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From Chapter Six of Rabbi Shloma Majeski’s
Likkutei Mekoros (Underlined text is the
compiler’s emphasis.)
Translated by Boruch Merkur

11. […] This is the last
generation of exile and the
first generation of redemption,
having completed everything
[all aspects of avoda] and the
only thing that remains to be
done is to welcome Moshiach
in actuality. In our times it is
certain that G-d blesses each
Jew with wealth in gold – in both
the material and spiritual sense.
G-d blesses Jews with wealth
to the extent (as it was “in the
days of your exodus from the
land of Egypt,” so it is now, “I
shall show them wonders”) that
“There was not a single Jew
among the Jewish people who
did not have with him ninety
fine donkeys laden with the silver
and gold of Egypt.”
From this message about
wealth, a direct lesson is
derived: A Jew must strive to
be rich in the literal sense and
in all respects, beginning with
affluence in spirituality – “ein
ashir eleh b’daas” – striving to
be rich in Torah and Mitzvos,
but also in material wealth,
enabling him to fulfill Torah and
Mitzvos with tranquility of spirt
and body (in accordance with
the ruling in Rambam’s Laws of
Repentance, Ch. 9, beg.). Also,
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generous in giving tz’daka and
doing Mitzvos in a beautiful way,
the most exquisite manner. And
in general, to utilize one’s wealth
(“gold, silver, and copper, etc.”)
to make of his own home a
Mishkan and Mikdash for G-d
(“‘I shall dwell within them’
– within each individual”),
including by giving tz’daka to
build a shul and beis midrash
in the literal sense, making a
“Mikdash M’at – A miniature
12. Moreover, and this is
the main thing, concerning
something timely – building the
Third Beis HaMikdash in the
literal sense:
Notwithstanding all the
interpretations of “Make for Me
a Sanctuary and I shall dwell
among them” – including the
interpretation, “within each
individual” – the words do
not depart from their literal
meaning. First and foremost,
this verse pertains to practical
halacha – that Jews have the
obligation to build the Beis
To us this means to build
the Third Beis HaMikdash in
the literal sense, as Rambam
writes, Moshiach Tzidkeinu will

build the Third Mikdash: “he
will build the Beis HaMikdash
in its place” (Laws of Kings
Ch. 11, beg. and end). And
Rambam rules that “All are
obligated to build and contribute
[to the construction of the Beis
HaMikdash with] manpower
and money – both men and
women – as was the case with
the Mikdash in the desert” (ibid,
end; as above). Clearly the same
applies to the Third Mikdash:
every Jew will participate
through his or her contributions,
both men and women. In fact,
also children will participate (as
was the case with donations for
the Mishkan).
The latter is especially that
case insofar as this generation
has already educated and
accustomed – and we continue
to do so – little Jewish children
to give tz’daka. In addition
to making children agents to
give tz’daka, we also give them
money that becomes their own
in order that they should give of
their own money to tz’daka.
(From the address of Wednesday
through Shabbos Kodesh, Parshas
Truma; Seifer HaSichos 5752 pg.

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A no holds barred interview with R’ Sholom Dov
Wolpo, Rosh Kollel of the “HaRambam HaShaleim”
project and director of the “Matteh L’Hatzalat Ha’Am
V’HaAretz,” who received instructions from the
Rebbe to write on the topic of shleimus ha’aretz.
He talks about the absurdity of the present situation,
why the government does not see what the people
see, and why they are sacrificing the lives of our
soldiers for nothing. * He also demands that the
Disengagement-Expulsion perpetrators be
brought to justice and says we must
reestablish the yishuvim in Gush Katif.
Interview by Shneur Zalman Levin

You put ads in the papers
this week with quotes from
the Rebbe. What is the main
The Rebbe warned a number
of times that when going to
war, you have to finish the job.
That is, you have to annihilate
the enemy in such a way that
he can no longer endanger

the Jewish people. You are not
allowed to permit him to recover
and reestablish himself. He is
supposed to be so beaten that he
wouldn’t dare consider opposing
us again in the foreseeable future.
government under Netanyahu is
It is not doing it and it still

has no intentions of doing it,
sad to say. With all respect
(really, not cynically) for the
prime minister, the cabinet, and
the entire government, for the
courageous decisions made thus
far, we cannot hide our criticism.
The government changed the
goal of the operation a number
of times already. At first they said

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IDF soldiers entering Gaza (photo by Chaim Touitou)

that the soldiers are going in to
completely destroy Hamas. Then
they spoke only about eliminating
the threat from missiles. Then
they stated that the goal is to
destroy the tunnels and didn’t
say anything about missiles. Now
they speak in general terms about
ensuring quiet for a reasonable
time. We are not hearing about a

goal to wipe out Hamas.
a ceasefire and agreements
through an Egyptian or American
intermediary make a mockery of
the spilled blood of our soldiers,
each of whom went to war to
eradicate the enemy. What will
remain in the consciousness
of Hamas and the rest of our

enemies is that Israel will never
destroy them, because there will
end up being a ceasefire that will
save them and so what do they
have to lose? The government
leaves the entire country exposed,
time and again, to thousands of
rockets and to the threats of the
tunnels for the next round, just
as they did in the previous wars.
They don’t finish the job and
once every year and a half to two
years they start fighting all over
under the present circumstances
exposes the soldiers to the
shooting of snipers and mortars
and this endangers their lives.
But with Hashem’s help we
are winning and even if there is
a ceasefire, as senior politicalmilitary men say over and over:
“When the Hamas commanders
leave their bunkers and see the
terrible destruction, they will
realize that they can’t fight us
This misleads the public. In
the meantime, we are not winning
the war. Hamas is powerful.
Its soldiers fight bravely and
confidently. They are well trained
and armed with a lot of weapons.
Their senior commanders hide
underground and none of them
have been hit. Many of the
tunnels have not been exposed
yet. Last Monday, one of the
senior IDF commanders said that
the goal of this military operation
is, as defined by the civilian
government command structure,
the intimidation of Hamas, not
its capitulation.
Just last Shabbos we read in
the parsha, “If you don’t chase
out those who dwell in the land
before you, those that you leave
over will be like pins in your
eyes and thorns in your sides
and they will harass you in the
land in which you settle.” This is

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precisely what is happening now.
You make light of the more
than a thousand dead and the
thousands of wounded, the
thousands of terror sites that
were hit as well as their weapons
factories, tens of thousands of
houses and buildings destroyed
or damaged.
Without, G-d forbid, putting
down the work of our soldiers
and what they’ve accomplished
thus far, with Hashem’s help,
those who know the mentality
of the terrorists knows that they
don’t care if a thousand of their

cease tunnel construction. So
we can achieve our main goals
with political agreements. Why
not prevent bloodshed on both
Those who make these
suggestions have short memories.
Just a few years ago we left
Lebanon with an agreement in
which the nations of the world
guaranteed to rid Lebanon of
missiles. But since then, not only
weren’t the missiles removed
from there, they smuggled
in tens of thousands of new,
improved ones. So what we do

We have two choices, either we rule Gaza or
they rule us and then we will have to fight them
every few years, each time with greater dangers. The
choice is obvious.
comrades are killed. On the
contrary, the more people who
are killed, the more sympathy
and help they hope to get from
the nations of the world. The
destroyed houses don’t bother
them either. They know that
when hostilities die down, they
will get financial aid from various
countries to rebuild Gaza. When
the money starts to flow, most
of it will enter the pockets of the
senior Hamas terrorists. This is
the reason they want the war to
We need to be aware that
based on Hamas’ rate of
progress, in the next war they
will have double the soldiers and
they will find a way to neutralize
the Iron Dome and the Trophy
systems, and this will once again
truly endanger our soldiers.
There is no other option but to
destroy them completely.
Even if they make a
ceasefire, it will come along
with international guarantees
to rid Gaza of missiles and to

not accomplish now with force,
will not be done for us by anyone
and it will, G-d forbid, have a sad

You mention in the ad,
quoting the Rebbe, that means
should be used that do not
endanger the soldiers. What
do you mean? Are there secret
tools that the Rebbe knows
about and the army is hiding
from us?
It’s very simple. In this war,
as in the wars that preceded it,
we play into the hands of the
enemy. Instead of wiping out
terror targets, where they use
civilians, women and children, as
human shields, we send in young
soldiers who go into boobytrapped areas or houses where
terrorists wait to ambush them.
They go from room to room to
see whether there might be any
innocent Amalekites. That is how
we lose more and more soldiers.

What the Rebbe meant, which
he explained himself, is to give
a warning at every terror target
saying they have five minutes to
get out and protect themselves.
Five minutes later they should
destroy the area. Chazal say,
if you have mercy when you
should be cruel, you will be cruel
when you should be merciful.
We have bunker busters and
we need to use them to destroy
all the command centers in the
underground city they created. It
should be obvious on the ground
that “the boss went nuts,” and let
the world say what it wants.
What do you mean by an
underground city?
To use an analogy, just as
there is a “Yerushalayim up
above,” and a “Yerushalayim
down below,” so too, l’havdil,
there is a “Gaza up above”
and a “Gaza down below.” We
enabled Hamas to build cities
and fortifications under the
Gaza Strip. The tunnels that we
discovered are not even the tip
of the iceberg. Underground
Gaza must be destroyed without
endangering the lives of our
soldiers, but in the way the Rebbe
What do you mean when
you say we enabled and helped
cement and iron throughout the
nine years since the expulsion
from Gush Katif. That’s aside
from the electricity we provide,
without which they could not
have built the tunnels.
I once told over that when
there was a general strike
across all industries eight years
ago initiated by the Histadrut
(Israel’s national labor union),
I saw a convoy of dozens of
massive trucks bringing cement

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from the Nesher factory in Ramla
with IDF jeeps leading the way.
I asked one of the soldiers in
the jeep where they were going
and how the factory in Ramla
was breaking the strike and he
told me that it was cement for
Gaza, and the Histadrut gave
special permission to the factory
to manufacture it and to supply it
to Gaza. That is how the Israeli
government obsessively helps
our enemy to build that which
endangers the lives of its people
more than any other threat.
Why do you think the tunnels
are the most dangerous?
We have heard that Hamas
planned on sending thousands of
armed terrorists simultaneously
through these tunnels on our
holiday, when most soldiers are
on furlough. They planned on
breaking into dozens of yishuvim
along the border with Gaza,
with each yishuv having a tunnel
opening. They planned on mass
murder, heaven forbid, and mass
kidnapping through the tunnels
to Gaza. It could have been
the greatest tragedy the state
experienced since it was founded.
Thank G-d, this tragedy was
prevented. This happened in the
merit of the three boys who were
kidnapped and murdered.
I’m confused. What’s the
When they kidnapped the
boys, the army cleaned out
Yehuda-Shomron of Hamas
leaders. If they had found the
boys immediately, life would
have returned to normal and the
terrorists in Gaza would have
continued their deadly work
underground. But after not
finding the boys and undertaking
a massive manhunt and hundreds
of senior Hamas operatives were
arrested including those who had
been released in the Shalit deal,
this caused Hamas in Gaza to

step up its shooting of rockets
and missiles. Not only that, they
moved up their plans but made
a strategic error when they sent
terrorists through two tunnels.
Only then did we wake up and
see what was going on.

How could the army not
know about the tunnels?
It was an incredible oversight
on their part. If they really
didn’t know, then the heads of
the Mossad, Shabak and the
other Intelligence units ought
to be fired immediately; that is
a colossal Intelligence failure.
And if they knew and reported it,
then a governmental investigative
committee ought to examine who
held up the actions that were
needed to destroy the tunnels
and how did the government
continue to supply Hamas
with cement and iron as well as
hundreds of millions of dollars?
Over the years, our organization
warned a number of times that
with the money and the cement,
the iron and the electricity, that
the government provides Hamas,
they are building bunkers that

will be a terrible threat to us.
So what are you saying,
that the vaunted IDF and the
government led by Netanyahu
don’t see what the ordinary
citizen sees?
The army and the government
are still locked into the
Disengagement idea. If they
had openly acknowledged the
tunnel threat, that would obligate
them to admit their mistake
in destroying Gush Katif and
destroying the lives of eight
thousand Jews.
Many amongst the army
top brass led that unfortunate
operation, as did the prime
minister and some of his
ministers. They are still trapped
in this “bubble,” and the “bribe”
of pride does not allow them
to see and admit their criminal
mistake, even now, when the
Disengagement blew up in their
faces. This is the reason they
all act as though they did not
know or hear about the digging
of tunnels and about Hamas’
arming itself with thousands of
The army spokesman always
mentions the “target bank” which
the Intelligence services prepared,
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Netanyahu, Peres, and Sharon are personally
responsible for the blood of these soldiers, for
the wounded, and the broken families.
to them, why did they wait until
now? Why did they continue
helping Hamas build and improve
those targets including tunnels
and huge factories where missiles
and weapons are manufactured?

