This year the month of Kislev, known to Chabad Chassidim as ‘Chodesh Hageula,’ has been a truly exciting and joyous month at United Lubavitcher Yeshiva of Flatbush.
The month started off with a bang: assemblies, fleishig meal, and farbrengens with special guest speaker, the Shliach from Westchester county Rabbi Velvel Butman. No matter which grade he spoke to all the children thoroughly enjoyed his talk and was truly inspired. The video that showed the dancing on the first Rosh Chodesh Kislev captivated everyone, and to hear the Rebbe’s voice during those days leading up to Rosh Chodesh was emotional for everyone.
On Yud Daled Kislev, the Yeshiva was treated to special farbrengens from the Shliach from Park Slope, Rabbi Mendy Hecht. He helped the boys get a better understanding of the connection between the Rebbe and us and us and the Rebbe. The two stories he told really brought out the point clearly, and everyone went home with a better feeling and connection to the day of the Rebbe’s Chasuna.
Everything until this point was a build-up to the special day of Yud Tes Kislev. The Talmidim dressed in Shabbos clothes were a beautiful sight to behold, and it matched the spirit as the dining room was set up Yomtov-style for the special meal that was served. The guest speaker was an alumni from one of the first classes in Ocean Parkway, Rabbi Itche Rivkin, who fascinated all the students with his Chassidishe explanations of what is a Jew and in particular what is a Chasid. The celebrations of Yud Tes Kislev ended off with a skit acted out by the 6th grade for everyone, depicting the imprisonment and the release of the Alter Rebbe.
All this added to the general excitement that everyone felt as Chanukah quickly approached. To add to this excitement, the boys had various projects going on to enhance their holiday experience. Some boys had candle-making, others had a visit by the Tzivos Hashem oil press, and others made their very own wooden menorahs.
All the wonderful projects and programs were arranged by Hatomim Rabbi Leibel Cohen.
All in all the Talmidim walked away with a clearer and better understanding and appreciation of the significance of this month to us as Chassidim and a closer connection to the holiday of Chanukah.