Ever since the Rebbe sent Talmidei Shluchim to Sydney in 5746 (1986), the Shluchim from Melbourne and Sydney have convened on a yearly basis for the purpose of gaining inspiration and invigoration in their holy work.
This year was no different. Shluchim from no less than seven Chabad institutions in Australia were invited to join together once more, and share in a meaningful Kinus to strengthen each other for the future months of Shlichus. The Kinus aimed to accommodate the topics and ideas of the different areas that each group of Shluchim are dealing with in their respective locations.
The Kinus took place in Melbourne, on Shabbos Parshas Bamidbor.
The program opened on Thursday evening in the M. Goldhirsh residence with a practical and thought-provoking farbrengen led by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum. Rabbi Greenbaum shared with the Shluchim some of his personal experiences in his years on Shlichus in Moorabin.
He also stressed to the Shluchim their incredible privilege and responsibility as role models for the students and community around them. Most importantly, Rabbi Greenbaum imparted courage and confidence to the Shluchim, in helping them realize how important their mission is.
Friday morning found the Shluchim enjoying a light breakfast in the Chabad House of Caulfield (770), as they eagerly anticipated their upcoming lectures.
Rabbi Shmuel Lesches was first in gracing the Shluchim as he shared his outstanding experience as a Magid Shiur in Yeshiva Gedolah, and enlightened the Shluchim in various important aspects of education. The Shluchim had submitted questions beforehand and Rabbi Lesches brilliantly responded to as many questions as time permitted.
Following Rabbi Lesches, the Shluchim had the privilege to have a shiur from Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner on the International dateline, a subject especially pertinent in Australia where the most common passage to America is over the dateline. Using a globe, Rabbi Groner discussed various opinions in the matter.
The Kinus would not have been complete without the next event in the schedule. Royally lined in front of the majestic looking Yeshiva Gedolah, the Shluchim smiled for a group picture to mark the event. It was an inspiration indeed to see the 25 plus Shluchim together, united in their mission of helping Australian Jewry and education.
Shabbos was spent in East Bentleigh together with Rabbi Mendel Raskin and his congregation. The meals were full of inspiration and meaning as the Shluchim delved deeply into the meaning of how special they are in their unique and holy mission. The Nigunim were sung powerfully and in unison as the voices joined together in a pact of unity and strength.
An especially powerful moment was when the chazzan for musaf, Shliach Yossi Nigri sang the final kadish of musaf to the tune of shluchei adonenu. Immediately a spontaneous dance of the thirty Shluchim ensued, and the congregants of the Chabad House joined in as well. This episode truly expressed the feelings of joy that filled the air.
The finale of the Kinus was a gala banquet/Maleveh Malkah held in the D. Wolf residence. Rabbi Mottel Krasnjansky enchanted the Shluchim with beautiful ideals regarding shlichus, as well as a handful of captivating stories expressing the message of a Shliach’s responsibility.
One of the many positive outcomes of the Kinus was the launching of an email group that will unite the Shluchim throughout the year. The Shluchim will be able to use this to share ideas and inspiration.
In accordance with the Rebbe’s instructions during the worldwide Kinus HaShluchim of the year 5752, a special stress will be made on strengthening the enthusiasm and learning of Moshiach topics. Additionally a hachloto will be taken together by the Shluchim in the realm of Hiskashrus as a preparation for gimmel tammuz.
The Shluchim thoroughly enjoyed and gained from the Kinus, and would like to thank those who helped to make it possible. Firstly, the generous hosts: families Goldhirsh, Wolf, Telsner, Chabad of Caulfield (770) and Chabad of Bentleigh. As well as to Rabbis Greenbaum, C.T. Groner, Lesches, Raskin and Krasnjansky for their inspiring and knowledgeable words. A special thanks as well to Shluchim Mendel Shuchat and Yosef Kasle for their effort in making the Kinus the success that it was.
A special thanks to the administration of Yeshiva Gedola and Yeshiva College for sponsoring the kinus.
The Shluchim wished each other that the spirit of the Kinus have a true and penetrating effect on themselves as well as the communities that they serve, and may the effects of the Kinus be the final steps in the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days.