Let’s go back to the Rebbe’s
instructions regarding fighting
“till the end.” They say that the
army does not want to conquer
Gaza and annihilate Hamas
entirely since then we will
have to govern Gaza and its
nearly two million people under
military rule.
We have two choices, either
we rule Gaza or they rule us
and then we will have to fight
them every few years, each time
with greater dangers. We have to
decide which choice is better.
But they say there is another
choice, that Abu Mazen rules

That’s going from the frying
pan into the fire. Did dozens
of soldiers pay with their lives
to have this Holocaust denier
and architect of the Maalot and
Munich massacres rule Gaza?
We see now in Yehuda-Shomron
that even after the clean-up
operation we did after the boys
were kidnapped and murdered,
they still have the ability to make
an Intifada and who knows to
what extent it will develop.
miraculously caught a guy with a
car full of explosives near Beitar
Ilit. Even if Abu Mazen wants
to accept Gaza, how is he better
than Hamas? Both of them want
to destroy us and the difference
between them is only technical,
how to achieve this goal (with
or without a suit and tie). Aside
from that, within a short time,
Hamas will overpower him again
and what will we do then? Start
fighting again and sacrifice more
soldiers on the altar of stupidity?

So what is the solution that
will guarantee quiet on the
southern border?
The best solution is the
hisgalus of Moshiach, but in
these final moments of galus
we must conduct ourselves
according to Torah. That is
what it says in short, quoting the
Rebbe, in the flyer, that we must
finish the war in the most forceful
way and with the most advanced
methods with minimum exposure
of the soldiers to danger.
At the same time that we
eradicate Hamas, we must
rebuild all the yishuvim of Gush
Katif and establish military bases
throughout the Gaza Strip. And
we need to keep a close watch
on any threat that develops so we
can eliminate it in its infancy.
In your opinion, how will
this war affect the plan of “two
states for two nations?”
Leaders on the Left are trying
to direct the war with Hamas as
a means to bolster Abu Mazen,
but if there will, G-d forbid, be
a Palestinian state in YehudaShomron, it will immediately
turn into a Hamas state and
what we have now in Gaza will
repeat itself, but much worse,
in the heart of Eretz Yisroel.
The prime minister never had
a better opportunity to express
regret for his unfortunate Bar
Ilan speech and the entire world
will understand him now. In
Peres’ parting speech the other
week, he emotionally said that
he did not imagine that in his
final days as president he would
have to console the bereaved for
soldiers that were killed. He is
forgetting that he himself with his
pal Ariel Sharon, together with
all the guys from the “ranch” and
the Supreme Court, along with
the military commanders of the
time, are personally responsible
for the blood of these soldiers,

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for the wounded, and the broken
families. This is the new Middle
East that Peres and his cronies
brought upon us with his Oslo
Accords and the destruction of
Gush Katif.
The truth is that if we had a
properly functioning government,
they would hold criminal trials
for all those responsible for the
expulsion, with Peres leading
the pack. For sure they cannot
serve in any role whatsoever. If
only the leaders realized that the
jig is up and we need to protect
our lives wisely and determinedly
without false belief in imaginary
peace with the Amalekites among
us, those who inherited the Nazi
Forgive me for asking,
but is your calling for the
rebuilding of the yishuvim of
Gush Katif serious or meant to
be provocative? After all, there
doesn’t seem to be a chance that
Netanyahu would do it.
After the three murdered
boys were found, I spoke to the
Housing Minister and asked him
to send a recommendation to
the government to immediately
establish three yishuvim in the

Chevron – Gush Etzyon area to
be named for them. I believe that
shortly this idea will take shape
and we will lay the cornerstone.
You have to understand that
this isn’t just a “cynical response”
to terror but a strategic move
for our security. The terrorists
want to throw us out of our land
and when they see that with
every attack, G-d forbid, a new
yishuv is established, that will
undermine their desire to keep on
attacking us.
So too with Gush Katif. If the
prime minister wants to really
win the Hamas terrorists, if he
wants to be remembered in the
history of the Jewish people as
a visionary who took positive
action, he has to reestablish those
What about world pressure?
The Rebbe said several times
that deep down the nations of
the world want us to eradicate
terrorism. Even when they
exert pressure for a ceasefire,
they should be asked whether
they would stop fighting terror
affecting their country and what
would they do if thousands of
rockets were launched at their

citizens. In any case, “Hashem
gives strength to His people,”
and only in this way does
“Hashem bless His people with
peace.” Israeli citizens need to
exert stronger pressure on the
government not to cave in to
worldwide pressure.
To end on a good note, what
can you tell us to encourage us?
Everyone can plainly see
that things are moving along by
divine providence despite our
failures. We are seeing open
miracles; first, that over 2000
missiles have been launched with
hardly any casualties and without
the damage one would have
expected. Second, the enemy
still has not agreed to a ceasefire,
Hashem hardened their hearts,
and this enables us to crush
them. Third, the nations of the
world are, more or less, quiet
for the meantime. Fourth, Egypt
knows what Hamas is and also
wants it eliminated.
With Hashem’s help we
will have the biggest miracle in
history, the hisgalus of Moshiach
when we and the entire world will
have salvation.

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The IDF began Operation Tzuk Eitan for the
purpose of restoring quiet in the south. * In
connection with this, we bring quotes that the
Rebbe said during the war in Lebanon. Back
then, the Rebbe warned about vacillation and
“caving in” before the nations of the world. The
Rebbe’s words are as relevant today as they
were then.
Only finishing the job in its
entirety, in a way that will ensure
the security and peace of all the
Jews in the Holy Land, can justify
the korbanos that fell in this
operation, may Hashem avenge
their blood. Each of them is an
“entire world” and the danger to
life of a single one of them sets
aside the entire Torah.

Therefore, since it was
necessary to undertake this
action in order to ensure the
security and peace of the Jews in
the Holy Land, they must finish
the job in its entirety in order
to justify, to whatever extent
possible, the korbanos that fell.
Especially when doing so will
prevent additional korbanos, so
that not even one more Jew, who

is an “entire world,” is lost.
(Sicha of 22 Sivan, 3 and 7 Tammuz
5742, edited)

According to the experts in
security matters, in order to
ensure (by natural means) the
security of Eretz Yisroel and
the security of the Jews who
live there, they must finish the
operation Peace in Galilee entirely
and not leave the operation in the
middle. By failing to finish it,
“those who you leave over will be
pins in your eyes and thorns in
your sides ...”
As they saw the previous times
when they did not finish the job
completely, not only did it not
bring them rest and peace, on the

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contrary, it caused an additional
war after a few years and even
in the interim it wasn’t peaceful
because there were terrorist
activities. So not completing the
job the previous times causes
additional korbanos each of
whom is an “entire world.”

It should be made public so
everyone knows that so-and-so
held up the completion of the
operation Peace in Galilee in the
proper time, despite the definite
opinions of the military that it
must be completed in its entirety.
When everyone knows that he
is the one who held it up, they
won’t elect him (nor his protégés
and his party) in the next Knesset

When they did not finish the job completely, not
only did it not bring them rest and peace, on the
contrary, it caused an additional war after a few years.
And even in the interim it wasn't peaceful because there
were terrorist activities.

elections. And they won’t allow
him to speak on behalf of the
Jews of Eretz Yisroel. He and
his friends can speak on behalf
of the Arabs, for it was they
who benefited by delaying the
conclusion of the operation, but
not on behalf of Jews! Apparently,
this is the only thing that will
work with them.

There is something that
can definitely help. When the

Jewish people add in all matters
of Judaism, especially Mivtza
T’fillin about which it says “and
all the nations of the world will
see that the name of Hashem is
called upon you and they will
fear you.” So too, regarding the
campaign to register Jews in the
general Torah scroll, by every Jew
buying one letter in the Torah
scroll, and Mivtza Tz’daka which
is comparable to all the mitzvos,
and the main thing (that pertains
to our days) – its special quality
in hastening the Geula.
(3 Tammuz 5742)

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Operation Tzuk Eitan

The Rebbe: The free will of the leadership – over there – should be
taken from them, and then they will behave properly. In the meantime, they
do not behave properly.
One who loves those who are cruel hates those who are upright. In the
Midrash it says it differently – when fear of Hashem is lacking, then the fear
is used to fear the gentiles and consequently they are frightened of the goy.
Horrifying things are taking place there, especially now in Lebanon, and
things that the world never saw before.
They brought soldiers, put them at their posts, and forbade them to
advance and shoot until they are shot at first and they don’t let them retreat!
Arafat himself claims that by entering Lebanon, Israel proved its
weakness in that it stands there for half a year without a break, in its place,
when it had the ability to conquer it immediately.
They put soldiers at their post where they can be shot at and indeed, they
are being shot at, and they ordered them – so as not to anger Washington
– not to start!
As was said before, in connection with a din in Shulchan Aruch that
“one who comes to kill you, get up and kill him” – that it doesn’t mean to
actually kill him, but when the enemy sees that you are arising to kill him,
he will avoid getting entangled in the first place.
They figured that this was only a speech (i.e. on the Rebbe’s part –
Ed.) and nothing more. However, they saw afterward that they themselves
admitted that if they had mobilized (in the Yom Kippur War) they would
not have gotten entangled. When they make a mistake, they “transgress and
repeat,” they repeat the same mistake and then they go back and do it a
third time! The same mistake, the same tzaros. It’s a wonder!
I maintained from the start that this is the worst of all. An enemy who is
granted greater powers will not seek peace because of that. That will only
reassure him of his ability to win, and we have seen this!
(Yechidus with R’ Efraim Yolles, Pesach 5743)

complete the military action
speedily, and the more they delay
the more they cause the other
side to make new conditions
every day. Consequently, they
need to have a meeting and
deliberations regarding every
condition separately and in the
meantime, the terrorists gain
In addition, one cannot know
what the morrow brings and
it is possible that the longer it
takes, the more they jeopardize
the possibility of finishing the
operation, albeit not on their
part, but according to nature it
is possible that the conclusion of
the operation will not be possible
because of other countries
(amongst them this country,
which has already shown the
whip, as discussed at length

And now they are holding
by the fourth surgery which is
mostly done while sacrificing
hundreds of korbanos, may
Hashem avenge their blood,
and hundreds of wounded. And
nevertheless, there are those who
think that in order to bring about
peace the way to do it is to stop
in the middle of the surgery and
not heal the affected area and
this is after hundreds of korbanos
have fallen. During the time that
follows they will have meetings
and gatherings and then see how
it works out.
How can you make these
experiments on 3 million Jews?
Three times already they saw how
this conduct caused many tzaros!
(13 Tammuz 5742)

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By Rabbi Heschel Greenberg

One of the most heartrending
sections in the Torah is the
beginning of this week’s parsha,
VaEschanan. In it Moshe
recounts how he pleaded with
G-d to allow him to enter the
Promised Land of Israel, to which
G-d’s answer was an unequivocal
no! Indeed, G-d even asks him to
cease praying.
Moshe begins his entreaty to
G-d with the words: “You have
begun to show Your servant Your
Rashi comments: “[You have
begun to show Your servant] an
opening to stand in prayer.”
What did Rashi have in mind
when he wrote “stand in prayer?”
Does it make a difference if he
sat or stood during his prayer?
The simple answer is that the
tone of Moshe’s pleadings with
G-d suggested that his prayers
were anything but casual and
perfunctory. Moshe was pouring
out his heart to G-d. Indeed,
according to the Midrash,
Moses prayed 515 prayers, the
numerical value of the opening
word of this week’s parsha
and its very title “VaEschanan
– I implored.” It is also the
numerical value of the word

t’filla, which means prayer. This
may be a suggestion that Moshe’s
prayer incorporated every nuance
of prayer; it was a complete and
quintessential prayer.
Hence Moshe’s prayer was
the most powerful, heartfelt and
persistent one imaginable. All of
which can be said to be implicit
in the word “standing.”
Standing carries within it
several connotations:
First, it is a state of bittul, total
self-abnegation. Thus, Judaism’s
most significant prayer, the
Amida (“Standing” prayer, also
known as the Shmoneh Esrei)
is described as one in which we
stand as servants in the presence
of the King, in a state of total
Second, it is a symbol of
confidence and victory.
Third, it conveys a sense of
unyielding persistence, as in one
who stands his ground.

