Nov 5, 2012
Kids Complete Leiby's Torah
Photos: Pinni Flescher Photography

Hundreds turned out for Tzivos Hashem of Melbourne's celebration of the completion of “Leiby’s Torah” in memory of Leiby Kletzky obm, written by children through learning and Mitzvos.

In the aftermath of the tragic passing of Leiby Kletzky A”H, the decision was made in Melbourne, to write a Sefer Torah in Leiby’s memory. However unlike most Torah scrolls written, this Torah would be unique: the funds would be raised primarily through children, learning Torah and doing special mitzvahs, and would be used by children on a regular basis.

After the decision was made to write a Sefer Torah that would be housed in the youth Minyan, with blessings from the Kletsky family, preparations were underway.

The first letters of the Sefer Torah were inscribed at a special children’s rally on Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av 5772, July 2011.

Melbourne’s Jewish youth were extremely enthusiastic to do something positive in the memory of Leiby, and put their heart and soul into making this Torah a reality. B”H through the many hours spent in Learn-a-thons, Mitzvah-thons, and fundraising our youth, with the help of the community have successfully helped to raise the funds necessary to complete the Sefer Torah.

On a recent trip to New York, Rabbi Menachem Lipskier was privileged to visit with the Kletzky family, and show them photos of the campaigns and fundraising events. The Kletzky family were extremely touched to hear that the Melbourne community cared so much and were going to such lengths to honour their son’s memory.

On Sunday, 19th of Cheshvan - 4th November, the Melbourne community gathered to commemorate the memory of Leiby Kletsky a”h, marked by the dedication of the long awaited new children’s Torah. Under the watchful eyes of hundreds of children, the last letters of the unique Torah were inscribed onto the parchment. The exclusive honours of Hagbeh and Glila were given to the two boys who raised the most money for the Torah.

Along with musical accompaniment, the children marched proudly with special flags and flaming torches. Over 500 men, women and children from the Jewish community participated in the celebration! Many received the honour to hold the extraordinary Torah.

Following the procession, lively childrens’ hakofot began in the Chabad Youth building. Embroidered alef-beis letters on the mantle of the Torah are pictured flying up to heaven, depicting the importance children and the superior effect their prayers have.

The event continued with a gala seudah. The crowd heard from the Rabbi of Yeshivah Centre, Rabbi Telsner, who inspired all present with his words. Rabbi Menachem Lipskier outlined the events leading up to the writing of the Torah and emphasised the tremendous work invested by the youth to turn the Torah from a dream to reality.

As a representative of the children involved in raising money for the Torah, Shmuel Yosef Greenbaum gave a personal account of the incredible devotion of the youth. A highlight of the dinner was the appearance of the Chabad Youth Boys’ Choir, which was grandly applauded by all.

The Siyum Sefer Torah marked the depth of fellow feeling felt by Jews for each other the world over. Transforming darkness to the light of simcha and celebration, was a task so appropriate for the powerful youth in Melbourne- the awesome kids of down unda’ who are sure to bring Moshiach now!



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1
from melbourne
beautifull i was there
(11/4/2012 6:17:21 PM)
2
Go Yaakov Karnowsky!!!!!!!
Woooohooooo!!!!!! Best singer!!!!!!
(11/4/2012 7:09:55 PM)
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from Crown Heights
Menachem and Miri we are so proud of you for all the good work that you do. Continue to inspire Shneur and Yoisef and all of the youth in Australia.
(11/4/2012 7:31:47 PM)
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Go ChaCha
Awesome performance!
(11/4/2012 7:48:02 PM)
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yaacov karnowsky
wow that kid can sing!!
(11/4/2012 8:24:32 PM)
6
thank u
mazel tov tov to menachem and Miri Lipskier
(11/4/2012 8:37:37 PM)
7
ausi ausi ausi!
woooooooo were bringing moshaich
(11/4/2012 9:23:33 PM)
8
mark fritz
where are you senor?
(11/4/2012 9:29:24 PM)
9
Do Leiby's parents know...
Have people sent them pictures? How did they react to chabad in Melbourne doing such an amazing thing?
(11/4/2012 9:33:39 PM)
10
proud 2 b chabad
anochi anochi hu menachem chem to rabbi menachem lipsker.. thanks for your tireless efforts,, the ahavas yisroel this project catalyzed together with all the torah learned will certainly bring moshiach closer now and the time zone says hell shine there first
(11/4/2012 9:45:15 PM)
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LA family
i spot yaakov!!!! :)
(11/4/2012 9:50:07 PM)
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moshe kahn
you rock keep on growing chabad youth
(11/4/2012 10:19:17 PM)
13
Yaakov k
We were so excited to a picture of you on stage!! Im sure you did a great job! We miss you

