By COLlive reporter
The date of Yud Tes Kislev has been celebrated for years by Chassidim of all circles marking the release from prison of the Alter Rebbe and the Yom Helula of the Maggid of Mezritch.
The Rockland County Community in New York celebrated this date in a large farbrengen gathering this past Motzoei Shabbos, Parshas Vayishlach. The event was organized by Heichal Menachem of Monsey.
The Melava Malka was attended by local Rabbonim and drew a diverse crowd of close to one thousand people, representing the entire spectrum of Chassidim, united in their thirst and yearning for Chassidus.
The program was organized by Heichal Menachem’s director, R’ Dovid Oberlander, son of Rabbi Gedalia Oberlander, and was chaired by Rabbi Aaron Dovid Gancz, Menahel Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim of Morristown, NJ.
The evening was graced by dignitaries from as far away as Israel, Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Segal, Rosh Kollel Tzemach Tzedek in Jerusalem, who was introduced by his student, Rabbi Baruch Lesches, Rov of the Monsey Lubavitch community.
Also addressing the crowd were Rabbi Nachmun Yosef Tewrsky, Maggid Shiur of Mesivta Oholei Torah in Crown Heights and the renowned editor in chief of “Chassidus M’vueres,” Rabbi Leibel Altein, who each spoke passionately about the power of Chassidus and its influence in Avodas Hashem.
As in the past, hundreds flocked to buy Chassidishe Seforim, especially those of the Alter Rebbe, drastically reduced in price for this unique occasion.
All those in attendance received a Tshura printed especially for this event, explaining the basics of Chassidus, written by the Chozer Reb Yoel Kahn (originally for “The Yiddishe Heim”).
Throughout, the musician Yossi Cohen and “The Kapelle” enhanced the evening with a variety of Chassidishe niggunim. The inspiration was palpable and lingered on as the evening concluded in spontaneous dance.