As we approach the 22nd yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka obm, Yagdil Torah has compiled a collection of teachings from Raza”l and the Sichos of the Rebbeim discussing the great merit of the Jewish woman to be an “Eizer K’negdo”- i.e. to assist her husband and children in their learning of Torah.
The Rebbe instructed us to learn from the ways of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka and to walk in her footsteps. The Rebbetzin was a true paradigm of an “Eizer K’negdo,” personifying this idea in the most beautiful way.
From the very beginning of her marriage, the Rebbetzin would remain at home alone, often for long periods of time, while the Rebbe was attending to matters of Torah learning and Yiddishkeit. She looked for ways to assist her husband in his holy work making sure that the Rebbe would not be disturbed by unimportant things, enabling the Rebbe to apply himself to his avoda, and Torah learning.
We can only imagine that the Rebbe’s kabbolas hanesius involved great mesirus nefesh on the part of Rebbetzin. But throughout her lifetime, we saw her utmost joy and dedication. She was permeated with the feeling of being fortunate to have this great z’chus of being a partner with the Rebbe in the holy work of spreading Torah and Yiddishkeit. The Rebbetzin was a beautiful example of devotion and loyalty; of strength and commitment; a real Eishes Chayil.
In accordance with the minhag of learning Mishnayos on the day of the yahrtzeit (Mishnah having the same Hebrew letters as neshamah) for the benefit of the niftar’s soul, we have included a chapter of Mishnayos that begins with the first letter of the Rebbetzin’s name.