Parshas Lech Lechu
The Shabbos was a celebration of song, dance and beautiful unity between the two groups, but it really didn’t feel like two groups at all. Everyone got on so well with each other, with the Yeshurun members going out of their way to make their guests feel at home. The TCUK members all commented on how welcoming and friendly the Cheadle community was, and in return, they appreciated how accepting and open the Chassidim were, which to some was unexpected. As with each TCUK Shabbos, many myths were dissipated and barriers broken when the two groups realised that, as Jewish people, our similarities are far greater than our differences. The differences are mainly external, but inside, we are all brothers and sisters and can all get along together.
Brondesbury Park, UK
Brondesbury Park United Synagogue in Northwest London welcomed special guests for Shabbos. ‘The Travelling Chassidim’ brought their trademark Chassidic warmth and liveliness with them. The group of men and ladies (and a baby!) came to share their love of Yiddishkeit with the BPark folk. It allowed the Brondesbury Park community to learn about a different approach to authentic, undiluted Judaism
Toronto, you were next. Home to the famous Jewish philanthropists, we couldn’t leave you out of our route. Here is what one of the participants enthused:
“She told me this was the best Shabbos and the most uplifted and connected she’s ever felt (EVER!).
It’s really so beautiful. It made my heart so full to see everyone dancing and really enjoying. It’s an experience that so many would never have because we really don’t have such a chassidic community in Toronto. Very special. I heard so many people saying things like “they’re all so friendly and fun and I thought it was a stand-offish community.” It really dispelled what many think about the chassidic world.”
We packed up our bags and we came. And we are so glad that we did. Visiting your capital city Ottawa was a wonderful experience. We got such a warm welcome from our fellow brethren. It was the neighborly thing to do and we can’t wait to do it again.
Protection. Don’t we all crave that feeling of security?
A mezuzah is hung on the doorpost of every Jewish home. It symbolizes the lifestyle of its inhabitants. Traveling Chassidim celebrated the hanging up of such mezuzahs in one Jewish home in New City, NY and they presented the nice Jewish lady with a mezuzah shaped cake. She gained the greatest form of protection she could ask for.
The sweet delicious tantalizing taste of fresh-out-of-the-oven, homemade challos. Lovingly baked by the Chassidim volunteer bakers. Collected, packed up in Shabbos bags and distributed to families that may not have experienced the sweet taste of Shabbos in their homes yet, is an effort that probably deserves its own article. If you would like to be added to our distribution list to receive homemade challos weekly please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Noah Weinberg (as Wikipedia refers to him) was a legend who transformed the trajectory of klallyisroel in a way that had an infinite effect on tens of thousands of yidden of the 20th century. His Yahrtzeit was celebrated by one of his avid talmidim, Rabbi Aryeh M. Royde of Monsey, NY this year in a beautiful display of “finding pleasure in Hashem’s world” with both body and soul. Sadly, we learned, during the time of drafting this newsletter of the passing of his esteemedRebbetzin Deena Weinberg. May her neshamarest in peace for all the holy work she accomplished during her lifetime.