SHMAIS.com has learned, that world renowned orator and Rabbi of Bais Shmuel in Crown Heights, Rabbi Yossi Jacobson has decided to move on Shlichus!
Jacobson's startling news was broken in an email sent late Friday to members of Bais Shmuel.
Here's the letter:
Dear beloved Bais Shmuel member,
It is with a bitter-sweet feeling that I write you this letter. In a few months, my family and I will ay"h be moving on Shlichus. With the advice of mentors, I felt that for me and my family to maximize our potentials, it was appropriate for us to move into another phase of our Shlichus.
I want to thank you, and the entire Bais Shmuel family, for the privilege and opportunity of spending five beautiful years with you, years during which I have learned and grown so much, and during which my wife and I developed friendships which will G-d willing last a life time. The kindness, warmth and integrity I have seen in so many of you will always continue to inspire me and my family.
Needless to say, our relationship will continue, even if you will not see me every Shabbos. If I can ever be of any assistance to you, in any way, please call me. To the best of my ability I will bli neder be here for every one of you in any way I can. Don't delete my number from your cell phones...
This is the moment to express my profound gratitude to my dear beloved friend, our dearest founder and President, Moshe Pinson. Five years ago, when Moshe came to my home to invite me to serve as Rabbi, I did not anticipate what an incredible rewarding journey this would be for me and my family. With all the learning, the Shiurim, the davening, the Farbrengens, the conversations, and the connections, I am deeply grateful to Moshe, who has always been there for me-and for all of us-in every possible way, with genuine selflessness, loyalty and friendship.
I am so thankful to the past and present Board of Directors for their friendship and support and everything they did for me and the Shul. In addition, I want to thank each and every member for being who you are and contributing your unique flavor and personality to our diverse and incredible community.
How lucky I am to have known so many people who make it so hard to say goodbye. I am proud to say, that my moving on comes with not an ounce of negative energy; not from me and not from the leadership of Bais Shmuel. We love each other genuinely, and will continue to do so. I will miss you and always continue to cherish my years in Bais Shmuel. Truth be told, in life, you never leave someone behind; rather you take a part of them with you and leave a part of yourself behind.
I love you all, and express my heartfelt wishes that you continue to grow as individuals and as a community. Remember, every bump in a road is an opportunity to get off track or to be elevated. May each of you and all of us remember that the ultimate meaning of our lives is to be servants of Hashem, and to ask ourselves in each situation, "What does Hashem want from me and from us at this very moment?" That, and only that, is the only question that really matters.
The end of an era can always become the beginning of a new one. As one door closes, another opens up. I request from all of you, to see this moment in the beautiful story of Bais Shmuel as an opportunity to help the Shul reinvigorate itself with even more energy and commitment to learning, Davening, spiritual growth, and Ahavas Yisroel. (And for your children's sake to keep that Shul quiet during davening!)
My dearest friends, may we all give the Rebbe much nachas, and may all of us be blessed with a Shanah Tovah U'mesukah, for us and our loved ones, amongst Klal Yisroel, a year of abundant health, happiness, prosperity, a year of true redemption.
Looking forward to spending a most meaningful Tishrei and Cheshvan with you,
With warmest blessings, I remain,
Rabbi YY Jacobson
MOTZOEI SHABBOS UPDATE:
Sources tell SHMAIS.com that in private conversations over Shabbos, Rabbi Jacobson has intimated that the move will be to Florida.