In response to the recent barbaric murder of the Rebbe’s Shluchim to Mumbai, the Crown Heights community gathered for a Shabbos Hakhel, uniting for chizuk and inspiration. All local shuls were invited.
Hundreds streamed to Oholei Torah on Eastern Parkway throughout the day for Davening, Farbrengen, and childrens program.
The Chazanim were Rabbi Shneur Zalman Baumgarten and R’ Levi Freundlich.
During Shacharis, the full-to-capacity crowd heard a moving Dvar Torah and words of Chizuk from Rabbi Yossi Jacobson. He spoke about the connection to the Parsha to the recent events and how we as a community can move forward with achdus.
A prominent speaker at the farbrengen was Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch and a very close friend of the Holtzbergs who just returned from the funeral. He spoke passionately about a cheshbon nefesh – there is grief and sadness among us, but the question remains, what are we going to do about it? What change will it effect in our daily life?
Rabbi Yossi Keller, son of Rabbi Keller A”H who used to say havdalah for the Rebbe, recited Havdalah.
After Shabbos the crowd watched a video presentation about the Holtzbergs, HY”D.
Rabbi Moshe Pinson, one of the organizers of the event, told COLlive he never saw such an outpouring of achdus from the entire community. “Many people decided to take upon themselves Hachlatos, all wanted to do something to make a change,” he said. “Many Hachlatos tovos – good resolutions – were taken on throughout the day. Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, at the farbrengen, said he would farbreng in different shuls throughout the neighborhood on shabbosim. A few young men decided to grow their beards, others said they would make sure to finish the tehillim on Shabbos mevorchim.”
Rabbi Yossi Jacobson said, “This is a special moment – a window of opportunity- the rest of the world is looking at Lubavitch to see how we will act in this moment – it is our chance to use it to turn in in the right direction.
We have to continue with this achdus and truly effect change.”