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Rabbi Marvin Tokayer is a noted scholar and historian residing in Great Neck, New York. For many years he was the only rabbi living in Japan and served as the Vice President and Director of Culture, Religion and Education for the Jewish Communities of the Far East. Rabbi Tokayer has written 20 books in Japanese on Judaism and Jewish life, and upon returning to New York he founded and led the Cherry Lane Minyan.
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer recalls the life changing audience in which the Rebbe brought the plight of the Jewish community in Japan to his attention, along with the suggestion that he might hold the solution to their problem. (1960's)
After agreeing to serve as rabbi in Japan for a period of two years, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer was thinking of backing out when his father suddenly passed away. The Rebbe’s guidance and advice turned his challenge into the most rewarding experience of his life...
Personal Memories of a Relationship with the Rebbe
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer who served as the Rabbi to the Far East from 1968-1981 reveals how several personal encounters with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory, influenced his path in life.
One day, after another round of my incessant questioning, the teacher suggested, “Why don’t you write a letter to the Rebbe requesting a private audience?”
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer is a prolific writer and speaker. As a young college student in 1960, he came to the Rebbe to discuss some of his theological questions (1960).
One man’s experience as the only rabbi for Japan and the Far East
The Rebbe said was, “It is enough that you were working with the dead, now you need to work with the living!”
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