(Courtesy of Bris Avrohom) On Dec. 3 at the Bris Avrohom Center, Congregation Shomrei Torah Ohel Yosef Yitzchok, a special Yud Tet Kislev farbrengen was held. It is customary to celebrate this date as it is known by Lubavitch as the new year of Chassidus. The celebration commemorated the 225th anniversary of the liberation of the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, R’ Shneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and the Shulchan Aruch, who was imprisoned in Petersburg, Russia for spreading Chassidus.
Over 150 people participated in the great event and seudat mitzvah. The guest speaker was Rabbi Nosson Gurary, executive director of Chabad House Centers in upstate New York. He held the audience spellbound for five hours as he explained the significance of the day, the importance of learning Chassidus daily, and regaled them with stories of the Alter Rebbe and the Rebbe.
A lavish dinner was served, sponsored by the community, as Rabbi Mordechai Kanelsky also shared with the crowd the meaning of the special day and why it is given such prominence. He proceeded by thanking the committee, Yanky Bennish, Levi Kumer, Zalman Vishnefsky and Shabsi Zakheim for their dedication in arranging such a beautiful evening.