leader, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitcher
Rebbe, was sought after by top political figures, successful
business people and the finest professionals for his
sage advice on matters of grave importance. He was mentor
and spiritual leader to hundreds of thousands of everyday
people in all corners of the globe, no one was turned
away. Yet, amidst his awesome schedule, the Rebbe busied
himself with the lives of children, and set out to harness
their great potential.
With a vision that has been unfolding and mushrooming
for twenty years, the Rebbe called for the establishment
of Tzivos Hashem in the fall of 1980. Children were
a top priority for the Rebbe. Rather, each Jewish child
was a top priority for the Rebbe. From his vantage point
as world leader and spiritual giant, he understood the
intrinsic promise held by children, and he founded Tzivos
Hashem to cultivate and nurture them so that they could
grow to be strong and healthy in body, mind and soul.
The Rebbe himself would hold communal meetings, which
he called rallies, with thousands of children at a time.
And it was the Rebbe himself who spoke to the children
directly and put great responsibilities on their shoulders.
Not only did the Rebbe see children as the promise of
a better tomorrow, the Rebbe saw children as the promise
for a better today.
Judaism stresses that chinuch, Jewish education, should
begin at an early age to prepare for adulthood. The
Rebbe emphasized that not only are children’s
mitzvos for the sake of practicing for the future, but
that their mitzvos, now, while they are young, have
significance in and of themselves. Through his confidence
in them and his expectations, the Rebbe actually confirmed
a child’s self esteem and challenged children
to use their inborn strengths and talents for good.
The Tzivos Hashem relationship did not flow in just
one direction, of commander to commandee. The soldiers
of Tzivos Hashem gave nachas to the Rebbe as he watched
them increase their mitzvos and perform them with greater
care. And it was the children who were able to identify
with and express the Rebbe’s passion to bring
the world to peace and goodness, as they would sing
for him their theme song:
We Want Moshiach Now.