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Volume 20 Issue 40
Nov 4-10, 2018 - 26 Cheshvan- 2 Kislev 5779
Torah Reading: Toldos
 Candle Lighting: 5:15 PM
Shabbos Ends: 6:10 PM

Parsha Synopsis · A Word From the Rabbi
Essay ·
Thoughts That Count
Once Upon A Chassid · Tid Bits · Happenings · Notes From Israel


Parsha Synopsis

Genesis: 25:19-28:9

Isaac and  Rebecca endure twenty childless years, until their prayers are answered and Rebecca  conceives. She experiences a  difficult pregnancy as the “children  struggle inside her”; G‑d tells her that “there are  two nations in your womb,” and that the younger will prevail over the elder.

Esau emerges first;  Jacob is born clutching Esau’s  heel. Esau grows up to be “a  cunning hunter, a man of the field”; Jacob is “a  wholesome man,” a dweller in the  tents of learning. Isaac favors Esau; Rebecca loves Jacob. Returning exhausted and hungry from the hunt one day, Esau sells his birthright (his rights as the  firstborn) to Jacob for a pot of  red lentil stew.

In Gerar, in the land of the Philistines, Isaac presents Rebecca as his  sister, out of fear that he will be killed by someone coveting her beauty. He  farms the land, reopens the wells dug by his father Abraham, and  digs a series of his own wells: over the first two there is strife with the Philistines, but the waters of  the third well are enjoyed in tranquility.

Esau marries two Hittite women. Isaac grows old and blind, and expresses his desire to bless Esau before he dies. While Esau goes off to hunt for his father’s  favorite food, Rebecca dresses Jacob in  Esau’s clothes, covers his arms and neck with goatskins to simulate the feel of his hairier brother, prepares a similar dish, and sends Jacob to his father. Jacob receives his father’s blessings for “the  dew of the heaven and the  fat of the land” and mastery over his brother. When Esau returns and the deception is revealed, all Isaac can do for his weeping son is to predict that he will live by his  sword, and that when Jacob falters, the younger brother will forfeit his supremacy over the elder.

Jacob leaves home for  Charan to flee Esau’s wrath and to find a wife in the family of his mother’s brother,  Laban. Esau marries a third wife— Machalath, the daughter of Ishmael.


A Word From the Rabbi



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The New Within the Old

The late Bobover Rebbe is said to have been sitting on an airplane in the late 1950s, next to the famous playwright Arthur Miller.

Upon observing the care and reverence with which the Bobover Rebbe was escorted  through the airport and settled into his seat by his young protégés – how they kept checking on his well-being  and doting over him – Miller turned to the Rebbe and asked: "Rabbi, how come when I, a pillar of secular knowledge, lecture at a university I am treated casually, and even with disrespect by the students, while you, a teacher of an archaic tradition, are treated with utmost reverence, almost as a beloved surrogate parent, by your followers?"  

The Rebbe, purportedly, smiled and replied: "It is very simple, you, a secular scholar, teach your students that they are descendants of monkeys, so when they look at you, they see someone who is one generation closer to their primitive ape past, no wonder why they treat you that way.

I, on the other hand, teach my students that they are descendants of the awesome generation who stood at Sinai and witnessed the greatest Divine revelation in history, so they consider me one generation closer to that transformational face to face encounter with the Divine, is it a wonder that they respect me?"

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And these are the offspring of Yitzchak the son of Avraham. Avraham gave birth to Yitzchak. (Bereishis 25:19)

The book of Bereishis is the book of the Patriarchs, yet, upon examination it is clear that not all the patriarchs are given equal press and exposure. The focus and attention directed to the three patriarchs is, in fact, substantially unbalanced. Avraham is allotted three entire portions, Lech Lecha, Vayeara and Chayei Sarah. Yaakov's story spans over five portions; beginning with Vayetzei, Vayishlach, and Vayeishev, and after a digression about the story of Yosef and his brothers, in Vayeishev and Miketz, the final portions of Vayigash and Vayechi turn back to Yaakov once again.

Yitzchak, on the other hand, is allotted a measly one Parsha, the Parsha of Toldos which we read this Shabbos. Even within Toldos itself, only a precious few verses discuss the events in which Yitzchak plays the leading role. Why is the middle patriarch given so little attention, it appears somewhat akin to the proverbial “Middle child.”

