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Friday, January 19, 2018 3 Shevat 5778





HOLIDAY
HIGHLIGHTS

B"H

 
 
 

10 Shevat

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (1880-1950), became the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe after the passing of his father in 1920. This was a turbulent time; the violence of the Bolshevik revolution and the bru­tality of the infamous Yevsektzia (the Jewish Section of the Communist Party) were at their height. Joseph Stalin and his Jewish right-hand man, Shmuel Agursky, established the Yevsektzia in 1918 with the goal of killing the soul of Rus­sian Jewry. Even prior to assuming the Chabad leadership, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, in his capacity as his father's assis­tant and envoy, had weathered many storms to emerge as a capable leader. One of the main areas of his activity was strengthening the Chabad yeshivot, which provided Jewish education to numerous students who went on to serve as teachers and mentors for the entire European Jewry. He did a great deal to improve the social and economic condition of the Jews. One of the ways he did so was by resettling the Jews in areas where they could engage in agriculture. Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak spent a great deal of time traveling to the most remote and neglected areas, wherever there was a need to take immediate action to improve Jewish life.
 
There are numerous Chassidic stories about the amaz­ing courage and inventiveness displayed by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak even before the revolution, when he was acting on the behalf of his father, the Rebbe Rashab. On a number of occasions, when Jewish lives were at stake, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak managed to secretly penetrate the offices of czarist ministers (specifically, the office of Stolypin, the brutal anti-Semitic minister of internal affairs), find confidential papers containing anti-Jewish regulations, and delay their progress through the bureaucratic channels.
 
Like his predecessors, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak also ac­quired first-hand knowledge of czarist prisons. Even before he became the Lubavitcher Rebbe, he was arrested five times for "illegal" involvement in the affairs of his fellow Jews throughout Russia. Before the revolution, the main threats facing Russian Jewry were poverty and pogroms. With the revolution came the added reprisals carried out by the Yevsektzia. It is no surprise that the agents of the Yevsektzia viewed the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his followers as their worst enemy, bent on fostering and supporting a Jewish way of life based on Torah commandments.
 
In 1921, the Rebbe established a yeshiva in Rostov. This was used as a pretext for yet another arrest on charges of treason against the Soviet government. The Rebbe was subjected to lengthy interrogations; brandishing guns, the interrogators tried to intimidate him into signing a confes­sion. Naturally, the Rebbe flatly refused.
 
Before long the Rebbe was released, to plunge once again into feverish activity. At a time when the majority of Jewish leaders either left the country or were immobilized by fear, the Rebbe sent envoys to every comer of the Soviet Union with instructions to do the seemingly impossible: to establish new underground yeshivot and Torah schools, to build mikvaot, to utilize every opportunity to foster Jewish education and Torah observance.
 
One night early in the summer of 1927, agents of Tcheka (the Soviet secret police) and the Yevsektzia broke into the Rebbe's home in Leningrad. They searched for sev­eral hours, The secret police tried everything to humiliate the Rebbe, including rude and abusive behavior. In the pre­dawn hours, he was taken away to one of the most gruesome detention centers - the infamous Shpalernaya prison.
 
The interrogations were once again full of the usual threats and intimidation techniques. "This little toy," said the investigator as he pressed the barrel of a gun against the Rebbe's chest, "has made many a man change his mind."
 
"This little toy," replied the Rebbe, "can intimidate only the kind of man who has many gods and but one world. Since I have only one G*d and two worlds, I am not im­pressed by your little toy."
 
The "trial" was held several days later, and the Rebbe was sentenced to death. He was placed in solitary confine­ment. Would the Bolsheviks have the audacity to carry out the sentence? The mere thought that the Rebbe could be executed horrified both his thousands of Chassidim and countless other Jews. Leading politicians, heads of govern­ment, and presidents of various countries tried to intercede with the Soviet authorities on the Rebbe's behalf. Millions of Jews were praying for the Rebbe, and their prayers were answered. For the first time in history, the Bolsheviks had to concede defeat. The death sentence was replaced, first by imprisonment on the Solovetzky islands, and then by exile to Kostroma. Ten days later, on the 12th of Tammuz, The Rebbe’s birthday, he was completely acquitted and released.
 
