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Don’t Be Oblivious to the Changes

via Lma’an Yishme’u

The editor of the Algemeiner Journal, Reb Gershon Ber Jacobson, would receive many direct instructions from the Lubavitcher Rebbe on what to write. On Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, 5740 (1980), he heard the following from the Rebbe:

"There are some rabbonim (rabbis) who are dealing with trivial matters, while burning issues like kashrus (kosher food) and taharas hamishpocho (family purity / mikvah) are neglected. They forget that they we are in a different age; they think we are still in the same world as fifty years ago."

The Rebbe continued, "This reminds me of the study I received from a certain elderly doctor, wherein he concludes that British people would not get caught up in cults due to their cold nature. I wrote to him, telling him that I received a letter from a British (Jewish) girl who had joined a cult, and that she was suffering emotionally from it. He answered that we would have to determine whether the causes were not from something else...

"This doctor sits with his old friends, with their old fashioned outlook, and they think the world is not changing... similarly, those rabbonim are oblivious to the great challenges that Yiddishkeit (Judaism) is facing."

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