In the first blessing of the Amidah, we refer to "the G‑d of Avraham, the G‑d of Yitzchak, and the G‑d of Yaakov." The language, however, seems redundant, could it not have simply said: "The G‑d of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov?" Why does the prayer repeat G‑d's Name two extra times?

The repetition, according to the Baal Shem Tov, is to teach that each Patriarch was unique in his Divine service. Avraham was not the only one who had a unique relationship with G‑d; Yitzchak and Yaakov did as well.

Avraham’s character and identity is well defined, he is the embodiment of kindness (Chesed); constantly inviting guests into his tent to share a bite and enjoy his warm hospitality. Avraham understood human nature; he was well ahead of the curve in his realization that “The way to a man’s mind is through his stomach.” By satisfying their stomachs, Avraham was able to bring them to an awareness of G‑d.

Yaakov is known as the pillar of Torah, as the verse says: "Give truth to Yaakov" (Micha 7:20). Torah is synonymous with truth. Yaakov's way of influencing people was to speak to their minds intellectually. He is the paradigm of diligence in study – “Ish Tam Yoshev Ohalim;” An unworldly man who dwells in the 

tent of Torah study. Yitzchak, on the other had, seemingly gets short shrift; so little is said about him, hardly do we even get to know him. Who is Yitzchak?

While we know what personality and character traits we derive from Avraham and Yaakov, it is not clear what attribute Yitzchak had bequeathed – what contribution has he made to his decedents. Unlike Avraham who founded a new people, a new land, under an all encompassing G‑d, and unlike Yaakov, who grew to wrestle with man and angel and to be blessed with a new name; Yitzchak’s accomplishments are rather obscure.

Some might view him as passive, since most of his life things seem to happen to him.  Whereas Avraham circumcises himself, Yiztchak is circumcised. He is likewise taken to Mt. Moriah to be sacrificed.  Avraham even arranges a bride for him. The above notwithstanding, it should be obvious to anyone with even a partially functioning brain that he didn’t earn the title of “Forefather” Just because he was Avraham’s son. He was obviously a man of great stature and sainthood, deserving of his Biblical fame and station within Judaism, which leads to the following parenthetical observation:

One ought to be wary of the disrespectful trend of liberal style characterizations, which tend to humanize our holy Avos in a way that is untraditional and unbefitting. This tendency has sadly been infiltrating the Divrei Torah of some unexpected proponents.
One such audacious, so called Dvar Torah, attributes Yitzchak’s characteristics to a pathological defect: "There is something naive, almost simplistic, about our second patriarch Yitzchak…
Yitzhak is absolutely compliant. He goes to Moriah to be slaughtered without persistent argument. He seems to agree with everything he's asked to do, no matter the consequences." Since Yitzchak is easy to deceive, lacks individuality, is spared grief, is compliant and is even laughed at, the author goes on to assert, it may be the sign of a mental disorder (r”l).

It is (hopefully) needless to say that such warped ideas and perspectives have no place in true Torah inspired Judaism. The very thought of analyzing and defining our great Biblical images through the lens of mundane human psychology has, obviously, no place in Torah Judaism.

Getting back to our discussion, the sense we get from the little that we come to know about Yitzchak is of a far more introverted person than that of his father Avraham and his son Yaakov. Unlike Avraham, Yitzchak spent his days in deep meditation connecting to G‑d. An example of this is the Torah’s account of when he went out "To speak, ‘lasuach,’ in the field" (Gen. 24:63). Oddly, the verse doesn't mention to whom he is speaking or what he says. The Talmud (Brachot 26b) interprets that the word “Sicha,” related to “lasuach” is a reference to prayer. It seems, then, that Yitzchak was praying.

Yitzchak’s identity is perhaps best described in Parshas Vayeitzei, where his son Yaakov refers twice to him as "Pachad Yitzchak" (Bereshis 31:41; 31:53). What does the term "Pachad Yitzchak" mean? The word "Pachad" means fear. Yitzchak represents Gevurah, a stricter and more restrained quality than that of his father and son.

