Over 100 men packed Chovevi Torah’s hall on Wednesday night. It was a mixed crowd with some more Chassidish, others more modern and an array of views. The common denominator was that they were all Israelis who live in Crown Heights. Some young Israelis decided to take the initiative and arrange gatherings for the Hebrew-speaking residents of the neighborhood and judging by this first event, there is a great interest in something of this kind.
The evening began with the recitation of the Rebbe’s kapitel by Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipsker. This was followed by a video of the Rebbe from Chof-Ches Nissan 5751 which reminded the crowd that the Rebbe gave us the task to do all that we can to bring Moshiach.
The emcee, R’ Dovid Farkash, called upon Rabbi MM Gluckowsky, member of the Beis Din Rabbanei Chabad in Eretz Yisrael and rav of the Chabad community in Rechovot, to speak on the subject of “Shalom Bayis B’Toras Ha’Rebbe”. Rabbi Gluckowsky gave ideas on how to improve relationships based on the Rebbe’s sichos while focusing on one of the foundations of shalom bayis – mutual respect.
Between speakers the participants enjoyed the sumptuous buffet, said l’chaim, and satisfied their animal soul so they would be able to remain at the event despite the late hour.
The final speaker was Rabbi Yoske Levin who lived in Crown Heights for many years and did a lot for the Chassidus shiur that took place every morning in 770. Rabbi Levin spoke about the taanug in learning Chassidus and how it improves your quality of life, even your material life, when you start your day with Chassidus. “Start learning and see how your day is much better in every respect,” he said.
R’ Avrohom Rainitz, one of the organizers of the event, concluded the evening by announcing a course in Hilchos Taharas Ha’Mishpacha in a four part series that will begin next Thursday, 12 Tammuz. The classes will be held on R’ Getzel’s shul.