The joy and gratitude following the Rebbe's miracu­lous deliverance knew no bounds. The Bolsheviks were not all-powerful after all. The iron will and un shakable faith of one truly spiritual man had overcome them! Clearly, despite the horrors of the Soviet regime, the future and destiny of Soviet Jewry were not as hopeless as they had seemed.
 
The Rebbe left Kostroma and settled in the village of Malachovka, in the vicinity of Moscow. Giving way to the relentless pressure of the international community, the au­thorities gave the Rebbe permission to leave the Soviet Union for Riga, the capital of still independent Latvia. He de­manded that the authorities provide him with several freight cars for his enormous library, which contained invaluable books and numerous unique manuscripts.
 
The Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak may have left Russia, but this was not the end of the Russian chapter of Chabad his­tory; everything the Rebbe achieved, as well as the miracle of his freedom, was to have a lasting effect on the future of Russian Jewry.
 
In 1929, one year after arriving in Riga, the Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak took a trip to the United States, where he stayed for ten months. One of the main goals of his visit was to rally public support in defense of Soviet Jewry. While in the United States, the Rebbe was received by President Hoover. However, he attached primary importance to his meetings with Jewish public figures and countless ordinary Jews, aimed at clarifying the situation concerning Jewish education, religious and social life.
 
Following his return from the United States, the Rebbe remained in Riga for several years, until 1933, when he moved to Warsaw. Two years later, the Chabad head­quarters were relocated to Otvock, a small town in the vicin­ity of Warsaw, where a Chabad yeshiva had been estab­lished twelve years earlier.
 
At the outbreak of Word War II, the Rebbe was in Warsaw. Together with his Chassidim, he witnessed the ter­rible siege of the city and its eventual capitulation to the Nazi invaders. From his shelter, he supervised the evacua­tion of hundreds of Jews, especially young men, to safer ar­eas, including helping a large group of American yeshiva students leave the country. Eventually, at the start of 1940, the Rebbe left Poland for Riga, where he spent the next two and a half months. Several months before the Soviet Union annexed Latvia, the American government helped the Rebbe move to the United States. The Rebbe foresaw that the United States would become the stronghold of world Jewry in general, and of the Chabad movement in particular.
 
The Rebbe arrived in New York on March 19, 1940. At the port, he was enthusiastically welcomed by thousands of Chassidim and other Jews. Many of them had recently escaped the Nazis with the Rebbe's help. Immediately upon arriving at the hotel, the Rebbe announced that he would not rest or sleep until the first Chabad yeshiva was created in America. The next morning the first ten students of the new Tomchei Temimim yeshiva began their studies.
 
Six months after his arrival, the Rebbe moved into a building at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which serves as Chabad/Lubavitch world headquarters to this day. From here, the Rebbe continued to spearhead the enormous task of sav­ing thousands of European Jews and aiding countless refu­gees. He supervised the process of reconstructing the ruined Jewish communities of Europe, as well as reviving and expanding the Chabad movement, which had survived the ravages of Stalinist terror and the Nazi extermination campaign.
 
It is difficult to list all the educational institutions, publications, organizations, and special projects created and supervised by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe. We will men­tion only some of them: the Hakriah Vehakdushah monthly official organ of Chabad, published during World War II; the Machaneh Israel organization founded to assist Jews in reclaiming their Jewish identity, learning Torah, and per­forming good deeds; a network of Lubavitcher yeshivot, the Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch center for Jewish education; schools for Jewish girls, the Kehot Publication Soci­ety, the world's largest publisher of Chassidic books,
 
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak left this world on the 10th of Shvat, 5710 (1950).
 
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Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, his son-in-law, was the natural choice for succession. However, to every­one's surprise, Rabbi Menachem Mendel adamantly refused to accept the mantle of leadership, meeting all entreaties with a firm, "No." Some people tried to pressure him into accepting the position by sending him notes with requests to say prayers for them. He would pray, give his blessings, and reply to all the letters, yet he persisted in his steadfast re­fusal to assume leadership of the Lubavitch movement.
 
Months went by and about a year after his father-in-law left this world, Rabbi Menachem Mendel accepted the title of "Rebbe." In this manner, without any official ceremony, he became the seventh Rebbe in the Chabad dynasty on 11 of Shevat, 5711 (1951) and reluctantly took upon himself the awesome task of leading the Chabad movement and indeed the entire Jewish people.
 
