Living Chassidus hosted an inspiring Shabbos for women to deepen their bitachon through conversations, farbrengen, and shared experiences at the Aleph Bais Gimmel house with Rabbi and Mrs. Rubashkin.
By: Sharon Weiss
The recent Living Chassidus Shabbaton in Jackson, NJ at the Aleph Bais Gimmel house, was a truly remarkable experience that left an indelible mark on all those who attended. From the moment it began, there was an atmosphere of joy, growth, and profound connection. The women in attendance were treated to a weekend filled with enriching activities, heartfelt conversations, and the privilege of farbranging with Rabbi Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin and his wife Leah.
The Shabbaton began with a fun pre-Shabbos swim, setting the tone for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation. As Shabbos began, the women found themselves immersed in an ambiance of tranquility, enhanced by the stories and meaningful discussions. The Shabbos meals delighted the senses and provided the perfect backdrop for deep conversations that extended well into the early hours of the morning.
One of the highlights of the Shabbaton was the opportunity to engage in farbrengens with Rabbi Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin. With genuine bitul and wisdom, he shared the lessons he gleaned from his time in ‘a place called prison’, offering valuable insights into the strength and the power of bitachon in challenging circumstances and how we need to have it at all times. The women were able to ask their own questions and bring bitachon down to their level. Rabbi Shalom Mordechai’s responses provided them with a renewed sense of purpose, reminding them that Hashem is always by their side, and working for their benefit.
The atmosphere created during the Shabbaton fostered an environment of profound connection and empowerment. The women found solace in the understanding that Hashem is not merely doing things to them, but rather, everything is orchestrated for their ultimate good. This shift in perspective brought about a deepening of emunah and bitachon in Hashem’s plan. Moreover, the importance of learning Torah during times of stress was emphasized, as the act of learning itself provides strength and serves as a reminder of Hashem’s constant presence.
One participant beautifully expressed her experience, stating, “Just like different yontifs give us packets of certain energies, I feel like the LC Shabbaton is my packet of Bitachon energy for the year! Not standing on its own, but as a foundation and with the understanding that we continue learning to sustain the amazing high from this Shabbaton!” This sentiment encapsulates the transformative nature of the event, serving as a catalyst for personal growth and an enduring source of bitachon, or trust, throughout the year.
In conclusion, the Living Chassidus Shabbaton was an extraordinary gathering that left a lasting impact on all those who participated. From the uplifting farbrengens to the deep conversations, the event provided a platform for women to connect, unwind, and forge new friendships. The lessons learned about trusting in Hashem’s plan and finding strength through learning will undoubtedly continue to resonate within the hearts and minds of the attendees. This unforgettable Shabbaton served as a source of inspiration, igniting a renewed commitment to living a life infused with faith, joy, and connection to the divine.
The message and goal of Living Chassidus is that Chassidus should be lived through real-life practical application. Chassidus is not just meant to be learned. By providing support and guidance to individuals as they navigate this new chapter in their lives in Crown Heights, we hope to foster a community where everyone can support each other and gain inspiration.
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