In winter of 1989, the Bais Rivkah schools were faced with serious financial problems which hindered the functioning of the school and threatened the continuing of the school.
The administration of the school asked the Rebbe what should be done, and the Rebbe said that they should make a meeting and come to a decision.
On the 2nd of Adar II 5749, Mrs. Chana Gorowitz, Mrs. Shaina Tiechtel and Mrs. Chana Feldman wrote to the Rebbe a report of the meeting:
“In continuation to the Rebbe’s answer that we should continue meeting and discussing the situation of the institution, we continued meetings…
As a result of the Rebbe’s answer, two members of Agudas Chassidei Chabad came forth and offered to take care of the situation, but over two weeks have passed, and we haven’t heard from them… The situation didn’t change (the teachers didn’t get paid for 3 months).
We therefore turn again to the Rebbe to ask – what direction should we take to fix the situation, and we ask the Rebbe’s holy blessing.”
The next day, the Rebbe responded:
“From now and on, all such matters shall be according to the rulings Rabbonim of the Shchuna [Crown Heights]“
A short while later, a letter signed by the Hanhala Ruchnis – Rabbi Leibel Newman, Mrs. Chana Gorowitz, Mrs. Shaina Tiechtel and Mrs. Chana Feldman was sent to the Rebbe, in which they detail the (lack of) progress in saving Bais Rivkah. The letter stated:
“Presently the teaching staff of Bais Rivkah has been paid only thru November 15 and has received no commitment from the Va’ad of further payment. The Chinuch of the girls is suffering as it is extremely difficult if not impossible to hire any new teachers, and regular teachers have begun to leave.
After turning to the Va’ad of Bais Rivkah, to the Beis Din of our Shchuna together withe the Va’ad, and to Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch through the Va’ad, we have not made any progress in the situation. None of the above seem to feel that they have the right to appoint a Menahel Gashmi.
As the Hanhala Ruchnis responsible for the Chinuch of 1100 students – […], is there anything else we should do to avoid the further destruction of the institution?”
The Rebbe’s circled the words “anything” and responded with a sharp response that left no place for doubt:
“?! This is the opposite of what was stressed this past Shabbos, the words of the Mishna: “Search through it [the Torah] for everything is in it.
(If you did not participate in the Farbrengen, ask [others who were present]).
Demand a written Psak Din from the Rabbonim of the Shchuna [Crown Heights] Sheyichyu – as it is stated plainly in Shulchan Aruch“