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Colel Chabad to Hold ‘Nafshi’ Event December 3

Unique gathering blends soulful music with spiritual uplift to celebrate Yud Tes Kislev; Avraham Fried, Eitan Katz, Rabbis Eli Mansour and Judah Mischel among guests.

(Courtesy of Colel Chabad) Colel Chabad is the oldest continuously operating tzedaka (charity) in Israel, with its inception dating back to 1788. Established by the founder of the Chabad movement, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the Baal Hatanya, the organization has a rich history of providing essential aid to the most vulnerable sectors of Israeli society. Its mission encompasses many humanitarian services, including food distribution, medical assistance, child care, and support for the elderly and displaced families.

Colel Chabad is taking an innovative approach to bring awareness to its vital work through the upcoming “Nafshi” event. This unique gathering, scheduled for Sunday, December 3 at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, is different from your typical concert, lecture or speech. It’s an immersive experience that blends soulful music with insightful wisdom, set to celebrate Yud Tes Kislev.

 

The Essence of ‘Nafshi’

At its core, “Nafshi” is a spiritual journey. The event is crafted to cater to those seeking both musical enrichment and spiritual insight. It’s structured with 75% song and 25% wisdom, aiming for 100% inspiration. Attendees are encouraged to come with a “thirsty soul” and leave with an even greater thirst for knowledge and spiritual connection. This format draws from Toras Hachassidus, providing bite-size pieces of wisdom interlaced with niggunim—both well-known classics and hidden gems. This blend ensures an uplifting and inspiring evening for all attendees.

 

Celebrating Yud Tes Kislev

The event date, in proximity to Yud Tes Kislev, which holds special significance in Chassidic tradition, is referred to as the “Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus.” It marks the liberation of the Alter Rebbe, the founder of Chabad Chassidism, from imprisonment in Czarist Russia. One of the accusations against him was that by supporting the poor in Israel, through Colel Chabad, he was supporting the Ottoman Empire, the arch-rival of Russia. This day is celebrated worldwide as a time of renewed commitment to the teachings of Chassidus, making “Nafshi” a fitting tribute.

 

A Stellar Lineup

The event boasts an impressive array of talent. Musical performances will feature renowned artists such as Avraham Fried, Eitan Katz, Beri Weber and Alex Clare. Complementing the musical talent are respected Rabbis Eli Mansour, Judah Mischel, Shais Taub and Moshe Weinberger. This combination of musical and spiritual leaders promises a night rich in niggunim, song, and meaningful teachings.

 

Geographical Appeal And Ticket Sales

Interest in “Nafshi” extends far beyond the Chabad community. Ticket buyers hail from diverse locations, including Cedarhurst and Washington Heights, New York, and Teaneck, Passaic and Lakewood, New Jersey. This wide geographical interest underscores the event’s broad appeal across Jewish communities. The brisk pace of ticket sales indicates high anticipation and excitement for the event. As tickets are selling fast, those interested are advised to secure them soon through Nafshi.net.

Supporting Colel Chabad

Proceeds from the event will directly support the initiatives of Colel Chabad. Established in 1788, the organization is the oldest continuously operating tzedaka in Israel. It is crucial in aiding displaced families and other vulnerable groups in Israel. By aligning entertainment with a charitable cause, “Nafshi” stands as a testament to the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam—repairing the world through acts of kindness.

 

A Night of Unity and Inspiration

“Nafshi” is more than just an event; it celebrates unity and musical inspiration. It brings together people from various backgrounds to celebrate the legacy of the Alter Rebbe and the teachings of Chassidus. In doing so, it promises an evening of entertainment and an opportunity for communal connection and spiritual growth.

 

Conclusion

As “Nafshi” approaches, the excitement within the Jewish community is palpable. With its unique format, stellar lineup and noble cause, the event is poised to be a landmark occasion. It represents a harmonious blend of joyous celebration and deep contemplation, offering attendees a rare opportunity to nourish their souls and intellects. In a world often filled with noise and haste, “Nafshi” provides a chance to pause, reflect and connect with something greater — a truly enriching experience for all who attend.

Visit https://colelchabad.events to purchase tickets to the Sunday, December 3 “Nafshi” event. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show.

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