 
A Leader of the Generation.
 
The Lubavitcher Rebbe's concern and longing for the final Redemption was evident even when he was a child, as seen in the Rebbe's 1956 correspondence with Yitzchak ben Tzvi (the President of Israel at that time).
 
"From the day I went to cheder [primary school] and even before, the picture of the final Redemption started forming in my mind - the Redemption of the Jews from their last exile, a Redemption in such a way that through it will be understood the sufferings of exile, the decrees and the destruction ... And all will be in a way that with a complete heart and full understanding it will be said on that day, 'Thank you G-d for chastising me.'"
 
The Rebbe is recognized as a leader of all Jewry. When the late Prime Minister Begin was asked why he went to visit the Rebbe rather than the Rebbe visiting him, he replied that as Prime Minister, his mandate was for the welfare of the inhabitants of Israel, whereas the Rebbe is responsible for each and every Jew in the entire world. As well, hundreds of Chief Rabbis of rabbinical colleges, various Jewish movements, cities, and countries, have paid homage to the Rebbe throughout his leadership. 
 
Since the beginning of his leadership in the year 5711 (1951), his efforts to reach every segment of the Jewish people have been unrelenting. The Rebbe sends emissaries wher­ever a Jew may be found, in order to uplift fallen spirits and further Jewish education and observance. There are currently over 4000 Lubavitch outreach institutions worldwide. There is Lubavitch in every state in the USA, and in over 70 countries, from Alaska to Australia, from Cuba to the Congo, and from Scotland to Singapore.
 
It is important to realize that the entire worldwide organization is essentially run by the Rebbe alone. Nowhere except in Lubavitch could one find such an enormous scale of activity under the direct management and control of one man. Besides the regular channels of influence and control that the Rebbe exerts through his teachings and directives, there are also the 'supernatural' dimen­sions of his leadership. Virtually each and every one of his emissaries and his followers can testify to the Rebbe's prophetic powers and potent blessings to reverse misfortunes of every description.
 
The Rebbe has also stressed the importance of bringing a recog­nition and belief in G-d to the world. To this end he frequently spoke on cable TV broadcasts throughout the 1980's, calling on all peoples to observe the Torah's "Seven Noahide Laws" which apply to all humanity, and for public schools to observe a "Moment of Silence." The United States government has recognized the Rebbe's greatness by awarding him the Congressional Medal of Honor and by observing the Rebbe's birthday, the 11th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, establishing it as "Education Day USA."
 
The Rebbe's concern is for each individual as for all people in general. The Rebbe has offered his potent bless­ings and sage advice to all, whether big shot or beggar, unlettered or erudite, adherent or atheist. The Rebbe responds on a daily basis to countless phone calls, faxes, as well as three large US mailbags of correspondence daily. His secretaries proposed that to save the Rebbe's precious time, perhaps the letters could be opened by machine. The Rebbe refused asking how could he open by machine letters that have been sealed with tears.
 
Starting in 1986, when the Rebbe was 84 years old, he would stand for hours every Sunday, and personally receive each of the thousands of people who came to see him for a blessing and advice. The Rebbe handed each and every person a dollar to be used for charity, and spent a timeless moment with every visitor, during which each person felt they were the one-and-only concern the Rebbe had.
 
Old and young, men, women and children, academics and laborers, religious and secular, each person is treated with equal love and care. A look, a blessing, or a word of advice given in a fraction of a second have in countless cases changed a person's life.
 
The general editor of this article recalls when he had the priv­ilege to stand beside the Rebbe at length, as 11,000 people passed by one by one, over a period of 12 hours, during which the Rebbe stood interacting with each one in their language and according to their concerns. From moment to moment, he would switch from English to Hebrew to French to Russian to Spanish to Yiddish to Italian and so too with the issues. Communication took microseconds as the Rebbe addressed personal matters of the visitor's health, livelihood and relationships, communal matters of education and social services, and world issues of economy and geopolitics.
 
In the midst of all this, he took a large shopping bag full of notes people gave him detailing their problems, and traveled to the resting place of his predecessor, the Rayyatz, where he poured out his heart in prayer to the A-mighty on behalf of each person. The Rebbe did all this while fasting the whole day, as is the Chassidic custom before traveling to a cemetery. After some hours of this, he returned to continue working well into the night.
 
