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A story of the Rebbe #148 - Creating Warmth Print Email

The shliach in Alaska, Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, relates,

"On Sunday, 28th Shevat, 5752/1992, we went past the Rebbe for dollars. The Rebbe gave us dollars for tzedaka in Alaska and asked my wife about the children, giving us a dollar for each one to give to tzedaka. When we were about to leave and the Rebbe was going to give a dollar to the next person in line, the Rebbe'suddenly called us back.

"My wife and I were already in Gan Eden Hatachton, but we came back, and the Rebbe'said in a loud voice, with a smile, "You must make it warm there." The Rebbe'stopped to think for a few minutes, as if he were considering the sentence he had just said. This was a very unusual gesture from the Rebbe toward a young shliach like myself.

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #149 - Every Jew is a Part of You Print Email

The Rebbe once heard about a certain Jew who criticized Chabad for the way in which the shluchim work and how Chabad Chassidim even try to draw those who would be considered as "bad people" closer to Yiddishkeit and Hashem.

The Rebbe replied, "If this zealot's daughter were to, G-d forbid, get involved in bad things, he would not say that it is ?wrong to have a connection with reshaim.? He would instead try to bring her back to the right path. You should know that in the eyes of G-d, every Jew is like an only son, and to my father-in-law the Rebbe, every Jew is "from your flesh, you do not abandon.?"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #150 - I Don't See Anything Print Email

The parents of a child who was gravely ill were told that he did not have long to live. The doctors advised them to take him to New York for a vacation so that he could at least enjoy the final weeks of his life.

The family traveled to New York, and while the boy and his father were walking around Manhattan, they saw a mitzvah tank. When the bochurim who were on mivtzoyim heard the story, they sent the father and son to the Rebbe for a yechidus.

During the yechidus, the Rebbe asked the boy to show him his heart. When the child did so, the Rebbe'said that he did not see anything. This amazed his father, and when they paid their next visit to the doctor, the doctor could not believe the results of the latest x-ray. "I Don't understand what happened," said the physician, "but I Don't see anything there anymore."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #151 - A Great Favor Print Email

The shliach Rabbi Yeshua Chaddad of Milan once heard from the Rebbe in yechidus that "even when a Jew eats non-kosher food all his life and you give him the merit that for just one day he doesn?t eat meals and he consumes kosher food, you remove the obligation from him of bringing one sin offering. By this, you are doing him such a great favor that you cannot even estimate its value."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #152 - No Funeral For You Print Email

In 5725/1965, when the shliach Rabbi Shmuel Lew was a student in the 770 Yeshiva, the administration sent him to organize a minyan for Yom Kippur davening at an army base where many Jewish soldiers served.

The day before Rabbi Lew left, the Rebbe's mother, Rebbitzen Chana, passed away. Just before he left to attend the funeral, the Rebbe approached one of the secretaries and said, "Tell Shmuel Lew ? there is no funeral here for you. You have a shlichus to do!"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #152 - Do You Want Camp? Print Email

At the beginning of his shlichus, the head shliach in Florida, Rabbi Avraham Korf, had many problems with camp and he didn?t know what to do. When he was at a farbrengen with the Rebbe, he wanted to ask for a bracha. But before he could make his request, the Rebbe'said, "You want a camp ? you?ll have a camp." At the same time, the Rebbe made a gesture of dismissal.

That year, camp in Miami was particularly successful.

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #153 - Don't Be Embarrassed Print Email

The shliach Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipsker, who is known for the work he does with Jewish prisoners throughout the United States, once brought a group of 18 inmates to visit the Rebbe. That Shabbos, before the farbrengen, the Rebbe asked his secretary, Rabbi Groner, to tell Rabbi Lipsker not to be too "strict" about not giving out vodka because there is a halachic question as to whether it is permitted to point to a prisoner because this might embarrass him.

The Rebbe gave over a sicha especially for the prisoners, which left a very deep impression upon them. "This is the first time that someone on the outside has treated us like that," they said, "and it wasn?t just anyone. It was the Lubavitcher Rebbe."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #154 - The President's Estimate Print Email

The shliach Rabbi Avrohom Shemtov relates:

"When Jimmy Carter was the president of the United States, I tried to arrange a meeting with him through American Friends of Lubavitch in time for the Rebbe's birthday. I approached the White House and explained the importance of the meeting. The following day, when I called, the secretary was pleased to tell me that a date and a time had been arranged for the Rebbe to meet the president at the White House.

