This past week, in excess of 3,000 women, the largest ever gathering of the Lubavitch Rebbe’s worldwide women’s army of emissaries (known as Shaluchot), “stormed” into Crown Heights, Brooklyn to commemorate the yahrtzeit of the Lubavitch Rebbe’s Beloved Rebbetzin Chaya Moussia z”l as part of the annual International Conference of Shluchos.
I had the privilege to participate as an Emissary (Shlucha) in this historic gathering of women representing over 100 countries, and to be a firsthand observer to the intergenerational most empowered “army of angels” carrying out a singular mission of making this world a dwelling place for G-d through daily acts of soul filled goodness and generosity of spirit. This Jewish and sacred United nations in the most positive sense are a formidable force of the most selfless and sacrificing powerhouses in the world. Each and every day Jewish and non-Jewish lives are transformed by someone in this group picture.
And being in the presence of such “sisters,” one cannot help but be imbued with gratitude to the “generals” of this army – the Lubavitch Rebbe and most of all the “behind the scenes” Rebbetzin, who singlehandedly provided the world with the prescription for transforming this world into the one of peace and unity.
This short video presentation provides a glimpse into the extraordinary personage that the Rebbetzin was and a testimony to her righteousness.
Three aspects stood out in my mind as I proudly attended the various dazzling array of workshops and sessions:
- The presence of emissaries from those countries who had such histories of anti-Semitism such as Germany, Argentina, Russia, etc.
- The number of mother and daughter representatives
- The number of really young looking under 30’s representatives who were already mothers of small children
Stories abounded about the selfless devotion which these women warriors displayed from serving thousands of tourists in resort areas to the soldiers of the IDF in Chevron. And always with a warmth that belied the challenges which these women faced in their own lives – whether it be personal health issues or education for the children. As even the El Al stewardess said on my return trip home to Israel, “I myself turned to Chabad when I went traveling in the Far East several times, and they were always helpful.”
The theme of this year’s conference was “Our deeds can have a tremendous influence like that of our ancestors.” Each woman participant was charged with the responsibility of sharing the knowledge gained with the respective communities represented by the “Army of Angels.”
There is no doubt that this army left, as I did with a feeling of empowerment to carry out the vision of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin to transform this world and to continue to light up the darkness and prepare the world to actualize the coming of the Redemption speedily in our time and the arrival of the Moshiach now.