Thousands of teens will study Tanya’s messages and participate in a historic printing of Tanya this Motzei Shabbos in Times Square, during the annual CTeen Shabbaton Havdalah.
Passersby were puzzled to see a printing press operating in the middle of Manhatten’s Times Square. CTeen International’s Mendel Bleich was spotted this week, starting the process of printing hundreds of Tanya’s in the glitzy American landmark. After Shabbos, the Tanya printing will be ceremoniously completed at the CTeen Shabbaton’s annual Havdalah and concert in Times Square.
The focus of this year’s CTeen Shabbaton is “Wherever, Whenever,” which hammers home the reality that we never leave our Jewish Identity behind, even as we tackle life’s most challenging moments. “The Rebbe empowered us to bring holiness into even the darkest corners of the world,” says Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, director of Merkos 302 and vice-Chairman of CTeen. “Printing the Tanya in Times Square is a powerful demonstration that Judaism is relevant everywhere.”
This Motzei Shabbos, after the printing is complete, the teens will study the Tanya’s profound perspective on Ahavas Yisroel and learn about the robust tools it gives Jews living in the modern age. The message fits the setting. With thousands of teens gathering together to sing “Shema Yisroel” and “Am Yisroel Chai” in Times Square, the idea of taking Jewish pride into the world has never been more relevant.
The concert is set to be headlined by Chasidic star Beri Weber. In addition to the Tanya Printing, the evening will see a video teaching of the Lubavitcher Rebbe played from the Nasdaq screen, which rises an astounding 120 feet high, and was the largest screen in the world at the time of its completion. The thousands of teens will hear inspiration and greetings from CTeen’s Rabbi Shimon Rivkin and Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch vice-Chairman Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky.
To watch the monumental Tanya printing ceremony and 14th annual CTeen Times Square takeover live this Motzai Shabbos visit: chabad.org/5403410