In connection to the shocking video circling today, which included a “Shliach” visiting the leader of Avoda Zara today, the Pope, followed by singing Psukim from Tehillim in front of him, we are sharing a transcript of a Yechidus between of Reb Zalman Jaffe by the Rebbe, and a sharp Sicha from 5748.
Rebbe: I have heard that you have missed a big event in Manchester. You know not to tell about it?
ZJ: No. no.
Rebbe: The visit of the Pope.
ZJ: We knew about it before. That’s why we went away. But Jacobovitz was there, I believe.
Rebbe: Jacobovitz? The Chief Rabbi.
ZJ: Jacobovitz, I believe so. And my brother, of course, he is the mayor.
Rebbe: I heard he special arrived from London to meet him in Manchester —
ZJ: He did.
Rebbe: — because in London he was there on Shovuos time.
Rebbe: Ober ir hot gornisht gerhert? nor dertzaylt
ZJ: We saw in the newspaper, but there was nothing–
Rebbe: But your brother–
ZJ: He was probably welcoming, he is the mayor. With his chain.
Rebbe: But it is a big shaala about how to address him. He has an official title.
ZJ: The Pope?
Rebbe: Yeh. And to address with his official title, that is a real Avoda Zoro.
ZJ: That’s correct. I don’t think that Joe would say too much about that.
Rebbe: He has a protocol on him.
ZJ: I don’t know whether he would in the first —
Rebbe: How did the Chief Rabbi address him?
ZJ: I don’t know. I wouldn’t know.
Rebbe: It is a very eideleh situation.
ZJ: I’ve no say. In my opinion it was very foolish to go all the way to the Pope like that, but I —
Rebbe: This is special to travel from London–
ZJ: To Manchester.
Rebbe: And I’ve heard that he is, that the Pope is going to the Canterbury, what is his title? Not the Bishop, the… head of the church.
BJ: The English church.
ZJ: In Canterbury.
Rebbe: In Canterbury.
BJ: He is speaking there.
Rebbe: But I heard that the Pope travelled to him.
ZJ: Yes, of course. That’s right. And he didn’t go to the chief rabbi. That’s right. He [we?] got that straight.
Rebbe: Real discrimination.
Rebbe: Dos iz ato vechartonu.