Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen! Monday December 3rd at 5:45 pm at The Herb Skolnick Center: 800 SW 36th Ave, Pompano Beach
An evening of pleasure song and inspiration Monday December 3rd at 5:45 pm at the Herb Skolnick Center
Light Dinner will be served Free Admission! (Suggested Donation $18 ~ Sponsor $100) Join us for a Chassidic "Farbrengen" (informal gathering) on Yud Tes Kislev, the Rosh Hashana for Chassidus!
Join Rabbi Lipa on his guitar as we sing some songs, discuss some stories, and watch a Chassidic Farbrengen. If you've never been to a Farbrengen before, this is something you definitely don't want to miss!
What is Yud Tes Kislev?
The Hebrew date of Yud-Tes Kislev, the nineteenth day of the month of Kislev, marks the release from a Czarist Russian prison in 1798 of the founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic philosophy, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812). That date is thus celebrated as a festival - known as the Chassidic New Year. For on it was granted the potential for the wellsprings of the Baal Shem Tov’s teachings to be spread outward and prepare the world for Mashiach’s coming.
In the fall of that year, the rabbi was arrested and charged with threatening the imperial authority of the czar. He was jailed in the island fortress located in the Neva River, in Petersburg.
During his interrogations, investigators forced the rabbi to reveal the basic tenets of Judaism and Chassidic philosophy and practice. Fifty-three days after he entered the prison, Rabbi Schneur Zalman was exonerated of all charges and freed.
Any event in our lives, is an echo of that taking place in the Heavenly Court. Thus, the release of the Alter Rebbe was a vindication of his efforts to disseminate teachings about Chassidism, thus marking with the 19th of Kislev the "birth" of the Chassidic movement.
Public dissemination of the teachings of Chassidism had begun nearly 100 years earlier with the emergence of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), a leader who believed that the poor and less educated Jews should be made to feel worthy, be taught the beauty of Torah and the happiness it brings, even if they are unable to spend their lives learning Torah in depth.
The Baal Shem Tov's disciple, Rabbi Dov Ber, known as the "Maggid (preacher) of Mezeritch", a brilliant orator who swayed people with his moralistic parables, is also connected with the 19th of Kislev. On that day, 26 years before Rabbi Schneur Zalman was liberated, the Maggid passed away. Before he died, he informed the disciple who became the Alter Rebbe, "This day is our 'yom tov' (holiday)."