Although today’s generation has grown accustomed to overseas travel, it was much less convenient and affordable during the first years of the Rebbe’s leadership. Nevertheless, one of the shluchim from Europe arranged a trip to “770” in order to celebrate Yud-Beis Tammuz, the anniversary of the Previous Rebbe’s release from prison, and to participate in the Rebbe’s farbrengen.

Yud-Beis Tammuz comes out during the summer camping season. Shortly before the farbrengen, the shaliach was contacted by the staff of the Lubavitch camp in upstate New York. “Please spend the night of Yud-Beis Tammuz with our campers,” he was asked. “We have not been able to find anyone else who could be as capable of sharing the inspiration of this important date with the children.”

The shaliach had always given priority to other peoples’ needs, so he spent the night of Yud-Beis Tammuz with a group of campers, even though he had prepared to celebrate the chassidic holiday with the Rebbe.

A few days later, the Rebbe announced an unexpected farbrengen at “770”. This was extremely uncommon in those years, and many wondered what was behind this unanticipated event. During the farbrengen, the Rebbe resolved their questions. “There is a shaliach who traveled here from afar,” he explained, “and yet willingly forfeited his opportunity to spend Yud-Beis Tammuz at “770”, so that he could hold a farbrengen with a group of campers. Now we are making it up to him.”