Continue reading A Brit Milah in Russia
We came to the bus station to meet the bus driver who was bringing us some kosher provisions for the winter. We were told the time that the bus would be arriving and made sure to be there on time. However, to our great consternation, the bus had already left and was now on its way to its last destination, Tobolsk.
Continue reading Help from the Rebbe
Soon after we moved to Israel, I attended a farbrengen in Nachlat Har Chabad, and one of the participants came over to me. With great feeling he said to me, “I envy you!”“You envy me??” I asked in surprise.
Continue reading Excerpts from the Previous Rebbe’s Memoirs 2
About three times during the summer of 5651 (1891), my father, the Rebbe (Rashab) visited a village called Mozinkes. It was about 25 viorsts (approximately 16.5 miles) from Lubavitch, via Babinovitch and surrounded by a pine forest. He would leave Lubavitch on Sunday, stay at the home of R. Shmuel Horovitch, and return on Thursday.
Continue reading Excerpts from the Previous Rebbe’s Memoirs 1
It was imperative that I leave our country because the period from my arrest until my fortunate departure was a time of stressful pressure, intense suffering, and awesome terror. G-d be praised that we remained alive. “Give thanks to G‑d, for He is good!”
Continue reading Who was Reb Yehoshua Elazar?
After his father, Reb Nochum (the first Chernobyler rebbe) passed away, he would often visit his son, Reb Motele. His father’s Neshama (soul) came from Gan Eden to visit him. Then for a while his father did not show up, for quite a long time. Reb Motele was pained by this. He missed his father and his father not showing up.
Continue reading Tishrei with the Alter Rebbe
The winter of that year—5547 (1786)—was most severe, the first snow falling in Liozna during the festival of Sukkot.
Continue reading Shofar at the Kotel
In those years, the area in front of the Kotel did not look as it does today. Only a narrow alley separated the Kotel and the Arab houses on its other side.
Continue reading She Wouldn’t Lie Even if Her Life Was In Danger
Following her illustrious husband’s passing, Rebbetzin Chana traveled to Moscow. She did not have any family left in Russia.
Continue reading Tefillin in The Army
During the closing days of Israel’s 1982 Peace in Galilee campaign in Lebanon, I was one of a group of ten Chabad Chassidim who got permission from the army to enter Beirut to cheer up the soldiers.
Continue reading The Broken Hearted Shofar Blowing
One year, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov said to Rabbi Ze’ev Kitzes, one of his senior disciples: “I would like to ask you to blow the shofar for us this Rosh Hashanah.