By COLlive reporter
A crowd of bochurim of the Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch participated in a Farbrengen in the main shul of 770 Eastern Parkway on Monday.
The occasion was Chof Cheshvan, the birthday of the Rebbe Rashab who founded the first Tomchei Tmimim yeshiva which has since become an international network of Chabad Yeshivos and Mesivtos.
Leading the farbrengen and inspiring the bochurim with teachings and stories were the Mashpiim Rabbi Pinye Korf and Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi.
Another participant was R’ Shmuel Katan, a chossid from the Kfar Chabad village in Israel who flew in to New York to celebrate his 80th birthday.
In the middle of the farbrengen, Katan took out his violin which he has merited to play niggunim in front of the Rebbe a few times. He then played the niggun “Essen Est Zich,” as he has done for the Rebbe some 53 years earlier. It was an emotional moment for all those participating.
Katan, a chemist and an engineer in the Israeli Air Force, and as a teacher at the Kfar Chabad Trade School, shared his story with JEM’s My Encounter Project and was published on COLlive.com.