25 ADAR: REBBETZIN CHAYA MUSHKA’S BIRTHDAY HER GIFT TO US
The Rebbetzin was the mainstay of the home. As the Rebbe said numerous times, the physical foundation of the home is not visible, yet on the foundation rests the entire building. The outward appearance of the foundation is not important. What is important is its strength.
So too with the Rebbetzin . We don’t know much about her. She kept very much to herself. Everything about her was expressed through modesty. Yet the Rebbetzin is truly the foundation of Chabad; After Yud Shevat 5710 , when the Rebbe refused to accept the Nesius , she said, “I cannot allow thirty years of my father’s self-sacrifice to go to waste,” she prevailed upon the Rebbe to accept.
This is what convinced the Rebbe. She knew very well what this would mean to her private life, but she gave her husband and her life for Klal Yisroel.
“DO YOU KNOW THE FAMOUS REBBE IN BROOKLYN?”
... The Rebbetzin often visited a library in Manhattan. Many years ago, she went to the library and presented her card. The librarian saw the name on it and asked, “Are you related to the famous Rebbe in Brooklyn?” The Rebbetzin replied that she was.
“How are you related?” asked the librarian. “He is my husband,” replied the Rebbetzin. The librarian began to lament to her about the Rebbe. She said that she had no children and “with great effort, I went to the Rebbe two years ago and asked him for a bracha for a child. The Rebbe blessed me and said I needed to commit to some mitzva , since a blessing is like rain and it needs a vessel to hold it.I told the Rebbe I would light candles Friday night. Two years have gone by and I still haven’t had a child!”
The Rebbetzin calmed her down and said, “I don’t have children either.” The librarian burst into tears and said, “I’m sorry, but I’m a Holocaust survivor and I was in concentration camps, and I am the sole survivor of my family. That’s why it’s so important to me to have children, so that the family will live on.”
The Rebbetzin asked, “What exactly did my husband say to you?” The librarian answered, “He said I should light Shabbos candles.” “Are you doing so?” “Yes!” replied the librarian “How do you do it?” inquired the Rebbetzin. “Every Friday I light candles when my husband comes home from work, around seven-eight o’clock.”
The Rebbetzin explained that Shabbos candles must be lit before sunset. “Commit to lighting the Shabbos candles properly,” she suggested. The librarian agreed to do so and 10 months later she had a son. She stayed in touch with the Rebbetzin and even visited her.
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