When the Rebbe and Rebbetzin Prepared the Yud Tes Kislev Seuda

Amidst the Sinai campaign of 5717, the Rebbe commended R’ Binyomin Levin for exerting himself to assist in farbrengen preparations. In fact, preparing the Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen was something both the Rebbe and the Rebbetzin did in their youth.

The zechus of partaking in the physical preparations for the Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen has always been cherished by Chassidim. As a child, despite being generally introverted, the Rebbe personally arranged the children’s farbrengen.

Likewise, we find the Rebbe Rashab writes to his son the Frierdiker Rebbe, “I was happy that you celebrated the yom tov well, and I was especially pleased that your daughters were involved in setting the table.”

During the Sinai campaign of 5717, Reb Binyomin Levin of Kfar Chabad exerted himself to assist in the farbrengen preparations.

In a letter to him, the Rebbe wrote:

“I was pleased to read that despite the difficulties, you partook in the preparations of the Yud Tes Kislev farbrengen… Although it was seemingly only the material part of the farbrengen, it is noticeable that the gashmiyus has an impact, and it affects the ruchniyus as well…”

(Yemei Melech Vol 1 p. 152; IGK Rashab Vol 2 p. 731; Igros Kodesh Vol. 14 p. 308)

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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