On a similar occasion, years later when the Rebbe was already in his 90's, an elderly woman asked the Rebbe how he could stand for so many hours. She had been waiting on line for only two hours and was totally exhausted. The Rebbe replied, "When you're counting diamonds, you don't get tired."
 
Very often the Rebbe would launch ambitious educational or social action programs and inspire followers and others to help implement them. 
 
 
A Scholar
 
The Rebbe is very likely the most prolific Torah scholar ever. Well over 300 volumes of the Rebbe's Torah commentary are published to date, with more coming out monthly, in addition to countless manuscripts, letters, and speech transcripts still awaiting publication. His works have been translated into French, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Arabic, Farsi and even Braille. His writ­ings span the full spectrum of Jewish scholarship, including Jewish law, Bible commentary, ethics, philosophy, Chassidic thought and Kabbalah.
 
In his secular studies, he has graduated from Berlin University and from both the Sorbonne and Polytechnic Institute in Paris, having studied the sciences, philosophy and mechanical engineer­ing, and having achieved the highest expertise in all areas. Following World War 2, he was decorated by the US Navy for supporting the war effort by designing the self-inflating pontoons with which the American troops safely accessed Europe via the rocky shores of France.
 
The Rebbe has also provided a most comprehensive treatment of the Torah vs. Science issue, and has resolved many apparently contentious questions decades before the current wave of popular interest in religion and science issues.
 
 
A Tzadik
 
But together with the greatness, there is humility. When the Rebbe was teaching Talmud in a Paris synagogue during World War 2, there was a shortage of texts. The students doubled and tripled up with books, and the Rebbe taught daily in-depth lessons, read­ing the Talmud with the commentaries, and then adding some explanation. Once however it was discovered that the text the Rebbe was holding was a different one altogether than the one he was teaching. He did this because he knew the whole voluminous text by heart, and wanted more texts for the class, without drawing attention to his scholarship.
 
Of the Rebbe's 30,000-odd pages of published Torah commen­tary, he almost never uses the pronoun, "I". For the spreading of his teachings, he has often advised to withhold his name if this would make the message more palatable for the audience. And with all his Torah and secular knowledge, he has always made time for young children whom he would often address by the thousand, inspiring them to disciplined enthusiasm in their studies and good deeds.
 
The Rebbe's adherence to every detail of Jewish law is legendary. For example, in the midst of the Holocaust, while in Nazi-occupied France, he required a citron to observe the Jewish festival of Sukkos (Tabernacles). Unable to obtain one in France, he openly undertook a most perilous journey across Switzerland and through Italy in order to obtain one from the island of Calabria, where Moses is reputed to have obtained his citron for the holiday.
 
A half-century later, on the same holiday, while tens of thou­sands of the Rebbe's emissaries throughout the world were sharing the observances and joy of the holiday with people everywhere, the Rebbe himself was watching and listening with utmost attention as many thousands of men, women and children took turns blessing and waving the Rebbe's own set of the traditional four plant species used for Sukkos.
 
Besides ritual observance, the Torah has very high standards for development of one's personality, which the Rebbe surpasses on all accounts.
 
Although the Rebbe has spent countless hours and hundreds of millions of dollars on charitable works, he never indulged in anything, which could even remotely resemble personal luxuries. In over all years of leadership, he never took so much as a day off. On one hand, the Rebbe has no self-interest or personal pleasure, yet on the other hand, he is 100% updated on all the concerns of the everyday people who consult him on countless issues and personal problems.
 
 
A Prophet
 
The Rebbe has made thousands of documented predictions regarding unforeseeable and highly improbable events, all of which have come to pass precisely as predicted. The following are among the most well known:
 
A week and a half before the Six Day War in 1967, the Rebbe predicted a great victory and asked that his prediction be publi­cized.
 
In 1966, the Rebbe already predicted the fall of Communism. In April 1985, he made it clear that this was imminent. Then in 1987, when the Iron Curtain was still impenetrable, the Rebbe made a startling request. He asked his followers to build homes and prepare jobs in Israel for the masses of Jews who would be leaving Russia. Two years later in 1989, miraculously the doors of Russia sprung open. Hundreds of thousands of Jews streamed into Israel. The housing that was prepared according to the Rebbe's directive over­flowed with the new arrivals.
 
