By Hershel Rosenbluh for Anash.org
Throughout the decades, Yarchei Kallah was a celebrated event, where distinguished rabbonim from Lubavitch and far beyond would come to discuss Torah thoughts. Rav Ephraim Yolles of Philadelphia was a regular attendee.
In 5741/1981, Reb Yakov Yosef Raskin was the featured speaker. He had merited to be meshamesh Rav Levi Yitzchok, the Rebbe’s father, in Alma Ata, and the Rebbe was very grateful to Reb Yakov Yosef for what he did for his parents. Since the Yarchei Kallah was closely connected to the Rebbe’s father, it was only natural for Reb Yakov Yosef to attend. In later years, his son, Reb Dovid Raskin, would speak at the Yarchei Kallah.
That year the Yarchei Kallah hosted such dignitaries as Rav Aron Soloveitchik, rosh yeshiva at Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago and at YU; Rav Yolles, Rabbi Moshe Tendler; Rav Meir Greenberg, rov of Paterson and rosh yeshiva at Tomchei Tmimim in Morristown; Reb Yoel Kahan – mashpia in 770 and the Rebebe’s choizer; Rav Yitzchok Raitport; Reb Sholom Morozov, mashpia in Tomchei Tmimim; Rav Mordechai Mentlik, rosh yeshiva in 770; Rav Chaim Meir Bukiet, rosh yeshiva in Lubavitcher Yeshiva, and others.