starting to teach in Chazaq’s JWave program, Rebbi gave me guidance that has stayed with me ever since. He told me, “Yitzchak, you have to make sure not only to love every sin- gle one of your students, but they need to feel that love from you.”
Rabbi Walkin didn’t just teach us about the concept of Aha- vat Yisrael, he embodied it. His love for every Jew was so strong that, during his famous Parsha Shmoozin, tears would be streaming down his face as he discussed the suf- ferings in Klal Yisrael. That is who Rebbi was, he loved every Jew and felt deeply hurt by their pain.
Our nation has been in exile for over 2,000 years due to the lack of Ahavat Yisrael. HaShem took away a Tzaddik who exemplified this Middah in this generation, and that Tzad- dik was our Rebbi. Our Rebbi loved every Jew that came his path, he loved endlessly and unconditionally. This is what drew thousands of Talmidim, young and old alike, to him worldwide.
The most proper way to continue Rebbi’s legacy is by in- creasing our love for one another, and this way we will be Zocheh to the coming of Mashiach, Amen!