“HAKHEL!” is a call to action that comes along only once in 7 years, and this year it will b’ezras Hashem take on historic proportions as men, women and children from around the world tune in and join a simultaneous world wide Hakhel Gathering on Sunday, 7 Tishrei at 1:00 PM New York time.
Shnas Hakhel will kick-off with an interactive celebration featuring the live Hakhel gatherings in Kfar Chabad, Moscow, London, Paris, Johannesburg, S. Paulo, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Crown Heights, Chicago, New York and Toronto. Dozens of other communities will be hosting a local Hakhel program featuring a public viewing of the worldwide celebration, which will be broadcast live on www.chabad.org/hakhel5776 and on COLlive.com.
Many of the events around the world will be preceded by local programs and will include additional speakers and programming.
The event in Kfar Chabad, Israel, is scheduled to take place in front of the local “770” building. In Buenos Aires, a large event hall has been procured to accommodate the large crowd expected to attend, organizers said.
On Sunday, 15 Elul, over a dozen Rabbonim of anash communities from around the world met via conference call to coordinate and plan this special event. With Rosh Hashono quickly approaching, they invoked the Rebbe’s passionate directive to Chassidim that we seize the exciting opportunity that this year presents, to gather together in the spirit of this Mitzvah, wherever and whenever possible, to strengthen all Jewish men, women and children in Torah and Mitzvos.
“Without doubt, the historic nature of this Hakhel gathering of such magnitude, uniting all anash, will merit the presence of the Rebbe,” said Rabbi Tzvi Grunblatt, host of the Buenos Aires Hakhel.
The Vaad Or Vchom Hahiskashrus is coordinating this event and assisting in these numerous simultaneous celebrations around the world with the stated goal of uniting thousands of people around the world in this mega-Hakhel broadcast, as well as to inspire, motivate and encourage all the participants to host and arrange gatherings over the course of this entire auspicious year with business colleagues, friends, neighbors and family.
Coming only days before the Yomtov of Sukkos – when the essential Hakhel gathering took place in the Beis Hamikdash with the Melech, may we be zoiche to fulfill it in that literal fashion this year as well – the Vaad will disseminate material based on the Rebbe’s sichos, to assist and encourage each individual in their fulfillment of the Rebbe’s hoira’ah to host and run Hakhel gatherings in Tishrei, during Sukkos and beyond.
Stay tuned for additional details of this exciting event that will be forthcoming over the coming days.
Communities are encouraged to join the growing list of cities that have already made plans to gather men, women and children to view and participate in the live event on 7 Tishrei.
For more information on hosting a community wide viewing, adding your city to the list or any other questions, please contact [email protected]