By Sruly Glabman, eighth grade – Cheder Menachem of Los Angeles
On a recent Erev Shabbos, 25 young mispallelim of Kol Yakov Yehuda left on their Shabbos taste of Shlichus to Chabad of Redondo Beach.
The mispalelim were a handful of the many Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners that daven weekly in Los Angeles’ only Shul run for the kids and by the kids.
Arriving in Chabad of Redondo Beach with enough time before Shabbos, the boys headed for the Redondo Beach Pier for some Friday Mivtzoim.
Upon arriving at the Pier, the sight of many proud chassidishe children with their yarmulkes proudly on their heads and their tzitzis fluttering in the cool ocean breeze, was astounding. It immediately made for many warm good shabbos wishes which of course were then returned with an invitation to come to shul for shabbos services.
For Kabbolas Shabbos, the Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners davened along with members of the Chabad of Redondo Beach community, they made an immediate impression with their great behavior and their unwavering Chayus. The children also got a feel of what it means to see a Chabad House in action as they saw the wide array of people that come to the Chabad House and the programs that cater for the needs of their Neshomas and some nourishment for the body too.
Seudas Shabbos was a lebedige and heartwarming experience as the talmidim sat and sang in unison and heard some divrei torah. The main dvar Torah was delivered by the president of Kol Yakov Yehudah, Habochur Hatomim Hamispallel Levi Cohen.
Following Chassidus on Shabbos morning and of course some mezonos, the mispallelim joined the large crowd that came to daven at Chabad of Redondo Beach. The mispallelim showed what it means to be a diamond davener of the Rebbe, as they participated eagerly in every aspect of the davening with kavod and chayus. The mispallelim and the community were addressed by the head of Chabad of Redondo, Rabbi Yossy Mintz, followed by the founder and director of the Rebbe’s dimond daveners– Rabbi Mendel Duchman.
Seudas Shabbbos was along with the kiddush of Chabad of Redondo and many community members sat and swayed and smiled as the sweet sounds of niggunim and songs filled the Chabad of Redondo kiddush room. A true Kiddush Lubavitch. The mispallelim were also treated to an inspiring mammer baal peh from Rabbi Mintz and an empowering story from shliach Rabbi Levi Diskin, who just recently joined the family of Shluchim in Redondo Beach.
The Mispallelim went for a farbrengen/shalash seudos to the house of Rabbi Mintz and were treated to some great stories about shlichus in particular and the life of a chossid in general.
Motzei Shabbos came and was a time to taste from the delights of Redondo Beach’s very own kosher eatery, Chayo’s. The Chayo brothers pulled out all the stops for the Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners, serving them delicious pizza and fries. (Thank you for opening especially for us!)
A big thank you to Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Lisbon and the other shluchim of Redondo Beach who opened their Chabad House up to the mispallelim of Kol Yakov Yehuda and gave of their time and effort.