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10 Million Yes but 10K no

Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 11:55 am


Mr. Gennady Bogolubov a Ukrainian Billionaire now in the process of building the largest Jewish center in the world in Dnierperpotrovsk, himself a Shomer Shabbos, Kosher, Tzitzis and Kipa wearing Jew was a guest speaker this Sunday evening at the banquet culminating the annual Conference of Chabad Emissaries. (Can you imagine feeding that many people? well the NY Times did... read their article on that CLICK HERE)

I was in attendance at this conference and at the banquet together with 4500 other Shluchim and Chabad supporters. It was an amazing event as you might imagine. Powerful talks and video presentations giving encouragement and kudos to the Shluchim were the genre of the night.

Mr. Bogolubov however spoke of how he came to become a supporter of Chabad and particularly his personal affection and support of Shluchim themselves. He discussed his own journey from growing up in a secular home to become a successful businessman and now his generous support.

His first gift was $10,000 to the Chabad Rabbi in Dnieperpetrovsk. Since then he has given many millions including a $10Million gift to establish a Simcha fund to give a gift to every Shliach - Chabad emissary who make a simcha like the birth of a child or a wedding.

In reflecting back he made a powerful point. All of the many millions of dollars he has given in contributions he understands and would give again. The only one he doesn't understand is that first time he went into his pocket and did the opposite of everything his life was about.

My life, he said was about business. Bringing money into my pocket, into my bank account. For the first time in my life I took money from my pocket and gave it away. It made no sense to me, it was backwards and opposite. I don't understand, I still don't understand.

But it has brought me so much joy and I am grateful for the joy it has brought!

Giving can bring so much getting.

What have you given today? There are so many ways to give (and I am not just talking about money)!.

See a clip of Mr. Bogolubav speaking here.

Have a productive week.

Rabbi Schusterman

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