Another way to understand
the deeper meaning of the word
“stand” in Hebrew (amad) is
that it is an acronym for anipoor, Moses and David, alluding

to three archetypical prayers to
which the Zohar refers, all of
which are found in the Book of
Psalms: The poor man’s prayer
(T’filla L’Ani, Psalm 102);
Moshe’s prayer (T’filla L’Moshe,
Psalm 90) and King David’s
prayer (T’filla L’Dovid, Psalm
86). The suggestion here is
that Moshe’s “standing” prayer
combined all three dimensions of
prayer; that of a rich man, that
of the quality of King David and
that of a poor person.
To explain further:

Moshe was the richest of
people. True wealth is not
measured by material possessions
but rather by the knowledge and
good deeds one accumulates
over a lifetime. In the words of
the Talmud: “There is no poverty
except poverty in knowledge.”
Moshe spent 40 days and 40
nights studying Torah directly
from the A-mighty. By this
measure he was obviously the
richest person that has ever
lived. The scope of his wealth
was not limited to his knowledge
and good deeds. No other
person before or after him
had such a sublime direct line
of communication with G-d.
Moshe was endowed with all of
the most significant of spiritual
possessions. In addition, our
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Parsha Thought

In a perfect world, the physical and spiritual enjoy
a symbiotic and reciprocal relationship, wherein
the existence of one is a manifestation of the other. In
that ideal world, a spiritually wealthy person will also
be materially wealthy, not because he or she needs or
craves the wealth, but because the physical world is not
an independent entity; it draws its sustenance from, and
therefore parallels, the spiritual. Thus, unprecedented
wealth for Moshe was “merely” an expression of his
unsurpassed spiritual wealth. It was an expression of his
having attained the highest level of perfection, where
the spiritual and the physical are but two sides of the
same coin.
Sages tell us that Moshe also
wealth. When G-d asked him
to hew the second set of tablets
from stones of sapphire, Moshe
was enriched by all the chipped
off pieces of sapphire.
Now, one may ask, living
in the desert with all of their
physical needs taken care of, what
value were the chips of sapphire
to Moshe? Why would he even
care about material wealth? And
why do our Sages make such an
issue of it? Compared against
his spiritual wealth, the sapphire
chips must have seemed next to
worthless for a Torah-steeped
man like Moshe!
There are two answers to that
question, both of which buttress
Moshe’s title as a rich man, in
every sense of the word.
The first reason a tzaddik
would care for material gain
is that it enables him to refine
the physical world. Each time a
Jew engages the material world
and then uses its rewards for
a higher spiritual purpose, he
or she gains the capacity to
refine that physical world. The
Kabbalists speak of the sparks

of holiness embedded in each
physical object, which devolved
from a lofty spiritual source.
These sparks lie dormant until a
pious Jew comes in contact with
the physical vessels that contain
them, through ownership or the
like, and then uses the object to
perform a Mitzvah. When that
happens, unprecedented G-dly
energy is unleashed and the
world is suffused with heretofore
untapped spiritual power.
Thus, for the righteous
person, wealth is an opportunity
to change the world, remaking
it into one that conforms to
G-d’s ultimate purpose: a world
saturated with G-dly awareness
and sensitivity.
There is another reason
for the Torah’s description of
Moshe’s material wealth. In
a perfect world, the physical
and spiritual enjoy a symbiotic
wherein the existence of one is a
manifestation of the other. In that
ideal world, a spiritually wealthy
person will also be materially
wealthy, not because he or she
needs or craves the wealth, but
because the physical world is not

an independent entity; it draws its
sustenance from, and therefore
parallels, the spiritual. Thus,
unprecedented wealth for Moshe
was “merely” an expression of his
unsurpassed spiritual wealth. It
was an expression of his having
attained the highest level of
perfection, where the spiritual
and the physical are but two sides
of the same coin.
Moshe, as the richest person
to have ever lived, prayed the
prayer of the one who has it all,
materially and spiritually. His
prayers were therefore not for
himself but for the sake of others,
for he had no needs of his own.
His needs, as a trusted leader,
were the needs of the Jewish

King David’s prayer was also
most powerful. King David is
described (II Samuel 23:1) as the
“Sweet singer of Israel.” Rashi
explains that all of the songs
sung in the Beis HaMikdash were
taken from King David’s Psalms.
Others explain that King David’s
songs expressed the songs within
the hearts of all the Jewish people.
More than any other person,
King David was able to tap into
their hearts and souls and express
their most profound and heartfelt
emotions. King David was able
to express feelings of profound
anguish and galling bitterness
because of the terrible suffering
the Jewish people experienced.
And yet, he could just as easily
express the greatest feelings of
gratitude, joy, exultation and
every other emotion.
To recite Psalms is thus the
most effective way to rich selfexpression. The Divine poetry of
the Psalms is unparalleled, not
just for its beauty and poignancy
but because it has the power
to open the heart and soul of

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everyone who
immortal words.



But then there is a third form
of prayer, which according to
the Zohar is even more powerful
than the other two: the prayer of
a poor person.
While Moshe’s prayer is the
richest and David’s the most
expressive, the poor man’s prayer
is the most powerful. His broken
heart carries the greatest of forces
that can pierce any barrier. While
it might be less sophisticated
than the prayer of the rich man,
and far less beautiful and poetic
than David’s prayer, it is one that
has no barrier that can contain
it. In the words of the Zohar:
“Come and see: The prayer of
all human beings is real prayer,
but the prayer of a poor person
is a prayer that rises before the
Blessed Holy One, breaking
through gates and doors,
penetrating to be received in His
In addition to the broken
heart aspect of the poor man’s
prayer, the Baal Shem Tov
referred to another unique quality
in this mode of prayer. In the
words of Psalm 102: “A prayer
of the poor man when he is faint,
and pours out his plea before
G-d.” The poor or afflicted
person is not really asking for any
particular need. He just wants to
communicate with G-d Himself.
While other petitioners seek this
or that benefit from G-d, the

poor man says “I just want to
speak to You.”
The Rebbe explained that
this is analogous to the words
uttered by the Alter Rebbe in his
moments of spiritual ecstasy:
“I desire not Your paradise or
Your World-to-Come. I want You
While the potent and elegant
prayers of the rich man (Moshe)
and of the “Sweet Singer of
Israel” (David) conveyed deep
emotions and struck responsive
chords in the Heavenly spheres,
they could not compare with the
prayer of the poor man, who
expresses his essence and who
wants nothing in return other
than an opportunity to connect
with G-d’s essence.
When Moshe stands before
G-d in his final prayer, he
recognizes that he too needs to
acquire the penetrating power
of the poor man. He urgently
needed to come before G-d not
as the rich Moshe he was or
with the elegant and sweet
song of David, but with the
simple broken-hearted plea
of the poor man who says to
G-d, “I want to be with You.”

generation in history because
we have the cumulative spiritual
wealth of the past. We have the
sweetest and most spiritually
uplifting teachings of Chassidus,
which are G-d’s songs, and that
render our prayers sweet and
inspiring. While all of Torah is
likened to a song, its spiritual
Chassidus, is a song suffused
with endless Divine notes and
serves as the key of the soul to
unlock its deepest secrets.
that will break through all the
obstacles and bring about the
Geula is the prayer of the poor
man, the person who is shattered
by the concealment of G-d’s
presence in exile and who prays
sincerely, with a broken heart,
and asks for nothing other than
the Redemption, when we will
stand in the Holy Temple with
Moshiach in the presence of G-d.

The application of these
thoughts to today is clear.
We plead incessantly for
the Final Redemption and
we do so with all three forms
of prayer. We are the richest

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R' Alon Hazi learned in Rosh HaAyin but when he was drafted he left the
path of Torah. He served in Lebanon and experienced miracles. Then he
went to Florida where he encountered Chabad. * The Chabad house for
Israelis in Sydney which he runs is the source of many fascinating stories
which he shares with us.
By Nosson Avrohom

Bondi Beach in the background

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ydney is one of the most
beautiful cities in the
world and is the oldest
and biggest in Australia.
Sydney lies between the Tasman
Sea in the east and mountains in the
west. Millions of visitors and tourists
visit every year. Israeli tourists look
for work there in order to fund the
continuation of their trip to other
“The salaries in Sydney are
among the highest in the world
and for a young Israeli, it's easy
money,” explained the shliach, R'
Alon Hazi. “The fact that tourists
remain in Sydney for a long time,
with many of them staying to
establish themselves, enabled our
Chabad house to become a k’hilla
with minyanim and shiurim.
Along with the regulars there are
also many tourists who serve as
supporting cast. Last year, one of
the congregants, an Australian who
is a well-known lawyer, donated
our first Torah.”
The Chabad house is located in
the Bondi Beach area, a suburb of
Sydney, where many immigrants
live, mainly those from the former
Soviet Union but also a sizable
Israeli community. R' Hazi works
on two main fronts, the spiritual
and the material, with tourists
enjoying and benefiting from both.

R' Hazi was born far from
Australia and far from Chabad.
He was born to a Yemenite
family in Rosh HaAyin and was
schools. When he finished school
at Noam in Kfar Saba, he was
drafted to an elite unit in the army.
He served his three years in a
highly classified Intelligence unit.
“I spent all three years in the

army in Lebanon. Until today, I
can’t say much about the work
we did there, but I can tell you
an amazing miracle story. One
evening, a mortar shell missed me
by a few centimeters and continued
its trajectory toward the slope of
a mountain. It is a miracle that
comes to mind now and then.”
When Alon finished his army
service, he decided to leave Eretz
Yisroel and see the big world. His
first stop was Miami where his aunt
had a clothing business.
“Even before the army, I veered
off the derech. It was only on
foreign soil that I felt I was missing
it. I began to feel an emptiness
and, by divine providence, near
the business where I worked was a
Chabad yeshiva run by the shliach,
R' Avrohom Korf. Nearly every day
the bachurim looked for a tenth
man for the minyan. The first few
times they had to call me, but after
that I would go on my own.”
After several months of getting
to know the yeshiva and the
bachurim, he decided to rent an
apartment near the yeshiva so he
could spend more of his free time
“They were a group of young
bachurim with great love for the
Rebbe. What most attracted me
was their Jewish pride. I knew
how to learn Gemara and I loved
getting back to Gemara shiurim,
but what was most appealing to
me were the shiurim in Likkutei
Torah that R' Leibel Schapiro gave.
The concepts brought in the Alter
Rebbe's maamarim were new to me
and amazed me. These were ideas
that I had never been exposed to.”
After a few good months of
learning in yeshiva, he asked his
aunt to let him go and he went in
search of a yeshiva to learn in.
“I had a friend in yeshiva, also
a baal t’shuva, who continued

his learning in the yeshiva for
baalei t’shuva in Morristown.
When I visited 770 for the first
time and met him there, he highly
recommended the yeshiva. I had
just begun understanding what a
Rebbe is and why you don't make a
move without consulting with him.
I asked the Rebbe through the Igros
Kodesh whether I should continue
in Miami or switch to Morristown.
“The answer I opened to,
this first time I was writing, was
amazing. The Rebbe wrote to
someone who had come to 770,
that he had come not to stay here,
but to return to the yeshiva from
which he came in order to give
over what he saw here. I returned
to Miami and that same day I
met with R' Korf and asked him,
without telling him the Rebbe's
answer, what he thought of my
learning in Morristown.
“'The yeshiva there is very good
but not for you,' he said. 'I would
really like the bachurim here to see
a baal t’shuva who left everything in
order to learn Torah.' I told him the
answer from the Rebbe. Rabbi Korf
spoke with the rosh yeshiva and I
joined the yeshiva. I was paired
up with a chavrusa, a bachur from
Crown Heights, who was ahead
of me by far in all parts of Torah.
When the summer approached, I
thought of going to Eretz Yisroel
to see my parents whom I hadn't
seen in a long time and to look for
a shidduch.”

