Around forty years ago the Rebbe established Kollel Tiferes Zekeinim Levi Yitzchok in memory of his father.
Last year, on the 23rd Cheshvan, 5778 in order to serve a great need for the English-speaking retired individuals in Crown Heights, a kollel was established for them. The founders are extremely grateful to Rabbi Dovid Krasniansky, a tremendous talmid chocham, who agreed to be the Rosh Hakollel and gives three shiurim a day.
Initially the Kollel took place in Rabbi Shain’s shul, but the need to expand and support it was acute. Boruch Hashem a partnership was formed with Rabbi Ya’akov Nimni and Rabbi Moshe Nimni, who agreed to shoulder part of the expense in memory and honor of their father Harav Michoel Nimni z”l, and the Kollel moved to his shul and beis hamidrash on 560 Empire Blvd. The Kollel was then renamed to Kollel Tiferes Zekeinim Levi Yitzchok – Ner Michael.
Today, on the 15th of Shevat, the kollel celebrated its first Siyum on masechta Brochos and began learning masechta Sukkah.
The entire kollel along with guests from the community sat for a seudas mitzvah in honor of the siyum. The Menahel haKollel, Rabbi Shmuel Pevzner, mentioned the connection between the meaning of 15th of Shevat, which is connected to trees and fruit that give us pleasure and the simcha and pleasure of completing a masechta.
The Rosh hakollel, Rabbi Krasniansky, made the siyum, bringing from the Rebbe’s hadron on the “banayich masechtos” – the four masechtot of brachos, nazir yevamot and krisus which finish with the same Ma’amar Chazal of “v’chol bunayich…”
Rabbi Ya’akov Nimni, the Rosh Kollel of Ohr Torah – Ner Michael, started masechta Sukkah along with torah points on the siyum and the importance of the day.
Rabbi Pevzner thanked all those who made the kollel happen, and introduced Rabbi Nissan Mangel, who supported this initiative from the very beginning, to deliver a special address for the siyum. Rabbi Mangel shared meaningful thoughts and stories on masechta brochos.
Following Birchas Hamazon, they davened mincha.
The Kollel takes place from 11:00 A.M. until 1:40 P.M. followed by Mincha, 5 days a week, from Sunday through Thursday. Everyone is invited to join. A stipend is given to those who participate on a regular basis.