This year Chai Elul was celebrated like never before by the Persian community in Great Neck. There was true simcha in the air when the community came to a Farbrengen and Seudas Hodah to celebrate Chai Elul and to commemorate the first anniversary of a great miracle.
One year ago, Esty, daughter of Shluchim Yitzchok and Tammar Chayempour was miraculously returned unharmed, after her premeditated kidnapping by the family’s maid.
The evening at Bijan Restaurant opened with Rabbi Yitzchok Chayempour giving Shevach Vehoda to Hashem on the great miracle He performed. He then went on to recount the unimaginable amount of hashgocha protis involved in the search of his missing daughter.
Rabbi Chayempour thanked all the members of the community who got involved in the physical search, spanning from Roslyn, Long Island to Manhattan, and also thanked the whole community for uniting in prayer and tehillim, saying, “The massive amounts of tehilim and tefilot you all said, did not go unnoticed above.” He then went on to elaborate about Chai Elul and amazed the audience with the story of the birth of the Baal Shem Tov.
As all were enjoying their fine Persian Cuisine, Rabbi Shmuel Aber encapsulated the audience with a fascinating story of the Baal Shem Tov. The “open mic” farbrengen continued with Rabbi Shmuel Tuvel explaining why learning chassidus is applicable to everyone in this day and age.
Throughout the night, the guests were entertained by the professional musician Noam Segal, with an array of classical and lively Chabad nigunim.
After many words of inspiration and a few L’chaims, the men broke into a spontaneous Chassidic dance to express the true joy they were feeling.
The evening concluded with words of inspiration from Rabbi Binyamin Lavian, who spoke about Elul and Rosh Hashana. He was followed by Dr. Daniel Ganjian, who said that his first encounter with the new community he joined one year ago, was the search for the Rabbi’s missing daughter. He recollected how he was truly inspired by the community’s unity and involvement in the search, which made him proud to join such a community.
After benching and mariv, many continued the farbrengen, with down to earth words of inspiration by Mordechai Enayatian.