he did everything to defend have abandoned him. You’ll never hear them complaining about civil rights violations against decent lawabiding Jews arrested without due cause. Yet. since they cooperate with our foes. the media has been making a tremendous clamor over the Prisoner X Affair. As a result. The whole affair is shrouded in confusion and no one knows the complete results. the Rebbe warned about those radical leftwing organizations. This concerned a security prisoner who was active in the Mosad. They identify with our enemies and seek to weaken the defensive power of Eretz Yisroel. He was a civilian naval intelligence analyst. those responsible for protecting the residents of Eretz HaKodesh. p"a . and then there are those who understand that when we’re talking about the security of the Jewish People. even in moments of failure. Incredibly. and those who only remember about the importance of such rights with regard to terrorists – not their own brethren. There are those who automatically condemn the government without knowing the facts. calling them “fifth columnists. or perhaps not.” He explained that they are a real danger to the People of Israel. Many years ago. despite the declaration of the Shabak (GSS) and the Mosad that this was a high-level security detention with far-reaching considerations for the security of Eretz Yisroel. America will show greater appreciation for the Jewish People and also take action in its defense.cRossRoaDs except for a very limited legal staff dealing with the matter. there is a group of people in Israeli society that regularly stands on the sidelines.
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