This past Shabbos – Ki Sisa 5779 – was a very special weekend in Yeshiva Gedola Lubavitch London. The Yeshiva hosted its “Fathers & Sons” annual weekend.
Twenty nine fathers attended, with the majority of them coming from overseas, especially for this occasion.
In honour of the occasion, a beautiful marquee was erected in the Yeshiva’s parking lot in order be able to accommodate all the guests and the Bochrim together for all the Tefilos. Thanks to R’ Fully Rutman (A father), who came all the way from Kiev for this occasion, for making this a reality.
It was a Shabbos full of appreciation, divrei torah, and farbrengens. It was tremendously inspiring to see fathers , who took time off their busy schedule, spending an entire Shabbos learning, Davening and Farbrenging in Tomchei Temimim along with their sons.
Each father was given an opportunity to share some words over the course of the Shabbos. One father, Rabbi Yossi Chazzan from Manchester, noted the uniqueness of this Yeshivah, where you are met with smiling faces, everyone seems to be happy here! Another father, Rabbi Dovid Simpson from NY, urged the bochurim to continue in their chayus in learning and davening.
Rabbi Yosef Yitchok Schtroks, Maggid shiur in the Yeshiva, walked all the way from Stamford Hill (7 miles) to participate in the Shabbos day Seuda.
Fathers , sons and Hanholo spend all the meals together with Nigunim, Divrei Torah and Divrei Hisorrerus. Shabbos day, the meal lasted through the day, all the way till Mincha.
Rabbi Gedalya Lieberman, Maggid shiur in the Yeshiva, spoke Divrei Halocho, both Friday night at the Seuda and after Mincha on Shabbos.
The weekend concluded with a beautifully arranged Melave Malka. Rabbi Mendel Gordon farbrenged beautifully over Shabbos and served as the MC at the Melave Malka. Rabbi Leibish Heller, Maggid shiur in the Yeshiva, gave they keynote address, and the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Hertz, spoke and was honored with Bentching. The Maleve Malka concluded with joyous dancing.
This whole experience, left fathers, bochurim and Hanhalah alike, inspired and energised to continue with their respective Shlichus.
Special thanks was given to all those who helped make the weekend a success, especially to the Bochrim who helped tremendously over the course of the Shabbos, with whatever was required.
A special thanks was given to Rabbi Mendy Jacobs for arranging this entire weekend.