“On my way home, I stopped
for a few weeks at 770. My
chavrusa met me and suggested
I join him and his friends who
were going to Australia where they
would be shluchim in the yeshiva
in Sydney. I laughed him off – 'I'm
already thirty years old, it's not for

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R' Alon Hazi and mekuravim

“The clerk looked at me and then at my ticket
and then asked, 'Sir, do you know that this ticket
expired six months ago?' I said I did and waited for a
miracle. I did not have money for another ticket, the
Rebbe wanted me in Sydney, and I was sure a miracle
would occur. It did.”
me.' He urged me to go and said
I should at least go with them to
Monsey to arrange their travel
visas and at any time I could
change my mind. I said okay and
before getting into the car I wrote
to the Rebbe for the second time
and asked whether I should go
on this trip to Australia.
“The answer I opened to was
right on target, as though the
Rebbe had written the answer
to me personally. The Rebbe
wrote that the hand of divine
providence led you to Australia
in order for you to be involved
in spreading the wellsprings. I
knew I was going to cancel my
trip to Eretz Yisroel and would
join the group of bachurim flying
to Sydney. I got my travel visa
and prepared for the trip a few
weeks later, a flight that would be

leaving after the holidays.”
It wasn't all smooth sailing. A
few days before the flight, one of
the bachurim lost Alon's passport
and he had to stay in 770 for
months, until after Pesach, which
he spent with the bachurim in
Beis Chayeinu. He describes
those months as a time that he
learned a lot about how a Chassid
is mekushar to the Rebbe. When
he finally got a new passport, he
had cellulitis in one of his feet
and he had to stay in bed.
“When my foot healed, I
was left with a plane ticket to
Australia that had expired. I went
to the airline and said I wanted to
fly. At this point I had written to
the Rebbe again and the answer
was to R' Zalman Serebryanski of
Australia and the students in the

girls' school.
“The clerk looked at me and
then at my ticket and then asked,
'Sir, do you know that a half a
year has gone by?' I said I did
and waited for a miracle. I did not
have money for another ticket,
the Rebbe wanted me in Sydney,
and I was sure a miracle would
occur. It did. They asked me to
wait on the side and after half an
hour the airline representative
told me that nine religious Jews
had canceled their flights and so
they had room for me and I could
even eat nine kosher meals.
“I went to my assigned seat
on the plane and was astonished
to find a Lubavitcher sitting
there, wearing a Yechi yarmulke.
He was the only Lubavitcher on
the flight. I asked him his name
and he said Serebryanski. My
jaw dropped. I asked him, 'How
are you related to R' Zalman
Serebryanski?' He said, 'I'm his
grandson.' It took me some time
to recover from the shock.”
Upon arriving in Sydney, R'
Hazi quickly integrated into the
yeshiva. The yeshiva program
includes hafatza and since he
spoke Hebrew, he coordinated
the activities with the Israelis. In

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the summer, two months after
he arrived, the bachurim all went
home and he was the only one
who stayed in Australia, keeping
up the activities he had started.
“We had Shabbos meals
with tourists, barbecue evenings
with shiurim, put up mezuzos
in homes, t’fillin, learning with
chavrusos. I began getting
acquainted with the Israeli
community and they turned to
me with all their questions about
Judaism. When I saw that the
outreach work was growing, we
looked for a place that would
be a center for the Israelis in
Sydney. We saw that most of the
Israelis were in Bondi Beach and
that's where we looked. In the
meantime, people introduced me
to my wife and R' Feldman who
was the mesader kiddushin was
also the one who gave me his
blessings to open a Chabad house
for Israelis.
“Right after we married, we
continued looking for a place and
finally found one thanks to the
help of an Israeli, a businessman
in Australia who makes money
renovating and renting buildings.
The shlichus has grown since
then and we've had dozens
of baalei t’shuva, some of
whom have become shluchim

R' Hazi has numerous stories
about his work.
“A few years ago, a fellow
walked into the Chabad house
dressed like a cowboy. When we
asked him why he looked like that
he said he loved riding horses
and he came to Australia to gain
experience at riding horses in the
local villages.
“He stayed with us for
Shabbos and became a regular

R' Alon Hazi in a one-on-one shiur with an Israeli tourist

guest for half a year. Then he
flew back to Eretz Yisroel, went
to a Chabad yeshiva for baalei
t’shuva, and is a Chabad Chassid
today. He lives in Yerushalayim.
“Another time, a man in
his thirties walked in looking
angry. When I asked him why
he was upset, he said that he had
recently divorced. His ex-wife
had begun doing t’shuva and
became a mekureves of Chabad,
and had even put their children
in the Chabad school which went
against his worldview.
“He himself came from a
Sephardic family. I told him that
if he is angry, he should write
to the Rebbe about it and see
what the answer is. He wrote
whatever was on his mind and
we put the letter into a volume
of Igros Kodesh. The answer
nearly knocked him off his feet.
The Rebbe wrote a letter to R'
Yitzchok Almaliach and explained
that with young people it is
possible to 'return the hearts of
the fathers through the children.'
When he recovered somewhat, he
told me that his name is Yitzchok
Almaliach. Obviously, after that
his entire approach to Chabad
and Judaism changed.”

R' Alon Hazi on Mivtza Shofar in Elul

R' Hazi told about how it is
obvious to him that the running
and success of the Chabad
house is nothing but a series of
hashgacha pratis.
“In one of the early
years, there was an Israeli, a
businessman, who I would visit
every day in his office and put
t’fillin on with him. He closed
on a big deal and then moved his
office to a more expensive area.
After that, I visited his new office
a few times but not like I used to.
He was very busy with his work

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R’ Alon Hazi relates:
“On Purim of three years ago, we had an incredible miracle. A former
Israeli, an older woman, was hosting her eleven year old granddaughter who
came to visit her from Eretz Yisroel. The girl ‘dragged’ her grandmother to
the Chabad house for the Megilla reading and the Purim meal. The woman
is very wealthy. She opened a chain of very successful businesses in Sydney.
“A few minutes after the Megilla reading was over and the Purim meal
began, the grandmother got up to take her granddaughter and turned to
leave. She first thanked me and my wife for hosting them. Having had
something to drink, I allowed myself to ask her why she was leaving so early.
I expected to hear some polite excuse; I absolutely did not expect to hear the
astonishing story which she told me.
“She said she was in touch with the Chabad house in the city and had
attended the dinner which they had just had. Toward the end of the evening,
the shliach held a public auction of a dollar that he got from the Rebbe.
He had spoken glowingly about the significance of owning such a dollar,
including its potency as a segula for parnasa. The woman had recently
experienced a sharp downturn in her revenues and she decided to buy the
dollar as a segula for parnasa.
“She was persistent and managed to win and received the dollar in a
beautiful frame, which also had a nice picture of the Rebbe. She hung it
that night in her living room. A few days passed and one morning, her
granddaughter said that she thought her grandmother had made a mistake
in changing the way she ran her business and if she continued doing what
she used to do, she would be successful again.
“Her grandmother was shocked. ‘Where do you know about business
from?’ she asked the little girl. She was flabbergasted because her
granddaughter’s knowledge was not typical of an eleven year old girl at all.
“‘From the man whose picture you hung on the wall,’ said the girl. ‘He
told me in a dream.’
“The woman told me this story and her level of emotion seemed really
intense. ‘I would be happy to stay with you until the end of the meal but I
am rushing to the office. I have to carry out the Rebbe’s advice and get back
to where I was previously.’
“Later on, I found out from the shliach she is in touch with, that she
carried out all the changes that the Rebbe had conveyed through her
granddaughter and her businesses were back on an even keel once again.”

and once, he did not even make
the time to put on t’fillin. I'm
sorry to say but I decided to drop
“For a while, I was feeling
down about my connection with
him ending, but then time passed
and I forgot about it. Four years
later, a gentile businessman made
me an enticing offer. He knew

I had a good relationship with
many Israelis, so he offered to
rent me an apartment building
that he owned, and I would
collect rent from the Israelis
and every month I would give
him the amount we had agreed
on. Every additional dollar we
earned would go to the Chabad
house. The deal seemed very

attractive and it would help me
a lot with the Chabad house, so I
“After a few months we signed
a deal. When I went to give him
the money after a month, he told
me to give it to his Israeli partner
since they had parted ways a few
days before and they had divided
the property between them. I
went to the partner's office and
how surprised I was to see that it
was the same Israeli businessman
that I had dropped. He was very
happy to see me and I helped
mediate between him and his
partner and their bond became
strong once again. I felt that I
had been led into this business
venture just so that we could be
in touch once again.”
Speaking of hashgacha pratis,
R' Hazi sees plenty of it when it
comes to money matters:
“Maintaining a Chabad house
is a financial undertaking that
costs a lot of money every month
and there isn't a month without
miracles and wonders. There
was a woman who donated a set
amount of money each month
of a few hundred dollars. Two
years ago, after Pesach, I flew to
visit my parents in Eretz Yisroel
knowing that I was leaving
behind a debt of $6000 rent
for the Chabad house building.
When I returned it was already
up to 8000 and I wondered
where I would get the money
from. I knew that in another
month, when the amount reached
10,000, I would receive an
eviction notice.
“Before Shabbos I asked the
Rebbe for a bracha and hoped
for the best. Then there were
knocks at the door. That woman
donor came in and gave me an
envelope. I asked, 'You always
send the money directly to the
bank account. Why did you bring
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Minyan at the Chabad house

answer and left the room.
“When I opened the envelope
I counted 8000 dollars. Later on
I learned that she had received an
inheritance and had divided the
maaser between several Jewish
organizations that she knew. She
chose to give this amount to us
without my telling her a word
about our financial woes.”

A Chabad house is a place for
everything Jewish, material and
organizations that make their
material help conditional on
attending shiurim. These are
ideas taken from places that are
foreign to us, certainly to Chabad
Chassidim.” R' Hazi's material
help is provided in every way.
In an online post written by a
tourist, he pointed out that at R'
Hazi's Chabad house everything
is provided for free.
“In recent years, we have gone
through a number of accidents
with Israelis. Because they are
far from home, it falls to us to
become their family and to take

care of the injured or, G-d forbid,
the dead. Last year we went
through a traumatic experience
when two Israelis were in a
serious accident outside the city.
One of them was killed and the
other was critically injured. As
soon as we heard about it from
visitors to the Chabad house,
we went to the hospital where
they had been brought to get the
body flown home and to be at the
bedside of the injured man.
“That first trip, while the
man was unconscious and on
a ventilator, we put t’fillin on
him. Later on, his entire family
came and they also committed
to putting on t’fillin daily. For
a long time we had shifts at his
bedside and took care of all his
needs until he recovered.”
Most of the time, help is
extended in finding an apartment
or a job for short periods of time,
but sometimes there are some
bizarre cases:
“One day, I got a request
from a family in Eretz Yisroel
whose son had gone touring in
Sydney. He had not called them
in weeks and they were worried
about him and wanted to know
if we could find him. We used all

Hachnasas Seifer Torah that
was donated to the Chabad house

our connections, including the
law enforcement agencies that
we are in touch with. The story
turned out to be very sad. The
fellow had gotten involved with
drugs and a few days earlier he
had gotten on a plane headed
for one of the countries in the
Persian Gulf.
“In consultation with the
parents, we got the French
embassy in Australia involved.
Fortunately, the guy was also
a French citizen and after a
lot of work on their part, they
located him in a confused state
wandering the markets of that
country. They took him to France
and later on flew him to Eretz
Yisroel. It was miraculous that
this story had a good ending.”
The assimilation rate in
Australia among Israelis is very
high. I asked R' Hazi how he
addresses this problem.
“People know our view on
the subject. Unfortunately, it
is a real epidemic, although
in recent years I've noticed a
decline in Sydney. We talk about
it in our shiurim, at farbrengens,
and at Shabbos meals. Lack of
awareness is the main problem.