Be that as it may, when we read the narrative of Parshas Toldos, something about Yitzchak seems to stand out. It appears that more than anything else, Yitzchak aspired to replicate the ways of Avraham his father.

The Midrash shares this very sentiment. Regarding the episode of his re-digging his father’s wells (v. 18) the Midrash states: “Behold the humility of Yitzchak. Ordinarily a person who acquires a house gives it a name; then his son comes along, makes an improvement and calls it by a different name. Not so Yitzchak: despite the fact that all the wells that his father Avraham dug were entirely stopped-up by the Philistines, when he re-dug them anew, he did not give them new names, he rather reinstated the names given by his father.  What reward did he receive for this? The other Patriarchs had their names changed: Avraham was first called Avram; Yaakov’s name was changed to Yisroel. Yitzchak, by contrast, was given his name from G‑d even before his birth, and never is it changed.”

Why, of the select few incidents that the Torah chooses to relate about Yitzchak’s life, does this one deserve to be record for posterity? The answer is because it holds the secret to Yitzchak’s identity; his unyielding determination to follow in his saintly father’s ways and uphold his spiritual achievements.

Much like his father, when there was a famine in Canaan, he too goes to the country of Plishtim. In fact, when Yitzchak was in Gerar, G‑d appeared to him and told him "Do not go down to Egypt..." What, however, gave rise to the notion that he was contemplating a trip to Egypt? "His intent, says Rashi, was to go down to Egypt because that’s what his father had done during the famine of his time” (Bereshis Chapter 12).

Yitzchak’s approach to every situation in life was to ponder: "What would my father have done under these circumstances?" He strived with all is heart to uphold the legacy and tradition of his father. Knowing his nature, G‑d does not wait, He intervenes before he could get to do as his father did. This is the meaning of “Pachad Yitzchak.” Yitzchak was in constant fear lest he deviate one iota from the path that had been carved by his saintly father, Avraham.

Human nature is for a son not to want to keep the traditions of his father. Father’s are old fashioned; their ways are "Old hat" and “Un-Cool.”  Children typically want to make their own mark in the world. They do not want to do things the way their father did. They want to improve, expand, update and do it “my own way.”

Yitzchak, however, was the antithesis of this human trait. He said: "If my father dug wells then I am going to dig the same wells. I am going to call them by the same names that my father called them." Rabbeinu Bechaye writes explicitly: The fact that the Torah records this about Yitzchak shows it is a praiseworthy attribute and that we should learn a lesson for ourselves not to deviate from the ways of our fathers.

Yitzchak was the first Patriarch to be the son of a righteous father. Avraham did not have a righteous father who would pass on spiritual traditions to him. Quite the contrary, Avraham was the iconoclast who had to blaze his own spiritual trail. But Yitzchak had tradition. He had a righteous father, so the role he modeled for his children was Pachad Yitzchak – the fear and hesitancy of veering, slight as it might be, off the spiritual course blazed by his righteous father.

Was not Yitzchak himself an innovator, one may wonder. Does not the Rambam teach that Yitzchak instituted the Mincha prayer and was the first to offer tithes (Mishneh Torah Hilchos Melachim 9:1)?

In truth, however, there is no contradiction. As one of the three patriarchs and architects of the Jewish faith system, Yitzchak has surely contributed his share of innovation, otherwise what has he added to the equation?

Clearly Yitzchak did not suffice with his father’s level; he obviously did not take the position that “Since my father prayed once a day, so too I must pray only once a day." As mentioned above, he factually established the additional prayer of Mincha as well as other inventions. He did so because he felt that he was not as great as his father. While his father could suffice with one prayer service a day, on his lower level, he needed to pray at least twice a day.

He likewise felt that his father did not need to quantify his feelings of gratitude to the Almighty because it came to him naturally. However, since he was not on his father’s level, he had to tangibly quantify his feelings of thankfulness by committing to give tithes.

So in what way was he unique, in what way was he devoted to the ways of his father? The answer is that his "innovations" were not trailblazing, new spiritual institutions, but rather buttressed the innovations of his father. All that he innovated and instituted was in the context and framework of his father’s teachings and legacy.

