The following was written by the Kaplans of Chabad Flamingo in Thornhill, ON, to their community. COLlive received permission to post:
Chassidishe Nachas – the wonderful inner combined sense of satisfaction, exhilaration and joy known to parents when they are fortunate enough to see their children following in the sacred pathways of Torah and Mitzvot as they are illuminated by the teachings of our Rebbe and doctrines of Chassidus!
Since before Rosh Hashanah, we’ve been trying to emphasize Hakhel in our Shlichus as per the Rebbe’s clear and persistent instructions. Naturally, our children picked up on this…
Three and a half months ago our 10-year-old son Moshe says to us, “I really want to do something about Hakhel. After all, I’m a Shliach too How will I be able to feel comfortable going in for the Kinus if I’m not actively doing what the Rebbe expects of us!”
After his persistent badgering, my husband finally took him seriously.
They discussed possibilities and within the hour, Moshe was on the phone calling fellow children from Shul to invite them for a Mishna Hakhel on Shabbos afternoon…
The weekly gatherings have been going strong ever since – there are usually more than 10 children in attendance.
On Monday evening, Moshe told us: “It’s Yud Shvat tomorrow night. I think I should make a Hakhel Farbrengen for the boys in my class at Cheder Chabad!”
We were delighted with his enthusiastic attitude towards fulfilling the Rebbe’s directives and immediately agreed.
Our son’s teacher Rabbi Moshe Weinfeld was immediately contacted, and to his credit, he readily agreed to publicize and personally participate as well. Our Moshe then got to work; typed out a schedule, set the table and searched for an appropriate video of the Rebbe to show.
We had another program planned on the same night for 150 Mothers n’ Daughters for the annual Bakeoff at Chabad, but who could pass up on such a gathering.
Baruch Hashem, 23 hours after Moshe’s epiphany, on the holy evening of Yud Shvat, this beautiful Hakhel Farbrengen was a reality…
That’s what we call “Chassidishe Nachas!” and may you all be blessed with it from your children.