Shlichus According To The Rebbe #4: With the annual Kinus Hashluchim a mere few weeks away, ChabadInfo.com presents the fourth installment of directives of the Rebbe to Shluchim, focusing on directives that the Shluchim seem to be unaware of ● Today, a letter explaining why Chabad cannot wave Israeli flags at Chabad events ● Read More
The year 5740 was the first time that Lag Baomer parades took place around Israel. One of the cities where the event took place was the city of Yoqneam in Israel. In line with the Rebbe’s view about Zionism, the organizers did not wave any Israeli flags during the parade.
A few months after the parade, Mrs. Tziporah Amit, the director of the local school, wrote a long letter to the Rebbe, asking (among other questions), why there was no Israeli flag during the parade. The Rebbe responded to her letter at length, and as a postscript the Rebbe wrote:
“P.S. Regarding what you wrote about the fact that Israeli flags were not waved during the abovementioned parade, and asked what the reason is.
You are surely aware that there is a directive to all Chabad Askanim and activists to try to spread Judaism, Torah and Mitzvos as much as possible, to all Jews without involving any politics or partisan affiliations, and definitely not to get involved in aspects of Machlokes, or anything else which might prevent someone from adding Torah and Mitzvos – You are surely aware that there are various groups that, for various reasons, will not participate in a Lag Baomer parade where an Israeli flag is waved, and why should we alienate many Jewish children [from participating]?
I strongly hope that after you review the abovementioned, you will not only understand the reason for said behavior, but will also be able to explain it to those who ask you about it.
I would like to add an important point, that you are surely aware of, and follow it in her work in the field of education, and that is a basic rule of education – that an educator tries to direct all his focus and that of the students to the focal point which is being transmitted to those being educated, without distracting them with other ideas, whichever they may be, even if they are beneficial…”