Shabbos In The Mountains
Moshiach Shabbos in the Catskills on Shabbos Parshas Emor was a great
success. This is the third year in a row that the Matteh HaOlami
L’Havaas HaMoshiach, directed by Rabbi Shmuel Butman, organized an
event of this kind. Nearly 200 families, numbering over 500 people, took
part in the Shabbaton and listened to lectures on faith in the
of cars made their way early Friday morning from Crown Heights to the
beautiful Paramount Hotel in Parksville NY. Those who traveled by bus,
chartered by the organizers of the weekend, got a foretaste of the
special Moshiach atmosphere on their way up to the hotel by viewing
videos of the Rebbe.
Mendel Zalmanov and his wife Mindy, and Dr. and Mrs. Zvi Lang, who
organized the event, were on hand in the lobby to greet the many guests.
In addition, Rabbi Butman welcomed the distinguished mashpiim and
lecturers whom he had personally invited for Shabbos.
pamphlets on inyanei Moshiach and Geula, along with the
current issue of Beis Moshiach, were distributed in the
lobby. On the way to their rooms, the guests encountered video screens
showing scenes from Beis Chayeinu.
Mincha, mashpia Rabbi Shalom Charitonov spoke about the
importance of speech. He gave many examples from the Rebbe’s sichos
in which the Rebbe emphasizes the importance of speech, especially
regarding the demand for Hashem to bring the Redemption.
an uplifting Kabbalas Shabbos with Rabbi Shneur Zalman Baumgarten
and dancing to “Yechi,” the guests entered the dining room
for the Shabbos meal. R’ Menachem Friedfertig, member of the Vaad
HaKahal, was the main speaker.
the meal there were separate programs for men and women. The men farbrenged
with Rabbi Charitonov, Rabbi Mordechai Chein, Rabbi Berel Lipsker, and
Rabbi Yechezkel Lebovic. The women farbrenged with Mrs. Sarah
Tova Best and Mrs. Yocheved Lipsker.
the late night farbrengens, dozens of men arrived early Shabbos
morning to listen to Rabbi Majesky’s Likkutei Torah shiur.
Women in the ezras nashim enjoyed the class, which was
illuminated with Chassidic stories. Rabbi Majesky pointed out that every
Lubavitcher Chassid should carry out the Rebbe’s directive to
publicize the Redemption so that we won’t be ashamed when the Rebbe is
Krias ha’Torah, Rabbi Shmuel Samuels captivated his audience
with a combination of miracle stories, sichos, and practical horaos.
At the Shabbos lunch meal, Rabbi Yaakov Herzog compared sfiras
ha’omer to proclamations intended to hasten the Redemption, such
as “Ad masai” and “Yechi.” Both have to be
said explicitly, and one must understand what he is saying.
people remained to farbreng after the meal. Rabbi Samuels related
how his father came to Lubavitch. His father’s family were Satmar
Chassidim, but when the Rebbe Rayatz came to America in 5690, his father
took him to see the Rebbe. When they arrived at the place where the
Rebbe was farbrenging, they saw the Rebbe sitting at an empty
table with dozens of Chassidim drinking in his words thirstily. “When
my father saw this,” said Rabbi Samuels, “he was amazed. He was used
to seeing a laden table at a tish, and he never dreamed that one
could sit at an empty table and listen to Torah. He was still a young
boy, but he already understood that emes is to be found in
the day there were mesibos Shabbos programs for the children,
with the girls under the care of Rivky Lazar and the boys supervised by
Levi and Shlomo Zalmanov.
Shlomo Majesky spoke later in the afternoon, focusing on our personal
obligation to bring Redemption. “In the Purim sicha of 5747,
the Rebbe stresses that each of us, with every good deed we do, can be
the one to tilt the world towards the side of merit and bring the Geula.
This sicha ought to reverberate in our ears and remind us that
every little deed we do can bring the Geula.”
the end of the lecture, Rabbi Butman spoke briefly. He connected the sidra
with our obligation to disseminate the besuras ha’Geula.
“At the beginning of the sidra it says, ‘emor...v’amarta,’
and Rashi explains, ‘to warn the adults about the children.’ The
Rebbe points out three lessons in avodas Hashem we learn from the
three places that the Gemara says ‘to warn the adults about the
this sidra we learn that even when speaking about matters that
are beyond the intellect, when an adult might think that it doesn’t
pay to explain these deep concepts to children, the Torah tells us that
we should teach these matters to our children, too.
Rabbi Butman’s speech there was a Moshiach symposium wherein Rabbi
Butman and Rabbi Majesky responded to questions from the audience. After
Mincha, Rabbi Butman taught a Mishna in Pirkei Avos in
depth with the Rebbe’s commentary, which was followed by the third
meal and niggunim. Rabbi Charitonov reviewed a maamer by
Maariv the guests watched a video of the Rebbe, and a short while
later Rabbi Butman’s weekly radio program began. “In the Gemara it
says that Hashem wanted to make Chizkiyahu Moshiach,” Rabbi Butman
related, “but the attribute of justice accused him of not singing shira
for the miracles Hashem did for him. We must correct this, and thank
Hashem, verbally and with song, for the miracles He does for us.
Rebbe spoke about this in his sicha of VaYeishev 5752, and he
demanded that we announce and publicize the miracles we experience.”
The program was transmitted directly to the radio station in New York.
This year, the program was also presented live on the Internet at
Rabbi Butman’s program, everyone sat down for a Melaveh Malka,
and listened to Rabbi Majesky speak about the obligation to publicize
the Geula. Rabbi Majesky quoted sichos and horaos
along with stories and helpful advice, based on his personal experience
in publicizing the Geula.
leaving on Sunday, Rabbi Samuels reminded everyone that since Chaf-Ches
Nissan 5751, there is no longer such thing as “just a weekday.” Each
day is an auspicious time to bring Moshiach, and that is how we must
relate to it.