It has already become a yearly tradition of the Worldwide Chevra Tehillim to gather on Isru Chag of Shavuos at the resting place of Dovid Hamelech, the composer of the book of Tehillim. This year too, the convention and seudas mitzvah took place in the Old City of Yerushalaim at Kever Dovid, in honor of his yohrtzeit which is on the second day of Shavuos.
The Worldwide Chevra Tehillim was founded exactly seventy five years ago, by the Frierdiker Rebbe. Its foundation was one of many steps that the Frierdiker Rebbe took to help the plight of the Jewish People during the terrible time of the Holocaust when so much Jewish blood was shed and entire communities were destroyed.
It is awe inspiring to read and reread the letter that the Freirdiker Rebbe wrote then: “with their prayers, and the praises of Dovid Hamelech, they will protect the Jewish people and will bring about the victory of justice and righteousness, thus easing the pangs of Moshiach”.
Twenty seven years ago, in 5750, our Rebbe renewed this institution by requesting from the administration of Kolel Chabad to reinstate the practice of the Chevra Tehillim for the benefit of the Jewish People. Since then there is a regular minyan of Chasidim and wonderful Yerushalmi Jews who get together daily to recite the entire book of Tehillim and pray for all those who are in need of a yeshua.
The annual convention took place in a hall right beside the resting place of Dovid HaMelech a”h. In attendance were Rabbi Zev Dov Slonim shlit”a of the Beis Din in Yerushalaim, the Mashpia Rabbi Tuvia Zilbershtrom, Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Heilperin – who continues his father’s tradition in Yerushalaim (Rabbi Shmuel Elozor Heilperin O.B.M), and Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Deutch, representative of the Kolel Chabad administration and director of Chevra Tehillim.
The many speakers extolled the great zchus of the members of the Worldwide Chevra Tehillim, as well as the distinguished organizer, Rabbi Efraim Prus, who gather daily, rain or shine, to recite Tehillim for the entire Jewish nation. Special thanks were given to Rabbi Shmuel Mendelson for his all his help in arranging this gathering.