Lubavitcher Chassidim Gather to Commemorate Rebbe’s 120th Birthday
By: Yitzy Fried
The Atrium Plaza was filled with Lubavitcher chassidim Sunday evening.
They were gathered to commemorate the momentous date of Yud Aleph Nissan—the day that the previous Rebbe, Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, zy”a, came into the world in the town of Yekatrinoslav, Ukraine.
Although birthday’s have been traditionally celebrated in Lubavitch, with the Rebbe having held large farbrengens in the famed “770” on his birthday, this birthday marks a special milestone: The 120th year (5662-5782/1902-2022).
Gatherings were held by Chabad chassidim throughout the world, virtually and in person, and Monsey—with its sizable Chanda community—was no different.
Dudi Forkosh, a prominent askan, and member of the Chabad community in Monsey, told Rockland Daily: ‘There has never been, in the history of the Chabad community in Monsey, hundreds of yungeleit sitting for a solid hour, immersed in the Rebbe’s Torah with a fire and a depth.”
Following this, addresses were delivered by Rabbi Dovid Dubov of New Jersey and Rabbi Yossi Kantor, head shliach to Thailand—giving an incredible and inspiring uplift to the hundreds of attendees who left with joy, and renewed appreciation, for the gift of being mekushar to their Rebbe.