Wednesday, December 14, 2005
..............הקרירות של אנ"ש אין לשער
Speaking of Reb Itche Masmid, see what Chabadnik/Shturem brings, a letter bemoaning the situation at the time. The situation in Russia had begun to be unbearable after the Rebbe Rashab's passing; not to mention the fact that the Frierdige Rebbe and his family were על סף המות. The FR also has some very strong letters to Anash, but that's not what I'd like to bring now. From Reb Itche's letter it's tough to tell when it was written, but maybe if we know when he started to travel as a בא-כח we can deduce the time of the letter.
One line jumped out at me, especially knowing who it came from.
?איך נוכל לישב בחיבוק ידים כאשר עט"ר שליט"א שרוי בצער נורא
How can we stand by and refrain from acting when our Rebbe is in pain?
and then the kicker :
?מה אנו ומה חיינו אם לא נעסוק לטובת בית חיינו האמתיים
what are we and what is our life worth if we do not act on behalf of the Rebbe's house, the true house of our lives?
For Reb Itche, a Yid a Chossid, a Yerei Shomayim B'Tachlis who was afraid to eat anything for fear of putting something impure in his mouth, and a Lamden Otzum, what was his life?