Where Do YOU Want To Live?

News on July 7th, 2017 No Comments

Shalom aleichem!

You’re on the edge of your seat, I know. You want to know how the Grand Draw (formerly “raffle”) is going. Here goes: You (that is, the collective you = 91 wonderful humans) have purchased 346 tickets.

To clarify: Ticket sales do NOT go to pay for the prizes, which are donated separately. ALL proceeds go directly to benefit Chabad On Campus of Queens. Thank you!

Thank you for joining us in the fight to keep the flame alive! Thank you for empowering our future leaders with the beauty and depth of our tradition.

Our goal is to sell 770 tickets by July 12. That is soon! Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets so far (list below)! If you have not yet had a chance, please buy your ticket(s) today!

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As promised in the “Newsy E-Letter” that I sent out earlier this week, I am sharing with you a story that I heard from Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky at the International Chabad On Campus Conference last week.

A chassid from the town of Kharkov came for an audience with the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab. The Rebbe asked him, vos hert zich in Kharkov — what’s happening in Kharkov?

The chassid replied, “Kharkov is great! We learn Torah, we daven, the mikvah is clean… there’s always a cup of coffee available in shul, people really care for each other!”

The Rebbe Rashab gave him a gold coin.

This chassid had been joined by another chassid from Kharkov, who also desired an audience with the Rebbe.

Vos hert zich in Kharkov?, the Rebbe asked the second chassid.

“Terrible! People don’t care about each other, nobody learns Torah, the mikveh is dirty…”

Some time later, these chassidim were discussing their respective interactions with the Rebbe. When the second chassid found out that the first chassid had been given a gold coin from the Rebbe, he was irked, to say the least.

Word reached the Rebbe Rashab (if I recall correctly, his brother Reb Zalman Aaron relayed the contents of the conversation between the chassidim), and the Rebbe Rashab summoned the chassid. “I heard you have some complaints….”

“Yes! Why didn’t I receive a gold coin from the Rebbe? I told the truth about Kharkov!”

“You think I don’t know what’s going on in Kharkov?” responded the Rebbe. “I just wanted to know: Which Kharkov do you live in?!”

Friends, I think we all know “what’s going on in Kharkov.” Life ain’t easy. Challenges abound. There is much to criticize, much in need of repair.

It is up to me to choose where I live. Will I live in the Kharkov where people care for each other, and where goodness abounds? Or do I make the choice of the second chassid?

One approach says that this isn’t really a choice at all….

Shabbat Shalom,


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