By COLlive reporter
A letter the Rebbe wrote to Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, the late Head Shliach of Illinois, 28 years ago might be of comfort of the grieving family and community.
It was dated the Tuesday when Parshas Pekudei is read – exactly a week and 28 years before his passing on Tuesday of Parshas Vayikra, 2 Adar 5774.
In it, the Rebbe offers greetings and thanks for sending “the booklets” and then emphasizes the significance of the date the letter was written which he calls an “meritorious day in several aspects.”
The Rebbe writes that Tuesday is the day of double blessings, a lesson from the Parsha, the speciality of Rosh Chodesh that connects both months of Adar in a leap year (5746 such as 5774), and the general joy of Adar.
And the Rebbe connects the redemption celebrated on Purim to the ultimate redemption from the current exile with the coming of Moshiach.
Before adding his signature, the Rebbe added in his handwriting the blessings, “for success in the holy work.”
The success indeed defined the life that came to an abrupt and tragic ending on Tuesday while undergoing routine surgery at Glenview’s Glenbrook Hospital when he suffered cardiac arrest.
Under his stewardship, Lubavitch-Chabad of Illinois grew to encompass nearly 40 centers in 21 cities. The Chabad community of Illinois now boasts full kindergarten through 12th-grade educational institutions for boys and girls, as well as services for seniors, children with special needs and everyone in between.
His funeral is currently taking place in Chicago where he will be buried, honoring his verbal request to family members.