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R' Alon Hazi at a farbrengen with mekuravim

Besuras Ha'Geula in the entrance to
the Chabad house

“I told him that if he is angry, he should write
to the Rebbe about it. He wrote whatever was
on his mind and we put the letter into a volume of Igros
Kodesh. The answer knocked him off his feet. The letter
he opened to was addressed to R' Yitzchok Almaliach…
When he recovered somewhat, he told me that his name
is Yitzchok Almaliach. Obviously, after that his entire
approach to Chabad and Judaism changed.”

guiding principle every day on
shlichus. His answer:
welcoming to everyone, but
we will never bring the Torah
to the people, i.e. compromise
the Torah; we bring people to
the Torah. If the Rebbe speaks
sharply against Zionism, we
won't cut corners. If the Rebbe
speaks clearly about publicizing
about Moshiach, we do that
without p’shetlach. When the
Jews were thrown out of Gush
Katif, even though we had very
many visitors from the kibbutzim
who have their Leftist beliefs, at
every Shabbos meal we said that
the Rebbe says this is something
which will bring tragedy upon us.
There were some who disagreed
at the time, but today they send
me messages that the Rebbe was
right. They learned it the hard
“Even in the simplest things
like Chassidic practices, we
insist on doing it exactly right.
I see time and again that when
you stand firmly about Jewish
matters, even young people who
seem distant admire you and are

People don't know the difference
between a Jew and a goy.
“Every Wednesday we have a
barbecue and farbreng. One time
an Israeli came in all excited.
He knew a non-Jewish girl who
agreed to convert. He happily
said that this way another person
would be added to the Jewish
nation. He viewed it as a mitzva.
It took me a long time to explain
to him that this was no mitzva.
My wife, who spoke with the
girl, let her know how hard it
would be if she became Jewish
and she immediately regretted
her decision to convert. It's
interesting that it was because of
this incident that the guy began
taking an interest in Judaism and

became a baal t’shuva.
“Every year, I deal with
a number of these cases. I
explain to them what the Rebbe
says, that a Jew and a goy are
unnatural together. When they
ask why a convert must keep
the entire Torah and without
that she cannot convert, while
we do not negate the Jewishness
of an irreligious Jew, I tell them
that it's like an Australian who
is born in Australia. If he does
something illegal, his citizenship
is not revoked, but if a foreigner
says that he doesn't want to keep
certain Australian laws, they will
tell him to find another country
to live in.”
I asked R' Hazi what is his

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drawn in, because the nature of
light is to illuminate. For a while
we had a young man staying
here, the son of the council
leader in one of the districts in
Eretz Yisroel. He was a member
of his father's staff. He came to
us as an atheist and left here as
an ardent Chassid of the Rebbe.
He learned the details of the
dinim of each mitzva that we
do every day. We recently spoke
and he said that his jurisdiction
is approving construction for
chinuch institutions.
“Previously, he would get
requests from religious and ultraOrthodox groups and he would
dismiss them all, but now, after
his visit to the Chabad house,
when he gets these requests he
approves them as top priority.
The askanim don't understand
what happened; only he and I
know the reason.
“There are many stories like
these. Many people who, in Eretz
Yisroel, would never step foot
in a shul or religious institution,
become part of the k’hilla here
and get involved in Judaism.”
My final question was about
how the Chabad house carries
out the Rebbe's horaos about the
Besuras Ha'Geula. R' Hazi said:

“We are upfront about the
Rebbe being Moshiach. The
reactions can be divided into two.
For the irreligious young person,
every mitzva is something he
knows little about and Moshiach
is the same thing. For someone
with a religious or traditional
background, he might say he
believes in Rabbi Ovadia Yosef or
some other tzaddik and I explain
that it's no contradiction. There
is a Nasi Ha’dor and there are
the 'leaders of thousands.' They
usually understand this quickly
enough. Chassidic courts and
rabbis are only in Eretz Yisroel;
outside Eretz Yisroel the only
one who looks out for them is the
Rebbe through the thousands of
Chabad houses.
“We explain that this is the
work of the Rebbe, to take care
not only of his own flock but
every Jew. We see this with the
first redeemer, Moshe Rabbeinu,
who was moser nefesh to save
a Jew from the Egyptian who
wanted to kill him and how
he was concerned for a lamb
that ran off, and this is why
he became a leader. So too, I
explain, Moshiach's role is to
refine the entire world and he is
the one who establishes centers

of Torah and t’filla everywhere
in the world including the most
distant places, in order to purify
that location and elevate the
entire world.”

In his eleven years on shlichus,
R' Alon Hazi and his wife have
been mekarev numerous Jews to
Torah and mitzvos, but if you ask
him, he feels that his work with
Israelis in Sydney is only getting
“We are looking for another
couple to come and work with
us. Also, there are other enclaves
in other neighborhoods with
large concentrations of Israelis.
We would be happy to have other
couples come here on shlichus to
work with them. My big dream
is to start a yeshiva for baalei
t’shuva. We opened a yeshiva that
lasted only a short time, because
I was busy with the Chabad
house. And it's a pity, because
there are many young people who
are starting out but they have
no one to see them through so
that the process becomes more


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A point from the weekly D’var Malchus with
a relevant life message. * This week, how is
it possible to learn Torah for an hour in an
unlimited way?
By Aryeh Yehuda


ourselves, what can we
add already in Torah
study? Boruch Hashem,
we maintain the shiurim of Chitas
and Rambam. We generally
manage to finish them before
sunset and if that’s not possible,
we don’t go to sleep until they are
done. Aside from that, we go to
one or two shiurim a week. Some
people learn on the phone, etc. So
how can we add more learning to
our busy days?
From this week’s D’var
Malchus, we see that the Rebbe
demands not only more Torah
study but beyond that, to learn
in a manner of bli g’vul (infinite,
without limits). What does it
mean to learn in an unlimited
way? Does it mean we have
to stop working and learn all
day? Or should we shut our
cell phones after Maariv, not
look at the clock, forget about
helping with the children and
other obligations and immerse
ourselves in Torah bli g’vul?
The Rebbe explains in the

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D’var Malchus that “doubling”
refers to multiplicity, an endless
amount, bli g’vul. The doubling
indicates bli g’vul. As it says in
the Midrash, Hashem sends the
Avos and the Prophets to console
the Jewish people over the
destruction of the Battei Mikdash
and they come before Hashem
and say, “Master of the universe,
the Jewish people do not accept
consolation.” Hashem responds,
“I and you will go and console
her” (at first, Hashem tells the
Avos and Prophets “console,
console ami – My people” and in
the end, Hashem says, “console,
console imi – with Me,” i.e. come
with Me and we will console the
Jewish people together). Since
Hashem Himself goes to console
them, obviously the “Nachamu,
Nachamu” comes in a manner of
bli g’vul.
The uniqueness of “Nachamu,
Nachamu” is that the doubling is
pure, with no additions. There
can be a doubling in which the
repeated word adds something,
like “pakod pokadti,” and even
“Lech lecha” (where the change
is only in the vowels). The words
are different, which indicates
that something is added. With
“Nachamu, Nachamu” nothing
is added; the same point is
So too with the Battei
Mikdash. The advantage of the
first Mikdash was that it had a
loftier G-dly light. The Jewish

people were on the level of
tzaddikim and were receptive
to this lofty, G-dly light. But
on the part of the spiritual
avoda of the world, the second
Mikdash was greater. During
the second Mikdash, the Jewish
people were on the level of baalei
t’shuva, and physicality itself
had become transformed into
something sanctified. With the
third Mikdash, there will be the
ultimate expression of bli g’vul,
a combination of Upper and
What does all this have to do
with learning Torah in a way of
bli g’vul?
The fact is that, unfortunately,
we are still without the third
Beis HaMikdash (as of this
writing), and the Rebbe demands
that we learn Torah in a way of
“Nachamu, Nachamu,” in a way
of bli g’vul.
A person can say, I have no
time for more, but the avoda
demanded in this week’s D’var
Malchus is not necessarily a
quantitative increase but mainly
a qualitative increase. To sit
and learn in a bli g’vul manner
means not to suffice with your set
shiurim. The concept of k’vua –
“set” (or steady, regular), which
has its advantages, limits the
learning and the way of learning.
The k’vua kind of learning is like
one of the extremes, either of
the first Mikdash or the second,
but is definitely not like the third
Mikdash. For example, “the first

Mikdash” doesn’t look at the
clock at all even when it’s time
to finish; “the second Mikdash”
looks at the clock constantly
while learning.
The Rebbe wants us to
learn in a manner in which the
limitation simply does not exist.
Put simply, when we talk about a
limited situation, there isn’t much
to add. The day is packed with
activities and we can barely fit in
our regular shiurim. It reaches
the point where sometimes we
don’t manage to learn the entirely
weekly D’var Malchus and
instead, we manage to find time,
with mesirus nefesh, to read this
column with a point from the
D’var Malchus … We don’t have
time within g’vul. The Rebbe
is talking about something else
entirely, about reaching a state of
bli g’vul where time is immaterial!
Those times that we actually
learn, we shouldn’t learn with a
clock that limits us. We need to
truly feel that right now nothing
else exists. When it’s time to stop,
we stop, but until that moment,
we don’t pay any attention to the
passing time. We forget that we
are in a world in which limits play
any role. In that way, even adding
a few minutes, or even one
minute, constitutes crossing over
the border from finite to infinite.
The Geula message in the
D’var Malchus is, do you want
a bli g’vul Mikdash? Start acting
in a bli g’vul manner, and in your
learning too! Hatzlacha!

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We are all familiar with “avodas
ha’birurim” but what is “avodas
ha’nisyonos?” What is the difference
between them? What remains to be done
for us to finish the work and the galus and
bring Moshiach?
By Rabbi Nadav Cohen

one of the main jobs a Jew
has in the world is “avodas
ha’birurim.” What does this
mean? On Shabbos there is a
prohibition called borer which
means you are not allowed to
remove undesirable matter from
food. The act of borer is one of
selection and separation of good
and bad.
The avoda of birurim is to
separate the good and bad in
the world. The world conceals
the truth and the G-dly sparks
which give it life. Within every
physical entity there is a spark
of G-dliness, of holiness, which
gives it life. Our job is to reveal
that spark, to separate the good
and the bad within material
The good within each thing
is the purpose for which it was
created; it can increase the glory
of the Creator and we are able to
use this thing for a lofty purpose.

When we use it according to
Hashem’s will, we are extracting
and revealing the G-dly spark
For example, when we take a
cup of water and drink it so we
have the strength to learn Torah,
or to daven and serve Hashem,
we say a bracha, “everything
was created through His word,”
and reveal how everything truly
is created through His word. By
doing so, we are revealing the
G-dly potential within the water.
So too with situations in life
or our relationships with those
around us, when we act with
holiness according to Hashem’s
will, we are refining that thing,
revealing the purpose for which
it was created, thus separating
between the good and bad within
Today, the world is already
announced that the avodas
ha’birurim is over. But we have
another avoda, the avoda of

nisyonos. The purpose of avodas
ha’nisyonos is also to reveal the
spark within every created thing,
in every situation we encounter,
but there is a big difference.

In everything there is both
the essence of that thing and
the way it appears. A person
has the etzem ha’neshama – the
neshama itself, and the light
of the neshama, i.e. its various
kochos like intellect and emotion.
Within the G-dly spark hidden in
the physical world there are also
these two things, the thing itself
and its light, i.e. how it expresses
In avodas ha’birurim, we deal
with the outer expression of the
spark (the light and energy it gives
forth). Since we are extracting
the outer expression (the light) of
the spark, the avoda is also done
with the external powers (the
light) of the neshama; we use the
intellect and emotions in order
to properly relate to that thing or
that situation, examining what is
good and what is bad in it, using
the good and drawing it forth.
But in avodas ha’nisyonos the
spark does not give off any G-dly
light. There is only the essence
of the spark, and therefore, there
is nothing to work with. There
is nothing for us to extract. The

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spark itself is so hidden that
we have no way of revealing it.
Another sort of avoda is required
Avodas ha’birurim is meant
to extract the light of the spark,
and therefore, we can make
do with avoda with the light
of the neshama (the intellect
and emotions). But avodas
ha’nisyonos is with the essence
of the G-dly spark and therefore,
the avoda has to be with the
essence of the soul (the yechida).
This is not avoda toward the
outside; it is avoda toward the

When we face a nisayon,
since it contains only the essence
of the spark without any outer
expression of light, from our
perspective it has no substance
and therefore, we have no way
of working with it or relating
to it. In this case, the avoda is
with ourselves. When we work
with ourselves, we remove all
the external coverings and all of
our core desires and pleasures,
we transcend the powers of
intellect and emotion and reveal
our etzem ha’neshama. Then the
etzem of that spark is revealed
too, the G-dly spark within that
situation defined as a nisayon is
The moment we reveal
this within ourselves and the
G-dly spark is revealed, we will
immediately see how the entire

That is the secret to withstanding tests, knowing
that this reality is not true at all. Hashem created
the situation especially for us only in order to test us.

situation was only a test, because
“Hashem tests you to know,” a
test that Hashem arranges for
us in order to ascertain whether
we will withstand it or not; He
checks to see to what extent we
believe in Him.
That is the secret to
withstanding tests, knowing
that this reality is not true at all.
Hashem created the situation
especially for us only in order to
test us.
The word ‘test’ in Hebrew is
also from the root meaning to
raise up. By withstanding a test,
a person is elevated, revealing
deep, inner strengths, revealing
his etzem ha’neshama.
A person facing a test needs
to strengthen his awareness
that he is unwilling to separate
from G-d, and that he is willing
to give up everything for Him.
By revealing his essence, he is
revealing the essential spark that
is the source of the test, thus
revealing the truth that the entire
test was illusory.
When Avrohom Avinu was on
his way to the Akeida he had to
cross a river. The river was his
test, to see whether he would be
determined to continue to the
Akeida. He withstood the test
and the river vanished.

