The Tishrei High Holidays were packed with programs and services at the Five Chabad Centers in the Philippines run by The Shluchim: Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Levy, Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Luzon, Rabbi Nir Donenfeld, Rabbi Yossi Marom and Rabbi Menachem Shoshani and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Axelrod • Full Story, Photos
The Tishrei High Holidays were packed with programs and services at the Five Chabad Centers in the Philippines run by The Shluchim: Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Levy (Chabad of Manila), Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Luzon (Chabad of Clark), Rabbi Nir Donenfeld (Chabad of Cebu), Rabbi Yossi Marom and Rabbi Menachem Shoshani (Chabad of El Nido, Palawan) and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Axelrod (Chabad of Boracay).
On the Eve of Rosh Hashana a total of one thousand guests attended! In addition to the prayers and meals, during which the Chabad Houses were full to the brim, the Rabbis and their assistants went out to the local streets throughout the entire country to blow shofar for one hundred additional Jews who could thereby celebrate and fulfill the Mitzvot of the Holiday.
As Sukkot approached, Sukkas were built at the different Chabad Houses as the Rabbis and staff got ready to accommodate the hundreds of guests. Indeed, the investment proved itself – and Jews from all over the country, from all walks of life – tourists, businessmen and locals – came during the holiday to make the blessing on the four species and to sit in the Sukkahs. Throughout the Holiday, the Rabbis went out to bring the Holiday to Jews around the country and helped hundreds of Jews make the blessing on the four species. During the last moments of Hoshana Rabba, an exciting opportunity came up for two Jewish guests who made the blessing on the four species for the first time in their lives!
Rabbis, local Jews, and even Noahides joined in the celebration during Simchat Beit Hashoeva each night. On Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, the joy reached new heights! Both nights included dancing and singing with the Torah.
Chabad Rabbis feel the Holidays were a huge success, thank G-D.