By COLlive reporter
Photos: Chana Blumes
The 20th annual women’s summer learning event at Evergreen Estates organized by Tamar Pewzner featured an all-day bitachon workshop with renowned lecturer Rabbi Shais Taub as well as entrepreneur and philanthropist Getzy Fellig of the popular Fellig Edition of Shaar HaBitachon.
This year was the most widely attended in the event’s history, drawing hundreds of women from a diverse cross section of the various communities in the Catskills region this summer.
Renowned lecturer Rabbi Shais Taub began the day of learning by presenting an overview of bitachon that included connections to the Ari Zal’s 450th yahrzeit which was that day as well as the first yahrzeit of Rabbi Yoel Kahan which was the next day. After a short break during which a sumptuous buffet lunch was served hosted by the ladies of Evergreen, Rabbi Taub started the second session by speaking about the unique insights of the Rebbe on the subject of bitachon and how certain ideas in Shaar Habitachon can only be properly understood in light of Likkutei Sichos.
Later in the afternoon, Rabbi Taub was joined by Miami real estate entrepreneur Getzy Fellig who with his wife Alisa sponsored the revolutionary Fellig Edition of Chayenu’s Gate of Trust, a new English translation of Shaar HaBitachon with classic as well as chasidic commentary. Fellig spoke about how he and his wife have overcome personal challenges through embracing the teachings of Shaar HaBitachon and why they chose to take on the project of creating a new edition of the book. Fellig and Taub then conversed about some of their favorite parts of the book that resonate with them personally.
Pewzner began the women’s day of learning at Evergreen began twenty years ago as a way of celebrating her birthday and the birthdays of both of her parents all who have birthdays during the nine days. Tamar’s birthday is 7 Menachem Av, her father R’ Yaakov ben Shabsai on 6 Menachem Av and her mother, tzu langer yarn, Mrs. Brocha Ester Elberg’s birthday is on 4 Menachem Av.
This year’s learning was dedicated in memory of Mrs. Sima Karp (Sima bas Mordechai HaKohen) who passed away this year.
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