By COLlive reporter
A central Chasidic Farbrengen took place Thursday night in Campus Chomesh in Crown Heights, marking 15th yahrtzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
A crowd of close to 3,000 people – considered the largest ever to have attended – the Gimmel Tammuz function was organized by the International Agudas Chassidei Chabad.
Mostly Chasidim, including bochurim and Chabad friends, they listened to speeches recalling the Rebbe’s unique leadership and living legacy, and sang some nigunim, led by Head Shliach to Texas Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff.
Dr. Barry Baumel, who was on the team of neurologists treating the Rebbe after the stroke in 1992, told the crowd he and his wife were personally touched by the Rebbe. “We transformed our lives in his influence,” he said.
Baumel said that a brain scan of a person of that age (the Rebbe was in his 90’s), would have shown an impact on the brain. “And it was nothing close,” Baumel said. “The other brain that I know of in that condition was of Albert Einstien’s.”
An overall feeling of warmth was felt in the Rosa hall. “Fifteen years ago they said we’re doomed for extinction,” one participant told COLlive. “Today we are the largest Jewish organization in the world.”
But the elders seated on the dais, those who merited to meet the Rebbe or spend time in his presence, saw more to be accomplished and fixed.
Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar, spiritual leader of The Shul in Bal Harbour, FL, called in his speech not to be sedated.
“We should look at the sichos the Rebbe said about Gimmel Tammuz before 5744. And it must impact our lives even after we leave this Farbrengen.”
Other speakers included Rabbi Avraham Shemtov, Chairman of Agudas Chabad; Oholei Torah Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yisroel Friedman and Rabbi Leibel Schapiro, Rosh Yeshiva Lubavitch in Miami Beach, FL.