"I explained that what I originally meant was a meeting in honor of the Rebbe, rather than for the Rebbe, because the Rebbe never traveled anywhere. The secretary was very surprised. After all, it didn?t happen every day that when the president of the United States offered to meet with someone, that person would refuse. ? However, she agreed to pass the message on to the president.

"A short while later, the secretary called me back to say that the president understands that the Rebbe does not travel, and that on Yud Alef Nisan, the president would be calling the Rebbe to wish him mazal tov. At the same time, he would like speak to the Rebbe about other issues.

"I realized straight away that this would not work, because the Rebbe observes his birthday as a day of solitude and he goes to the Ohel. However, I answered that I would find out if this would be possible. The secretary was even more surprised. She could not believe that anyone in America, or anywhere else in the world, would not want to receive a call from the president.

"I replied that there was definitely a need to explain all of these things, but this was the situation. After I had indeed received a negative answer, I passed it on to the White House secretary.

"In fact, Mr. Carter was very understanding. In fact, since then, his attitude towards the Rebbe became even more positive than ever."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #155 - I Think About Him Even More During Tekios Print Email

The late Rabbi Berel Baumgarten once wrote to the Rebbe when he first set out on shlichus to Argentina that he used to attend the tekios of the Rebbe Rayatz and latterly of the Rebbe, and he now wished to return to Crown Heights for Rosh Hashanah.

The Rebbe replied, "And do you think that I only think about those who are present during tekios? Not at all!!! If a Jew needs to be on shlichus on Argentina, I think about him even more during tekios."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #157 - Good Hearing Print Email

Rabbi Stern of Birmingham, AL, relates:"When my oldest daughter was two years old, modern Americans no longer used a match and a piece of cotton wool for cleaning the ears. Everyone used cotton buds, manufactured especially for this purpose. However, one day, my little girl stuck a cotton bud very deeply inside her ear. It got stuck, making her deaf immediately. Even after two complicated operations, carried out by leading physicians, her hearing was not restored. The doctors were very sorry to inform us that our daughter's hearing would never return.

"At this point, I asked the Lubavitcher Rebbe for a bracha. When I read the Rebbe's reply, I was very surprised by his instruction to check the mezuzos because I had bought new, kosher mezuzos for most of the rooms of the house only a few weeks before. Reading a little further, I then understood a little more. ?Don't check the mezuzos in all of the rooms of the house, but only the one in the girl's room,? the letter continued. When I took down this mezuzah, I was shocked to discover the problem almost straight away. The first word, 'shema? [?Hear?], had a defect in it ?

"When I received the Rebbe's reply, two young Chabad bachurim happened to be staying with me, as they were visiting the city on Merkos shlichus. One of them was Yosef Gerlitzky, today the head shliach in Tel Aviv. They were just as shocked as I was, but they never got to see the end of the story. I am sure they would be very happy to know that soon afterwards, my daughter regained her hearing completely."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #158 - The Birthpangs of Moshiach Print Email

After the Rebbe's famous sicha of 28th Nisan, when activists, Rabbanim and Chassidim sent in notes asking the Rebbe what to do, the Rebbe wrote back to one person: "Mivtzoyim and the introduction to Hayom Yom." At first, the recipient of this reply wondered whether the Rebbe was referring to the mivtzoyim mentioned at the beginning of the recent editions of Hayom Yom or whether he was supposed to start learning Hayom Yom every day.

Looking further, he realized that the Rebbe meant that he should look at the letter of the Rebbe Rayatz quoted at the beginning of Hayom Yom:

"At this time of anticipation, when the entire world is shocked by the birthpangs of Moshiach, the burning of the walls of the exile by the Holy One, every Jew, men, women, young and old, should ask himself the question, ?what have I done and what am I doing to ease the birthpangs of Moshiach and to bring about a complete redemption by Moshiach??"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #158 - Why Hasn?t Moshiach Come Yet? Print Email

On Hoshana Rabba 5748/1987, when lekach was given out in the sukka, a small boy said to the Rebbe, "We want Moshiach now." The Rebbe loudly replied, "Amen, amen." The boy continued to ask the Rebbe, "Why hasn?t Moshiach come yet?" The Rebbe replied, "Because only you ask and request this to happen. "Your father," the Rebbe continued, pointing at the boy's father, "wants to ask me for a blessing for success in his business. All these people" (pointing at all the people in the long line) "are asking for lekach, and they are thinking about their livelihood, health and other good things. No one is thinking like you are to ask for a blessing that Moshiach should come. If you try to get everyone to want and ask for Moshiach to come, just like you would like to, Moshiach will come right now!"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #159 - What the Rebbe Really Meant Print Email

Rabbi Avraham Shemtov relates:

"The day after the Rebbe's first visit to Camp Gan Israel was parents? visiting day. A ten-year-old boy, the son of a chareidi Rav who was not a Chabad chassid, was going out with his father. As I stood to one side of them, I overheard the son tell his father about the Rebbe's visit. I listened to their conversation very carefully.

