Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Rebbetzin " No I Never Heard About it From My Father"

“In the winter of 1985 Lubavitch Library staff noticed valuable books were disappearing from the shelves. Before long, it became obvious that some of the rare Kabbalistic and biblical commentaries were missing. They tried to find out who could be taking the Sefarim”

-Excerpts the story of Hei Teves

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Hay Teves (the day which marks a court ruling which returned the Rebbe's library into the hands of his Chassidim), I would like to present part of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka's testimony regarding the ownership of the library, Also included is an interesting picture of the Rebbe (part 22 in the series)
The following is the back-and-forth between the lawyer and the Rebbetzin:

The lawyer: Why did your father have books?

The Rebbetzin: This was his life. His main goal was to spread Judaism.

The lawyer: It's important for me to know - how do you know that the reason he collected the books was to spread Judaism)?

The Rebbetzin: I understand very well. This was his personality, this is what he grew up with, and this is what he lives with.

The lawyer: When your father was alive, who did you think the library belonged to?
The Rebbetzin: I never thought about it then.

The lawyer: Did your father ever tell you who the books belonged to?

The Rebbetzin: No, I never heard about it from my father.

The lawyer: My second question is about the books that your father used in his study. Are those books your father's or they belong to the Chassidim?

The Rebbetzin: It belongs to the Chassidim because my father belonged to the Chassidim.

The Rebbetzin's response gave tremendous insight into the true nature of the relationship between the Rebbe and his Chassidim. There is only a perceived separation – they are strongly united at their essence.

Good Shabbos.


1 comment:

Yehoishophot Oliver said...

Note that the Rebbe discussed this episode in the famous sicha of Motza’ei Shabbos Terumah 5748 (20 February 1988), discussed here.