by Rabbi Sholom DovBer Avtzon
In my correspondence, I try not to pry as Malka is extremely private. After Tishrei last year, I was informed that a shliach and Rov in his community used her story in his drosha on Yom Kippur.
When I informed her of this, she inquired, “What did he see so special about my story?”
So I contacted the Rov and he gave over the thought that he said. In short; “We all have challenges and some times that causes us to falter, but look at this woman, who has kept her commitment to her promise so strong, and I don’t know if our challenges equal hers.
“Let us all resolve on a certain commitment and carry it through. Perhaps the purpose of the challenge i.e. test was to elevate you.”
At the end of his letter he asked about her having a mezuzah.
Thank you for sharing with me the inspirational sermon by Rav ….. I appreciate his interest and you can reply —-
The Rebbe gave me a mezuzah and instructed that I put it up properly.
As was my style, I reminded him of our agreement that I keep Shabbos, Kashrus and visit him on a yearly basis. However, as important as mezuzah is, it isn’t connected to them. So…
The Rebbe replied they are, and explained me the connection of mezuzah to my commitment to shabbos AND to my life mission of fertility that his mother guided me to, by stating
the Gemarah in TRACTATE SHABBOS (!) on page LEV (!) = page 32b (so this is “the very heart of Gemorah Shabbos”) states the opinion that children become “not alive” due to the sin of not affixing a mezuzah…because the possuk of mezuzah comes right before the possuk of “L’maan yirbu yimechem V’YIMEI BNEICHEM” – that your children should live long in merit of mezuzah! Therefore by having mezuzahs I will merit to bring long life to (other’s) children.
(I don’t know if this Gemorah is well known to the public or a private message but it can be shared with Rabbi ….. since as a Rov he may sometimes need to advise a woman that miscarried – to check her mezuzahs).
I am sharing this now as this Shabbos is Shabbos mevorchim of Chodesh Elul. The minhag is to have your mezuzah’s checked in the month of Elul, and yes, Malka checks her mezuzah periodically.
Also because the Rebbe mentions in a maamar that since the mammar of melech basudeh (The King In The Field) where the Alter Rebbe explains the meaning of chodesh Elul is printed on page 32 of Likkutei Torah it is the essence of Elul. So here too the Rebbe countered that not only is a mezuzah connected to Shabbos. It is essentially the heart and essence of Shabbos.
Concerning when this happened, she replied she thinks but is not definite that it happened shortly before the Rebbe initiated mivtza mezuzah on the 23td of Iyar 5734 (1974)
This brings to a conclusion this segment of stories concerning Malka.
Rabbi Avtzon is a veteran mechanech and author of numerous books on the Rebbeim and their chassidim. He is available to farbreng or speak in your community and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org