Thursday, June 25, 2009

STORIES WITH THE REBBE:

Each Sunday since 1986, the Rebbe would stand tirelessly in a small room near his office as thousands of people filed past to see him and receive his blessing. To each of them the Rebbe gave a dollar bill, appointing them as his agent to give it to the charity of their choice. Once, an elderly woman could not contain herself and burst out: "Rebbe, how do you do it? How is it that you do not tire?" The Rebbe smiled and replied: "Every soul is a diamond. Can one grow tired of counting diamonds?"
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George Rohr is a prominent businessman and longtime supporter of Chabad-Lubavitch who enjoyed a special relationship with the Rebbe.
One time, wanting to give the Rebbe enjoyment, he told the Rebbe that on Rosh Hashanah he had organized a beginners' service in his synagogue for more than 130 Jews who had no Jewish background.
"What?" the Rebbe asked, looking at Rohr intently.
Assuming the Rebbe did not hear what he said, Rohr repeated himself.
"No Jewish background?" asked the Rebbe.
"Go back and tell them that they have a background. They are the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rifka, Rachel and Leah!"
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The only Jewish kid in his class, a seventh grader on the Caribbean island of Curacao developed serious problems in school because of his minority religious status. Without prompting, the Rebbe surprised the tiny Jewish community of Curacao by sending a pair of emissaries who helped out the family in their distress. Deeply grateful, the boy’s father sent the Rebbe an emotional letter, thanking him for coming to the assistance of “a small Jew in Curacao”. The Rebbe replied: There is no such thing as ‘a small Jew’…a Jew must never underestimate his or her tremendous potential…”
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A prison chaplain once brought a group of Jewish inmates to a gathering that the Rebbe held. Before the gathering began, the chaplain received the following message from the Rebbe's secretariat: "The Rebbe does not want the prisoners to sit together. They should be interspersed throughout the crowd." The chaplain was puzzled by the request, especially because he had just gone to great lengths to arrange that the group sit together. One of the secretaries then explained, "The Rebbe feels that if your group were to be seated together, they will attract attention. People will ask who they are, and it will be known that they are prisoners, causing them embarrassment. To prevent this from happening, they should be seated throughout the crowd."
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This is a Rebbe. Our Rebbe.

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