Monday, March 31, 2008

The Rebbetzin's B-day

Tonight is the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka's 107th birthday.
She was born in 1901, in case you couldn't do the math.
It's okay. We all have those days.
Anyway, you can probably read or hear much more interesting and knowledgeable writers and speakers about her, but of course since you chose to read my blog, you'll have to hear my two cents about it.
I just wanted to quickly say that the Rebbetzin is an incredibly remarkable woman. Everything about her easily gives reason to many chassidim calling her simply "Der Mama", "the mother".
Many also say about her that she was the ultimate chossid of the Rebbe. While most chossidim try to give themselves over to the Rebbe, she did this quite literally, by giving up her own rights to him, to give him to the chassidim. The Rebbe barely spent time at home, often coming back extremely late at night. She let her husband become the public figure she knew the world needed. Not many would do as she did.
And just one more short point, the Rebbe said about Yud Daled Kislev, his wedding anniversary, that this was the day that connected him with Chassidim. (I believe the Rebbe Rashab had said the same thing either about his own wedding, or the birth of the Freidiker Rebbe, I need to look into that...)