Gilad Shalit and The Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt
The name Gilad is all about focusing on the good ! To reveal the good inside! This is the spark of the Tzaddick/Essential good that exists in us all just like Yosef HatZaddick who visited us the same day of Gilad’s release ! At Sukkot we have 7 visitors, and Yosef Hatzaddick is the 6th visitor, on the 6th day, representing Yesod and the truth of our peoples intrinsic holiness no matter what! These pictures and videos here with our goal is to reveal this point/”Ad” in Hebrew is Ayin Daled the big letters in the Shemah! Aid = the witness to the Unity! That our nation is One and with Determination like Gilad’s father and all our prayers we can accomplish everything!
I remember meeting him with Shyne and telling Gilad’s father how beautiful his sons name is , and all i could see is he wanted him free no matter what! and Hashem helped!
Rabbi Shlomo Price was emailed this amazing Hashgocho/Divine providence story and am spreading the wealth. As his Rebbe once saw a sign, “Don’t keep the faith, spread it around!”
“This is the kind of story that you read about in books or hear from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard from a friend etc. I heard this story at the Kotel on Simchat Torah and thought it was too fantastic to be true… until I met the Shliach whose story it is in Shul this morning and heard it again first hand. I’m recounting this to the best of my knowledge… I hope you’ll forgive me if I get any of the details wrong…
Rabbi and Rebbetzen Eliyahu and Chana Canterman are the Chabad Shluchim in Talbiyeh, Jerusalem. They live around the corner from my family’s apartment and the Rebbetzen is a cousin of my Rabbi’s wife back in Manchester, England. I first met them about three years ago when they set up their Chabad house. I went to help make a Minyan in their apartment for a member of their community who needed to say Kaddish. They struck me then as typical Chabad Shluchim, with a home that was open to all, and always willing to go that extra mile for another Jew regardless of the inconvenience caused to themselves.
When they founded their Chabad House, one of the projects that the Cantermans took on, along with other Chabad Shluchim and local organisations, was to provide meals each day to the parents of Gilad Shalit, Aviva and Noam, at the protest tents outside the Prime Minister’s residence on the border of Talbiyeh & Rechavia. Naturally, they became close friends with Aviva and Noam, providing not only food but emotional and pyschological support during this time.
Around Purim time last year, Chana Canterman brought a special gift to Aviva Shalit along with her meal: a dollar that she had received many years before from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that was to be given to a worthy charity. “Take this dollar” said Chana, “and may it be a Segulah (merit) that Gilad be released this year”. Aviva accepted the dollar gratefully and carried it with her wherever she went.
Rebbetzen Canterman didn’t hear anything more about the dollar until she received a text from Aviva Shalit last Wednesday, the 19th of October (the 21st of Tishrei), the day after her son, Gilad, had come home. In the text, Aviva asked Rebbetzen Canterman if she remembered when she had received the dollar from the Rebbe. Unsure, the Rebbetzen replied that she didn’t remember exactly when she had received it as it was over twenty years before, but that, as with all dollars given by the Rebbe to be distributed to charity, the date should be written on the dollar itself.
The date on the dollar that the Rebbetzen gave to Aviva Shalit before Purim, the dollar that she had received over twenty years before from the Lubavitcher Rebbe was Chaf (the twentieth of) Tishrei, the date that Gilad Shalit came home to his family and his people.
Hope you all get as much from the above as I did… I know for a fact that the Rabbi and Rebbetzen aren’t publicising this story themselves as they don’t want people to think their motives for helping the Shalits were anything other than altruistic, however, I feel that it’s too amazing, too inspiring a story to keep from other people.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe,Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory (1902-1994), the seventh leader in the Chabad-Lubavitch dynasty, is considered to have been the most phenomenal Jewish personality of modern times. To hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of sympathizers and admirers around the world, he was — and still is, despite his passing — “the Rebbe,” undoubtedly, the one individual more than any other singularly responsible for stirring the conscience and spiritual awakening of world Jewry.
The Rebbe was born in 1902, on the 11th day of Nissan, in Nikolaev, Russia, to the renowned kabbalist, talmudic scholar and leader Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson. Rebbetzin Chana (1880-1964) was known for her erudition, kindness and extraordinary accessibility. Her courage and ingenuity became legend when during her husband’s exile by the Soviets to a remote village in Asian Russia she labored to make inks from herbs she gathered in the fields — so that RabbiLevi Yitzchak could continue writing his commentary on kabbalah and other Torah-subjects. The Rebbe was named after his great-grandfather, the third Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, with whom he later shared many characteristics.
To Save a Life: There is a story told about the Rebbe’s early life that seems to be almost symbolic of everything that was to follow. When he was nine years old, the young Menachem Mendel courageously dove into the Black Sea and saved the life of a little boy who had fallen from the deck of a moored ship. That sense of “other lives in danger” seems to have dominated his consciousness; of Jews drowning in assimilation, ignorance or alienation–and no one hearing their cries for help: Jews on campus, in isolated communities, under repressive regimes. From early childhood he displayed a prodigious mental acuity. By the time he reached his Bar Mitzvah, the Rebbe was considered an illuy, a Torah prodigy. He spent his teen years immersed in the study of Torah.
