Written by Zalmen Kaplan, ChabadInfo.com
Earlier this week, shocking news has been published that a 45 Million NIS Visitors Center is to be built in Kfar Chabad. The plans are to build this center on the land adjacent to ‘770’, the very land that the Rebbe chose for building a palace.
As is well known, Reb Zushe Rivkin, OB”M, had this idea of building the Rebbe a house in Kfar Chabad and when his brother R’ Chaim traveled to New York, he proposed this idea to the Rebbe.
At the Yechidus when R’ Chaim proposed the idea, the Rebbe replied, “He wants to build a house for me in Kfar Chabad? A palace!” the Rebbe continued however that “now is not the time, meanwhile wait.”
R’ Zushe received the answer and hired the architect, Zev Marganit, to draw up a rendering of the palace and sent the rendering to the Rebbe.
The Rebbe’s reply was: “Niskabel V’Tshuas Chein,” and the Rebbe said that for now, to hold off the building and the Rebbe sent ten coins, five Lirot and five half dollar coins.
Fifteen years passed and R’ Zushe persistently asked for, but did not get an approval from the Rebbe to start the building. The Rebbe continued to say that the time did not arrive yet.
On Tes Zayin Shevat, 5752, R’ Zushe’s wife, Mrs. Naomi Rivkin, passed by the Rebbe at a Yechidus Kloli and asked the Rebbe for permission to start building the palace. The Rebbe replied that they should consult a Rov from Eretz Yisroel.
R’ Zushe went to the Mara D’asra of Kfar Chabad, Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi, and asked him for permission to start building the palace.
After going over the details, Rabbi Ashkenazi consented to the building of the palace and Mrs. Rivkin went past the Rebbe for dollars and informed the Rebbe of the Rov’s decision to which the Rebbe replied, “As the Rov instructed, that’s what you should do, and with much Hatzlacha, Bracha V’Hatzlacha.”
There were three possible places in Kfar Chabad for R’ Zushe to build the palace. R’ Zushe traveled to the Rebbe and on Friday, a few minutes before 10:00 AM, when the Rebbe came out for Shachris, R’ Zushe presented the Rebbe with a view of the three locations.
The Rebbe took the pictures and told R’ Zushe, “You should have a lot of Parnassah.” A few hours later, the Rebbe sent R’ Zushe an answer through the Mazkir, Rabbi Leibel Groner, OB”M, that the palace should be built on the side of the Kfar Chabad 770, Beis Agudas Chassidei Chabad.
As mentioned above, currently, an extravagant plan was laid out for the establishment of a Visitors Center. The report says:
“The building of a Visitors Center is being planned to the tune of 45 Million NIS, which will be built next to 770, in cooperation with the local council and various organizations.”
The three other sides of the building are already being used which leaves only the side that the Rebbe chose for a palace “available”.
This plan, even if it never comes to fruition, is a scandal and is a brazen move that in Kfar Chabad, there is a plan to build something on the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s land.
A number of Anash have reached out and are trying to prevent such an action from taking place. A petition has been started in support of the Rebbe’s palace and can be signed here.
A Visitors Center can be made elsewhere, but not in the place that the Rebbe chose for a palace.