By COLlive reporter
Photos: Shneur Schiff
Rabbi Shlomo Amar, former Chief Rabbi of Israel who serves now as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, made a ruling that Hashem must hasten the coming of Moshiach and the ultimate redemption.
Rabbi Amar has done so at the request of Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar during a late night farbrengen gatherings at the small shul of 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday night.
Surrounded by scores of fellow rabbis and chassidim, Rabbi Amar was reminded by Rabbi Lazar that 25 years ago the Rebbe had requested from him to issue a rabbinic ruling (pask din) that Moshiach should come.
People present were in an elevated state having concluded the International Kinus Hashluchim convention with record attendance and success. Rabbi Amar was honored to address 5,700 rabbis and leaders at the gala banquet in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.
From the glitzy event, the rabbis continued to Lubavitch Word Headquarters for an impromptu farbrengen, sharing words of inspiration and singing niggunim until the wee hours of the morning.
“We hereby rule according to the demand of the audience –we see the plaintiff but can’t see the defendant– that G-d Almighty speedily bring an end and reveal the Moshiach in front of our eyes in actuality,” he said.
On Monday morning, Chief Rabbi Amar traveled to Cambria Heights in Queens to pray at the Ohel resting place of the Rebbe in the old Montefiore cemetery.
He was accompanied by Rabbi Yoram Ulman, president of the Rabbinical Council of NSW in Sydney, Australia; Rabbi Menachem Matusof, Head Shliach to Alberta, Canada; Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Matusof, Shliach in Toulouse, France; Rabbi Eliyahu Matusof, an editor at Kehot Publication Society; and Rabbi Reuven Matusof, a Shliach in Paris, France.
As a child, Rabbi Amar studied in the vast Lubavitch network of yeshivas in Morocco founded by their late father, the Shliach Rabbi Shlomo Matusof, at the instruction of the Rebbe.