During the Gulf War, the Rebbe predicted that Israel would be the safest place to be,16 so there would be no need for gas masks, and that by the holiday of Purim the war would be over. The Rebbe actually took personal responsibility for the lives of people by advising them to travel confidently to Israel and assuring them that no harm would befall them. This is in contrast to American and Israel government and military projections to the contrary on all three points. Nonetheless, events unfolded exactly as the Rebbe had predicted.
 
These are only three prophecies - the list is endless. According to Jewish Law, once someone passes the lifestyle and character criteria to be a prophet, and his prophecies materialize as predicted, two prophecies are sufficient to be considered a true prophet.
 
On August 25, 1991, the Rebbe said that as the leader, judge and prophet of our generation, his main prophecy is "immediate redemption" and "Behold this Moshiach coming." As a true prophet according to Jewish law, the Rebbe's prophecy is for all people. The Rebbe adds that it is an obligation to believe and listen to this prophecy "because these are G-d's words through the prophet." The Rebbe then instructs us to publicize to everyone that G­-d has chosen a prophet for our generation.
 
When the Rebbe gives us instructions, we know that these are instructions from G-d. The Kabbalah teaches that in every genera­tion there is an extension and continuation of Moses, the father of all prophets. The head of the generation is the extension of Moses. Just as Moses brought the words of G-d into the world, so too the Rebbe, the Moses of our generation, brings us G-d's words. 
 
May we merit soonest the end of the Rebbe's concealment and revelation as Moshiach to take all of us out of exile into Redemption.  
 
 
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Friday, January 26, is the 10th of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is the anniversary of the passing of the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, and the anniversary of the Rebbe's leadership of world Jewry.
 
On the first anniversary of the Previous Rebbe's passing, the present Rebbe delivered the very first Chasidic discourse of his reign, beginning with the words from the Song of Songs, "I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride."
 
Quoting the Midrash, the Rebbe explained that when the world was first created, "The Divine Presence was primarily in the lower worlds." For the next seven generations, mankind's evil deeds caused a gradual withdrawal of the Divine Presence from the physical world, until it reached the "seventh [and furthermost] firmament."
 
"And then, seven righteous men arose, who would draw the Divine Presence back down toward earth." The process continued, "Until Moses brought the Divine Presence back down into this world."
 
Moses led the Jewish people to Mount Sinai, where G-d's Presence was openly revealed and the ability to unite the upper and lower worlds was granted. At Sinai, G-d turned to the Jewish people, His "sister and bride," and declared, "I have come into my garden."
 
The Rebbe then paralleled the seven generations of the righteous with the seven generations of Chabad Rebbes. The Rebbe, with his prophetic vision, unambiguously delineated the unique responsibility of our generation, the "seventh generation," to complete G-d's "dwelling place down below" by establishing Moshiach's reign.
 
 
 
 
 
On that day, the Rebbe declared himself at the service of the entire Jewish nation, dedicating himself to the portentous task of completing the Divinely ordained historical mission of the Jewish people. The Rebbe reaches out to every single Jew, to awaken the Jewish spark that can never be extinguished. His every movement and action has consistently expressed the promise of the new age that will soon commence. The Rebbe elevated the world to a higher spiritual level and readied it for the dawn of the Messianic Age.
 
May we immediately see the fulfillment of our generation's mission: the full and complete Redemption with the revelation of Moshiach NOW!
(To read more about this special day, see current issue of Reaching Out).  


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The Promise
By Avraham Jacobson 
 
 
Like every young couple, Ronni and Esther Navon looked forward to having children. As the years went by they began to worry. They went from doctor to doctor, each one telling the couple that medical science had nothing to offer them.
 
In the summer of 1991, Ronny and Esther moved from Israel to Queens, New York, where Esther's parents live.
 
On the first Sunday after they moved, Ronny went to the Rebbe to ask for a blessing for children. "When I stood in his presence." relates Ronni, "I was seized by an uncontrollable inner trembling. 'We have been married seven years and we still don't have children. We ask that the Rebbe bless us with children.' The Rebbe gave me two dollars with his assurance: 'b'karov mamash-really soon.'"
 