Essentially what Yitzchak innovated is the true Jewish way in how to innovate. He taught how to innovate while at the same time remain fiercely true and dedicated to ones mentor and traditions. Yitzchak’s contribution to the Jewish faith system is truly brilliant and fundamental. It is permeated through and through with authenticity and truth. In a system that is predicated on truth, on does not, in the name of progress, throw away yesterday’s essential beliefs, principles and values and reinvent truth and reality from scratch, but rather build on the existing foundation.

Yitzchak’s essential characteristic and contribution to Judaism is how innovate and grow while remaining true to the established truths and realities. His consummate lesson is that the greater the follower the greater the leader and the lesser the follower the lesser the leader.

The aforementioned tenet has been the guiding principle that has kept Judaism alive and intact through history. Those who have abandoned this creed have broken ranks with Judaism and have fallen by the wayside. Those who have followed Yitzchak’s essential lesson, remain cleaved to the tree of life. Not a bad innovation for a little known introverted enigma of a man.

By our taking to heart the message bequeathed to us through our ancestor Yitzchak of innovating within the existing context and framework, we will merit to fulfill the mission which our forefathers initiated with the coming of the righteous Moshiach BBA.


Gut Shabbos!

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A Sheep in a Wolf's Clothing

I've often wondered why Rebecca and Jacob went through all that fuss and bother to surreptitiously engineer that Isaac's blessings go to Jacob and not his older brother Esau.

On Rebecca's advice, Jacob waited till Esau had left the house to go hunting. Rebecca then cooked up a meal of goat meat – to taste like the venison that Esau was sure to bring – and then sheared the goats' skins so Jacob could wrap them around his arms to simulate hairiness, and even asked Jacob to don his brother's clothes

Isaac was blind, so when Jacob finally managed to creep into the room he had to imitate his brother's tone of voice and disposition, and then he prevaricated, dissembled and stretched the truth so that his aging father would not catch on.

Even after successfully receiving the blessings, for decades to come, he lived in fear of Esau's revenge.

Why bother? Why didn't he and his mother just march openly into Isaac's room, bring proof of Esau's wickedness and convince Isaac that Jacob was the more worthy candidate in the first place?

You Don't Have to Be Holy to Be Blessed

When I visit people in the hospital as part of my pastoral duties, I often hear variations on a common theme: "Rabbi, I'm praying, but I don't really know if I deserve a miracle, after all, I'm not very religious…" Others are even less sanguine; they just assume that their lack of Jewish knowledge or observance to date precludes them from ever receiving G‑d's favor.

Perhaps it was to dispel this attitude that Rebecca forced Jacob to go through the whole charade. Sure, he could have walked identifiably into his father's study, dressed all in white, exuding nobility and religiosity, and claimed his rightful blessings. But the unmistakable message for the future would be that only the Jacobs among us deserve to be blessed.

But that's not good enough for a true Yiddishe mama (Jewish mother). Rebecca wanted to ensure merit for all Jews, for all generations. By deliberately going down-market and dressing Jacob in Esau's clothing, she demonstrated that every one of us, even those who currently look and act like Esau, are equally deserving of our Father's blessings.
Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum is spiritual leader of Moorabbin Hebrew Congregation and co-director of L’Chaim Chabad in Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia.

Thoughts That Count
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The man [Isaac] became great, and grew more and more... (Gen. 23:13)

It is common that as a person becomes richer, the person within him becomes smaller and smaller. The greatness of Isaac was that even though he became more and more wealthy, he increased and expanded in his qualities as a person. (Rabbi Yitzchak of Torchow)

Isaac had grown old and his eyesight was failing. (Gen. 27:1)

Rashi explained that Isaac's eyesight was failing him so that Jacob could receive the blessing. In order to assure that Jacob would receive the blessing was it necessary for Isaac's eyesight to fail him? Wouldn't it have been "easier" for G‑d to have revealed to Isaac that Esau was wicked and therefore undeserving of the blessing? However, G‑d didn't want to speak badly about Esau. If this is true concerning the wicked Esau, all the more must we be extremely careful not to gossip about or slander any Jew.

