In response to hate flyers and a threatening phone call, Chabad of the Bluegrass will launch a new initiative to educate both Jews and Non-Jews in the region, as a preemptive strike against hatred.
Lexington KY – In response to flyers of hate, and a threatening phone call to the center, Chabad of the Bluegrass will launch a new initiative to educate both Jews and Non-Jews in the region, as a preemptive strike to hatred.
“Education is the greatest weapon against hatred,” said Shoshi Litvin, of Chabad of the Bluegrass. “The Rebbe said many times that education should not just be about math and science, but about morals and values. Through this, we can build a more loving society.”
Chabad has been in touch with the Lexington police Dept and the FBI regarding the threat, and are taking precautions, however, they don’t intend to let hate stop them.
“Yesterday was the Yartzeit (day of passing) of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, a leader of Soviet Jewry who knew no fear and stood proudly in the face of hatred,” said Rabbi Shlomo Litvin, who received the call. “Rabbi Schneerson passed that courage onto his son the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, My personal mentor and the foremost Jewish leader of our generation. the Rebbe, in turn, instilled that strength in his over 10,000 emissaries all over the world, including myself and my wife Shoshi here in Lexington.”
The shliach also drafted some flyers of his own in hopes of countering the negative messages with one of love, which read: “You matter, you are irreplaceable, and we’re glad that you are part of our community.” They were placed on doorsteps in the area around the Chabad House, and the plan is to share them in neighborhoods where the other flyers were left last week.