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Three Generations of Service

Thursday, 14 October, 2021 - 4:11 pm

King Solomon states in Kohelet 4:12, “A three-stranded cord will not quickly be broken.” The sages of the Talmud comment, “The Torah returns to its host.” This means that when three generations of a family are faithful to the study and practice of Torah, the Torah wishes to remain where it is welcome. We say in our daily prayers that the covenant of Hashem with one who studies and practices the Torah is that, “My spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your children, nor from the mouth of your children’s children.”

This week something unprecedented in the New Orleans Jewish community is developing. For years now there have been Rabbinic teams of two generations in our community. We are happy to share, that with the appointment of Rabbi Yossi and Mushka Cohen to the Chabad of Louisiana team, this brings a third generation into service to the Jewish community. They will be involved in a new effort of community engagement.

If you know someone in the community that is not currently engaged in Jewish activities or that may appreciate connecting to a young Rabbinic family, please share that with us. They are eager to hit the ground running to make sure that every Jew in New Orleans has the opportunity to connect to his or her Yiddishkeit!

The institution of Shlichus that the Rebbe and his father-in-law, the Previous Rebbe, launched in the 1940s, is now into its fourth generation. I am privileged to be the son and grandson of the pioneering generations of Shluchim. To witness my children continuing on this path, is something for which I am very grateful to Hashem. We are blessed that the Rebbe entrusts us with this remarkable responsibility and privilege of caring for each and every Jew.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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