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In 1974, a new apparition began to make its appearance in the streets of Manhattan. Even in that hubbub of crowd and clamor, this strange vehicle attracted attention.
It was a standard van of the “U-Haul” or “Ryder” variety. It’s back door was rolled up, showing a cargo of one large wooden table, two wooden benches, and a dozen young men with beards and black hats. From a loudspeaker taped to its roof issued forth a medley of Chassidic songs played on high volume—that is, high enough to make itself heard above the din of a Manhattan street corner. Large posters taped to the sides of the moving van proclaimed: “MITZVAH TANK”, “Teffilin on board” and “Mitzvot On The Spot For People On The Go.”

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No matter what the danger, how near or how imminent it may be, even if an army is charging towards you, even if thousands fall by your side, even if a sword is held over your neck, …it is in your power not to fear. And you have a responsibility not to fear. For with your fear, you not only endanger yourself, you endanger all those around you, especially those who depend upon you. It is in your power not to fear because as soon as you remove your mind from thoughts that evoke fear, the fear will wither away like weeds uprooted from their soil, like fish pulled up from the sea. There are plenty of good thoughts to ponder. Keep them alwa...
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