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A story of the Rebbe #166 - Looking into the Face of Moshiach Print Email

At a Simchas Beis Hashoeivah in Boro Park, one of the guests, Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Rosenberg of Bnei Brak, related the following story, told by his father-in-law, the late Rabbi Rosenthal:

Rabbi Rosenthal spent Tishrei, 5717/1956, in New York, and during Sukkos, he stayed with the late Rabbi Mordechai Groner. On the second day of Sukkos, he went to 770 with his host and he went into the Rebbe's sukkah to bless the Arba Minim.

When Rabbi Rosenthal went into the sukkah, the Rebbe was standing up, holding a sefer Tehillim. When Rabbi Rosenthal saw the Rebbe for the first time, he was not yet used to Chassidic customs and he walked up to the Rebbe and held out his hand in greeting.

The Rebbe returned the gesture, but he did not stop reciting Tehillim. Instead, he recited the verse, "From our garden the L-rd saw and looked into the face of Your anointed one." Rabbi Rosenthal later said that seeing the Rebbe for the first time and hearing this verse was a particularly inspiring experience that he never forgot.

Even though he remained part of the non-Chabad community, whenever he heard anyone speak against the Rebbe Rabbi Rosenthal would say with emotion: "Look into the face of Your anointed one."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #167 - Where Do You Want Moshiach to Come? Print Email

In 5739/1979, a shliach went into yechidus. His wife wrote a note to the Rebbe describing various difficulties that she was facing at that time. These included a serious dispute, and the shluchim wanted the Rebbe to allow them to leave the area. The Rebbe's reply, as the shlucha later wrote from memory, was as follows:

"You have already suffered various difficulties and problems, delays and obstacles, and if you even reflect on this slightly you would come straight to the conclusion that you have seen extraordinary success. Yet the old, foolish king has convinced you to be fearful and softhearted and leave the battle just before the victory! Very soon, we will see the coming of Moshiach and you need to decide where you want to be. Do you want to be far from the rest of the crowd, or together with the rest of the shluchim, who will see the king and be the first part of the kingdom!"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #168 - And Suddenly Moshiach Will Come ? Print Email

Rabbi Yoel Kahan relates:

"One day the Chassidim Shmuel Itche Raices and Moshe Dubinsky were standing in 770 on the steps leading from the large zal to the upper corridor. They were speaking about what the coming of Moshiach would be like, and they repeated the saying of the Alter Rebbe that the tailor would sew, the cobbler would make shoes, and Moshiach would suddenly come.

"At that moment the Rebbe came out of his room and walked towards them. One of them whispered, "See, Moshiach will suddenly come, just like that." The Rebbe overheard this remark and replied, "Yes, it will be exactly like this!"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #169 - Oveflows Print Email

Shortly before 27th Adar, 5752/1992, an optometrist visited the Rebbe. He asked the Rebbe the following question: "As part of my work, I travel around and everywhere I go I see the global activities of Chabad. So why hasn?t Moshiach arrived?" The Rebbe looked at him and replied, "Doctor, I have the same question. But all the while that Moshiach has not yet come, we need to spread more and more Yiddishkeit and Chassidus. I constantly tell the Chassidim that they need to add more and more until the cup overflows and spills over."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #170 - To Win the Struggle Print Email

When the Rebbe Rayatz issued his call in 5703/1943 of "immediately to teshuvah, immediately to Geulah," the late Chassid Rabbi Avraham ParIs started distributing booklets with "Kol Koreh." Before he went out to perform this important task, the Rebbe Rayatz's son-in-law (namely, the Rebbe) told him, "Listen, Avraham, if we manage to move and make an impression on the street, we have won the struggle. But if no one cares, that means we?ve lost."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #172 - Living with Moshiach Print Email

A boy who went into yechidus on the day of his bar mitzvah asked the Rebbe if he would live until Moshiach comes. The Rebbe replied, "If you really do ?live with Moshiach,? you will merit to do so."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #173 - Even a Non-Jew Understands Print Email

During a farbrengen in 5713/1953, the Rebbe related that when the opponents of the Alter Rebbe informed on him to the Russian government, the government sent a minister named Dershavin to find out more about him. The minister, who was an avowed anti-Semite, as well as an alcoholic, wrote that the money collected by the Alter Rebbe came from the Chassidim. He defined Chassidim as those who believe in the coming of Moshiach, and that the Holy Temple would therefore be built soon. For this reason, they would collect money to pay for the construction of the Temple.

The Rebbe concluded that even a drunken anti-Semite understood that a Chassid is a person who believes in the imminence of Moshiach and is preparing for his arrival. And this was 150 years ago!

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #174 - Perfect Joy Print Email

When the Rebbe'sat shiva for the Rebbitzen, the then Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Binyamin Netanyahu, came to offer his condolences. The Rebbe gave him a blessing that his administration should last for a long time. Mr. Netanyahu then said a few words of consolation, remarking that pain is the other side of joy and there is no joy without pain.

