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We Don’t Need You To Go To Israel Now

Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar, veteran Shliach and Rov of The Shul of Bal Harbour in Surfside, Florida, wrote a public letter to fellow Shluchim and Chassidim about the call of the hour. Full Story

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Every Person has a Mission
October 31, 2023 12:01 am

Rabbi, your words are so powerful.
Seize the Opportunity!
The Time is NOW!!
Each person can find where they can shine their light to their families (Chessed begins at home), community, and unto the nations (make a kiddush Hashem). And I think its important to remember that people need to start being understanding and forgiving, the same way that Hashem has compassion on us and forgives every Yom Kippur.
Family members, please make every effort to put aside differences and seek peace. If there is willingness on both sides there is certainly a wayq.

Work to do
October 31, 2023 3:23 am

Well said

add another sorely neglected mitzva
October 31, 2023 6:30 am

To hasten the coming of Moshiach My very good friends are living in isolation feeling abandoned and forgotten in Small Town USA. I think there’s a silent neglect of an essential section of the Shluchim world. The wonderful, selfless, devoted parents who sacrificed their own needs, who encouraged, educated and inspired their children to go to the other end of the world to carry out the wishes and holy work of the Rebbe. Many of these parents are left alone in their home towns, isolated from their children and grandchildren and r”l come low on their children’s list of priorities.… Read more »

Reply to  add another sorely neglected mitzva
October 31, 2023 9:37 am

This is pervasive. Very hard to endure the new reality of being side-lined. Thanks for the article.

This is the Yesod
Reply to  add another sorely neglected mitzva
October 31, 2023 12:50 pm

Many adult children, even married ones, are neglecting this Mitzva. Mostly, I believe this is because the secular world in America has little regard for their parents and this mentality has sadly seeped into our community.
Kids, Adult kids, WAKE UP!

Reply to  add another sorely neglected mitzva
October 31, 2023 4:29 pm

Bring your parents on shlichus with you (if they want) so that they may be a Bubby to your children and be a part of their lives. ❤️

Is the headline from Rabbi Lipskar? Makes no sense
October 31, 2023 8:01 am

That headline is the opposite of what the Rebbe himself did, especially in 1955 when he sent a group of 10 as his representatives to Israel to comfort them after the tragedy there.

A group of 10, yes
Reply to  Is the headline from Rabbi Lipskar? Makes no sense
October 31, 2023 9:51 am

There already is a delegation of shluchim that went to EY.

But the point is that each of us has to look around our own surroundings and ask, how can I make a difference in the here and now by reaching out to the Jews in my own daled Amos. Not looking afar and thinking we need to be in Israel now

Now ask
Reply to  Is the headline from Rabbi Lipskar? Makes no sense
October 31, 2023 10:04 am

Did the Rebbe do the same thing after other attacks?

Reply to  Is the headline from Rabbi Lipskar? Makes no sense
October 31, 2023 11:53 am

Maybe, just maybe, the elder Shliach knows about that one time event, and still has enough information to know that it was a unique occasion.
There are clear answers from the Rebbe that support Rabbi Lipskar’s position. One such answer, to Rabbi Yitzchok Springer, is currently making the rounds on WhatsApp.
(I rarely post here, but I find it bizarre that people think a senior Shliach would publicise a post like this, without due diligence and attention to what the Rebbe’s views are).

Reply to  Is the headline from Rabbi Lipskar? Makes no sense
October 31, 2023 11:53 am

the rebbe sent 10 Bochurim not 10 shluchim who had their own communites

Read it word by word:
Reply to  Is the headline from Rabbi Lipskar? Makes no sense
October 31, 2023 11:57 am

“We don’t need YOU to go to Israel now.”

Yes, the Rebbe sent *10* Shluchim. Today too, dozens of individuals, shluchim and organizations are going to Israel with specific missions. Everyone else is needed right here to rally American Jews to win through spiritual warfare.

October 31, 2023 8:20 am

Very brave letter. This line says it all: We need to join the struggle in our own spaces, not look for something that makes us feel better and takes away our guilt that we did something.

October 31, 2023 8:57 am

Especially the Shluchim who have communities to tend to!!

Thank you!
October 31, 2023 9:37 am

Thank you Rabbi Lipskar!! I didn’t know what to do before but now that you told me what I should be doing its so clear to me!! I was going to check what the Rebbe said to do in similar situations but you repeated it for me! Kol Hakavod for such original brave thoughts!

October 31, 2023 10:30 am

Thank you Rabbi Lipskier for your wise insight.

I started waking up earlier every day to feel more like a soldier and be more productive.

we need people to
October 31, 2023 10:52 am

prevent the war from coming to our country

ask the politicians and people in power to make antisemitism illegal. speech actions posters online posts and all that. make it illegal and a punishable crime. stop the news from posting propalestinian crap. make propalestinian protests illegal. make sure no one allows gazans into this country.

Wise Words
October 31, 2023 12:30 pm

As always Rabbi Lipskar speaks with wisdom and clarity . May the creator give him good health and long life so he can continue to inspire us all .

Rivka Chana
Reply to  Wise Words
October 31, 2023 1:18 pm

Sooooo beautifully said, Rabbi!!!!
Now let’s all get out there and act!!!!!!!!!

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October 31, 2023 1:38 pm


Seize the opportunity
October 31, 2023 1:49 pm

to teach the Rebbe’s directives for Shleimus HaAretz – ensuring the territorial integrity of the Land of Israel – building Jewish communities, towns and cities throughout the entire Land, dafka in the liberated lands of the Six Day War and Pikuach Nefesh – protecting and saving Jewish lives as mandated in Halacha

Tamar Adelstein, Coordinator
Crown Hts Women for the Safety & Integrity of Israel

From Jerusalem With Love ❤️🇮🇱
October 31, 2023 4:17 pm

Just wrote a letter to the editor in response to your article. Sorry to say I disagree with you strongly. We need every Jew who can come to come Lech Lecha…is G-d’s commandment. There were 3000 young people at a peace party on simchas Torah, down south! Trust me plenty to do here too. And just being here is already doing! There is strength in numbers.
I understand, life is good in America?
But America is nisht andesh.
Truly with all due respect.

Inspiring words...
October 31, 2023 8:56 pm

Thank you Rabbi….your words will be shared and acted upon, and may Hashem give you and Klal Yisroel the strength to erase this evil!
You are so very Inspiring…grateful to say I know you!
Freda Greenbaum

October 31, 2023 11:56 pm

From a standpoint of strengthening the Jewish people, I think the shluchim are needed in the US, as it is here that the faith of the Jewish people needs strengthening. The people of Israel need to be spiritually supported and in every other way, but they are fighting. It is in Israel that the lives of Jews are at risk, but in the US that the Jewish people are at risk of being disconnected from the faith of our forefathers. Having said thar, the ultimate goal must be to promote kibbutz galuyot in the long run. The destiny of the… Read more »