The auspicious day of Yud Alef Nissan in Sydney, Australia started with a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek Shlu. The entire community came together to honor The Rebbes on his 114th birthday. Guest speaker for the evening was Rabbi Nochum Schapiro, Shaliach to the North Shore. He started with many stories of the Rebbe, and how even in 5776 The Rebbe’s brochos are being fulfilled.
His message to everyone was that even though its 22 years since Gimmel Tammuz, Chabad has only grown stronger and bigger and we all have to be part of fulfilling The Rebbe’s requests and asking for Brochos. Rabbi Schapiro continued to share his own personal stories and the influence The Rebbe had on him.
The farbrengen continued with people breaking into many groups and connecting with people who had been with the Rebbe and some who had their own Yechidus with The Rebbe.
Dovid J said, “it’s been a long time since he has seen such a lively farbrengen and the amount of people, especially the youth and teenagers that stayed throughout the farbrengen.”
The farbrengen continued to the early hours of the morning.
The morning started with children arriving and filling out Hachlota cards. “General” Rabbi Straiton gave each child tzedokah and encouraged children to write a Pan.
Davening followed by breakfast and special learning program was next, followe by a grand Tzivos Hashem Hakhel rally.
It started with 12 Pesukim and the reading of The Rebbes new Kapital. Levi Kastel and Mendel Suffrin read a Pan on behalf of all the Chayolim of Tzivos Hashem pleasding to The Rebbe to bring Moshiach. Enough is Enough. 22 years is too long.
The rally ended with a raffle and then a special gift to each child which included, A booklet on the Rebbe, a special 150th Yartzeit of The Tzemach Tzedek booklet, as well as a picture of The Rebbe with the new capital and a special 12 Pesukim flyer.
Those that were fortunate enough then joined in the Mitzvah Tank parade.
The Mitzvah tanks started with a Parade around Sydney then divided into special groups and put on tefillin ( including a Bar Mitzvah ), gave out Neshek, provided a piece of birthday cake and water and afterwards gave out Matzah. They visited children from the long day care centre, to people in their offices, in the city during the lunch break, nursing homes and many many more places.
A big thank you to the Yud Alef Nissan organisers, Sreuvi Lazarus, Rabbi Straiton and Benny Amzalak, as well as Avremi Joseph, Moishe Amzalak, all the high school boys and people that dedicated their time in preparing, setting up and being part of a very special Yud Alef Nissan for Sydney Australia. A big thank you to the overwhelming support from the community not only for their financial contribution but attending all the events.