The Jewish people left Egypt
and seven days later they arrived
at the sea. The Egyptians were
behind them, the mountains and
desert on either side of them and
the sea in front of them. Hashem
had promised they would go to
Har Sinai and receive the Torah
and it looked as though that
would never happen. Nachshon
ben Aminadav withstood the test
and jumped into the sea and the
sea split and the Jewish people
went through.
We too received a promise.
The Rebbe said Moshiach is
in the doorway, we heard a
prophecy from the Rebbe that
our generation is the generation
of Geula and hinei zeh Moshiach
ba. The reality looks different.
The moment we realize this
is a test to see whether we are
impressed by the world or not,
everything will look different and
it will be easier to handle.
Our job today is mainly avoda
with ourselves, to achieve total
bittul through which we reveal
the inner strength we have, the
yechida of the nefesh, the etzem
of the neshama.
Rabbi Nadav Cohen serves as
Director of Educational Programs at the
Ascent Institute of Tzfat and is the author
of the critically acclaimed “GPS for the
Soul,” available at

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R’ Zalman Abelsky a”h served as a soldier, commander and general for 62
years in the Rebbe’s army, ready to take on any task that would give the
Rebbe nachas. * His shlichus began under very difficult conditions with the
founding of the Reshet schools. * Although he had reached retirement age,
with perestroika in the CIS he packed his bags and together with his wife went
on shlichus to Kishinev, Moldova. * He fearlessly led the way in spreading the
Besuras Ha’Geula. * Portrait of a Chassid who recently passed away.
By Shneur Zalman Berger

R’ Zalman Tuvia Abelsky
was born in Russia in 1928. His
father was R’ Shmaryahu.
In his childhood he was raised
in the ways of Chassidus despite
grandfather, R’ Yeshaya Zushe
Shubov (known as the Boider
Rav, and who served as the rav in
Marina Roscha in Moscow) tried
to obtain visas for him and his
brother so they could go to Eretz
Yisroel. R’ Shubov received a
great deal of help from R’ Yisroel
Jacobson, director of Agudas
Chassidei Chabad in the United
States, and R’ Shubov wrote to

him about his grandsons: “The
sons of my son-in-law, Shmarya,
Zalman Tuvia and Sholom Dov
are extremely gifted boys and
here they are going to waste. I
ask of you that as you obtained
money for me [to help R’ Shubov
leave Russia], do the remainder
of the mitzva and obtain visas [for
the entire family including the
grandsons] for this is easy with
a bit of money.” Unfortunately,
the grandfather was not able to
obtain visas and the entire family
remained in Russia.
R’ Abelsky was orphaned
of his father and lived for a few
years with his grandfather, R’

Shubov. In the following years he
learned in underground yeshivos.
At the end of the war, along with
many Chabad Chassidim, he left
Soviet Russia and temporarily
lived in the DP camp in Poking
where he learned in the Yeshivas
Tomchei T’mimim which was
established there. Unlike the
other Chassidim who continued
from there to free countries,
R’ Zalman had a complicated
shlichus to do in Romania.

The Rebbe Rayatz asked
of the ziknei Anash (R’ Nissan

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R’ Zalman receiving a dollar from the Rebbe

Nemanov, R’ Zalman Shimon
Dworkin, R’ Plotkin and others)
to recommend someone to send
on a mission to Romania to
help Jews leave the country that
was under communist rule. The
Chassidim asked a number of
bachurim who said they were
willing to go, but the Rebbe
Rayatz chose R’ Zalman Abelsky.
“It was a dangerous trip,”
R’ Abelsky said a few years
ago. “Romania was a satellite
of Russia. For me, a Russian
refugee whose Russian accent
was noticeable and who did not
have identification papers, it was
very dangerous to go there.”

The Rebbe Rayatz sent him
a special letter regarding this
shlichus and warned him of the
Romanian government: “You
ought to be greatly happy with
this holy work which includes
Ahavas Yisroel and strengthening
men of Torah and fear of
heaven. May Hashem grant
you success and of course, this
requires great care and do not
rely on the Romanians that they
will not scheme to try to extort
money etc., and may Hashem
help materially and spiritually.
Surely you will constantly keep
me informed of the situation and
your work and your material and
spiritual success.”

What did R’ Abelsky do in
Romania? Some speak of his
spreading Judaism and others
speak of a secret mission, but till
today the exact shlichus is still
unknown. However, after much
research I discovered some very
surprising information.
It was odd that R’ Zalman
Abelsky, who had just left a
he suffered greatly and was
persecuted, and especially when
some of his relatives were still
in Russia, agreed to return to a
communist country which was
dangerous for him. I discovered
that after the Russian authorities
figured out that Chassidim had
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R’ Abelsky and R’ Chanzin receiving mashke from the Rebbe for the Reshet

“Although there were Chassidim who did not
accept this and made a whole brouhaha out of
it, the Rebbe's answer came swiftly, 'whoever blesses is
blessed in turn.'”
snuck out of the country via
Lvov, the Chassidim in Poking
decided to smuggle Chassidim
from Russia to Romania and
from there to continue to
western countries where they
could observe mitzvos without
interference. This is presumably
why R’ Abelsky was sent to
Romania. He was able to contact
smugglers there who would
agree to bring over groups of
Chassidim from Chernowitz to
Romania (Chernowitz is near the
Romanian border).
Afterward, R’ Abelsky went
to America and in 5711 he made
aliya. At this point, the Rebbe
informed Aguch what the Rebbe
Rayatz’s opinion was of the
secret work in Romania which R’
Zalman was involved in: “I know

how much our Nasi, the Rebbe,
my father-in-law, cherished the
dedicated work of the askan
Zalman Tuvia when he was in a
place of danger.”

Upon arriving in Eretz
Yisroel, R’ Zalman began
working with new immigrants
under the auspices of the Pe’ilim
organization. He was also
involved in inyanei Moshiach
as he related a few years ago in
an interview with my friend, R’
Menachem Ziegelboim:
“After the first maamer of the
Rebbe arrived in Eretz Yisroel, I
immediately understood what the
Rebbe’s aspiration was, activities

that would bring the Geula. I
realized that the Rebbe would
bring the Geula for he is Melech
HaMoshiach and I began to
publicize this back then.
“Whoever examines this first
maamer sees that the Rebbe
speaks about our shlichus being
to bring down the Sh’china from
the seven heavens down below as
it was with the seven tzaddikim
until Moshe Rabbeinu. The
Rebbe went on to say that we are
in the time of Ikvisa d’Meshicha
and the end of galus. Is it possible
to interpret this some other way?!
“Obviously, it wasn’t accepted
so readily. Some accepted it and
some did not. However, every
week I wrote letters to the Rebbe
in which I detailed everything I
did in hafatza and I wrote that
where possible I publicize that the
Rebbe is Moshiach. Naturally,
I did not just talk about this
anywhere, but where I saw that
it would be accepted, and I
provided detailed explanations so
that the matter would be accepted
in one’s rational intelligence.
Of course there were those who
opposed talk like this, but over
the years it began to penetrate
more and more.
“On 11 Nissan 5712 I
arranged a farbrengen in Kfar
Chabad in honor of the Rebbe’s
birthday. At that time this day was
still not celebrated. Before that I
wrote to the Rebbe and he gave
his consent and asked that matza
be given out at the farbrengen.
At that farbrengen I organized
a telegram of blessings for the
Rebbe which the Chassidim of
Kfar Chabad signed and where
we wrote explicitly that the
Rebbe ‘will speedily redeem us
in our days.’ Although there were
Chassidim who did not accept
this and made a whole brouhaha
out of it, the Rebbe’s answer
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blessed in turn.’”
While working for Pe’ilim, he
interacted with bachurim from
Litvishe yeshivas. One time, the
conversation got around to the
identity of Moshiach:
“In 5711, I worked for
Pe’ilim-Yad L’Achim for a
while. Before each activity, the
bachurim met in the shul of
the old age home on Allenby
Street in Tel Aviv where we
the meeting began we would
schmooze. Since some of us were
Lubavitcher bachurim and some
were from Litvishe yeshivos,
the conversations were always
“One time, one of the older
bachurim said he heard that we
call the Rebbe ‘Moshiach’ and
asked what I had to say about
this. I said, ‘I’m surprised at you.
Why do you need to know what
we, Chabad Chassidim, say and
what our opinion is? A ben Torah
like you ought to know what it
says in the Torah.’ When he heard
this, he was very taken aback
and he asked me what I meant.
For three quarters of an hour I
gave clear explanations based on
the Prophets, the Rishonim and
various halachic works. He and
his friends asked questions and I
answered to the best of my ability.
At the end of the conversation, he
said to me that he had to ask the
ziknei Chabad if they approved of
what I said; if they did, he said,
he would become a Chabadnik.
“Since I knew what the ziknei
ha’chassidim would say, and that
they would never acknowledge
this, I tried to dissuade him and
said, ‘I am talking to you about
what the Prophets say and what
the Tanaim, Amoraim, Rishonim
and geonei olam say, and you
respond by telling me about the
ziknei Chabad? They are fine and
good, but they are not prophets,

Erev Chabad in the Sinai Peninsula, Chanuka 5733. From right to left: R’ Lipa
Kurtzweil, R’ Zalman Abelsky, R’ Yechezkel Springer, and R’ Bentzion Lipsker

nor Tanaim and Amoraim. I am
talking about the Gemara, and
you talk about ziknei Anash?’”