Shua, Chaya and Rochel
(11/4/2012 11:10:58 PM)
14
MENDY REICHER
DEAR MENDY,
G-D BLESS YOU
(11/6/2012 12:21:31 AM)
15
Truly Beautiful
I was there and it was amazing and nice
(11/6/2012 1:08:34 AM)
16
pictures
great pictures they look amazing
(11/6/2012 1:37:54 AM)
17
Amazing Photographer
Very cool pictures from Levi Sabbah!!!
Keep on Going!!!!
We love them all
Well Done!!!
Melbourne Fan
(11/6/2012 1:47:00 AM)
18
Carlebach
Go Moishe and Dina
Menachem and Miri
(11/6/2012 1:52:13 AM)
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Aussie
Go Levi s!!
(11/6/2012 3:30:49 AM)
20
GO CHABAD YOUTH
Menachem and Mirir Lipsker and Moshe and Dina kahn, u guyz rock!!! without u both the community would not be what it is!!! THANK YOU!z
(11/6/2012 4:50:21 AM)
21
amazing work shmuel yosef greenbaum!
Go SY!!! were so proud of you :)!!
(11/6/2012 4:59:20 AM)
22
to 9
yes menachem lipsker spoke to them during shiva about it already
(11/6/2012 5:10:31 AM)
23
An awesome OC girl :)
Rabbi Tenenbaum is the best principal and teacher.
Rabbi Szmerling, Rabbi Cohen, and Rabbi glick are great teachers!
What a beautiful event.
(11/6/2012 5:20:57 AM)
24
Thank u
Dear Menachem and Miri
Thank you for a beautiful sium safer Torah
hatzlacha
Moshe
(11/6/2012 5:39:03 AM)
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Aussie Aussie Aussie
Go opa
(11/6/2012 6:04:21 AM)
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Melbourne citizen
This is truly amazing. What better way to remember Leiby then by dedicating a Sefer Torah in his name. This love of each person in klar yisrael is what will bring Moshiah IYH. May the Neshama of Leiby have an aliyah. The work that Chabad Youth is unlike anything in this world. I am proud to be a part of the Shlichus that Chabad Youth does.
(11/6/2012 7:34:46 AM)
27
I see shneur
Shneur Lesches! I see u dancing! I miss u! Love, bubby brook.
(11/6/2012 7:58:22 AM)
28
well done yaakov k!
So excited to see you on stage! you did a great job at the performance..we are proud of you and miss you all tons..
Love zeida, boba and all your london cousins..
(11/6/2012 7:58:34 AM)
29
Best in the world
Melbourne community. There's none like it.
(11/6/2012 8:24:27 AM)
30
i spy
Yossi Saks best shliach ever!!
(11/6/2012 8:43:02 AM)
31
Hashem!!!
Look how deep is the love of your children for one another!
(11/6/2012 9:30:26 AM)
32
GO MELBOURNE!
i miss it! :)
(11/6/2012 11:52:27 AM)
33
CHABAD YOUTH ROCKS!!!!!!!
WE ARE SO PROUD- GO MIRI AND MENACHEM, DINA AND MOSHE- KEEP UP UR INCREDIBLE WORK!
MAY U CONTINUE TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
LUV SHLUCHOT!!!!!
(11/6/2012 12:02:01 PM)
34
beautiful
Thank you Menachem & Miri!

Well done kids of Melbourne, the best city in the world!!
(11/6/2012 12:32:55 PM)
35
Yay yaakov!
Looks like the Procel blood is running strong in you - what a gorgeous voice!
(11/6/2012 1:16:39 PM)
36
What a beautiful idea! Wonderful community!!!
(11/6/2012 1:48:29 PM)
37
Ukraine!
the Groners are the cutest family in melbourne miss you all
(11/6/2012 3:49:59 PM)
38
what a kiddush Lubavitch!
wonderful, truly wonderful!
(11/6/2012 4:23:06 PM)
39
moshe emes ve toraso emes
dear rabbi kahn your vision and focus are a source of inspiration and a dugma chaiya to us all. may you go from strength to strength as you continue to elevate the dirah betachtonim. chana lipsker
(11/6/2012 4:40:30 PM)
40
I spy Menachem Mendel and Levi y stern
Hey from your crown heights cousins
(11/6/2012 6:24:38 PM)
41
Eli Hasofer
keep up the hard work mate
(11/6/2012 6:59:57 PM)
42
menachem and miri
your west hempstead family is so proud of you!!!
may you cont being a source of nachas to everyone
moshiach now
(11/6/2012 7:12:08 PM)
43
WOW!!
very nice :)
(11/7/2012 1:14:31 AM)
44
Gorgeous Torah mantle
A true masterpiece by an incredible Australian artist!
(11/7/2012 1:24:31 AM)
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Aussie girl in sem
Wow!! Missing melbourne and the amazing work of chabad youth so much now - yelchu mechayil el chayil!!
(11/7/2012 3:55:43 PM)
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A message from Reb nachman kletzky
Mee keh amcha yisroel. I'm sitting here in New York with Reb Nachman kletzy leiby s father,and tears of joy are flowing,he wishes he could've been there, Melbourne is amazing,we never knew what a large and special community it is.
May Hashem bless you all and leiby shall be meilitz yoisher on everyone that participated in the hacnosas Sefer toireh,and all that took a chelek in writing and arranging this special event.
Yeheiy zechroiy buruch..
(11/20/2012 10:47:26 PM)
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