This past summer, Chof Ches Sivan, our good friend and classmate, Shmuel Karnowsky, was taken from our midst at the tender age of 15.
Shmuel was a devoted chosid and talmid and took his role in the world very seriously. Every mitzvah Shmuel did, he did sincerely, and lovingly.
We, his classmates, miss him fiercely. His absence from our day-to-day lives is palpable, and the hole he has left is widely-felt.
Shmuel is remembered by us all for embodying the mitzvah of ahavas Yisroel.
To honor his memory, we have decided that there is no better way to encompass all that Shmuel stood for than to dedicate a mitzvah tank in his memory
What’s a mitzvah tank?
In 1974 the Rebbe spoke about the deeper meaning of a mitzvah tank.
“A tank is undeterred by trenches and pits, and simply crosses them to reach the other side. An iron barrier — the weight of the tank simply crushes it. This is the purpose of the [mitzvah] tank: if there is a [spiritual] pit or trench, or even a barrier — things that are not associated with holiness — it nevertheless can go and fulfill its mission to dispel evil and introduce good and godliness into this world.
Mitzvah tanks are in essence educational and outreach centers on wheels which will allow us, his friends and fellow students, to go out into the communities, continue Shmuel’s ahavas Yisroel and reach many many unaffiliated Jews and help them to perform a mitzvah, large or small, in his memory.
In order to make this happen, we are embarking on a campaign to raise $60,000 so that we can honor Shmuel in the most befitting way.
So please, reach deep into your pockets and give what you can.