Remembering a Tragedy and the Rebbe’s Response

Watch as Rabbi Avremi Lapine and his father R’ Chaim Dovid, together with the Jacobson brothers and Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, share memories of the shocking murder of Mrs. Pesya Leah Lapine and the Rebbe’s emotional response.

Watch as Rabbi Avremi Lapine and his father R’ Chaim Dovid, together with Rabbis Simon and YY Jacobson and Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, share memories of the shocking murder of Mrs. Pesya Leah Lapine HY”D 30 years ago and the Rebbe’s emotional response.

In 1992, Pesya Leah Lapine was brutally murdered in her home in Crown Heights. After this merciless tragedy, the Rebbe addressed his chasidim, speaking with heartfelt emotion. He repeatedly mentioned that the children would go through life constantly yearning for their mother. The Rebbe noted that this horrible incident left us with nothing but unanswered and unsettling questions.

Despite these unanswered questions, the Lapine children grew up with the knowledge that they needed to continue their mother’s legacy.

Rabbi Avraham Lapine, now a husband and father of 6, established a Chabad house in Columbia, MO, along with his wife. They have revived Jewish life through offering Torah classes, Shabbat and Yom Tov meals, and opportunities for local Jews to do mitzvos and connect with their Judaism. One challenge they have in their community is easy access to a Mikvah. The current Mikvah system in remote Missouri involves an arduous and difficult undertaking.

In honor of Pesya Leah’s 30th Yartzeit, Rabbi Avraham Lapine will continue his mother’s legacy through the building of a Mikvah in Columbia, MO.

You too can be a part of this incredible deed. Please partner in making Mei Pesya Leah a reality to enable the families in Columbia, MO to observe the Mitzvah of Family Purity. Pesya Leah gave her life for the sanctification of G-d’s name. Through Mei Pesya Leah, G-d’s name will continue to be sanctified, and her legacy will continue until the ultimate sanctification with the coming of Moshiach.

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