A ladder was standing on the ground and the top of it reached to heaven. (Gen 28:12)

The Hebrew word for ladder (sulam) has the same numerical value as money (mamon). This teaches us that money is like a ladder - it can be used to ascend and come closer to the heavens, or with it one can descend to the depths. Everything depends on how we use it and for what purpose. (The Baal Shem Tov)

Once Upon A Chassid

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Digging for Noodles

And the servants of Isaac dug in the valley, and they found a well of living water (26:19)

If a person tells you "I have toiled but I have not found"—do not believe him. (Talmud, Megillah 6b)

Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch was deep in thought, struggling with some elusive idea deep in the recesses of his mighty mind. A bowl of soup had been set before him some time earlier, but the Rebbe was in another world; sharp lines of concentration plowed his forehead, as he sat gazing into the bowl and slowly stirring the soup with his spoon.

The Rebbe's servant, who figured that the Rebbe must be searching for the egg noodles, exclaimed: "Rebbe, dig in further! The lokshen lies deeper down."

A wave of contentment passed over the Rebbe's tensed features. "Thank you," he said to his servant, "You have revived my soul . . ."

Tid Bits
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5600 Rabbis and Guests Reflect and Celebrate at International Conference
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More than 5,600 rabbis and guests from 100 countries gathered tonight for the gala dinner highlighting the 35th International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. The celebration was infused with inspiration and joy, but tempered this year in the shadow of the anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh that left 11 dead only eight days before, as well as the 10th anniversary of the murder of Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Noting that at times like these, the teachings and vision of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, are more timely and urgent than ever—Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of Merkos Linyonei Chinuch and Machne Israel (the educational and social-services arms of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement) pointed to the work of Chabad emissaries in Pittsburgh and beyond in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

 “As we continue to reel from the unspeakable tragedy that has struck our people,” he said, “it is heartening here tonight to gaze around the room and see—and feel—the palpable strength of Jewish unity that permeates this gathering.

“It was you, dear shluchim, who on the Saturday night of the horrific killings, immediately sprung into action, each in your own unique way, and in all corners of the world, turning grief into acts of comfort, support, solace and encouragement.”

A study of Mishnah in memory of those murdered in Pittsburgh was led by Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld, executive director of Chabad of Greater Pittsburgh.

A Cherished Memory

Emceeing in his inimitable style, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, chairman of the Kinus, sounded the conference theme when he spoke of a mission he had once received from the Rebbe in 1984, to travel to the little Caribbean island of Curaçao. Not knowing what he was to do there once he landed, he went straight to a synagogue and met a Jew, who, taken aback at seeing a Chassidic Jew on the island, revealed that his son had been expelled from his Christian public school, and they didn’t know what to do. Kotlarsky invited the boy to attend Camp Gan Israel in New York, and later the father, Chaim Groisman, sent a letter to the Rebbe thanking him for showing care to a “small Jew in Curaçao.”

“I must, however, take exception to your referring to yourself as ‘a small Jew from Curaçao,’ ” the Rebbe responded. “ ... there is no such thing as ‘a small Jew.’ ”

The attendees, as well as those joining the live webcast on Chabad.org, Facebook and Twitter, also heard from young Hersh Meir Oberlander of Budapest and Mendel Klein of Moscow. They told the story of their grandfather, Rabbi Moshe Lazar, who was born and raised in Austria just before the Hitler’s Anschluss.

On video, Lazar recalled watching Hitler’s motorcade ride through the streets and, seeing everyone else saluting with their right arms, following suit.

“My sister slapped my shoulder down,” he remembered, “I still feel that slap until today.”

The Lazar family managed to make it to New York, where the boy was sent to the newly founded Lubavitcher yeshivah, where he and his classmates developed a close relationship with the Rebbe. As he got older, he began working at the Merkos office, but felt unfulfilled. He wrote to the Rebbe, who responded that he should offer suggestions. He went on to start Camp Gan Israel, and not long after his wedding, he and his wife were sent to Milan, Italy, to join Rabbi Gershon Mendel and Bassie Garelik in their work there, where they have remained ever since.

That today his children and grandchildren are emissaries in, among other places, Hungary and Russia, “is a miracle,” said Lazar.

Why the Rebbe Didn’t Fundraise

Russian-Israeli philanthropist and entrepreneur Yitzchak Mirilashvili, the guest keynote speaker, told of how amazed he was that the Rebbe did not fundraise, instead sending his blessings often along with a symbolic bottle of spirits. “Of course, he could have found the money to send his Chassidim,” he said. “But that was not the point; that is not what they brought to the table. The value of the Chassidim was their commitment to the cause, and that’s something money can’t buy.”

