By COLlive reporter
A glimpse into the battle of the Rebbe to halt the mass emigration of Jews from Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood appears in the newly printed volume 56 of Toras Menachem – Hisvaaduyos.
Featuring the public and a few semi-private talks the Rebbe gave between the month of Nissan to Tammuz in the year 5729, the new volume offers insight into the state of affairs of the time.
One of them was Jews fleeing from the crime-ridden neighborhood – most of them associated with chassidic groups that had lived there for decades and which owned homes and shuls in the area.
In a sicha on Acharon shel Pesach that year, the Rebbe said that “Since various and strange rumors have been spread” that he supposedly supports the migration, “I am compelled to express my opinion openly and clearly,” “although it isn’t my way to deny rumors,” the Rebbe said.
The Rebbe went on to call the “emigration phenomenon from Jewish neighborhoods” a “plague” and is leading to the destruction of the fabric of Jewish life and the livelihood of fellow Jews.
And then the Rebbe made a vow: “All those who behave according to Shulchan Aruch and stay here, those returning here and those coming to settle in this neighborhood will be bestowed with blessings in the good and visible, concretely.”
In addition, the Rebbe said that this will have a positive effect also on Jews living in Williamsburg, Boro Park, Washington Heights, as well as Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington, Melbourne, London and even on the safety of Israel.
The new 400-page volume in Hebrew and Yiddish is published by the New York-based Lahak publications, directed by Rabbi Chaim Shaul Brook, in conjunction with Kehot Publication Society.
This is the third book of the Rebbe’s teachings said in 5729. As with previous books in the Toras Menachem series, the new volume includes talks the Rebbe has given in smaller settings, rather than the large farbrengens in the main synagogue at Lubavitch Headquarters – 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY.
Among them is an address the Rebbe gave to the first group of Talmidim Shluchim traveling to the Jewish community in Australia during which each received $36. There is also talks to students graduating Beis Rivkah High School and to the staff of the girls Camp Emunah of New York.
There is also the maamar (“Hachodesh Haza Lachem”) the Rebbe said after receiving a new Torah brought by Rabbi Michoel Lipsker, a gift from the students of the Chabad school in Meknes in appreciation of the Rebbe and the Shluchim’s care for Moroccan Jewry.
The new Toras Menachem is sold at Kehot and leading Judaica and book stores.