Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Isi, Rabbi Groner and the Rebbe

JEM just released this video clip of "Dollars" from 24 Teves 5750 (21 January 1990) where our Rabbi Yitzchok Groner brings Isi Leibler to visit the Rebbe.

To me the best thing about this clip is seeing Rabbi Groner (he should have a Refuah Shleima) in good health.
What also strikes me is how the Rebbe, in his usual manner of getting to the point, does not let a person's self importance influence the advice he gives him. While Mr Leibler wants to address the (admittedly important) issue of non-Jewish Russian immigration to Israel, the Rebbe tells him that he should concentrate on Australia where he has some influence.

For those who don't know of him, Isi Leibler is an accomplished communual personality who has been influential on the world Jewish scene over the past number of years. He now lives in Israel but at the time of this video was still resident in Australia. He has his own website which, amongst other things, features his many published articles.