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Yud Shvat and Memories of Farbrengens Past

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

Tonight is the celebration of the hilhula (the ascent) of the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, HaRav Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson, who's chassidus, Torah, and directions continue to live with us today. One year following the departure of this tzadik's obvious direct influence on the physical world, the great man simply known today as "The Rebbe", the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe, HaRav Menachem Mendal Schneerson, who's chassidus and directions carry us daily, assumed the position of Rebbe of Chabad Lubavitch chassidus and changed the direction of the Jewish world.

I could write extensively about the impact of the Rebbe, both impact that people realize, and impact that people don't, but others have done that extensively and I'm not sure I'd be adding anything special.

What I can write about is the farbrengens. With the Rebbe, and directed by the Rebbe. It's hard to explain the hope, the yearning of those times. We were marching on to Geulah! The Geulah was always just one more mitzvah away, just stretch a little farther for Hashem, Torah, mitzvot, the Jewish people, and of course, for the Rebbe. We literally ran to do mitzvot, outreach, inreach, to infuse others with even more energy for their mitzvot. Just .. one .. more .. till .. Geulah!!!

Even far away, the call or fax would come, the Rebbe directed to farbreng, on such and such a topic, with extra energy. And we did! We relayed the words of the Rebbe, we shared with each other how to achieve the higher goals, we pushed to get there, we leaned on each other for help, ah we drove towards the goals of the Rebbe: Torah, Mizvot, Ahavat Yisroel, and Moshiach!

The farbrengen was the command post and the pep rally, all in one. To be in 770 (the main synogogue of Lubavitch) with the Rebbe was to be in another world. Lower Gan Eden, where goals of Hashem and Torah and Ahavat Yisroel exceeded the concerns of the flesh. For those moments we felt our neshomas (souls) awaken fully! For those brief seconds and minutes, we could set aside the concerns of the flesh and this physical world.

Like we say on Yom Kippur, when the ear hears of it, the heart grieves (for what we no longer have). The Rebbe's Torah, chassidus, and goals live on. The drive though, that's a fading memory, sorely missed. The farbrengens of the past, regardless of whether they were far away from the Rebbe physically or not, were alive with fire.

The farbrengen of today merely reminices about the past, whether in 770 itself, nearby or farther out.

When the ear hears of it, the heart grieves.

Oy, Ribono Shel Olam, Master of the Universe, I believe it was the Ruzhiner Rebbe, zt"l, who said, "Ribono Shel Olam, the time will come when you'll have to bring Moshiach, for if You don't, no one will even remember about Moshiach." ... Please.

Please.

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