The 28th of Sivan (July 1st this year) is the anniversary of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin coming to the United States.
The Rebbe and Rebbetzin had been in France during the early years of World War II.
In 1941, with tremendous effort on the part of the Previous Rebbe – who was already in the United States – the Rebbe and Rebbetzin were able to travel to Portugal, and from there to Barcelona. In Barcelona they boarded a ship to the United States.
The trip itself was quite dangerous, with the ship being stopped numerous times en route by Nazis.
On the 28th of Sivan (June 23 that year), 1941, the Rebbe and the Rebbetzin arrived on the shores of New York.
The Previous Rebbe, who, because of ill health, was unable to greet his daughter and son-in-law personally, sent four of his most eminent Chasidim to greet the Rebbe.
The Previous Rebbe informed them, “I am selecting you as my emissaries to go and welcome my son-in-law, who is arriving tomorrow. I will reveal to you who he is: Every night he says the Tikkun Chatzot prayer over the destruction of the Holy Temple; he knows by heart the entire Babylonian Talmud with the commentaries of the ‘Ran,’ the ‘Rosh’ and the ‘Rif’; he knows by heart the Jerusalem Talmud, Maimonides’ Mishne Torah and Likutei Torah with its commentaries. Go and greet him!”
The 28th of Sivan was established as a day of rejoicing and thanksgiving for the rescue of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin from the fires that raged in Europe.
It also marks the beginning a new era in Chabad outreach with the establishment by the Previous Rebbe of the Lubavitch publishing house, the educational branch of Lubavitch and Machne Israel. All three vital organizations were under the directorship of the Rebbe.
May the 28th of Sivan this year be the ultimate day of rejoicing and thanksgiving for the rescue of the Rebbe and the entire Jewish people from these last moments of exile, may G-d send the redemption NOW!