Written by a Shliach who wishes to remain anonymous
Over the past few days, there has been an op-ed on one of the Chabad websites in which the author discusses an article written in the Nshei Magazine regarding shlichus. The premise of the article is that today, most yungeleit are not going on Shlichus and therefore, we should change the way we educate the bochurim and put more of a focus on the value of being a chassidisher baalebus.
I do not wish to go into the issue of how we should educate bochurim, but, I take strong issue with the notion of making peace with the fact that most yungeleit today will not go on shlichus.
The reason that most yungeleit are not going on shlichus is not because there is any lack of the need for shlichus, or as in the times of the Frierdiker Rebbe, you might get locked up for doing shlichus, rather as the author himself says, because yungeleit cannot find shluchim who will bring them on shlichus.
Is that a justifiable reason not to go on Shlichus?
We all know that the inyan of hafatzah is a thread that goes through all the Rebbe’s sichos of all the years starting from the Rebbe’s first maamar. The Rebbe once said by a Farbrengen that nobody is a baalebus on hafatzah and no one can stop anyone else from doing hafatzah (Tof Shin Dalet Mem).
It is true that the Rebbe supported what we call the “Chabad System” (although there were numerous cases where he told people not to work in the framework of the system), however, before Gimmul Tammuz, generally speaking everyone was able to find a shlichus and the system was meant to maximize the work of Lubavitch. Unfortunately, this is not the case anymore.
I would like to conclude that I am not suggesting that people go and step on the toes of existing shluchim, I personally believe that before going on Shlichus, one has to check with his mashpia/Rov that there is no hasagas gvul etc.
May we all merit to fulfill the Rebbe’s ratzon and bring about the full hisgalus of the Rebbe now mamush!