Marriage in Warsaw: In 1929 Rabbi Menachem Mendel married the sixth Rebbe’s daughter, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, in Warsaw. (The Rebbetzin, born in 1901, was chosen by her father, the sixth Rebbe, to accompany him in his forced exile to Kostroma in 1927. For sixty years she was the Rebbe’s life partner; she passed away on 22 Sh’vat in 1988.) He later studied in the University of Berlin and then at the Sorbonne in Paris. It may have been in these years that his formidable knowledge of mathematics and the sciences began to blossom.
Arrival in the U.S.A.: On Monday, Sivan 28, 5701 (June 23, 1941) the Rebbe and the Rebbetzin arrived in the United States, having been miraculously rescued, by the grace of Almighty G‑d, from the European holocaust. The Rebbe’s arrival marked the launching of sweeping new efforts in bolstering and disseminating Torah and Judaism in general, and Chassidic teachings in particular, through the establishment of three centralLubavitch organizations under the Rebbe’s leadership: Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch (“Central Organization For Jewish Education”), Kehot Publication Society, and Machne Israel, a social services agency. Shortly after his arrival, per his father-in-law’s urging, the Rebbe began publishing his notations to various Chassidic and kabbalistic treatises, as well as a wide range of response on Torah subjects. With publication of these works his genius was soon recognized by scholars throughout the world.
Leadership: After the passing of his father-in-law, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, in 1950, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson reluctantly ascended to the leadership of the Lubavitch movement, whose headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York. Soon Lubavitch institutions and activities took on new dimensions. The outreaching philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch was translated into ever greater action, as Lubavitch centers and Chabad Houses were opened in dozens of cities and university campuses around the world.
Passing: On Monday afternoon (March 2, 1992), while praying at the gravesite of his father-in-law and predecessor, the Rebbe suffered a stroke that paralyzed his right side and, most devastatingly, robbed him of the ability to speak.
Two years and three months later, the Rebbe passed away in the early morning hours of the 3rd of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, in the year 5754 from creation (June, 12 1994), orphaning a generation.
Uniqueness: With the Rebbe’s teachings propelling them and his example serving as a beacon to emulate, Lubavitch has rapidly grown to be a worldwide presence, and all its various activities are stamped with his vision. Small wonder then, that many ask, “What is it about his leadership that was — and, in so many ways, still is — so unique? Why do leading personalities of the day maintain such profound respect and admiration for him?”
Past, Present and Future: Many leaders recognize the need of the moment and respond with courage and directions. This is their forte — and an admirable one. Others, though their strength may not lie in “instant response” to current problems, are blessed with the ability of perceptive foresight — knowing what tomorrow will bring and how to best prepare. Still other leaders excel in yet a third distinct area, possessing a keen sense of history and tradition; their advice and leadership is molded by a great sensitivity to the past.
But one who possessed all three qualities was truly unique, standing alone in leadership. Such was the Lubavitcher Rebbe — the inspiration and driving force behind the success of Lubavitch today. Radiating a keen sense of urgency, he demanded much from his followers, and even more from himself. The Rebbe led, above else, by example.
Initiation, Not Reaction: He was a rare blend of prophetic visionary and pragmatic leader, synthesizing deep insight into the present needs of the Jewish people with a breadth of vision for its future. In a sense, he charted the course of Jewish history — initiating, in addition to reacting to, current events. The Rebbe was guided by inspired insight and foresight in combination with encyclopedic scholarship, and all his pronouncements and undertakings were, first and foremost, rooted in our Holy Torah. Time and again, what was clear to him at the outset became obvious to other leaders with hindsight, decades later.
Everyone’s Unique Role: From the moment the Rebbe arrived in America in 1941, his brilliance at addressing himself to the following ideal became apparent: He would not acknowledge division or separation. Every Jew — indeed every human being — has a unique role to play in the greater scheme of things and is an integral part of the tapestry of G‑d’s creation.
For nearly five of the most critical decades in recent history, the Rebbe’s goal to reach out to every corner of the world with love and concern has unfolded dramatically. No sector of the community has been excluded — young and old; men and women; leader and layman; scholar and laborer; student and teacher; children, and even infants.
He had an uncanny ability to meet everyone at their own level — he advised Heads of State on matters of national and international importance, explored with professionals the complexities in their own fields of expertise, and spoke to small children with warm words and a fatherly smile.
“Actualize Your Potential!” With extraordinary insight, he perceived the wealth of potential in each person. His inspiration, now accessible through his writings and videos, boosts the individual’s self-perception, ignites his awareness of that hidden wealth and motivates a desire to fulfill his potential. In the same way, many a community has been transformed by the Rebbe’s message, and been given — directly or indirectly — a new sense of purpose and confidence. In each case the same strong, if subtle, message is imparted: “You are Divinely gifted with enormous strength and energy — actualize it!”
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