"The father asked his son, ?And what did the Rebbe'say to you?? The son replied, ?That Moshiach will come very soon.? The father continued, ?But what's so new about that? Haven?t I always told you that we believe in and wait for him every day??

"The boy answered, ?Yes, but the Rebbe means it seriously.?"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #160 - To Bring Moshiach Print Email

From the diary of a Tomim:

"On Seder night (5711/1951), when [the Rebbe] left his mother's room, he told us to dance. He said that dancing on Pesach was a segulah to bring Moshiach. When he came back, he danced with Reb Yochanan ? Then he grabbed some of the bochurim and danced with them for about 15 minutes. [The Rebbe] gestured with his holy hand to dance "lebediker und shtarker," and he danced with even greater joy, actually jumping. After the dance, as he stood next to the elevator, he delivered a long sicha about how ?on Pesach we eat until we are satisfied.?"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #161 - Dancing with Moshiach Print Email

On Shabbos Parshas Acharei Mos, the Shabbos after Pesach, 5711/1951, the Rebbe'said, "On the last day of Pesach, the Rebbe [Rayatz] would tell everyone ?to dance with Moshiach? (the Moshiach dance). For a particular reason, I did not want to do this on the last day of Pesach, but today, which is also a continuation of the last day of Pesach, lets dance the ?Moshiach dance.? May it be G-d's will that there will be unlimited blessing. ? The ?Moshiach dance? can be interpreted in two ways: Dancing as a prelude to Moshiach, and a dance in which Moshiach himself participates. And if this is something that depends upon us, let's choose the second interpretation, which is better, that Moshiach himself will dance with us."

The Rebbe then got up and danced joyfully, joined by the rest of the crowd.

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #162 - A Fine Jew Print Email

One Shabbos after Pesach, 5711/1951, the Rebbe'spoke about the seventh day of Pesach. He stated that as that day is the day of Moshe Rabbeinu, we read the prayer, "Az Yashir Moshe." The last day of Pesach is the day of Moshiach, and for this reason we read in the Haftorah the prophecy about Moshiach, "Until that day in Nov, etc, and there will emerge a branch from the trunk." This time, the day of Moshe Rabbeinu and the day of Moshiach, should be used properly.

In actual fact, there is an inner connection between the two. Moshe was the first redeemer, and Moshiach is the final redeemer. However, this is only an internal connection. On an outer level, Moshe came from the Tribe of Levi and Moshiach is from Yehuda.

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #163 - Half an Hour Earlier Print Email

When the late Rabbi Zusia Rivkin of Kfar Chabad once passed by the Rebbe for dollars, he told the Rebbe that he was returning to Israel that day and he wanted to know what to respond when people would ask him why Moshiach had not yet arrived.

The Rebbe replied, "You should tell them that they should daven that Moshiach should come half an hour earlier?"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #164 - When the Geula Arrives, the Work Will Begin Print Email

On the second Seder night in 5722/1962, the Rebbe said:

"Those who think that when Moshiach comes we will be able to sleep are mistaken. Then, and only then, will the real work begin, of refining and purifying physicality until the objective has been achieved - of And all flesh will see together."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #164 - "Moshiach Is Coming and He Needs Kohanim" Print Email

A family of Kohanim from Miami with four daughters used to go into yechidus every year close to 12th Tammuz, and they would always ask for a bracha for a son. However, the Rebbe would never answer. When they saw that the Rebbe did not answer this request, they stopped asking for it.

One year, they were very surprised when the Rebbe unexpectedly asked them, "And what about children? Moshiach is coming and we need Kohanim to serve in the Beis Hamikdash."

A year later, the family had a son on 12th Tammuz, and they named him "Yosef Yitzchok."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #165 - A Chessed for Moshiach Print Email

During the Ten Days of Repentance in 5725/1964, Rabbi Sh. Y. Zevin received a letter from the Rebbe written during the period of Selichos. Towards the end, the Rebbe wrote, "And there should be a fulfillment of the verse, ?He is a tower of deliverance to His king, and bestows kindness upon His anointed, to David and his descendants forever.?" However, there was a typing error, and instead of saying "chessed," [kindness], the word "chaser" [lacking] was written there. That year, on 6th Tishrei, the Rebbe's mother, Rebbitzen Chana, passed away.

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine


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