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Chaya's Tears!

Thursday, 7 January, 2016 - 6:34 pm

While attending “Aba’s class” early Thursday morning, Chaya started crying. It was while showing the kids a child’s version of the Shamil Niggun, a moving Chassidic melody, which included video clips of my beloved Rebbe at various events during his lifetime. Chaya began to cry, saying it’s not fair, and demanded to know why she can’t get a dollar for charity from the Rebbe directly? Why she can’t talk to him face-to-face? And why she can’t see him in the flesh? It was heartbreaking and warming simultaneously. I grew up hearing the story of the righteous child Sholom Ber, later becoming the fifth Lubavitch Rebbe,  who in the 1860’s cried “Because G-d revealed Himself to Abraham, and not to him”, but witnessing the same innocence firsthand in 2016 was surreal.

Interestingly, in this week’s Torah portion, Va’eira, we read of “education for yearning”, as the ten plagues begin awakening the stubborn Egyptians, on the road to Jewish freedom. When Moses is tasked by G-d to get the ball rolling, we are told “Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel, but they did not hearken to Moses because of their shortness of breath and because of their hard labor”. Moses was reluctant at first, he finally gave it his best shot and, in return, he gets a healthy dose of Jewish cold shoulder. The Jewish people were stuck in an impossible life of slavery and hardship, while an unknown fellow with a speech impediment is trying to convince them that life will be better. They didn’t buy it immediately, as it takes recognition and a focused effort to realize that what you have isn't right and to yearn for and believe in a brighter future.

We can only yearn for a better tomorrow, if we recognize that today is imperfect.

Many days pass and the busyness of life forces me to forget that, since 1994, I don’t have a physical relationship with my Rebbe and that my mom has been gone since 2010. It’s not that I don’t miss them, don’t cherish our eternal bond or don't hope to be reunited with them again with Mashiach's coming; it’s just that, as adults, we get comfortable with the reality of today and don’t always have the time to dream about tomorrow. Chaya’s innocent tears of yearning, reminded me, and hopefully you, that our longing for redemption shouldn’t be an occasional experience, primarily when things are tough, but rather a constant awareness and fundamental belief. It could be better, it should be better and will be better.

Step one to freedom: recognize that you’re imprisoned! 



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

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