As we have reported a few weeks ago, news broke that a Lubavitch Shlucha was being given an honor, that contradicts the Rebbe’s well-known views.
Minister of Culture and Sport MK Miri Regev, Chairman of the Committee on Symbolic and Ceremonial Affairs, announced to a Shlucha of Nepal that she has been chosen to light a torch at the annual ceremony closing Memorial Day events and opening ‘Hei Iyar’.
Minister Miri Regev said following the announcement, “I am pleased to announce my decision to select [the Shlucha] to bear a torch… the Chabad Shlucha in Kathmandu, Nepal, symbolizes the concern for others, warm hospitality and love of the Jewish People that characterize the holy work of Chabad Houses around the world.”
Of course, the announcement of the Minister Miri Regev seems to have been in good faith, nonetheless we feel that it is incumbent upon the Shlucha to decline this offer.
We are happy to share the good news that, Baruch Hashem, the Shlucha has cancelled her plans and will not be lighting the torch.
Lubavitch Rabbonim wrote a letter (attached below) urging her to cancel her participation. This is in addition to other Lubavitch organizations and websites putting pressure on her to cancel.
This is a free translation of what she wrote on her Facebok page:
Dear beloved friends.
I’m writing to you the following from my heart.
Nothing depends on me!!!
I was required to cancel my participation at the “Independence Day” ceremony.
I can’t get into the depth of the controversary…
I informed this, with sadness, to the dear Minister Miri Regev and the charming staff of the Information Minister of Israel.
I thanked them for seeing in Chabad of Kathmandu as some of those responsible for the connections in the Israeli society.
I thank you again!
For the state of Israel
And to each and every one!
For the blessings, the wishes and especially the gratitude that came from all over the world.
Although I won’t end up lighting the torch, but I was touched to receive the greatest honor – a life of Shlichus and mutual guarantee.
There is no greater gift than this!
You warmed my heart so much!!
Health to all!
With great love,
Chani Lifshitz – Kathmandu.