Mitteler Rebbe’s Chag Hageulah Marked in His Home Town

A large group from Moscow traveled to the town of Lubavitch for Shabbos, to mark Tes Kislev, the birthday and yom hilula of the Mitteler Rebbe, and his chag hageulah on Yud Kislev, in the town where he established his chotzer and led chassidim for 15 years.

By Anash.org reporter

A large group from Moscow traveled to the town of Lubavitch for Shabbos, to mark Tes Kislev, the birthday and yom hilula of the Mitteler Rebbe, and his chag hageulah on Yud Kislev, in the town where he established his chotzer and led chassidim for 15 years.

The celebrations began Thursday night, as Rabbi Itche Kogan, known as “the Tzaddik from Leningrad” marked a special day on his personal calendar. On Tes Kislev, Rabbi Kogen first arrived to the Rebbe over three decades ago, and on Yud Kislev, he had a lengthy yechidus. Ever since, he marked the day as his chassidishe yom huledes, and this year as well, he traveled to the town of Lubavitch where he held a intimate farbrengen with the shliach to Lubavitch Rabbi Gavriel Gordon.

The next day, a large group arrived from Moscow arrived to spend Shabbos in the town where the Mitteler Rebbe established the headquarters of Chabad soon after the Alter Rebbe’s passing. Among the visitors were bochurim from the Machon Ran yeshiva, and visitors from other locations across Russia.

In recent years, Lubavitch has seen a wave of new construction, and the visitors were able to spend Shabbos in the comfortable new guest houses, daven in the recently-rebuilt shul by the Ohel, and view the ongoing restoration of the original Zal of Tomchei Tmimim.

The guests spent the entire Shabbos davening, learning and farbrenging, with one participant describing the Shabbos as “one long farbrengen!” Following Shabbos, the visitors took the time to visit the Ohel of the Tzemach Tzedek and Rebbe Maharash, the Ohel of the Rebbetzins, and the other holy sites in the town.

After spending an inspiring Shabbos, the guests expressed their warm appreciation to philanthropists R’ Yossi and Batsheva Popack who generously sponsors all the restoration work in Lubavitch, as well as local shliach Rabbi Gordon, who works tirelessly for the benefit of the constant visitors to the town. They also thanked Eliyahu Ezagui for helping arrange the Shabbos.

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