This past Motzei Shabbos, over 450 people gathered together in Stamford Hill, London, to partake in a Chassidic fabrengan in preparation of Yud Tes Kislev.
It was the second annual Melavah Malkah hosted and chaired by Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Liberow, director of the Ohr Hatorah Chassidus Library.
The fabrengan was graced with the presence of many prominent rabbonim including Rabbi Efraim Padwa, Rabbi Moshe Landa – Av Bais Din of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Hertz – Rosh Yeshiva Gedolah Kingsley Way, Lubavitch Dayan Levi Raskin and Rabbi Yaakov Meir Rosenbaum – Rosh Yeshivas Ger London.
The guest speaker and fabrenger was Rabbi Chaim Sholom Deitsch, Rosh Kollel Tzemach Tzedek in Jerusalem.
The overflowing crowd, both from anash and the wider Chassidic community, sat down together to a well prepared catered meal accompanied by live music.
The in his speech, Rabbi Deitsch highlighted the importance of learning Chassidus to enhance one’s emunas hashem, ahavas hashem and yiras hashem and to bring down the concept of hisbonenus into every day life as explained in the introduction to Imrei Bina from the Mitteler Rebbe.
The entire crowd joined together and sang soul stirring niggunim concluding with the Alter Rebbe’s niggun daled bovos.
Immediately after, the entire hall stood up and burst out into spontaneous dancing. People were moved to tears by this ultimate expression of achdus of all Chassidic circles dancing together.
The thirst for Chassidus was evident by the amount of interest shown in the display of seforim on sale.
After bentching which was long beyond midnight, Rabbi Deitsch continued to fabreng till 3:30 in the morning before returning to Israel a few hours later.
Many Yungerleit in the chassidishe community have now committed themselves to learn Chassidus as part of their daily schedule, Rabbi Liberow reports.
Ohr Hatorah is open every evening for the benefit of all those looking to access the world of Chassidus.
The library has an extensive collection of thousands of Chassidic seforim, journals and publications and a special video room with hours of the Rebbe’s Farbrengens being shown.