These are more than just words on documents,” said U.S. Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota. “There is a very powerful and special meaning that they have. That’s why I’m so devoted to the cause of returning the Schneerson documents from Russia.”
The Senator was speaking at an event honoring his leadership in the ongoing effort to regain the sacred Schneerson Collection. Senator Coleman addressed a group of 150 Chabad rabbis and students who had gathered in S. Paul’s Adath Israel Synagogue last week.
During the event, the Senator was presented with a replica of the encased mezuzah that is affixed to the entrance of the western wall of Jerusalem. The award came from Rabbi Moshe Feller, Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Minnesota, and Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, Director of the West Coast Chabad Lubavitch. Rabbi Feller is a longtime friend of the Senator and involved him in the struggle for the Schneerson Collection at the suggestion of Rabbi Cunin, who is part of the delegation appointed by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, to recover the sacred texts.
“Chabad has been blessed to find many good friends in the Senate since the Rebbe sent us to launch our high-profile political and legal efforts to regain the Collection,” said Rabbi Chaim Cunin, who joined Rabbi Yosef Cunin in representing their father at the event. “Over time, leaders from both parties on Capitol Hill have emerged as supporters of this important cause — from Bob Dole, to Al Gore, to Joe Lieberman, to Claiborne Pell. And now, Senator Coleman has picked up the torch and carried it forward, and we are deeply grateful for his courage and determination.”