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Why the Rebbe didn’t go to the holy land of Israel even for just a visit. (From “Messages”—Season 2, Episode 7)

Mission: U.S.A.

Mission: U.S.A.

Farbreng, Episode 7

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June 3, 2013
To Ron Sharpe
The Rebbe's caution about going to visit the Land of Israel was specifically due to its sanctity and connection to the Jewish people, such that once a Jew is there, it is forbidden to leave. Other countries may be visited without them laying any claim to the visitor. As far as the Rebbe is concerned, he did not visit any countries or even other cities during all his years of leading Chabad. However, he did send many people to live in Israel, and gave his blessing to many more to move there or to visit.
Rabbi Shmary Brownstein
May 23, 2013
Have Faith in Hashem
Keep our Faith in Hashem and all will work out in the End! All in G-d's time! Rebbe is so Close to G-d and still inspires G-dliness to this day!

When I think of the Rebbe I feel a light that shines!
Michelle Andre
May 23, 2013
Re: Simche Wecker
Indeed, you are correct, there is a mistake in the English subtitles. The person cites the Sefer Hamitzvot of the Ramban (Nachmanides), not Maimonides. Maimonides actually omits this Mitzvah as Nachmanides points out on the Sefer Hamitzvot of the Rambam positive Mitzvah 4.
Yehuda Shurpin for
May 18, 2013
Contradiction ?!
The Rebbe often alluded to his belief that until the Moshiach comes there can be no `officially` recognized `State of Israel`. Therefore Halachah is not applicable in this case, since according to the Rebbe, Israel the home land of the Jewish people does not yet exist. The Rebbe, I assume, thought he could visit France, Italy, Australia and return to the US , so why not no man's land -which 14 Million other Jews call Israel, our Promised Land.
Ron Sharpe, a Zionist and Patriotic Jew from Australia
May 12, 2013
Many Jews stayed in Egypt
While The Rebbe was indeed the Captain and responsible for thousands many Jews, however many Torah observant Jews, look for any excuse to remain in Galut. To claim that remaining in America instills a strength greater than the that of participation in national service in Israel turns logic and reason on its head. To truly live a Jew must build his life in Eretz Yisroel. For The Rebbe remaining in America was a great sacrifice justified by his lofty position but it was a sacrifice nonetheless.
Menachem Ben Yakov
May 12, 2013
Israel's Holidays
Chabad does not tell others what to put on their calendars, so I don't see how that is a display of a belief that the Chabad understanding is the only one. It would seem that to expect someone to act in a way that is contrary to their understanding of Halachah expresses an attitude of there being only one right way. More importantly, Chabad as an organization generally does not decide Halachah, but accepts the decisions of the major contemporary authorities regarding the issues of the day. The same is true here.
Rabbi Shmary Brownstein
May 11, 2013
impressive talk
really appreciated the scene at the end, job well done!

chasidim farbrenging with their rebbe, in a real life way.
May 9, 2013
I believe that the Rebbi felt he could not abandon his people and his job on Earth was to reunite his people outside the promised land! Could it be the Rebbi was out gathering lost Jews no man left behind? How selfless! He worried about all Jews! Amen!
May 9, 2013
Amazing video
Thank you to all involved in this outstanding video. As an observant supporter of Lubavitch with a limited knowledge of Torah, this video really clarified the Rebbe and the Lubavitch community's position on Israel. This video would be a wonderful program for all Chabad Houses in the United States and Canada to show on a large screen with the Rabbi leading a discussion for their community on the Lubavitch support for Israel. It could be a real groundbreaker to help bring secular Jews closer to Yiddishkeit and help to bring Moshiach NOW! May we soon dance with Moshiach in Yerushalayim.
Susan Cohen
Myrtle Beach, SC
May 9, 2013
The man in the film asked The Rebbe about the fourth positive mitzvah of the Ramban, Nachmanides who says it is a mitzvah to live in Israel (the translation is incorrect).
Nachmanides affirms that it is positive mitzvah for all time. Maimonides does not include the mitzvah of settling Israel in the 613 mitvahs.
Simche Wecker
Bet Shemsh Israel