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Devar Torah - Bolok

Friday, 3 July, 2015 - 10:22 am

Utilizing the Golden Opportunity of Going to the Ohel/770…
Connecting to the Rebbe

By Rabbi Shimon Raichik

The following are a few stories about how the Rabbeim that show their care and concern for everyone.

Once Rav Zevin visited Rav Velvel Brisker at a time when Rav Meir Bar Elan (A Rabbi involved in the ideological approach of the Mizrachi party.) was also visiting. Rav Velvel Brisker was well known for not liking the open approach to others that Chabad is known for. After Rav Meir left, Rav Zevin asked Rav Velvel that if he is indeed so against those that go against his approach (of not giving in to any compromise in any area of Judaism or politics.) why has he befriended Rav Meir (who clearly had a different viewpoint). He replied that he is family, and that family is different. Rav Zevin then said; to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, everyone is family.

Rav Yechezchel Fagin once asked the Rebbe Rashab to have him in mind. The Rebbe relied; “When you’ll have me in your heart I’ll have you in mind.”

Once someone came to the Rebbe to get a bracha for his son. The Rebbe told him to tell his son that he thinks of him much more than he thinks of me.

Once someone from the Bais Yaakov school that Mrs. Gorelik worked at asked her why Lubavitchers go out to distant places on shlichus. To illustrate the question this person likened going out on shlichus to pouring hot water into an ice-cold mikveh. In the end you get cooled down (meaning the shliach gets effected by others in the distant environment) and the people there don’t get hot (they don’t become affected in a lasting way). Mrs. Gorelik’s father, Rav Shalom Posner told her to give the following answer. The hot water only cools down if it’s disconnected from the source. If it remains connected eventually it will warm up the mikveh. A Chosid that’s connected will bring warmth and change the environment and not be effected.

On Yud Beis Tammuz I led a fabrengen in Monsey, New York. The point of the fabrengen was to get to how we go to, meaning what our approach is, when we go to the Ohel or write a Pidyon Nefesh. To explain this I told a story about HaRav Hillel M’Paritch. Rav Hillel heard how the head of the community for the Misnagdim in Paritch had a most beautiful esrog.  On Yom Tov he got up early went to this man’s home and knocked on the door. When he answered Rav Hillel explained the purpose of his visit and the man respectfully showed Rav Hillel into his home. He gave him the esrog and helped him as he fulfilled the mitzvah. After davening word got out about what happened. After hearing the story the Rav of the community of the Misnagdim decided that he too should make bracha over that esrog as well. When he went he too was given the esrog but he was not afforded any specific honor as Rav Hillel was. Surprised the Rav told his congregant that he was his Rav not Rav Hillel yet he only showed special deference to Rav Hillel and not his own Rav! The man explained: Rav Hillel came inspired to do a mitzvah in the best way possible. Someone who comes which such a great desire to fulfill a mitzvah of Hashem requires much honor. Someone who comes because; “Ken asah Hillel- Because Hillel did”, I don’t have to honor him.

Each one of us can ask ourselves; how do I go to the Ohel or write a Pan or visit 770? Am I looking over my shoulder to see what everyone else is doing and following suit? Am I going just because it’ the thing we do but I don’t really put anything into it? Do I stop and think about what I’m doing and take the time to get inspired before I go? Do I take the time to really understand what a great, lofty, and golden opportunity I have to go to the Rebbe and how much I want to go to connect?

Just like before Gimmel Tammuz the Rebbe personally opened every letter and no one else, and just like the Rebbe read my Pan so too today it’s the same. The Rebbe cares about us like family. We have to have the Rebbe in our hearts then He will have us in mind. Then we will be warm and affect others and it won’t effect us in any negative way. We have this connection. To keep this connection we need to prepare ourselves with learning the Torah and most importantly Chassidus, the Rebbe’s Torah and do what the Rebbe wants. We can take a lesson from how the Rebbe treated everyone as family. With that ahavas Yisroel we will bring the cure for the Three Weeks. Then we will see the affect of the Rebbe’s work in this world and our part in it with the revelation of Moshiach now. Then the Three Weeks will be days of happiness and joy.

A Good Shabbos

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