by Channah Magori
Photos by Meir Alfasi
Celebrating a decade of Chabad of Rechavia in Jerusalem, under the leadership of Rabbi Yisroel and Shoshi Goldberg, I was privileged to join close to one thousand people at the Yeshurun Central Synagogue for an evening of inspiration.
We gathered to hear the teachings of Rabbi YY Jacobson, one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world, to aspire to “think big and be a hero”.
The opening speakers, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Aharonov, Chairman of Lubavitch Youth Organization in Israel and Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, both praised the steadfast dedication and extraordinary success of Chabad of Rechavia.
The Ramatayim Men’s Choir, under conductor Richard Shavei-Tzion, sang a medley of prayers and nigunim, inviting the audience to join in― one people, one voice, one song.
A promo film followed, encapsulating a decade of Chabad of Rechavia’s work. The personal interviews bore witness to the huge impact, betterment and outstanding growth of the community.
Finally, Rabbi Jacobson, taught us with his humor, his Torah, his passion and pathos for the human condition—instructing us how to create a paradigm of self-actualization and self-empowerment—how to be a hero, an Ambassador of G-d.
He challenged us to break barriers and rise up.
“Who am I to be an Avraham, or Moshe, or Yona; to be powerful and influential, to change the world, to leave a life of mediocrity and become a beacon of light? I’m afraid but I’ll do it anyway― me, a hero, an Ambassador of G-d.”