A pan (short for pidyon nefesh, “redemption of the soul”) is the term used in Chabad parlance for a written request for a beracha (blessing) given to one of the Chabad Rebbeim. In our current situation, we write the pan and bring it or send it to the Ohel of the Rebbe.
Rabbi Yaakov Winner of the Yeshivah Gedolah of Melbourne, Australia, one of my mashpi’im, says that in our times there are three days that are especially related to Hiskashrus, on which a chossid should make sure to make a special effort to connect with the Rebbe by (amongst other things) writing a pan to the Rebbe and asking for a berachah:
- Yud Shevat, the day on which the Rebbe became Rebbe;
- Yud-Alef Nissan, the Rebbe’s birthday;
- Gimmel Tammuz, the day of the Rebbe’s Histalkus.
Let’s not miss these opportunities!