Today Tomim Yisrael Aryeh Leib Bacher addressed the Knesset plenum in the presence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, ministers, and MKs. As we reported recently, his speech was part of the Knesset’s sixtieth birthday celebrations.
The presence of Yisrael Aryeh Leib, who attends the Chabad yeshiva in Beitar Ilit, raised much controversy, but for his father, shliach in Givat Zev, the situation was clear.
“We did everything with a sense of shlichus,” he said, “just like everything else.”
Below is a free translation of the speech:
To his honor, the chairman of the Knesset,
The Lubavitcher Rebbe coined the expression, “Just as every Jew should put on tefillin every day, he is obliged to devote fifteen minutes each day to contemplating how he can do another Jew a physical or spiritual favor.” As a child who has been privileged to grow up on the shlichus of the Rebbe, who sent my parents to open and build a Chabad House in Givat Zev, giving and devotion to others at all times and everywhere are an integral part of my life.
Unfortunately, the concept of giving and devoting oneself to others as a central part of Israeli society is dwindling and disappearing, and the Eleventh Commandment is “Don’t be a pushover”. Specifically in our society, where everyone only looks after himself, we as young people are expected to see our behavior differently. We want to see you, who were elected by the people, as an example of giving and dedication to the whole of Israeli society, not just one part of it.
Members of the Knesset, giving to others is the hallmark of the Jewish people. Make sure that giving is part of the daily agenda of Israeli society. Every single one of us loves to receive, but we are forbidden to forget to give as well.
With the blessing that “each man should help his neighbor, and he should say to his brothers, ‘Be strong!’” And together we will bring the true and complete Redemption as soon as possible.