Barbados is a beautiful Caribbean island with a proud Jewish community, friendly and spiritual locals and relaxed tourists. Shneur contacted Rabbi Benyaminson, who coordinates Jewish outreach activities in Barbados • Full Story, Photos
Shneur Shuchat and Yisroel Faistman, two young Chabad rabbinical students, wanted to travel to a faraway place for Pesach as emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Melech Hamoshiach. They had read about their colleagues’ experience coordinating Minyanim this past winter in Barbados and felt that this would be a great place to do their outreach.
Barbados is a beautiful Caribbean island with a proud Jewish community, friendly and spiritual locals and relaxed tourists. Shneur contacted Rabbi Benyaminson, who coordinates Jewish outreach activities in Barbados. Rabbi Benyaminson was delighted that Shneur and Yisroel could go and distribute the special round handmade Shmurah Matzah – called “food of faith” in the Zohar – to Jews in Barbados.
The Rebbe instructs that every rabbi and anyone who can should make sure that every single Jew receives Shmurah Matzah to fulfill the Mitzvah of eating Matzah at the Seders in the best way.
As soon as the plan was finalized, Shneur and Yisroel began collecting Shmurah Matzah and other necessary items. With the help of generous supporters, their flights and hotel reservations were booked, they packed their physical “food of faith” (Matzah) and their spiritual “food of faith” (literature) and took off!
They landed in the middle of the night a few days before Pesach and went to their hotel, where the staff graciously greeted them despite the late hour. Immediately they set to work putting together beautiful packages of Shmurah Matzos, “Geulah” pamphlets, and shiny, colorful Haggadahs. After a short sleep they got up and started traveling around the island to distribute the Matzos. “We were busy from early in the morning till late at night,” they said.
They spent the few days left before Pesach tirelessly traveling from one Jew to the next. They gave Matzah to Jews known to live on the island, as well as to tourists and others who they discovered. Everyone was very happy to receive the Matzos. People were amazed that the Rebbe cares about each individual Jew and sends people to go out of their way to give them Shmurah Matzah.
Shneur and Yisroel also talked to hundreds of non-Jews about the Seven Noachide Commandments, as well as distributing related literature.
“We learned a lot,” said Shneur. “People asked us questions and we had to come up with answers very quickly, and this got us to think and discover the answers within our Torah knowledge. We talked to hundreds of people, and had long, deep discussions with at least 15-20 people.”
“I was very surprised of their young age,” said one of the people they spoke to at length. “They spoke as mature young adults and were confident to answer any question asked with much certainty of what they stood for.”
Shneur and Yisroel truly brought “food of faith” – both physical and spiritual – to all diverse sectors of the population and tourists of Barbados.
A special thank you to our many supporters who enabled this wonderful Mitzvah to be done.
Thank you to the Rebbe Melech Hamoshiach for giving every Jew the honor of participating in his holy work.
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