Back when poverty was the norm and every penny precious, extraordinary efforts were made by Chassidim living outside the Rebbe’s court to travel there from time to time, in particular for the month of Tishrei.
Saving, scraping, taking extra work, whatever was necessary to afford the cost of this trip.
But why was all this effort made?
Even once they arrived in town, this question wasn’t fully answered.
Not until the moment arrived.
The moment the Chossid came face to face with the Rebbe. Yechidus. Dollars. Kos Shel Bracha.
The tremendous physical expense and burden of travel didn’t shine a candle to the spiritual efforts to prepare for this moment, oftentimes lasting months.
At this moment the whole world fell away, and the Chossid connected to his true source, giving him life for the year to come.
In the year 5778, these moments live on. During a visit the Ohel, this is the Yechidus. Dollars. Kos Shel Bracha.
Like the Rebbe said on Shabbos Shlach 5710, the highest level of Hiskashrus is visiting the Ohel knowing “Az ot do is er” the Rebbe is right here…
Making this focal point of the Tishrei trip possible for every Bochur, the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim provides buses daily to the ohel at a steeply discounted rate.
For just $3 return, Bochurim can spend time in the Rebbe’s “daled amos” for however long they need, and enter into their Yechidus.
“Going to the ohel is the highlight of my trip, to be honest,” remarked Menny Rabinowitz, a 15 year old Bochur visiting for Tishrei from Eretz Yisroel. “That may sound surprising given all the excitement in New York when I’m here, but that’s the reality. Being away a whole year, I cherish this opportunity. Of course, I write letters to the Rebbe all the time, but nothing compares to being here, in person.”
This, along with the extensive hospitality efforts of accommodations, food, learning schedules, Farbrengens and programs are provided by the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim, with the generous assistance of caring donors, in particular Mr. Shneur Minsky, Mr. Avrohom Lokshin, Mr. Nachman Lokshin and Mr. Menachem Gurevitch.
From day one the donors have places emphasis on the subsidized Ohel buses, recognizing the great importance.
“I want to thank the Vaad and all those who make this and all the wonderful Hachnosas Orchim programs possible,” added Menny. “If not for this, we would not where to begin here.”