Yerushalayim celebrated Simchas Beis Hashoeva in Shikun Chabad with thousands of dancers joining in from all over.
Photos: Meir Alfasi
Chabad of Yerushalayim organized a large Simchas Beis Hashoeva celebration in the streets of Shikun Chabad. The event is in its seventeenth year, and has grown exponentially, with thousands of Yidden of all sects joining in the joyous dancing.
The singing was led by chazan Rabbi Binyamin Helfgot and a choir including Baruch Wiesel, Akiva Groman, Moti Goldman, Avraham Moskowitz, and Elchonon Steinmetz, who encouraged the crowds with a non stop array of songs, accompanied by the talented keyboardist Rabbi Avrahami Cohen and his orchestra.
A resplendently adorned stage served as the backdrop for the grand event, where giant screens displayed videos of the Rebbe encouraging the joyous festivities.
During the celebration, inspiring words were imparted by Rabbi Naftali Roth, the head of Tzeirei Chabad in Yerushalayim. In line with tradition, he inspired the crowd to join the dancing, by sharing stories and insights about the significance and importance of simcha.
Following this, Rabbi Roth invited Rabbi Yaakov Halperin, Chabad representative in the municipality and deputy mayor, to deliver words of Torah and blessings to the thousands in attendance. Rabbi Roth expressed gratitude to Rabbi Halperin for his assistance with arranging the Simchas Beis Hashoeva and for all his efforts in supporting the Chabad houses and mosdos in Yerushalayim.
At the conclusion of the speeches, the children in Tzivos Hashem recited the twelve pesukim.
The joyous occasion was accompanied by an impressive performance by the chassidishe dance group “Haup Kazak”. The renowned dancer, Rabbi Meir Lebel, stood out amidst the lively dancers, juggling torches just like they used to in the Bais Hamikdash.
Leading the organizing team was Shliach Rabbi Shlomo Shochat, who invested his utmost efforts to ensure the success of the event. Alongside him were Rabbi Noam Roth, head of Tzeirei Chabad in Yerushalayim, and Rabbi Yisroel Cohen.