A group of Lubavitch bochurim, who were in Poland on Merkos Shlichus for Pesach, traveled to the city where the first Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch once stood.
They took the 30 minutes drive from Warsaw to Otwock, the town in central Poland that was home to the Yeshiva before the Second World War.
The Yeshiva, which has since grown into a network of more than 1,000 yeshivas, was founded by the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn, on Elul 15, 5658 (1897).
It was the first to integrate the “Nigle” part of Torah (Talmud and Halachah) with the “Nistar” (esoteric teachings of Chassidism) in a formal study program.
While originally situated on 1 Slowackiego Street, the bochurim told COLlive.com they only found a sand road and some trees going through the property.
“There were only a few small houses on the so-called ‘block’,” they reported.
“We sat down on the spot, said L’Chaim and sang a niggun and brought some Chassidishkeit back to a place which is now barren of it.”