Even if you are not fluent in Hebrew, you can only benefit from this moving video prepared by Channel 2 Israel News, giving a bit of an insight of the a young Chabad shlichim, a couple and their infant child heading off to their new shlichus, in Vietnam.
The challenges facing Menachem and Rachaeli Hartman are formidable to say the least. For Rachaeli’s mother, Mrs. Batia Deutsch, it is no different than if they were being “sent to the moon,” expressing her concerns and fears over the mission the young couple has undertaken. Mrs. Deutsch is trying to remain optimistic, but frankly, she does not see how the children will endure the realities of living in a place totally void of Yiddishkeit.
The couple explains they did not bring enough food for the first days, and fear that until their lift with supplies arrive; they may be experiencing a “state of emergency”.
As Menachem sat with his colleagues in yeshiva as they bid him farewell, his rav refers to his assignment as the “avi avos hatuma,” a place where most of what is eaten is forbidden. “There is no Shmiras Shabbos, no mikve, no kashrus” his rav explains as they prepare to send young Menachem off to spread Yiddishkeit to the Far East.
The movie is available compliments of Chabad Online, in Hebrew, with Hebrew subtitles. Well worth the watch. Click HERE to watch.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)