Ronni returned twice in the next month. This second time the Rebbe handed him two dollars, again saying, "b'karov mamash." The next time the Rebbe gave him two dollars with the assurance of "besurot tovot-good news."
 
"I went back to the Rebbe a fourth time. This time the Rebbe gazed at me with especially penetrating eyes. When I finished my request, he took out three dollars and gave me the first one and said, 'This is for you.' Then he gave me a second dollar and said, 'This is for your wife.' When the Rebbe gave me the third dollar, he said, 'And this is for the children who will be born.'
 
"After this explicit promise I didn't have a shadow of a doubt that we would have children. My joy knew no bounds. My wife and I fully believed in what the Rebbe had said, and we decided to buy a stroller as a concrete expression of our faith and to make a 'vessel' for the Rebbe's blessing. I thought that if the Rebbe had promised children, in the plural, it seemed we were going to have twins. So we bought a double stroller."
 
Ronni opened a business in the Rebbe's neighborhood, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, called Union Limousine Service. Months went by. Years went by.
 
"They were very difficult years, years that tested our faith, but thank G-d, we can say we withstood the test. We were 100% convinced that the blessing of the tzadik of our generation would be fulfilled.
 
"Two years ago," continued Ronni, "when we moved, Esther momentarily hesitated about whether to take the stroller with us. I told her that the stroller was a sign of our strong faith in the Rebbe's blessing and that we would take it to our new home."
 
In order to make additional "vessels" for the Rebbe's blessing, Ronni made good resolutions in a number of areas, especially in the Rebbe's suggestion to study each day Chitas (a portion of the Torah, Psalms and Tanya) and Maimonides' Mishne Torah. I learned the Rebbe's and Rebbetzin's chapters of Psalms by heart, and often while traveling I would say them and feel a special closeness to the Rebbe," he says.
 
"In my work at the car service I make sure that every car is equipped with a charity box and a Chitas as per the Rebbe's instructions years ago. In general, I tried to use my work at the car service as a means of disseminating the Rebbe's messages. When I drive I often hear people's stories. People tell me their problems and I tell them about the Rebbe's various campaigns, for whoever fulfills them merits much blessings and success. I am sure that over the years I have gotten hundreds of people to check their tefilin and mezuzot and to take on new mitzvot.
 
"More than anything else, I tried to talk to my passengers about the importance of loving a fellow Jew, the mitzva that is considered a great principle of the Torah. In recent years I've written to the Rebbe regarding a blessing for children and have put these requests in the Igrot Kodesh (volumes of the Rebbe's letters). Often I received explicit answers in which the Rebbe acknowledged receipt of my letter and wished me good news regarding children.
 
"A little over a year ago, I received an answer in the Igrot Kodesh that I should donate money to yeshivas world-wide, and that this merit would help us to have children. The Rebbe continued in that letter to say that certainly after the birth of the children we would make sure to give them a Chasidic education.
 
"Eleven months ago, in the middle of a routine trip in Crown Heights, my cell phone rang. My wife told me with tears of joy that the results of her blood test were positive. I was stunned. I stopped the car and began crying like a child. I informed the Rebbe that very day that his bracha (blessing) was being fulfilled. Then I told Rabbi Leibel Groner, one of the Rebbe's secretaries, with whom I had been in close touch over the years. Rabbi Groner told us about various directives concerning pregnancy that he had received from the Rebbe.
 
"Two months later, the doctor told us it was twins. We saw how the Rebbe's blessing was being fulfilled precisely. On Tuesday, 7 Cheshvan 5762 at 10:20, our twin sons were born."
 
On Wednesday, 14 Cheshvan, the twins' circumcision took place at the Georgian shul in Queens. In light of the Rebbe's directive to publicize the wonders and miracles that G-d does for us to hasten the Redemption, the entire congregation, family and friends, heard about the twins who had been born after 17 years of waiting in the merit of the Rebbe's blessing.
 
"We named our oldest son Adam Daniel, and his brother, Ariel Avner," concludes Ronni. "The meal following the circumcision became a powerful demonstration of faith and trust in the Rebbe's words.
 
There is no doubt in the minds of all who shared in our simcha (Joy) that the Rebbe's prophecy that our generation will experience the revelation of Moshiach and the Final Redemption will immediately be fulfilled."

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