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Why do I say this to you today?
I get these nasty, unprovoked e-mails from the dredges of society trying to poke fun at me on this auspicious day. Auspicious because we're taught by our Rebbes that especially so on the days of הסתלקות Tzaddikim look down on those who try and follow in their ways and simply put help them in their material and spiritual needs. That may be difficult for the Hungarians and Yeshivaleit among you to understand, but that doesn't change the מציאות. Years ago I may have been hurt and disgusted by such comments; "How dare they?" but by now, with age and experience, all you feel is pity for these poor souls. They
What I was trying to say was that we are at fault. That we never took the time to do what we had to do as far as הפצת המעיינות is concerned. We never told the world properly about the great chesed that the eibershter did when he gave us the Rebbe. We assumed that all those who don't realize the Rebbe's attributes and qualities are haters. We believed that those who cling to their old-world beliefs and customs are fools, instead of respecting their beliefs but trying to show them that this generation needs a new approach. We figured that if we get it then the whole world should too! Just sell them cheap seforim, or just give it away! and they should be on their way... Organizations like Heichel Menachem - to their great credit - try to change that. They may get looks from the "geborener" but they have nothing to be ashamed about, because this is exactly what the Rebbe wants. Just like we realize that we need to "tweak" certain things for the unaffiliated, and we will defend with a vengeance - (you know what I mean...) So too can we realize that we can tweak it למעליותא if so necessary. True, some people may never be reached, but there are still plenty of good people who yearn for what Chassidus and the Rebbe have to offer, and they're waiting for you to come and teach them, to share with them about the Rebbe's Ohel and that he's פועל ישועות בקרב הארץ עד היום הזה ועד בכלל. Maybe on their level and their way, but they're still waiting, and we cannot let them wait any longer! Let this be one החלטה טובה on this great day.
(If I ever expressed these thoughts in the 8+ years we're doing this, please forgive me)