By COLlive reporter
Tzeirei Agudas Chabad – Lubavitch Youth Organization (“Tzach”) in New York has announced the appointment of 5 Mashpi’im, whose role will be to attend to the needs of Chabad families in the Crown Heights community.
“Having a mashpia is something that the Rebbe campaigned for with great vigor,” said Tzach’s Program Director Rabbi Kasriel Kastel. “Its practical necessity is so vital that it can’t be overstated.”
The Mashpiim that were announced are Rabbi Yehoshua Werde, Rabbi Sholom Zirkind, Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Wilhelm, Rabbi Meyer Soussan, and Rabbi Shneur Zalman Goldberg .
These individuals “are already involved in Mashpia roles in various capacities for many years, and Tzach is now harnessing their abilities to serve the greater Chabad community (of Crown Heights),” they said.
In Chabad, Mashpiim are viewed as spiritual guides. In Yeshivos and some communities, it is a paid position that includes teaching Chassidus, leading farbrengens and tending to one’s spiritual growth.
The Rebbe, however, called on Lubavitchers to seek a personal Mashpia figure that can provide them personal guidance in the study of Torah, the practice of Mitzvos, the ways of Chassidus and fine character traits.