The number of those learning and internalizing the Rebbe’s teachings the world over are larger than ever before.
But for some of our own children, something so trivial, yet so obstructive, gets in the way. Not dedication. Not desire. Not commitment.
But one organization is leading the way to ensure this barrier does not become an obstacle.
Mendel lives in Crown Heights, but goes away to Yeshiva out of town.
Before Yud Tes Kislev, he sees that there is a newly released Farbrengen by JEM that will be shown is his Yeshiva.
Excitement sets in. A new Farbrengen! Thanks to JEM and its partnership with Vaad Hatmimim, he can participate in the Rebbe’s Farbrengen!!
His excitement is short lived though, as he remembers the last Farbrengen he tried to watch, and trouble he had understanding. Even with the subtitles, it was difficult for him.
A Shliach in his Yeshiva gives a bang on the bima, and gets the attention of all the Bochurim.
“Before we watch the new Farbrengen,” he announces, “we will have a seder to learn from the prepared booklets with all the Sichos translated in Hebrew, Yiddish and English. There are also pointers and questions to use throughout the viewing. This will definitely make it easier for you to follow the Farbrengen.”
As Mendel participates enthusiastically in this Seder, and as the Rebbe’s words come to life on the large screen in zal, he notices a small logo on his booklet that helped him so much.
vaadhatmimim.org/campaign target=’_blank’>Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim
In an office in New York, they have been working on this Farbrengen campanion for weeks.
It is one of 5 new Farbrengens that have been released this year alone as part of The Farbrengen with the Rebbe project, a partnership between Jewish Educational Media, and the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim.
“There are many Bochurim who told me that this is first time they had the opportunity to watch a whole Farbrengen,” said Berri Wolosow, a Shliach in Yeshivas Lubavitch Baltimore. “This project really gives them the opportunity to connect to the Rebbe in this special way.”
This is one of the many programs the Vaad organizes in Yeshivos throughout the year.
Another big focus is the Mivtza Lekutei Sichos. Tremendous effort goes into choosing Sichos, creating a curriculum with translations, explanations, questions and quizzes to allow every Bochur to understand the Sicha.
Incentives are also given for those that participate.
Help the Vaad continue its vital work, just 2 hours left to raise $540,000.
“The incentives are nice, I’ll admit,” Mendy Tenenbaum said. “But the fact that every Yeshiva around the world is learning the same Sicha this week really gives an excitement to it all.”
Some of their other projects include: Hosting thousands of Bochurim for Tishrei by the Rebbe, a special Kinus for Talmidim Hashluchim and ongoing support throughout the year, the International Kinus Hatmimim, program of learning of the Rebbe’s letters, Hachana to Gimmel Tammuz and A Chassidsher Derher.
“At the Vaad, our goal is to allow each Bochur to reach his full potential and connect with the Rebbe,” said Mendel Tubul, who works on programs at the Vaad. “There is no question these initiatives bring the Bochurim of today closer to the Rebbe and his teachings.”
They are in the midst of a matching campaign to raise $540,000 with less than 2 hours remaining.
Help them continue at vaadhatmimim.org/campaign