Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Rebbe and Israel's Security

It's here! The video no self-respecting "friend of Chabad" bocher can live without. Jewish Education Media (JEM), an independent organization affiliated with Chabad Lubavitch, and headed by Rabbi Elkanah Shmotkin, the son of Rabbi Israel Shmotkin - the Rebbe's shaliach (emissary) to Milwaukee, and my shul's Rabbi - some months ago released a high production quality video, providing a glimpse into the Rebbe's communications, advice and instruction, throughout the decades, to Israelis involved in the country's security.

The Faithful and Fortified series provides a fascinating account as some of Israel’s top defense, intelligence, and government leaders discuss – for the first time on the record – their meetings with the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, on topics ranging from public policy to military strategy.

Faithful and Fortified Volume 1 from Jewish Educational Media on Vimeo.

Thoughts? There is a volume two, as well.

Whenever Elkanah visits the shul, usually for a holiday or Shabbos, he's always full of select anecdotes from the hundreds and thousands of people that JEM interviews about their personal experience with the Rebbe. It is incredible how many people, even two decades after the Rebbe's passing, are still coming out of the woodwork to share their story, to preserve for future generations that singular encounter with the Rebbe that changed their lives.

For those of you interested in archival work, JEM is spearheading one of the largest restoration and preservation projects of its kind in the nation, encompassing tens of thousands of hours of multi-format video, sound recordings and hundreds of thousands of pictures, which catalog the history of the Chabad Lubavitch movement, from the "old country" into the present.

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