During the early years of the Rebbe’s leadership, his minyan was graced by the presence of an illustrious personality, the revered Rebbe of Tomishpol-Koidenov, who stood at the forefront of chassidic Rebbeim in America until his passing at the age of 108.

Once, the Rebbe returned late from praying at the ohel, the Previous Lubavitch Rebbe’s gravesite. As he entered the shul for the afternoon service, he glanced at the Rebbe of Tomishpol and said: “A bit late?”

The Rebbe of Tomishpol replied: “There can be no more appropriate time for prayer than when the Rebbe davens.”