R’ Zalman’s work for Pe’ilim
was just the beginning. At that
time there was another young
Lubavitcher who worked for
Pe’ilim, R’ Zushe Wilyamowsky.
The Rebbe was not pleased
about R’ Zushe working outside
the umbrella of a Chabad
organization and he told him
to start a network of Chabad
schools called Reshet Oholei
Yosef Yitzchok.
That was at the beginning
of Tammuz 5711. In the
following weeks, R’ Zushe
worked on two fronts: first,
starting afternoon educational
programs for immigrants and
second, obtaining permits to start
As time passed, they spoke
about starting schools for
the 5713 school year. In the
meantime, R’ Zushe worked on
the afternoon programs. He took
two assistants for this work who
were especially effective workers,

Guests at the Chabad house in Kiryat Gat.
From right to left: R’ Zushe Wilyamowsky, R’
Yechiel Malov, supervisor, R’ Zalman Abelsky

The first to sign on a letter asking R’ Shlomo
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By Meir Bruk
It is impossible to write about R’ Zalman in
the past tense.
In the course of my business I travel a lot in
Eastern Europe. I go to all kinds of countries
and places. There is only one place that I don’t
miss, it makes no difference whether it’s on
my way there or back. I always try to visit R’
Zalman Abelsky in Kishinev.
On every such visit I made sure to be
blessed by him. His brachos always came true.
They say that the Rebbe gave him the power
to bless and told him to bless people and the
Rebbe would bless them. For me, this actually
came to pass. I experienced it firsthand.
One of the amazing things about Kishinev is spending Shabbos with
the Abelskys. It starts immediately after the davening Friday night when
the people go over to say good Shabbos to the rav and wait to see who will
have the privilege of being hosted by him.
The rav invites about twenty people and the lucky ones escort him
home. The rav, with the face of an angel, welcomes each one with a big
Among the invitees, I see friends from the community, guests, tourists
and some Israeli students who are studying medicine in Kishinev.
The rav separates the men and the women and seats them at two
separate tables with a mechitza between them. He says, “If we want there
to be holiness this evening, then we must separate.”
To me, that was R’ Abelsky. A man of truth. And his truth penetrates,
pierces without compromise, without calculations. Nobody gets upset or
indicates that they are uncomfortable. They all know that he is a tzaddik
and they all follow without complaint.
After Kiddush he distributes wine from the Rebbe. This is a regular
ceremony and whoever is late misses out on the wine. Even those who are
not coming from the shul try to come on time, so as not to miss out on
the wine.
Then the rav begins to speak and the words are flowing and compelling,
with everything connected immediately to the Rebbe, to Moshiach, to the
eternality of the Rebbe.
There are no allowances with him. Even his wealthy donors know that
if they do the smallest foolish thing, they will get it over the head from him
and it’s not worth it. He proudly bears the truth and says it unabashedly.
It is incredible to see all the mekuravim in the shul permeated with
Moshiach as instilled by R’ Zalman.
I met people in shul who do not know a word in Hebrew and yet who
can repeat the entire Basi L’Gani by heart. I asked them how they learned
it without knowing Hebrew. They said, “R’ Zalman told us we have to
learn this maamer by heart so we wrote it with R’ Zalman in Cyrillic and
that is how we were able to review it over and over until we knew it by

R’ Zalman Abelsky and R’ Yona
For various reasons, R’ Zalman
left his work at the Reshet and R’
Zushe informed the Rebbe. Within
a short time, the Rebbe responded
with displeasure over R’ Zalman
having left and he wrote to R’
Zalman directly about this.
R’ Zalman returned to work.
Together with R’ Zushe and R’
Yona they worked in various ways
to prepare for this network of
Chabad schools. Before the new
school year, R’ Zalman had the
job of registering children for the
school in Kfar Saba. Aside from
the great amount of work involved
in registration, he took on another
important, complicated job, that
of spreading Chassidus among
the talmidim of Yeshivas Chafetz
Chaim which was in Kfar Saba at
the time and led by R’ Aharon Leib
When he reported to the Rebbe
about his activities, he received an
especially encouraging letter in
which the Rebbe thanked him for
writing about the registration and
told him to be strong in his trust
in Hashem that things would work
out and then the obstacles would
disappear. The Rebbe also said he
was very pleased that R’ Zalman
did not suffice with the work he
did in his job but added to it, which
the Rebbe said was a sign of a loyal
servant. The addition the Rebbe
mentioned referred to his work
with Litvishe yeshiva bachurim in
Kfar Saba.

With the start of the 5713
school year, four schools in the
Reshet were opened. R’ Zalman
was appointed the principal of
the school in Kfar Saba. He
experienced many difficulties in
those early years, but with the
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he overcame the hardships and
expanded the school.
The following school year,
he became the principal in the
Chabad School at the transit
camp Zarnoga near Rechovot.
Two years ago he told me about
that period:
“After a year in which
principals were replaced and
severe problems plagued the
school, I arrived to run it even
though the school was on the
verge of closing. It officially
had 100 pupils, but not even
half showed up to learn; of the
students who came, some were of
preschool age. I had to bring in
new students of the right ages.
“Another problem was a
building. When I arrived there
was one shed with two rooms.
How could there be five classes?
The solution was to learn in
shifts. Some of the classes
learned in the morning and some
in the afternoon.”
R’ Abelsky, who also served
as a member of the hanhala of
the Reshet, found it difficult to
describe the range of problems
that existed at the time:
“It was hard. They all viewed
Chabad as a foreign entity. I say
‘all’ for it started from the top,
with the Education Ministry,
and went all the way down to
the local authorities. True, in
the Education Ministry, they
proclaimed that they were
working on our behalf, but in
actuality they constantly made
us problems. R’ Dovid Chanzin,
menahel of the Reshet, worked
on this, lobbying and advocating
for the schools. We the principals
had to deal with the local
authorities; we had to blaze the
trail alone, with the Rebbe’s
encouragement and guidance.
I received many letters from the
Rebbe with instructions, and it

At the first Kinus for the Rebbe’s shluchim in the Soviet Union.
R’ Abelsky is sitting on the right.

“Although there were Chassidim who did not
accept this and made a whole brouhaha out of
it, the Rebbe's answer came swiftly, 'whoever blesses is
blessed in turn.'”

After a few years in Zarnoga,
he moved to Kiryat Gat where he
founded a new school and ran it
for decades.

5749. The communist regime
in the Soviet Union began to ease
up on religious matters as well
as economic and foreign policy
matters, which became known
as perestroika. The Ezras Achim
organization that worked secretly
for many years to help Soviet
Jews decided to send permanent
shluchim to those countries.
The first to go was R’ Zalman
After he was asked to go on
shlichus to Kishinev, Moldova, he

asked the Rebbe and received his
consent and blessings.
incredible that a Chassid over
sixty would go with his wife to
a communist country where the
conditions were so difficult and
complicated and there was no
organized Jewish life. He later
responded to this:
“I think that by virtue of
a Chassid’s hiskashrus to the
Rebbe, every Jew, whoever he
might be, needs to say every
day: as long as my neshama is
within me, I thank you for the
privilege of being a Chassid and
mekushar and doing what the
Rebbe wants. This ought to be
the goal of a Chassid, to do what
the Rebbe wants; everything
else is less important. Boruch
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During Sukkos 5731/1970, a meeting of UN representatives took place
in New York. During Yom Tov, the Rebbe said that when the nations of
the world gather, Jews also need to gather and increase Torah and mitzvos
in order to influence the representatives of the nations so they don’t make
decisions that adversely affect the Jewish people.
On Simchas Torah, during the fourth hakafa, the Rebbe made a
Chassidic UN. The Rebbe appointed a representative from every country to
be the balabus over that country according to Torah. R’ Abelsky was picked
by the Rebbe to represent Romania in the UN. This was because of his
secret shlichus there with the Rebbe Rayatz’s blessings.
Another kiruv that R’ Abelsky had from the Rebbe took place during
Shevat 5747. As the Rebbe gave out dollars for tz’daka, the Rebbe said to
him, “Bless Jews and I will bless them.” The Rebbe thus gave him the power
to bless Jews. After that, R’ Abelsky said the priestly blessing (he is a Kohen)
to many Jews as the Rebbe told him to do.

was appointed the chief rabbi
of Moldova and member of the
vaad of rabbanim of the CIS. He
was also appointed the president
of the Federation of Jewish
Communities in Moldova.
institutions and a publishing arm
for the purpose of bringing the
light of Torah and Chassidus to
the entire country of Moldova.
R’ Abelsky had many connections
with government representatives.
He was hosted often by public
figures and government officials
for the benefit of Jews and
Judaism in Moldova.

“At the end of the conversation he said to me
R’ Abelsky is one of the
that he had to ask the ziknei Chabad if they shluchim who proudly publicized
approved of what I said; if they did, he said, he would the Besuras Ha’Geula among the
Jews in his place of shlichus:
become a Chabadnik.”
“In the newspaper we publish

Hashem, after all these years, we
have succeeded in developing a
wide range of activities. Today,
any young man can come and
live here with almost no material
or spiritual difficulties, even with
young children. This took a lot of
R’ Zalman and his wife Leah

went to Moldova and settled in
the capital, Kishinev, even though
nobody knew what the future
held for the Soviet Union. Three
years later communism collapsed
and a democratic government
replaced it which completely
permitted religion.
In the years to come, he

in our community, we began
expanding the topic of Geula.
Also, in the various places where
I occasionally speak, schools and
the shul, I talk about preparing
for the Geula. Our slogan is ‘End
the Galus and Live the Geula’
which has a nice ring to it in
“I spoke at the Chanukas
Ha’bayis for the new school
building. Present were Chassidim
as well as non-Jewish government
representatives, and I spoke
about making preparations for
the hisgalus of Moshiach. As
always, when you speak out of
faith, it is accepted, and words
that come from the heart enter
the heart.
“In our schools, in yeshiva, in
the girls’ school and the shul, I
teach about Moshiach in depth so
that it is well understood by the
students. There are two places in
Torah that I focus on, one is the
Rambam in his introduction to
his commentary on Mishnayos

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where he explains at length that
in every generation there is one
special person and he explains
who the leader of the generation
is, the Moshiach. Then he gives
signs of the identity of this person
that he spreads Torah throughout
the world and spreads the
oneness of G-d throughout the
“Sometimes I get into
conversations, with Lubavitchers
too, and I ask them how they
know the Rebbe is Moshiach.
Not too many of them have given
me a clear answer, rational and
Torah based. However, when you
learn the topic in the Rambam
there you get a clear solid answer
and it’s a non-Chabad source.
“Then we learn the sicha of
Beis Rabbeinu Sh’B’Bavel. If you
know the material well, you can
speak to anyone, even rabbanim
and professors and you will
come out on top because you are
based on both Torah and logic. I

recommend that this be done in
every school.
“This is also accepted by the
local Jews, not just on faith but
logically. The Rebbe asks that
we learn inyanei Moshiach and
Geula and do it all in a way that
is receptive to the intellect; we
need to explain the arguments
and reasoning.”
Much more can be written
about R’ Zalman’s work in

R’ Abelsky continued his
work and shlichus as if he were
a youngster without any physical
limitations and despite his
advanced age. Over the years,
his children stood by his side and
helped expand the work.
deteriorated and on 29 Sivan he
passed away at the age of 86.
The funeral took place in Kfar
Chabad and Yerushalayim. He is
survived by his wife Leah, sons
R’ Yossi (Natzrat Ilit), R’ Zushe
and R’ Shmerel, and daughters
Mrs. Bluma Nachshon (Natzrat
Ilit), Mrs. Rochel Maidanchik
(Kfar Chabad) and Mrs. Chanie
Zalmanov (Migdal HaEmek). He
was predeceased by his son R’
Moshe a”h, who was a beloved
bus driver for Oholei Torah for
many years. R’ Moshe passed
away in 2011 at the age of 49.
helped me with this article.
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If the higher political echelons in Eretz
Yisroel had thus far been worried about
authorizing a military operation due to
public backlash or placing their Cabinet
portfolios at risk, it now turns out that the
opposite is true. The people are actually
supporting the campaign, standing behind
the nation’s leadership when it fights
bravely and takes the proper steps.
By Sholom Ber Crombie
Translated by Michoel Leib Dobry

It was two weeks ago
at the military cemetery in
Yerushalayim. The funeral of
IDF Sgt. Max Steinberg, may
G-d avenge his blood, was due to
begin in about an hour. He was
a “lone soldier” who had been
killed in action three days earlier
in Gaza when Hamas terrorists
shelled his Golani Brigade
armored personnel carrier. Three
years ago, Max arrived in Eretz
Yisroel for the first time in his
life. While his parents never came
to visit, he and his sister chose

to come to the Holy Land as
part of the “Discovery” Project.
Max decided to stay and make
aliya, thereby becoming an active
partner in the fate of his people.
He enlisted in the Israel Defense
Forces and sacrificed his life
on the glorious field of battle al
Kiddush Hashem for the People
of Israel.
He spent three years in Eretz
Yisroel virtually alone. He had
no family here and he knew no
one in the country prior to his
enlistment. Now, however, the
military cemetery was packed, as

if people were coming to honor
the most recognized personality
in the Jewish state. It seemed
that all of Yerushalayim was
there to accompany Max Hy”d
en route to his final resting place.
Thousands were still heading
toward the cemetery, blocking
the small square, the plaza
underneath, the parking lot, the
highway – every possible corner.
Every few minutes, another train
stopped at the location, and
hundreds of more people got off
to give honor to the lone soldier
they never met. Thirty minutes
before the scheduled start of the
levaya there were already more
than twenty thousand people in
attendance, and thousands more
were continuing to stream in.
They all felt the need to be there,
as if this was a member of their
own family.
At the official starting time,
the master of ceremonies
approached the microphone
and announced that they were
waiting for thousands of people
still making their way to the
burial site. It turns out that the
arrival of these throngs was being
delayed due to huge traffic jams.
The levaya eventually started

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about half an hour later – with
more than thirty thousand people
participating! In his eulogy, the
mayor of Yerushalayim, Mr. Nir
Barkat, turned to Max’s father
and said, “We met only yesterday,
and you told me that you were
worried that no one would come
to the funeral because you don’t
know anyone in Eretz Yisroel.
You thought that you would be
here all alone. Look around you
and see: Thirty thousand people
are accompanying your son; all
of them have become a part of
your family.”

