By COLlive reporter
A publication originally intended for bochurim of Chabad yeshivos and printed on select dates will now be appearing more regularly due to public interest.
Der Chassidisher Derher, published by the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim organization, will be printed monthly beginning next month and will be distributed in yeshivos as well as Chabad communities worldwide.
During its first two years, it has been read closely by youngsters and elders in Chabad, bringing to light the interest for, and a lack of a mainstream Chabad printed publication in English that can be read on Shabbos when the web isn’t an option.
“This step-up to a monthly magazine is going to enable us to reach our readership ten-fold,” said Rabbi Tzvi Altein of the Vaad Hatmimim.
“The attractive layout which clothes the timeless toichen will ensure that bochurim around the world will be strengthened in their Hiskashrus and Darchei Hachassidus. We are thrilled that this is also being excitedly received by Anash, Shluchim and Lubavitchers around the world.”
The inaugural Kislev issue comes bursting with Chassidishe content presented in a clean and appealing design. Its 36 pages are topped with a feature in celebration of the 85th anniversary of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin this upcoming 14 Kislev.
The shift it has gone through is visible in the choice of articles which appeal to a broader audience than just bochurim, although it does keep the jargon prevalent in yeshivos and internal conversations and its editors specify that it is still very much a “bochurim publication.”
A feature titled “The Shadar,” tells the story of the first Shliach in California, the legendary Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Raichik OBM. Written in connection with the International Kinus Hashluchim taking place now in Brooklyn, NY, the article “helps us attain a glimpse into the true meaning of ‘dem Rebben’s a mentch,'” write the editors, who are unnamed (and recently replaced).
Another article discusses why tachanun (confession) isn’t said on 19 Kislev, commonly known as the Rosh Hashana of Chassidus.
Derher is available by email as a PDF file to read online or download for home printing. A hard copy can be purchased for $2 at Hamafitz Stam and Judaica World in Crown Heights. They are also offering a copy to be sent to homes “for a small charge.”
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