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Love as a guide

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Its 2 am and there is a line of people waiting for their 2 minutes to go into the “Ohel”, the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the leader of world Jewry. At that time of night there was a ‘short line’ - only a half hour wait. Earlier in the evening, the wait was 1 hour. The next day, one had to stand in line for over 2. Many spent that time saying psalms and reading a kvittel, a note that was written to the Rebbe. Everyone was coming to visit the Rebbe’s resting place on his Yahrtziet (anniversary of the date of passing).

Its been 17 years since the Rebbe passed away and at that time the newspapers wrote: What holds everyone together is the memory of Rabbi Schneerson and a conviction that the movement needs to preserve that memory as a continuing symbol. "The interesting question is, How long can that be maintained?"

At the time of the Rebbe’s passing (in 1994), I was 9 years old and did not understand to what extent the Rebbe would impact my life. The Rebbe personified true love. There were 3 types of loves that defined the Rebbe’s Mission: The love of God, love of the Torah and love of the Jewish People. Every video, every talk, every interaction and every memory of the Rebbe embodies these 3 loves.

Although I met the Rebbe when I was a child, I do not have a clear recollection of those interactions. However, through countless videos of the Rebbe and stories heard from many of those who merited spending time with the Rebbe, I was affected by his contagious love for his fellow man and steadfast commitment to Jewish law and traditions as well as his love of God which was palpable in everything he did.

I heard a story that a Jewish philanthropist was asked to support a new Chabad Synagogue and Jewish Center in a town of similar demographics to Bel Air, MD. Despite knowing about Chabad worldwide, the philanthropist asked: “what connection do I have to that town that I should support its efforts to make joyous Judaism accessible there?” The answer he received from the young Rabbi was: “and what connection do I have to that town that I moved there?”

The Rabbi was saying I have not moving there to have a glamorous life but only to share the love - the love of God, love of the Torah and love of the Jewish People.

Do you want to help us share the love?
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For More on the Rebbe Click Here
Have a great Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

P.S. I will be going back to the ohel this weekend, please send me your name and your mother’s name (Hebrew names preferable but not required) and I will ask the Rebbe for a blessing for you and your family.

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