“Sisu V’Simchu B’Simchat Torah,” was the tune to which the students of Yeshivas Beis Dovid Shlomo in New Haven, Connecticut, woke to one morning this week.
The group of Talmidim Shluchim to the Yeshiva woke the rest of the students at 12:45 am with joyous singing and dancing as they heard the news of a newly discovered Sicha of the Rebbe from Lag Baomer 5736-1976.
Despite the late hour, more and more bochurim awoke and gathered in the yeshiva zal to enjoy this priceless gift from the Rebbe.
“It was by no coincidence, that a Sicha that was said in public at a Lag BaOmer parade and was edited by the Rebbe should be lost for so many years,” said one of the Shluchim. “It is clear that the Rebbe wants us to have this Sicha now.”
In the Sicha, the Rebbe talks about education, being that it was the year the Rebbe coined as “Shnas hachinuch” (year of education). It was that year, during the year of education that the Rebbe established the Yeshiva Gedola of New Haven.
“The point of education is not only to gather information, but rather that the information should be translated into action, affecting ourselves and those around us,” writes the Rebbe.
The learning of the Sicha was followed by a Farbrengen where the shluchim explained how this Sicha is not only a glimpse into the past, but is primarily a glimpse into the times of Moshiach – “the mere fact that we can receive a Sicha 20 years after gimmel Tammuz shows that the Rebbe has not left his children,” they said.
The Farbrengen continued into the wee hours of the morning, while the learning continued well into morning Chassidus.