Chassidim and bochurim gathered at the main shul of 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights to celebrate the auspicious day of Chai Elul on Wednesday.
Chai Elul is the birthday, in 1698, of the founder of Chassidism, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov. It is also the day on which his “spiritual grandson,” the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, was born, in 1745.
Addressing the Farbrengen at 770 was Crown Heights Badatz member Rabbi Yosef Braun who spoke to the crowd about strengthening their ways in the ways of Chassidus and in these final days of Elul.
Also speaking were Rabbi Shmuel Greisman, Director of the Children’s Sefer Torah campaign in Eretz Yisroel; Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, Shliach of Southwest Florida; Rabbi Shmuel Samuels, a teacher at Bais Rivkah of Crown Heights; and Rabbi Naftali SIlberberg, co-director of curriculum for the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute.