When Reb Elya Gross shared the difficulties he was facing in fundraising for the Rebbe’s activities, the Rebbe told him to envision a scene that would help him prevail.
As a bochur in 770 in the yeshiva’s early years, Reb Elya Gross merited to receive unique care and words of encouragement from the Rebbe. This relationship continued for the years that followed.
After serving as an administrator of a mosad for some time, Reb Elya undertook the role of fundraiser for one of the Rebbe’s endeavors.
Finding the change challenging, Reb Elya went in to the Rebbe and shared his frustrations.
“Imagine,” the Rebbe responded, “that you are on Eastern Parkway. Now, you are not outside on the parkway, but inside 770. And within 770 itself you are on the second floor.
“Now imagine,” the Rebbe continued, “that you are in the [Frierdiker] Rebbe’s room. You and I together; I am with you and you are with me. And together we are fulfilling the Rebbe’s wishes…”
(Kfar Chabad Issue 547)
From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash