By COLlive reporter
Actor Jon Voight and his manager Steven Paul were hosted for a meeting with President Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office ahead of the Republican National Convention, which began on Monday.
During the hour-long meeting, Voight presented President Trump with the newly published Book of Haftarot, with an interpolated translation and commentary based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
The Book of Haftarot was adapted and edited by Rabbi Moshe Wisnefsky of the acclaimed Kehot Chumash and Daily Wisdom projects. It was produced by Chabad House Publications and published by Kehot.
Voight and Paul thanked President Trump for his historic, steadfast support and courageous friendship for the Land of Israel, as well as for the Jewish people in the United States and throughout the world.
In the tradition of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Voight also brought President Trump a dollar bill for the President to give to charity, to transform every encounter into an act of goodness and kindness.
The Book of Haftarot was published in honor of Monroe (“Meir Yaakov”) and his wife Judy, in celebration of Monroe’s 93rd birthday, as a blessing for good health, joy, and abundant success for their family and all of their descendants.
As the Book of Haftarot was being readied for publication, Rabbi Tzemach Yehoshua Cunin, Shliach of the Rebbe and director of Chabad of Century City, passed away suddenly at the young age of 43.
Asher David and Michal Milstein and their family immediately decided to name this edition of the Haftarot for Rabbi Tzemach Yehoshua obm, as an eternal blessing for his memory.
Upon receiving the Book of Haftarot, President Trump showed it to his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, who joined the meeting together with his wife Ivanka.
The inscription for the Tzemach Yehoshua Cunin Memorial Edition reads, in part:
“As a son of Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Eliyahu and Rebetzin Odel Miriam Cunin, legendary pioneers and trailblazers of the Rebbe’s army, Rabbi Tzemach Yehoshua was born and raised as an emissary of the Rebbe; his entire life from birth was devoted to the Rebbe’s mission of helping others and rekindling their connection to G-d. He was an exceptionally warm, gentle, and friendly soul. He loved everyone and was loved by all.
“Rabbi Tzemach Yehoshua worked devotedly alongside his father in the Rebbe’s mission to redeem the sacred texts and writings of the Lubavitcher Rebbes from captivity in Russia, as well as in establishing and building the Chabad educational institutions and programs on the West Coast.
“Together with his wife Ada, he opened his home as a spiritual and physical refuge for countless guests, friends and travelers. He and his wife raised their five children to be true Chasidim, devoted to the Rebbe’s mission to redeem the world through acts of goodness and kindness.
May Rabbi Tzemach Yehoshua Cunin’s inspiring life provide the impetus for us all to do our part in hastening the revelation of Moshiach, the ultimate prophetic message of the haftarot enshrined within these pages.”
The Preface of the Book of Haftarot concludes with the following, hopeful prayer:
“The study of the Torah and the application of its values are at the center of humanity’s purpose. By publishing this work, we hope to inspire our readers to further and deepen their study of the Torah and to identify more personally with its timeless message. We are confident that this will bring about the fulfillment of the Rebbe’s vision for the ultimate Redemption, when – in the words of the prophet Isaiah – ‘the knowledge of God will fill the earth as water fills the seabed.’”
The book is available online at: https://store.kehotonline.com/prodinfo.asp?number=EP-HAFT