The Shluchim at Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati work around the clock looking for creative ways to motivate and challenge the Bochurim in their Hiskashrus, learning, and Chassidishe Hanhagos.
Approaching Yud Shvat, and the organized Yeshiva visit to the Rebbe that comes with it, the Shluchim launched an intense Mivtzah bringing the Yud Shvat atmosphere to every Bochur in Yeshiva. The Mivtzah, lasting for two weeks, included learning and memorizing hundreds of pages of Sichos, Ma’amorim, letters, and stories of the Rebbe addressing the essence of a Rebbe, Hiskashrus, and our role as Chassidim and Temimim.
These were compiled in a beautiful booklet, produced exclusively for the Mivtzah. There were also several missions required. The reward: a 3-day Shabbaton to Chicago, plus a Chinese auction on dozens of high-priced items and seforim sets using tickets purchased with points earned in the Mivtzah!
The success surpassed expectations by far, and the Shluchim didn’t let down either.
The long awaited and well-earned Shabbaton began with an early Friday morning trip to Chicago, stopping at an Indianapolis Chabad House directed by Shliach Rabbi Avrohom Grossbaum, for Seder Chassidus, Shachris, and a lavish breakfast.
Arriving in Chicago, after yet another stop – an exciting outing, the Bochurim dispersed to their assigned hosts, who showed outstanding and generous hospitality. They then gathered for a lively Kabolas Shabbos at the Chicago Moshiach Center, followed by delicious and heimishe Shabbos meals at their hosts, and ending off with an inspiring Farbrengen led by Rabbi Eliezer Turen, who in his unique way took the Bochurim on a ride through the Sichos and Horaos of the years of Nun Alef-Nun Beis and tried to bring them down and apply them to a Bochur’s day to day life. Shabbos day consisted of learning, Davening, and a special Farbrengen all through the afternoon.
If anyone thought the schedule would be loosening up, they were shortly proven wrong. Motzoei Shabbos brought with it a wave of enjoyable events including a milchig Melavah Malkah, a Chassidishe Ma’ase from Rabbi Levi Bukiet, and the grand Chinese auction for the Bochurim excelling in the Mivtza.
Before returning to Yeshiva, the Bochurim enjoyed another exciting trip, and most importantly – a historical opportunity to visit the house where the Frierdiker Rebbe stayed during his 5690 (1930) visit to Chicago. The Bochurim arrived back in Cincinnati with (lots of Seforim and other items won in the auction, and) a new inspiration and commitment to continue their Yud Shvat Hachlotos in the Frierdiker Rebbe’s and the Rebbe Melech Hamoshiach’s spirit.
The Talmidim HaShluchim gratefully thank all those who made this Shabbaton the success it was: Rosh Yeshivah Rabbi G. Avtzon; Menahel Ruchnei Rabbi M. Benarousse and the rest of the Hanhalas Hayeshivah; Rabbi Eliezer Turen and the entire congregation of the Chicago Moshiach Center. Rabbi Ahron Wolf of the Chicago Mivtza Campaign; the Bunin, Klienman, Turen, Peysin, Popper and Zimmerman families.