By COLlive reporter
On 26 Adar, 5751 – March 12, 1991, the Rebbe held a public audience for supporters of the Machne Israel Development Fund held at the main shul at Lubavitch Headquarters – 770 Eastern Parkway.
One of the visitors was Nachum Eizicovics, a Toronto jeweler who was active with Chabad of Markham and the Jewish Russian Community Centre (JRCC) of Ontario. He asked the Rebbe for a blessing for their activities.
After receiving blessings, Eizicovics went on to say, “I would like to bless the Rebbe with many long years…”
The Rebbe’s comment to that was chilling and he repeated it twice.
A year later, on the 27th of Adar I, 5752 (March 2, 1992), the Rebbe suffered a disabling stroke. On the same date two years later, the Rebbe lost consciousness following another stroke; 3 months later, on the 3rd of Tammuz 5754 (June 12, 1994), the Rebbe’s soul ascended on high, orphaning a generation.