Wednesday night, there was a double reason to exclaim ‘didan notzach’ in Chigwell, Essex, England – the Tanya was printed there for the first time and it appropriately took place on Hei Teves.
Wednesday night, there was a double reason to exclaim ‘didan notzach’ in Chigwell, Essex, England – the Tanya was printed there for the first time and it appropriately took place on Hei Teves, combining the celebrations of ownership of the Chabad library while printing what is often called the ‘Written Torah’ of Chabad.
The printing was organised by Yehudah Raven who also gave a short Tanya lesson from the freshly printed sheets of Tanya at the celebratory fabrengen. Attendees also heard from Rabbi Rafi Goodwin, Community Development Rabbi of Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue, as well as Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin MBE, Executive Director of Chabad North East London and Essex, and the other local shluchim Rabbi Yanky Abrams, Rabbi Odom Brandman, Rabbi Yossi Posen and Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg.
The fabrengen lasted into the early hours and was enjoyed by a full local crowd whose eyes were opened to a book and subject that many had not previously heard of. While at the fabrengen, Rabbi Yossi Posen of Chabad of Epping launched the idea of a new weekly Tanya Shiur for beginners, which will BzH start as soon as possible.
The Chigwell community would like to thank Avrom Weisz and Colin Bharier who dedicate an immense amount of their time to ensuring that Tanya printings take place across the United Kingdom.