THE GROUNDBREAKING

During the farbrengen ( chassidic gathering ) that Shabbos, the Rebbe gave a bottle of mashke (vodka) for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Palace.


After Shabbos, R’ Zushe asked the Rebbe when the groundbreaking should take place, and whether it should be a national event with major publicity in all the media.

The Rebbe’s response was, “MAKE THE GROUNDBREAKING ON A YOMA D’PAGRA (ON A DATE MARKING A SPECIAL OCCASION), PURIM KATAN, AND NOT A NATIONAL EVENT.”

Before flying back to Eretz Yisrael, the Rivkins went for “Dollars”. The Rebbe gave R’ Zushe an extra dollar and said:
“THIS IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION” and the Rebbe said to Mrs. Rivkin with a broad smile, “SURELY, SHE ALSO PARTICIPATES IN THE BUILDING.” Then, the Rebbe gave another dollar, the third, and said, “THIS IS FOR THE OTHER BUILDINGS.”

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