By Rabbi Moshe Levin of Chabad Pico-Bais Bezalel and founder of the Jewish Family Library
My mother always told me how the Rebbe sort of chuckled when he saw me wearing white pants at the entrance of 770 Eastern Parkway.
I remember seeing the Rebbe then and trying to run in front of him, as children randomly do, but, I never knew there was a picture.
By Divine Providence, Rabbi Shmuly Metzger, a friend who runs a Chabad center in Manhattan, sent me this picture and the timing was perfect.
This week, I was busy preparing to launch the campaign to raise money for The Jewish Family Library which serves the Los Angeles Jewish community. There are lots of places being built for adults, where is there a place for children?
I felt a special connection to that moment with the Rebbe, and like in the picture, where he is giving me a coin for charity, I feel that he is certainly participating in ways I can only imagine in this campaign.
The Jewish Family Library has become a household name since it has opened in April 2021. Families from all over Southern California have frequented the library for Jewish enrichment and entertainment. Over 11,000 books have been borrowed already! The time has come for the next step, the Jewish Family Library 2.0 will expand to the entire second floor of our Center. We can’t do it without YOUR help.
As we prepare for Yud Shevat, a day that the Rebbe said to add in Tzedaka and to “contribute to the institutions of the Rebbe before davening,” please consider this life-giving endeavor at www.charidy.com/jewishlibrary