by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
We received the following note worth sharing (edited for appearance and readability as an article)…
My friend and I are Baal Teshuva (Jews previously not religiously observant who became observant – sometimes referred to as “baal teshuva” meaning “masters of returning (to G-d)”). We started very late in life and like some others including this previously written here at Mystical Paths by Rabbi Nati, we went through Gehinnon (hell) in getting back to Torah.
In the 60's we were sent to college and exposed to every abomination (with the free love generation).
Today we both study with Chabad. We recently attended an event in Crown Heights (Chabad world headquarters) and for us to be there with so many Lubavitchers who welcomed us with open arms, we reaped tears of joy.
My friend and I never knew who we were. Just a few years ago she learned that she is a descendant of the Shpola Zeide and I learned that my mother was in the Ghetto with the daughter and disciple of the Rogatchover Gaon. My mothers rav was Lubavitcher and I am descended from Kohanim and some very famous Rabbonim.
Yet our rich family heritage was hidden from us. We were both raised like Cantonists (a generation of Jewish children stolen from their parents in Czarist Russia). Please tell everyone, just show Hashem an opening the size of the eye of the needle and He will open for you enormous worlds.