Chabad in Mumbai

November 29, 2008

I’ve traveled in Europe and in Asia with my children and we have  enjoyed the hospitality and the Shabbes atmosphere in Chabad Houses so much that I chose to end my memoir at a Chabad House in Rishikesh. I am devastated at the tragic news from Mumbai.  The emissaries from Chabad are devoted Jews who sacrifice so much in bringing Torah and Kedusha to traveling Jews, making them feel at home in foreign lands.  Baruch Dayan Emet.

 

 

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Congratulations to the people of America and to Barack Obama.  I watched Obama’s acceptance speech many times throughout the day and relished in the joy and celebrations, hoping that we, the Jewish people will also celebrate soon, when we will finally have a leader to show us the way.

In Jewish law, when one sees a monarch, we are commanded to say the blessing, “Blessed are You, Lord our God, who has given from His glory to flesh and blood” as a king is considered a reflection of the majesty and authority of God Himself.

When I saw Obama stand in front of millions of adoring fans, who believe he is their hope for the future, I had an inkling of how it will be when Moshaich comes.  I saw his success as a reflection of the day when we Jews will all come together as one people, filled with love and hope.

May it happen speedily in our days. Amen.