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Praying on the Piano Bench!

Thursday, 30 June, 2022 - 9:10 pm

Tonight, the world will commemorate the 28th Yahrtzait of our dear Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson of blessed memory. Every day, whether at sunrise when I study in the dining room or during meetings later in the day at my office, I often look up and gaze at the photo of me and the Rebbe that hangs on the wall, captured candidly on my 9th birthday, and I yearn. I miss him. I miss his smile, his dollars, his letters, his love, and I ache for our children who never met him. I know that he’s my guardian angel, but I prefer the physical, I thirst for the one-on-one, and I’m tired of visiting his holy gravesite and would rather spend time with him in his study.

In this week’s Torah portion, Korach, we read about the rebellion of Korach and his team of rabble rousers. There are so many questions about this odd uprising and how it came about, but one thing is certain, team Korach didn’t appreciate how much they needed their Moses, how beneficial he was for them, and how a strong Moses presence in one’s life makes serving G-d more meaningful, more practical, and more spiritual. Don't misunderstand: we aren’t codependents. Moses is not our savior, he’s not our crutch; he’s our guide, our uplifter, our beacon of light when the darkness overwhelms. It is he who shows us the way up to the mountain of G-d even when we feel like we are faltering.

Twenty-eight years is a long time, it’s an eternity. I still remember the call we received from my aunt Zahava sharing with my mom that the Rebbe had fallen while praying in Queens, and we should say Tehilim, holy words of Psalms. My brother Yanky and I sat down on the piano bench and prayed with all our might. Just over two years later the Rebbe passed at the age of ninety-two. Yet, despite my longing, despite his absence, despite the void I feel in my heart, his words and writings guide our every move and inspire what we do in Montana and beyond. Friends, lift a glass tonight and say L’Chaim to our Rebbe who teaches us so much and who ensured that his ambassadors won’t rest until Mashiach is here.

Rebbe, I won’t stop until we getter done!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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