New and expanded Hebrew edition of Early Years, Shanim Rishonot, features dozens of new documents and data.
Shortly after the Rebbetzin's passing in 1988, the Rebbe launched a new initiative: The birthday campaign, a call for every Jew to celebrate and observe their birthdays by hosting Jewish gatherings and adding in Jewish observance.
I remember that, upon entering the Rebbe’s room, I felt very cold because the air conditioning was on high, but as soon as the Rebbe looked at me with his bright blue eyes, I warmed up. He spoke to me softly, in French, and he put me totally at ease. I felt calm and serene – as if I was meeting with a loving father. Read More
For quite a while, I had been plagued with migraine headaches. Sometimes, they would come on as often as once a week, preceded by flashes of light appearing before my eyes. When I began experiencing those flashes, I knew that shortly thereafter I would get a migraine headache. I had been to medical specialists who prescribed different medications, but none of them helped.
When I was approaching my Bat Mitzvah, I heard that there was a custom to write to the Rebbe for a blessing. I was fairly new to Chabad and wasn’t familiar with this custom, but as I sat down to write my letter, I thought it would probably be nice to also the Rebbe a blessing. I shouldn’t just be asking and taking; I should also be giving. This is the way my twelve-year-old mind reasoned. I knew that the Rebbe was childless, so I decided to give him a blessing for children. Now, this was 1981, so the Rebbe was nearing eighty, but I did not see that as an obstacle. Didn’t Avraham have Yitzchak when he was one hundred years old? The Torah teaches us that G-d can do anything!
Purim of 1988 was a poignant time in Chabad. Just weeks after the passing of his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, the Rebbe was still holding all services in his house. Yet Purim, a most joyous holiday, was celebrated by the Rebbe as such. Watch this special selection of scenes from the day's events and spend Purim with the Rebbe.
But when I went to see the Rebbe, I couldn’t do it. I had actually written a long letter to present to him, but then I tore it up and just asked for a birthday blessing.The following year, I had more courage. I again prepared a long letter but, this time, I actually gave it to him. I spelled out where I was holding spiritually — what I was doing and what I was not doing in terms of my Divine service. In particular, I had told the Rebbe that sometimes, when I did certain things in my spiritual practice, I felt conceited, in the grasp of my ego. Read More:
Mr. Mintz merited to have a close relationship with the Rebbe and visited on many occasions. He attributed his outstanding success to the Rebbe’s business advice and many blessings. We’re honored to share with you a peek into his relationship with the Rebbe.
With decades-old recordings given a new life, the ultimate Purim experience is at your fingertips.
Although I grew up in a religious family in Jerusalem, I did not have any real connection to Chabad until my sister married a Lubavitcher. This led me, in 1974, to the Chabad yeshivah in Kfar Chabad and eighteen months later to meeting the Rebbe in Brooklyn, New York. When that happened, I felt I had discovered … Continue reading Separation Anxiety