In the year 5712, a certain Chabad institution teamed up with a Zionist organization to distribute charity boxes for the Zionist organization. One of the members of the Hanhala decided to ask the Rebbe about it, and got a sharp response that left no place for doubt:
“In response to your query regarding the boxes,
I am beside myself and question: 1) That you even had a doubt regarding such a simple question; 2) that the letter was supposed to be written by the Hanhala of the Yeshiva, and not by a private individual. And it is public knowledge that I have to will nor time to get involved in issues which are political in nature.
But to prevent a breach, I am attaching an answer to your question, despite it not being sent in the proper manner.
This [behavior] shows clearly what our sages have said (in Tractate Sanhedrin 103a and see Maharsha there) regarding a “Safek Nidah.” Although when it came to a doubt in a Biblical prohibition the law is that you should be stringent (and some are of the opinion that it is Biblically mandated to be stringent) – and you have sacrificed your soul in Russia for these matters – for it was clear to you [that it is the right thing to do], when it came to a question regarding financials, in something which is against the will and orders of our holy leaders (see introduction to Kuntres Uma’ayan page 46ff), and with the greatest publicizing – you have completely considered it permitted. But since there is a single person who is in your way, you were forced to ask New York. And all this happened in the beginning of your settling in your location, how bad will it get in the next 12 months?”
When Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch of Morristown planned their annual dinner, in 5748, one of the big sponsors wanted to show a video about Israel which concluded with people singing Hatikvah. Rabbi Moshe Herson, the director of the Yeshiva, sent a report to the Rebbe, and was told by one of the Rebbe’s secretaries that he should not cancel the dinner, nor do any other “wild” thing, and the Rebbe said he will respond in writing. A short while later Rabbi Herson received the following answer from the Rebbe:
“The Yeshiva is a division, and a continuation of Tomchei Tmimim, which was founded and is directed by the Frierdiker Rebbe and his father,
Based on that it is obvious – that regards to this [question] you have to do honestly estimate what they [the Rebbeim] would want and do accordingly. If you can’t estimate [what they would want] – ask the Central Hanhala of Tomchei Tmimim.”
That night, Rabbi Herson went for a meeting with the sponsor, and after a long discussion he agreed for “Ani Ma’amin” to be sung instead of “Hatikvah.” On the Shabbos before the Dinner, Rabbi Herson came to the Rebbe’s Farbrengen and went up to receive a bottle of Mashke from the Rebbe, and the Rebbe seemed very pleased and repeated twice:
“It should be with great success”