The Rebbe replied,"One of the chiddushim that will appear in the future is the perfection of happiness. Joy is above everything that is involved with the opposite. Regarding this period, it is stated, "And the L-rd G-d will wipe away the tears from all of the faces," meaning that the tears will be wiped away to the extent that they will leave no trace. In this way, there will be complete joy, "and the joy of the world will be upon their heads."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #175 - Moshiach in Australia Print Email

Rabbi Pinchas Feldman, shliach in Sydney, once told the Rebbe during dollars that in Australia the people believe that they will be the first to see the light of Moshiach. When the Rebbe asked him, "Who says?" Rabbi Feldman answered that this was a saying. The Rebbe replied, "May the Holy One accept this 'psak din' regarding Australia, and since they have ruled here that the opposite should happen, G-d should fulfill both decrees at once."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #176 -Jewelry for the Beis Hamikdash Print Email

Following a sicha given on Simchas Torah, 5722/1961, when the Rebbe'spoke about giving jewelry for the construction of the Third Temple, a bride gave her diamond ring to the Rebbe. The Rebbe later wrote to her, "I am sure your husband agreed with you, and your decision was entirely appropriate. Please find your ring enclosed; it should be worn with good health, joy and happiness for many days and good years. But do not use it for a Hollywood kitchen. May Hashem increase your livelihood even further."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #177 - We Are Not in Kremenchug Print Email

A bochur from 770 once went into yechidus for his birthday, and the Rebbe asked him about the idea of davening at length. The Rebbe told the bochur the following:

"If you were a bochur living in Kremennchug, and did not daven properly, we could at least understand it because of the hunger and poverty that existed there. But today in America, where there is no such suffering, such a situation is not applicable."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #178 - The Eternal Tomim Print Email

The Rebbe'stated, regarding the Tmimim, "Not only is a person who is currently learning in yeshiva referred to as a Tomim, but also anyone who ever studied at a yeshiva. On a number of occasions, the Rebbe also stated that the talmidim are the students of our Rebbeim, who founded and ran the yeshivos, and the tzaddikim resemble their Creator. In the same way that Hashem promised us that we would never be far away from Him, this is also true of the Rebbeim.

"If someone thought that he is no longer in Tomchei Tmimim because he is now in business, this is a daas tachton (a lower form of knowledge). From the point of view of daas elyon, he is a student of Tomchei Tmimim even today."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #179 - The Rebbe Always Arouses Mercy Print Email

A Tomim once went into yechidus and told the Rebbe that he felt he had no life. He asked the Rebbe to arouse mercy for him, so that he would have enthusiasm for his learning. The Rebbe replied, "There is always mercy for the students of Tomchei Tmimim. There is nothing more necessary than creating the vessels to receive it."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #180 - Like a Father Has Mercy on His Children Print Email

The shliach Rabbi Gershon Mendel Garelik relates: "One Shabbos evening, after the meal, several Tmimim came to the small zal and fell asleep over there. When the Rebbe left his room and went home, he noticed them.

The mashpia, the late Rabbi Shmuel Levitin, who was present at the time, spoke to the Rebbe in their favor. "Nu," replied the Rebbe, "if they are sleeping here already, then we should at least put out nagel vasser for them and give them blankets."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #181 - What is Bittul Torah? Print Email

The Rebbe once told a Tomim during yechidus: "The strict ruling regarding three days without Torah does not only apply if one doesn?t study any Torah, but also if during these three days the person studied but did not do so in any depth."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #182 - Directives to a Tomim Print Email

When a Tomim went into yechidus, these were the directives that he received from the Rebbe:

a) During davening, the Siddur should be open in front of you, even if your eyes are closed, such during Shema, because this prevents intrusive thoughts.

b) When the Tomim asked what he needed to take away from a farbrengen with the Rebbe, the Rebbe answered, "You need to take one thing from everything that was said during all of the hours of the farbrengen, something that particularly relates to you."

c) Learn Chassidus every day before davening, and even if you have no free time, you should learn for at least five or ten minutes.

d) Give tzedakah every day. There is no need to have any particular charitable cause in mind. Put (the coins) to one side, until you get to a place where there is a pushka.

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #183 - The Mesirus Nefesh of the Tmimim Print Email

After Simchas Torah during one of the first years of the Rebbe's nesius, Rabbi Telushkin visited the Rebbe and thanked him for sending Tmimim to bring festival joy to the Jews davening at his shul. The Rebbe replied that the Tmimim were the ones who deserved his thanks, especially as it involved much mesirus nefesh on their part.

Rabbi Telushkin thought that the Rebbe was referring to the fact that the Tmimim had had to walk a considerable distance, and he replied that they certainly did deserve his gratitude for walking for so many hours. The Rebbe'smiled and remarked, "That was not what I was referring to. The walk is not a mesirus nefesh for them so much as that they know that here in 770 we farbreng with a ?geschmak.? Yet they were still prepared to give this up in order to make other Jews happy during hakafos. That is what I would call ?mesirus nefesh.?"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #184 - A Tomim's Time is Not His Own Print Email

The Rebbe told a Tomim the following during a yechidus:

"A yeshiva student needs to know that the 24 hours in a day are not his; he does not own them. He needs to devote himself to the yeshiva, even during his free time, when he is not attending seder. Even then he needs to make sure that he does not do anything or go to any place that is contrary to the wishes of the yeshiva's administration or founders. Before he goes anywhere or does anything, he should carefully consider whether it would be approved."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #185 - Who Can Be a Shliach? Print Email

In 5733/1973, when the mashpia Rabbi Mendel Futerfas was in 770, he asked some of the Tmimim to transfer to Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim in Kfar Chabad in order to strengthen the yeshiva. The Tmimim replied that they would take up the suggestion if the Rebbe agreed to appoint them as shluchim.

When the Rebbe heard this, he replied, "Bochurim who set conditions to the hanholo are not fit to be shluchim!"

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine

A story of the Rebbe #185 - Do Not Get Confused Print Email

When Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Gopin was a Tomim in 770, he asked theRebbe'ss permission to travel to his sister's wedding in Israel. In his note, he wrote that he had "a strong desire to go." The Rebbe circled the words "strong desire" and added "you need to learn with proper diligence and concentration, be occupied with prayer, and not confuse himself with journeys."

Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine


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