Mirilashvili, who through his Keren Meromim Foundation supports dozens of charitable projects around the world, including the massive Kolel Torah program throughout the former Soviet Union, stated that it was the Rebbe’s leadership, guidance and blessings that ignited the hearts and minds of his followers. “The Rebbe wanted to fuel Jewish hearts and light the flame of shlichut that will never end,” he exclaimed. “How fortunate are we that the Rebbe did not send money. If he would have sent money, the money would run out, and with it, the growth would end.”

The first Kinus took place in 1983 (35 years ago) in a conference room at Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., attended by 65 shluchim. That number was multiplied almost 100 times over this year.

The venue—a massive, repurposed gym at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y.—saw a staff of 484 spend 10,670 hours setting up the hall and serving its 528 tables.

A Three-Part Story

On the program as well was an emotional three-part story told by Rabbi Motti Flikshtein of Wilmington, Del.; Rabbi Aryeh Weinstein of Newtown, Pa.; and youth leader Zack Horowitz.

Taking the podium, Flikshtein, program director at Chabad of Wilmington, told the story of a boy named Matt who grew up in a warm but secular Jewish home and at a point started falling in with the wrong crowd. “He ... was gravitating towards crime and drugs,” shared Flikshtein. “In desperation, his parents thought that bringing him to the local Chabad might assist them with their wayward son.”

He walked into synagogue on Shabbat morning dressed to shock the rabbi. He didn’t, and instead the rabbi gave him a huge hug—a hug that changed his life.

“Fellow shluchim, dear guests,” said Flikshtein, “Matt was me.”

At that point, Weinstein, an emissary in Bucks County, Pa., and rabbi of the Shul of Newtown, began to speak. He had given Flikshtein that hug years earlier, although, he admitted, it wasn’t exactly his nature. “The Rebbe expects us to reach out with chesed—with love ... Matt—Motti—got that hug. For me, it was another expression of the Rebbe’s love, but for him, it was a life-altering moment.”

Horowitz, a 20-year-old from Wilmington, followed, telling of his experience with his local CTeen (Chabad teen network) chapter, led by Flikshtein and his wife, Rochel, and his newfound connection to Judaism. Today studying full-time in yeshivah, Horowitz thanked both Rabbis Flikshtein and Weinstein.

Uncomplicated, Unwavering Love and Acceptance

The thousands of rabbis and their guests lastly heard from Akiva Klitsner, a Jerusalem-based psychotherapist who was himself troubled as a teenager. At a point it got so bad that professionals advised his parents to send him to the Youth Care Treatment Center—an inpatient, lockdown, residential treatment center in Draper, Utah.

There, alone and far from home, he was surprised when he got a visit from Rabbi Benny Zippel, who had arrived together with his wife, Sharonne, to establish Chabad of Utah in Salt Lake City just five months earlier.

“It’s not just the long drives, the Shabbat dinners and that unforgettable chocolate birthday cake that I am grateful for,” said Klitsner to thunderous applause. “The greatest gift the Zippels gave me—and shluchim give so many Jewish children in need—is the uncomplicated, unwavering love and acceptance. As with so many others, this love helped me develop the tools and life skills that I needed to find myself and my G‑d-given purpose in life.”

As is done every year, Kotlarsky paused to remember those who passed away this year. He noted that this week will make 10 years since the murder of Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, co-directors of Chabad of Mumbai. “Gabi and Rivky will never be forgotten,” he said. “May we find true solace ... in the continuity of Chabad of India in the work of Rabbi Yisroel and Chaya Kozlovsky.”

Kotlarsky led the vaunted roll call, assisted by children of emissaries around the world, including Aryeh Leib Lifshitz from Boise, Idaho, and Mendel Banon from Casablanca, Morocco, announcing the emissaries from each and every of the more than 100 countries.

Then they danced. Thousands of rabbis and their supporters, weaving among the tables in a mess of concentric circles spreading as far as the eye can see, jumping with arms over arms, boom cameras and lights overhead.

“I can’t tell you how much this means to me,” shouted Kozlovsky over the music. He returns to Mumbai on Monday.


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