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Four years of shlichus

Tuesday, 8 September, 2015 - 9:17 pm

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It’s been four years since I moved on shlichus. We moved to a suburb twenty minutes away from the community I grew up in. I had never heard of that place before and felt a little uncomfortable about moving there. You see, I don’t like when people tell me how to think and feel about G-d, I find it very personal and like to do it my own way, so I didn’t want to do that to others. I also thought that if they lived there it was probably because they did not want to be part of a Jewish community. I still agreed to move for my husband, he grew up in that lifestyle and I knew how important it was for him to go on shlichus. I told him "you’re the Rabbi and I’ll do the cooking, but I don’t want to be called rebbetsin or give any classes." 

My experience changed my view and moving out of a Jewish community to go on shlichus made me realise what the Rebbe really wanted from his Chassidim. I felt like it was more for me then for the people who lived there. It made me get in touch with people I would never have met if I lived in the neighbourhood where I grew up. I discovered beautiful and real people with strong values and a strong connection to G-d that I didn’t even have. It challenged me to question myself constantly, if I would have been in their place would I really be who I am today, would I really be better then them? Would I have the strength to change my lifestyle? They were the ones to ask me to open a Hebrew school, they wanted their children to learn about their education, something they weren’t able to have growing up. The discussions were so mind opening and I built friendships with people I would never have if I stayed in my community. It made me dig deeper into myself and think about my own values, beliefs and philosophies. It made me understand (just a little) what the Rebbe's vision about making the world better is.

The Rebbe came right after Hitler and he rebuilt what Hitler tried to destroy. Hitler wanted to get rid of any humans that weren’t perfect like him in his evil eyes. Starting with the Jews, then the disabled, the gays, colored people and so on. He did it with brilliance, starting slowly bringing in people to join him in his evil plan. He then went through the process of spreading hate towards the Jews and slowly crushing their essence, sending them to ghettos, separating children from their parents and killing them, separating couples, sending them to camps and lowering them to the level of animals where their basic needs of survival were at stake.
The Rebbe, the opposite of evil, lead people to spread love and light. Jews from all different backgrounds, non – Jews or just anyone who needed advice in their life came to meet him. He made people with disabilities feel special and empowered children to be a part of his mission. He met with thousands of people privately, uplifting them with his kind words and bringing out their full potential, made gatherings where people united in songs and words of Torah. And more importantly he empowered his followers by giving us the chance to carry on his mission. To become leaders who spread that love and break the stigma of stereotypes and differences that separate people from one another and to accept people as they are.

 

A few weeks ago, we celebrated our first bar mitzvah from one of our Hebrew School students. His father, who is non – jewish, spoke at the Kiddush and said that it’s important for him that his son knows where he comes from. When I heard this I knew I was on the right track. My job as a shlucha is not to dictate, judge or tell people what to do or think. It’s to educate, empower and love another person for free. It’s to uplift and bring out the best in people just like the Rebbe showed us. I try to apply this to anyone I see, not only the people that are in my community because being a shlucha is everywhere and anywhere. I keep on telling myself that people don’t choose their family, the place they are living in or the life they have, so let them choose how they want to lead their life. I lead by working on myself and fixing myself (the hardest job). Most importantly, I give over that free love over to anyone who needs it.

 I think we all have this mission and every human has to take the responsibility of leading in their own way.It is attainable and it’s the only reason why we are here on earth. We all have something to share with others that someone else doesn't!

Shana Tova and may this year lead us to the coming of Mashiach!

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