Monday evening, the 9th of Elul, family and friends came together at The Shul in Crown Heights to mark the Shloshim of Reb Leibel Mochki, OB”M.
Rabbi Levi Kaplan, a grandson of Reb Leibel, Rabbi of The Shul and Principal of Cheder Chabad Monsey, emceed the event all the while sharing poignant anecdotes about his grandfather. Reb Shimon Mochkin delivered the Siyum Hamishnayos.
A roster of outstanding speakers vividly described the colorful Chassidic personality that was Reb Leibel A”H, and shared heretofore unknown details of some of his legendary exploits and accomplishments.
Speakers included Rabbi Leibel Kaplan, son-in-law of Reb Leibel and Rosh Yeshiva of the Rabbinical College of Quebec; Rabbi Yossi Garelik, nephew of Reb Leibel and Rabbi of the Geshem Center; Rabbi Nissan Mangel, Rov of Ksav Center, where Reb Leibel was mispalel for over 40 years; Rabbi Motteleh Gurary, Rov of Chevra Shas and a neighbor of Reb Leibel; R’ Mendel Mochkin, son of the Niftar; Rabbi Mendy Wolf, Director of Young Jewish Leaders of NYC(YJL) and R’ Shimon Mochkin, son of the Niftar.
Full Video of the Shloshim
The Mochkin family announced at the shloshim that in honor of Reb Leibel, A”H, it will be supporting the work of Young Jewish Leaders (www.yjlnyc.com/services). YJL is an initiative founded by Rabbi Mendy Wolf and Oholei Menachem, supporting and coordinating the Friday Mivtzoyim Routes whereby bochurim from Oholei Menachem go out throughout Manhattan to share a Dvar Torah, put on Tefillin, give the gift of Challah to every one of their “clients” and distribute Neshek. The family requests that all donations in the name of Reb Leibel A”H be directed to YJL (www.yjlnyc.com/services).
Click here to Download YJL Pledge Card
At the Shloshim, a video was shown that demonstrated the tangible impact these bochurim have on the people they visit on their Friday Mivtzoyim Route.
A Memento was distributed by the Shloshim that featured articles in various publications detailing some of Reb Leibel’s exploits and some interesting little known documents recently made available by the JOINT, highlighting their work in assisting the great escape from Russia of Chabad Chassidim in 1946 and the list of people that escaped Russia, in large part due to the efforts of Reb Leibel A”H.
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The family is currently gathering stories, vertlach, anecdotes, recollections, impressions, pictures, videos etc. about Reb Leibel, A”H.
For voice notes and text, the family has created a WhatsApp number where it can be sent +1-917-310-4765 and email LionofLemberg@gmail.com .