Susan Barth
Advocate for Marriage Education in Israel

Another Unsung Heroine – Rebbetzin Chana z”l

In this week of honoring remarkable women, today marks the yahrzeit of another unsung heroine – the mother of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, Rebbetzin  Chana who lived from 1880 to 1964.

The following short film describes her life of devotion to the welfare of countless numbers of Jews.   Whether she was leading resettlement efforts in her community in Europe or accompanying the Rebbe’s father in his exile years in Russia, she displayed extraordinary humility and grace.

There is no doubt, however, on the influence that she had which benefitted world Jewry for generations in her role simply as the mother of the Rebbe. Separated by twenty years due to the exile decrees and world situation, the Rebbe gave us a glimpse into her greatness in the way he spoke about his mother and the impact it had on his life.

In his article “A Lesson in Honoring Thy Mother”, author Dovid Zaklikowski, writes that

“The Rebbe’s honor for his mother was unsurpassed. Despite his impossibly jam-packed schedule, he visited her every day and showed her great respect with his daily visits to her upon her arrival in New York in 1947.”

During these last years of her life, the Rebbetzin delighted in her son’s role as Rebbe and continued to reach out to the community at large to extend her trademark warmth to all who had the fortune to meet her.

During these ten days of repentance, it behooves all of us to internalize the lessons of honoring our parents and other acts of generosity and compassion which are the hallmark of our people. Women such as the Rebbe’s mother demonstrate what courage and conviction can accomplish. In this topsy turvy world we are living in currently, let us make an effort to emulate these traits and make 5781 the year of miracles.

Gmar chatima tova.

About the Author
Susan Barth is founder and director of Israeli non profit Together in Happiness/B'Yachad B'Osher, promoting stronger, healthier marriages impacting Israeli society. A Project Management Professional (PMP) and businesswoman from the US, Susan sponsored and chaired the First International Conference on Marriage Education in Israel (attended by over 360 professionals) in Jerusalem in memory of her parents and launched I-PREP, an innovative marriage education curriculum. On November 8, 2017, Together in Happiness co-hosted with MK Yehudah Glick a historic Knesset seminar promoting government support for pre-marriage education
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