Sunday, May 15, 2005

Chabad of Japan

Almost in every point in the world, that you will land, you will find a local Chabad House center. The Chabad House serves as a lamplighter, for Jewish people, anywhere, where one can get a taste of what Judaism is all about. This is the goal of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, King Moshiach, when he began in the early 1950’s sending out his “soldiers”, to establish Chabad Houses around the globe.

Over 50 years ago, when the Lubavitcher Rebbe, became the 7th Rebbe, in the Lubavitcher Rebbes dynasty, he emphasized and reiterated that our generation is” the last generation of exile and the first generation of the Redemption”. The purpose of our generation is to prepare the world for the imminent coming of Moshiach. That is why the Rebbe sent his emissaries, to the farthest reaching corners of the world. To fulfill our generation’s mission.

We find a parallelism with Moses. Moses was the 7th generation, after Abraham. Abraham was the first person in the world to recognize G-d, and spread G-dliness. After Abraham, his son Isaac continued spreading G-dliness. Every leader in the following generations followed suit, in their own unique way, until the 7th leader, Moses, who finally took the Jews out of Egypt, and gave the Jews the Torah.

We too are the 7th generation. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, being the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe, has a similar mission to Moses. To take the Jews out of exile, and bring the whole world to a time of eternal good and prosperity. The care and concern the Rebbe has for every person in this world, is emphasized by the Chabad Houses that were established by his directives.

Chabad Houses around the globe, care for the Jewish necessities of their communities, and are like a second home to Jewish travelers.

Chabad Houses also teach the Seven Noahide Laws, which were given by G-d to all the nations of the world, to make the world a civilized and peaceful place to live in.

In December 1999, after receiving a blessing from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, King Moshiach, Rabbi Binyomin Edery, was sent to Tokyo, Japan, to establish a Chabad House there. Today he lives in Tokyo, with his wife and 3 children.

Rabbi Binyomin says: generally, our work is focused on the local Jewish people, the Jewish businessmen that come for a short time, and travelers.

Every Shabbat, many Jews, from different backgrounds, sit together in a warm, festive spirit, singing together, telling stories, and feeling as one big family.

During the week, the door is always open, and we try to help, if necessary, in every way possible. Some come to learn Torah, and taste a little of Judaism.

Many times, people ask us, how do you have the strength to do this? You are so far away from family, friends, your community, in a foreign country? The answer lies in the fact that we are emissaries of the Rebbe King Moshiach. Any difficulty that we encounter we write a letter and ask for a blessing. We have seen countless miracles, as a result of the blessings that we received.

The push to go out and establish a Chabad House, specifically in Japan, I received from Rabbi Zimroni Tzik, who is the director of the Chabad House of Bat Yam, Israel.

We offer a Jewish kindergarten; study Torah with the local Jews, or travelers. Jewish festivals are celebrated in great holiday spirit, with many Jewish people attending.

We also have many Japanese who help us a lot, with our work here and of course are happy to hear about the Seven Noahide laws that are pertinent to them.

I want to thank the young Rabbis that come to help us from time to time, during festivals.

("Beis Moshiach" magazine)

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