As a result of the numerous Sedarim organized by Chabad of Central Africa, based in Kinshasa, the Congo, and directed by Head Shliach to Central Africa Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, many souls are often touched.
Here is a glimpse of what happened this year on the second night of Pesach in the far distant city of Kigali in Rwanda:
Francis Gords has been working in Rwanda for a few decades.
He was brought up in an atheist Jewish family, and the only remnant of Judaism from his youth, was his grandfather telling him that they are descended from the Gaon of Vilna.
He heard about the Seder of Chabad in Rwanda through a pilot that, by Divine Providence, had met his daughter on a trip.
It was his first Seder in his entire life and first encounter with Judaism.
During the Seder, Gords listened to the two Chabad Yeshiva students sent to conduct the Seder, Rabbis Bentzion Duchman and Mendel Brawer, expound on the Exodus. Gords cried as he learned more and more about his roots.
On Chol Hamo’ed, the bochurim went to his house to put up mezuzos.
“It was a very moving experience,” the bochurim told COLlive. “We put him in touch with Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila to keep the contact and flame going,” they said.
The Vilna Gaon put us in cherem. If only he would have known that his great-grandchild will have a seder at the cheremed chassidim.
He didn’t want to join the cherem. They only made the malshinus on the Alter Rebbe after the Gra passed away. He prob would of stopped them. He knew who the Alter Rebbe was.
The world has moved on. Use Pesach to drop your hate and Sinas Chinam. Ahavas Yisroel will bring the Geula!
I know it’s all nice and good that the “vilna gaon”s einekul cane to chabads seder, but i think that the more important details about this story is that these two bochurim could have been in their homes, but instead they went to Africa and not a vacation place but rather a not so friendly place to do the rebbe’s shlichus. the same applies to all other bochurim and they really deserve a round of applause.
Bravissimi i Bento
There are several descendants of the Vilna gaon and the Baal married to each other
There are many descendeds of the vilna gaon that are lubavitchers and are shluchim