Zevi’s Shul in Crown Heights hosted a Chai Elul Farbrengen on Tuesday night, led by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg, a noted author and lecturer, is the co-director of the curriculum for the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and co-editor-in-chief of its flagship division.
The packed crowded heard divrei hisororus from Rabbi Silberberg, who inspired attendees to maximize the remaining 12 days of Elul in anticipation of crowning Hashem as King.
In particular, Rabbi Silberberg spoke about the possuk Min Hameitzar Karasi Kah, Anani b’merchav Kah – which is said before the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashana.
“We should all strive to escape our own individual metzer (self absorption) to access Hashem’s abundant kindness (merchav),” he said.
Zevi’s Shul, also known as Mayanot of Crown Heights, is located at 543 Empire Boulevard (upstairs), and is named in memory of Zevi Silver OBM.
The shul – which operates on Shabbos and Yom Tov – draws a mix of attendees from diverse backgrounds (locals and baalei teshuva). It’s described as “a warm and welcoming place, where everyone is encouraged to participate – whether by davening for the amud, chazering a sicha, and the like.” There is a weekly kiddush farbrengen after davening on Shabbos.