By COLlive reporter
A special booklet was published this week to honor the 20th yartzeit of the fervent Lubavitcher chossid R’ Moshe Rubin, of blessed memory, on the 29th of Adar.
Rabbi Rubin, an alumnus of Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim in Otwock, Poland, served as a shochet and bodek as well as a Mashpia of the Chabad community in Montreal, Canada, for over 50 years.
As he was known for his heartfelt and passionate prayers, the pilpul booklet is a disputation among rabbinical scholars about not making prayer a regularity in one’s daily life.
It was authored by his son, Rabbi Yisroel Rubin, co-director of Chabad of Albany, NY, with his wife Mrs. Rochel Rubin.
Continuing his legacy, in addition to the Rubins in Albany, are his children R’ Hershel and Rochel Devorah Zaklos of Detroit, R’ Moshe and Esther Shaindel Chanowitz of Montreal, R’ Yaakov Dovid and Sara Krayna Yuzewitz of Crown Heights, and their children and grandchildren.
Here is the dedication his children wrote in the 16-page booklet Kuntress Tefilas Arvis Reshus about their father and his “first love” which was davening:
In shul, everyone could see him davening long hours, but only we, his children, were privileged to experience our father’s heartfelt Birchos Hashachar at home, in the wee morning hours on Calrk Street, then on Bourret Avenue.
We had long “graduated” from the kindergarten’s “beginners” Brochos which we thought we just ‘kid stuff’ compared to the Psukai D’Zimra, Shema and Shmoneh Esray. Yet Reb Moshe poured his heart and soul into these ‘simple’ blessings – to him they weren’t so simple.
People usually zip quickly through these introductory Sidder pages. But Reb Moshe loved, succored and expressed each Beracha with great personal warmth, verbalizing and proclaiming each work aloud with deep Kavanah, like davening Neilah at the climax of Yom Kippur.
Years later, he would summon and orchestrate the grandchildren nearby to respond “Amein!” to each and every Beracha.
Reb Moshe’s voice would reach a crescendo in the Birchos Hatorah, concluding with the Grand “Elu Devarim” finale of Mitzvos we can enjoy now in this world, plus later in the World to Come.
Reb Moshe embodied the pasuk in Tehillim (39:4) engraved on his tombstone: “My heart is warm within, my words are on fire, that I speak with my tongue.”
Reb Moshe’s fervent blessings continue to reverberate on his 20th yartzeit on Adar 29. May his shining beautiful legacy live on until Moshiach.
+ Kuntress Tefilas Arvis Reshus