Monday, August 29, 2005

Shluchim Remain in New Orleans

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Shluchim Remain in New Orleans

Today, Hurricane Katrina touched down on New Orleans, causing extreme flooding and devastation.  The residents were warned to evacuate the area, and over a million fled in advance of the hurricane.  However, the Rebbe's shluchim to New Orleans decided to remain, on the premise that a shliach does not leave his post without an explicit directive of the Rebbe. The Shluchim, R. Zelig Rivkin, his son R. Menachem Mendel and R. Yakov Nemes, wrote to the Rebbe via Igrot Kodesh, and received an answer saying: "Tracht Gut vet Zain Gut" - Think good and it will be good."
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From this answer, the shluchim understood that they were meant to remain in New Orleans, which they did.  In the end, the storm was considerably weaker than predicted. Although it caused great damage, the shluchim were not harmed. R. Rivkin was interviewed on the Israeli news program Mabat, and caused a Kiddush Hashem by showing the firm stance of a shliach of the Rebbe.  He let the world know that the Rebbe continues to lead the Jewish nation and gives clear directives in day-to-day life.

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