In honor of the Rebbe and Rebbitzen’s 88th wedding anniversary, Baltimore had a spirited fabrengen in the home of Cantor Avi and Ahuva Albrecht.
The table was set in elegance, the finest food and mashke were served. This was only to be surpassed by the graciousness and warmth of the hosts.
Cantor Albrecht was in his fullest glory when he sang a rousing “Sheyibaneh and both he and his wife regaled their guests with personal stories of the Rebbe.
Mrs. Albrecht shared that she lives with the Rebbe every day. She spoke about her reluctance to ask people for money but when she was approached by a girls’ school she felt she could not turn them down. In the meantime, the pressures of raising money were taking a toll on her and she was becoming physically sick. She told the school that she could no longer continue.
When she opened to the Igros Kodesh, there was a letter which spoke about an individual who was reluctant to raise money for a kollel. And the Rebbe wrote to him that he is involved in a tzedaka organization and it is known that the benefactor gains more than the recipient. And one who undertakes to collect money which have health .After reading the letter, she had no doubt what the Rebbe wanted her to do. She promptly recommitted herself to raising money for the school.
Rabbi Eli Turen of Chicago fabrengened through Skype, reminding the participants of the Rebbe’s words: this is the day that bound me to you, and you to me. He said that a new service has entered the world and that is greeting Moshiach. In order to reveal redemption, we need to internalize the message that Moshiach is here by learning inyanei geulah and Moshiach.