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Story: Learning Ahavas Yisroel from the Rebbe

In 1952, at the suggestion of his uncle Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Isaac Hodakov, chief aide of the Rebbe, 17-year-old Immanuel Schochet traveled from Toronto to the Lubavitch school in Brooklyn, New York. Initially, while attending the school, located in Crown Heights, close to Lubavitch World Headquarters, known as “770”, he found Chassidic life foreign. Although he enjoyed the gatherings presided by the Rebbe, he had little understanding of a Rebbe’s role and felt out of place whenever the crowd sang melodies for lengthy periods. In addition, he found the study of Chassidic texts bewildering.