At the Feet of the Rebbe: Commemorating Twenty Years

Friday, 27 June, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Twenty years has passed since the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, left this world. They say that time is a great healer, but the void left in our hearts, and the hearts of countless others, since the Rebbe passed away, has not yet been filled. We still experience the same yearning to be close to him. In fact, our deep longing to be reunited with the Rebbe has only intensified over time.

Throughout the course of our childhood, and into our adult lives, we must have spent thousands of hours at the feet of the Rebbe, receiving blessings and dollars, attending his Farbrengens... year after year after year. It is incredibly tough, as time passes, to live life without the Rebbe's physical presence guiding us along our path in life.

The Rebbe is no longer physically with us - that is true - but his legacy of love for the Jewish people, his profound sensitivity and caring for others, live on today. Over 4,000 emissaries - and counting - act as the Rebbe's lamplighters, keeping the flame of Judaism alive in all corners of the world. When the Rebbe passed away, there were 1000 emissaries. Today that number has quadrupled. The Rebbe's message of unconditional love continues to act as a driving force for so many.

As we approach the 20th anniversary since the Rebbe's passing, we witness something totally unprecedented and incredible. The mainstream media is publishing article after article about the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in particular in response to Joseph Telushkin's groundbreaking work, "Rebbe," which has just reached The New York Times bestseller list. The whole world wants to hear, read, and learn about the Rebbe. The book does not just provide an account of the Lubavitch Movement, or a biography of the Rebbe - but rather, within its pages, contain life lessons that have the power to transform each person who reads the book to strive to be the best person they can be. 

Twenty years has passed - and the pain of the Rebbe's passing has not diminished. However, the Rebbe's message lives on and continues to inspire us all - through his legacy, teachings and unconditional love.

Rabbi Levi and Sorah Shemtov

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