Here's My story: I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, in a home that was traditional but not observant.
Recently, My Encounter interviewed Rabbi Yosef Holtzman, of Brooklyn, New York. During the course of the interview, Rabbi Holtzman revealed that he is the protagonist in a famous story of the Rebbetzin.
I wrote to the Rebbe about my dilemma, and I had an opportunity to discuss this issue with him in a private audience on the occasion of my twenty-third birthday in 1969. That is when the Rebbe explained to me that I had got it all wrong.
This past shabbos, Rafi Eitan passed away at age 92. Rafi was a legendary Mossad Spy who led the capture of Adolf Eichmann, was advisor to Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and served as a member on the Israeli Knesset. He visited New York and had an audience with the Rebbe in 1977.
Here's My Story: “It’s too big a risk,” the driver insisted, “anything could happen if the Arabs riot.”
During my early childhood, growing up in London, my father was largely absent. He was very ill and hospitalized most of the time, and so my mother had to go to work, while I was looked after by my grandparents. I remember repeatedly asking my mother, “Where is Daddy?” and her answer, “He will be home soon,” and me pressing, “When?” and she responding “I don’t know.”
Rabbi David Lesselbaum – a member of the Kfar Chabad community – teaches Torah and Judaism to the Israeli-French community. He was interviewed in his home in Kfar Chabad, Israel, in March of 2013. I was born in Paris, France, to a family that was distant from Torah observance. When World War Two broke out … Continue reading Strolling the Streets of Paris
Rabbi Meir Wunder is the founder and director of the Center for Torah Libraries. He was interviewed in his home in Jerusalem in February of 2011.
Rabbi Yeshua Hadad (1936-2017) served as a community rabbi in Milan for over fifty years. He was interviewed in Jerusalem in August of 2012.
Rabbi Simcha Raz is the author of A Tzaddik in Our Time: The Life of Rabbi Aryeh Levin, as well as a number of books about Jewish leaders. He was interviewed in his home in Jerusalem in August of 2010.