This doesn’t occur on an
average day. This took place
specifically during the unique
period of “Bein HaMeitzarim”
– the three weeks when we
commemorate the need to
correct any baseless hatred
existing among the Jewish
People. Two thousand years
after the destruction of the Beis
HaMikdash, we are experiencing
spiritual elevation and fortitude.
Am Yisroel is coming back to
itself. Israeli society is coming
back to itself.
endured some serious menaces
to our society. There have been
some heavy cultural firestorms
that have polarized divergent
communities, fanning the flames
of hatred. During the last two
years, the talk has become
far more radical and extreme.
We’ve gone through the social
uproar over “the exclusion of
women,” the exclusion of the
ultra-Orthodox, the exclusion of
settlers, military conscription of
yeshiva students, the “price tag”
policy, etc. All of these media
storms merely blast more holes
into the wall of Jewish solidarity.
Last year’s election campaign

came and went, driving a serious
wedge between the various
sectors. Then, with the sudden
outbreak of war, we have again
become one people.
Something happened this
time to change the whole
dialogue. It started with the
kidnapping of three yeshiva high
school boys, an event that united
the entire nation for eighteen
amazing days with a revealed
love and acts of charity on a level
we haven’t known before. When
Operation “Protective Edge” got
underway, it was clear that we
could not allow this atmosphere
of resilience and courage to
lose power. Thus, instead
of dissipating, it has merely
Consequently, we see that the
People of Israel are returning to

since the Six Day War. We see
the determination of the bereaved
families and the comforting
embrace of the entire Jewish
People toward the residents of
southern Eretz Yisroel and the
soldiers of the IDF, alongside
the acts of charity and mutual
assistance that have already
crossed boundaries into the war
zone itself. Needless to say, this
also includes the great spiritual
awakening, as exemplified by
the long lines at Chabad t’fillin
stands on Fridays during the past
In contrast, however, Eretz
Yisroel also has a real bootlicking
government, the likes of which
we haven’t come across in
many years. While the fervor
among the public at-large can
be compared to the times of

Eretz Yisroel has a real bootlicking government,
the likes of which we haven’t come across in
many years. While the fervor among the public at-large
can be compared to the times of the Six Day War, the
cowardice in the country's leadership is hauntingly
reminiscent of the Yom Kippur War.

their most basic foundations,
the concepts of “All Jews are
responsible for one another” and
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Jewish People are coming
back to their eternal values of
pure solidarity, supporting their
fellow Jews and not the enemy.
Indeed, we have started to
become one family again.

This is perhaps what is most
strange about this war. On the
one hand, the people are revealing
their most inner strength. We
don’t recall seeing such a display
for quite some time, possibly not

the Six Day War, the cowardice
in the country’s leadership is
hauntingly reminiscent of the
Yom Kippur War. Not since
Tishrei 5734 has there been
such a failure within the defense
and intelligence community as
the existence of tunnels dug by
Arab terrorists under yishuvim
along the southern perimeter
over the past decade. If we hadn’t
been dragged into the current
armed conflict with Hamas, no
one would have known that an
underground terrorist city was
under development beneath Eretz
Yisroel’s cities.
Over the past seven weeks
the government of Israel has
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received all the credit from its
citizens for its handling of the
current conflict. Furthermore, the
people are essentially prepared
to give their full backing to the
government, if it responds with
strong leadership. If the higher
political echelons in Eretz Yisroel
had thus far been worried about
authorizing a military operation
due to public backlash or placing
their Cabinet portfolios at risk, it
now turns out that the opposite
is true. The people are actually
standing behind the nation’s
leadership when it fights bravely
and takes the proper steps.
As a result, it’s unclear how no
one ever thought about initiating
military operations to remove
the threat of terrorist missile
attack. The miracle occurred
when Hamas started firing
rockets on Ashkelon, and Israeli
policymakers were subsequently
compelled to send IDF troops
into action. If it weren’t for the
kidnapping of three yeshiva high
school boys near Alon Shvut,
thereby resulting in the current
situation, there never would have
been the miracle of discovering
the Hamas tunnels.

In recent weeks we visited
several times with the residents
of Sderot. For the past fourteen
years they have been dealing with
constant rocket fire upon their
small town: twelve thousand
missiles on a city of only twentyfive thousand residents! This
means an average of seven
hundred missiles fired on Sderot
every month for fourteen years.
“Protective Edge” commenced,
the city of Sderot had endured
constant missile barrages, yet
not a single government minister
considered using military force to

put a halt to these attacks. What
did Mr. Shimon Peres once say?
“What are they whining about?
Kassamim, Shmassamim…” The
balance of power in the region
changed when Kassam missiles
started falling in Ashkelon, a city
with a population of 150,000
people and home to a power
plant essential to the lives of local
For the citizens of Sderot, this
represented a tragic closing of the
circle. The last time that Sderot
played host to “war rooms” was
exactly nine years ago, during
the struggle against the Gush
Katif expulsion. The Yesha
Council created “war rooms” in
the city in an effort to bring as
many young people as possible
into Gush Katif and establish
certain “facts on the ground”
before the implementation of
the disengagement orders. Antiexpulsion demonstrations were
also based in Sderot, serving as
the starting point for the second
stage of the struggle – the wellknown “Shabbos demonstration.”
One of the threats that
opponents of the expulsion
plan persistently echoed was
that Hamas would fire rockets
on Ashkelon and endanger the
city’s power plant. Although
this warning appeared on
huge signs criticizing the Gaza
disengagement, no one took it
seriously. Last week, Knesset
Speaker Yuli Edelstein said that
as a rank-and-file MK opposing
the Gush Katif evacuation, he
issued such a warning from
the Knesset rostrum. However,
there was one thought that
kept gnawing away at him: Is it
possible that such concerns are
simply being blown totally out of
proportion? Is it logical that the
terrorists would fire missiles on
Ashkelon from the ruins of Alei
Sinai and Dugit, threatening a

city of 150,000 people? Nine
years later, Mr. Edelstein says, he
has to apologize to his fellow antiexpulsion opponents for even
entertaining such a thought. The
truth is that it’s a bit exaggerated
to talk today about missiles
falling in Ashkelon – because now
they’re falling in Tel Aviv.
However, there still remains
How is it that twelve thousand
missiles against Sderot during
fourteen years of attrition failed
to move the political leadership
in Eretz Yisroel, whereas only
a few rockets fired on Ashkelon
and Tel Aviv were enough to
shake their foundations and
convince them to give orders to
the Israel Defense Forces for a
comprehensive military operation
with the objective of destroying
the enemy’s power to make war?

The arousal and re-awakening
among the Jewish People has
been felt at every level across the
Israeli political spectrum. This is
something that happens once in a
During the Six Day War,
the Rebbe spoke about how we
should take advantage of this
re-awakening and work with
all our strength to utilize it in
the spiritual realm. This is the
objective that has been placed
before us now. Since we cannot
fight on the physical battlefield,
there is no reason to invest our
time in developing hypothetical
proposals on the military or
diplomatic front. We must devote
all our efforts now toward greater
spiritual strength among the
People of Israel, encouragement,
raising of their morale, etc.,
using the opportunity to channel
this tremendous power for true
service of Al-mighty G-d.

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By D Chaim
My bar mitzva is coming
up. Many boys in my class put
on t’fillin already and every
week invitations are hung up
on the class bulletin board.

preparing for my bar mitzva, I
was excited to join the ‘g’dolim’ in
the class.
Lately I’ve been very busy. I
have to review the maamer very
well by heart, prepare something
in Nigleh, know the laws of
t’fillin, and all sorts of other
things need to be done.
I was sitting in my living
room reviewing the maamer
when I heard a knock at the
door. I looked up and saw
my father coming in holding
a medium sized package.
When I opened
the package,
I shouted,

I went outside to bring in
the rest of the invitations and
when I came back in my younger
brothers were crowded around
the invitations. Shloimy, the
mischievous one, proclaimed,
“You are invited to the bar
mitzva celebration of our dear
son, Sholom Dovber, on 15
Menachem Av ...”
“Mendy,” I heard my father
call my brother. “Can you buy
envelopes?” I continued learning
while thinking of the invitations.
I imagined my grandfather
excitedly holding an invitation,
my friends crowding around the
bulletin board in class … When
Mendy returned with a bag from
the store, I wanted to join them
in preparing the envelopes and
putting on stamps.
Then my father walked into
the living room and took one
invitation out of the pack. He
looked at it for a few seconds and
then said, “Oy! What a mistake!
He forgot to write it.”
“What a pity,” I thought. “I

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Tzivos Hashem

bar mitzva invitation.
was so looking forward to with an idea. I decided to go to
Suddenly, we heard Micha
sending out the invitations and Sholom the printer
asking, “Sholom, you tell me
now there’s a mistake?” I took an “the suspender man”)
every morning that Moshiach will
invitation and read through the school and I hoped I would
come today, right?”
text. I looked at the date, then at the mystery there.
Sholom apparently nodded
I told Shmul
my name, I checked
because we did not hear him
on going togethe
the hall and the address as
answer. Micha continued, “I don’t
the time, and everything looked doesn’t like it when
understand. If you really believe
children (that’s what he calls
that Moshiach is coming today,
“I don’t understand,” I even though bar mitzva boys
his why are you making all kinds of
thought. “What mistake is there? definitely big) walk around
plans to expand your print shop?”
Everything is written correctly as print shop among the machinery.
The question was interesting
We once went
we arranged with the printer
and we waited to hear what
younger brothers also were unable just to check it out
Sholom would say. Sholom
to find the mistake and we asked at the big machines and
our father, “What’s wrong with fascinating things there. Sholom cleared his throat and said,
the printer noticed us and wagged “Micha, you are so right. The
the invitation?”
in the
My father smiled and said, “I his finger threateningly at us but Torah tells us to make plans
in event that, G-d forbid, Moshiach
won’t tell you. Let’s see if you can we just stood there frozen
is delayed. But at the same time,
figure it out yourselves.”
I believe with all my heart, each
My father left. He planned on
day, that today Moshiach will
taking the invitations back to the had
printer the next day so that the His
ly, one
mistake could be corrected. We sudden
the invitations?” we heard Micha ask.
collected the invitations we
of us burst out laughing and
“Invitations?” Sholom did not
taken out and put them back in two
the package as we wracked our
called him “the suspender
brains in an attempt to figure I’ve
“These bar mitzva invitations
out what was wrong with the man.”
where the customer wanted a line
Now you understand that added?”
a lot of courage to
The next day at school, I told we needed
Our ears perked up when we
to Sholom’s print shop. But
Shmuli, my good friend, about go
that last sentence and we
curiosity overcame me and I
quietly for Sholom’s
the mystery. Shmuli already my
ced Shmuli that it would
celebrated his bar mitzva a few convin
okay. We left after school for
months ago. “I have an idea,” be
“Exactly,” said Sholom. “I
store and agreed that we
he said as he flapped his hand the
that customer well. He
hide behind the big drying
quickly, something he does at would
invitations for the bar
e. This machine is situated
times like these. “I have my machin
with details that are
a corner of the print shop and
invitation in my briefcase. You in
for galus, because
was no chance that Sholom
can compare it to your invitation there
Torah tells us to
notice us.
and figure out what’s missing in would
s with all his
do. But
We arrived at the store and
will come
heart that Moshia
Sholom walked among the
he asked
at any moment,
and gave instructions
and I read
we add a line, ‘Only if, G-d
. Micha is that
word escaped my
Moshiach is delayed.’”
who did forbid,
unable to find anythin
Sholom finished the thought
learn much, but he has pure
additional attempt to solve the not
I looked at one
We listened silently to their and Shmuli and
mystery only made me more faith.
knew what was
sation, hoping to overhear another. Now
curious about what was missing conver
ing in connection with my missing on the invitati
in my invitation. I finally came up someth

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