Israel’s Finance Minister Visits Ohel, Follows the Rebbe’s Example

Photos: Yossi Jerufi

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich concluded a high-profile trip to Washington with a visit to the Rebbe’s Ohel. There he shared how the Rebbe continues to inspire him in his work on behalf of Klal Yisroel.

By reporter
Photos: Yossi Jerufi

After concluding a high-profile trip to Washington, DC, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich traveled to New York to visit the Rebbe’s Ohel in Queens to daven on behalf of the success of his mission and the State of Israel.

After writing a pan and entering the Ohel, Smotrich joined Vice-Chairman of Merkos Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky and director of Chabad on Campus and CTeen in Israel, Rabbi Moshe Shilat, for an intimate chassidishe farbrengen.

At the farbrengen, the minister heard about the Rebbe’s approach to matters of shleimus haaratz, and about the work of the Rebbe’s shluchim around the world. He was given a detailed overview of how shluchim are preparing for Pesach.

Smotrich, who is known for his uncompromising views on matters related to the integrity of Eretz Yisroel, shared how he draws inspiration from the Rebbe in his work on behalf of Klal Yisroel. He specifically noted the Rebbe’s ability to stand firmly and without compromise on matters important to the Jewish people coupled with an open and deep love of all Jews.

Earlier in the evening, as rumor spread of the minister’s planned visit to 770 Eastern Parkway, a group of two-dozen protesters gathered outside 770 to protest the minister’s policies and the proposed reforms to Israel’s judicial system.

As temperatures dropped and freezing rain continued to fall, Bochurim from 770 were seen giving out hot tea and coffee to the group of protesters. The visit was ultimately canceled to due unforeseen delays related to the weather conditions in New York City.

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