“Cross a River with a Handkerchief”

When Reb Itchke and Gitte Gansburg told the Rebbe that their shlichus work was difficult and was taking a toll on the family, the Rebbe told them how they could find the strength to succeed.

As devoted chassidim, Reb Itchke and Gitte Gansburg threw themselves entirely into the Rebbe’s outreach work in Eretz Yisroel. This took a toll on the family, and Mrs. Gansburg wrote to the Rebbe that they were finding it difficult to handle.

The Rebbe responded in a unique letter, and he asked her to publicize it among other Lubavitcher families.

“As we stand following the Holocaust, we are on the threshold of Moshiach’s arrival, and he awaits us to finish the task of our generation,” the Rebbe wrote to her.

“It is, therefore, incumbent upon every one of us to say to ourselves, as the posuk (Yoel 4:10) states, ‘The weak one shall say “I am mighty!”’

“With the proper resolve, one could reveal concealed strengths. Especially a man or woman who was raised in a chassidishe home – they merely have to make the commitment, and they will immediately realize these inner strengths.”

The Rebbe concluded, “May we merit to experience somewhat of the Baal Shem Tov’s teaching, that every Yid has the power to cross a river with a handkerchief if they would only truly believe.”

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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