<b>By Dovid Zaklikowski for COLlive and <a href=http://www.hasidicarchives.com target=”_blank”>Hasidic Archives</a></b>
Rabbi Dov Yehuda and Sarah Schochet emigrated from Basel, Switzerland, to Toronto with their young son, Immanuel, in the early 1950s.
Toronto didn’t have an established yeshiva at the time, so the Schochets turned to Immanuel’s uncle, Rabbi Mordechai Aizik Hodakov, the Rebbe’s chief aide, for advice about where their son should study.
“If you would like to send him to the school here, I will look after him,” Rabbi Hodakov said.
In 1952, Immanuel Schochet arrived in Brooklyn to study at the United Lubavitch Yeshivah in Brooklyn. One week, he decided to greet the Rebbe outside of 770 Eastern Parkway, the main Lubavitch synagogue, before the Friday night services.
As an “out-of-towner,” he did not realize that Chabad Chassidim kept a respectful distance from their Rebbe and would never dream of taking such a liberty.
The Rebbe did not seem to share their reticence, however. He returned Immanuel’s greeting and preceded him into the synagogue.
As Immanuel approached the stairs to the sanctuary, he saw that someone was holding the door open, waiting for him to enter—it was the Rebbe.
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