The 222nd annual gathering of the descendants of the Shpoler Zaydeh took place Motzei Shabbos at Lubavitch Yeshiva Hall in Crown Heights.
The event is held every Yud Tes Shvat to commemorate a great miracle that happened on that day in 5553 (February 1, 1793). The Shpoler Zaydeh was invited to take part in a bris, and in order to arrive at the required place, he had to traverse a river, which was frozen in the cold of winter. As the Shpoler Zaydeh was crossing the river, the ice broke under him and he fell into the icy waters beneath. However, the Shpoler Zaydeh was miraculously saved from drowning.
The following year, on Yud Tes Shvat, the Shpoler Zaydeh celebrated a Seudas Hoda’ah and specifically requested that all his descendants continue to do so. This day is celebrated around the world by descendants of all backgrounds.
Approximately 125 people attended the Crown Heights Seudah, organized this year by family members in conjunction with the Shpoler Zaydeh Society coordinator Reb Mordechai Leib Kalmanson.
Reb Sholom Dovid Geisinsky, in addition to acting as Master of Ceremony, also told the Story of Yud Tes Shvat (a tradition passed on from generation to eneration, as he heard it from his father Reb Moshe Aaron Geisinsky A”H).
Guest Speaker Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky gave a very lively Dvar Torah in which he tied in the Parshas Hashovuah to the event being celebrated. He also initiated an in-depth discussion about a Niggun attributed to the Shpoler Zaydeh (although many may not know it) known as “Kol BaYaar.”