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Yisroel Gordon

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Rabbi Yisroel Gordon’s father, Reb Yochanan Gordon, studied at the Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva in Lubavitch, Russia, in the early 1910s. His father would recall an insightful lesson he was taught by the Yeshiva’s director, the future Sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef ...
On occasion during the 1950s, Rabbi Yisroel Gordon served as the Rebbe’s driver. He recalls some of the wit and humor that he witnessed.
circa 1945
Rabbi Yisroel Gordon was a student at 770 during the 1940s. One time, the Rebbe came down from his father-in-law, the Previous Rebbe, with a message “all the way from the top.”
June, 1941
The Rebbe records in his diary of 1932 that his father-in-law and predecessor, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch, instructed him to don four pairs of Tefillin every day. Rabbi Yisroel Gordon was a student in 770 when the Rebbe arrived in America in June, ...
circa 1951
Rabbi Yisroel Gordon shares an amusing story, driving the Rebbe back to Crown Heights from the Ohel.
Warsaw, Poland—1928
Rabbi Yochanan Gordon traveled from Dokshitz, Russia, to the Rebbe’s wedding in Warsaw. His son, Rabbi Yisroel Gordon, recalls his father’s reports of the wedding.
A brutal Russian winter raged, and a chassid wished to teach his son the importance of immersion in the mikva. Father and son approached a frozen lake on the outskirts of the city. The chassid undressed his shivering son and broke a hole in the ice. “When...
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