Monday, December 31, 2012

Chof Daled Teves Farbrengen this Sunday Night

This Sunday night, January 6, there will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of the 200th year since the histalkus of the Alter Rebbe on Chof Daled Teves.

Maariv will be at 8:00 PM followed by the farbrengen.

The Alter Rebbe and founder of Chabad Chassidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), passed away on the eve of the 24th of Teves, at approximately 10:30 pm, shortly after reciting the Havdalah prayer marking the end of the Shabbat. 

The Rebbe was in the village of Peyena, fleeing Napoleon's armies, which had swept through the Rebbe's hometown of Liadi three months earlier in their advance towards Moscow. He was in his 68th year at the time of his passing, and was succeeded by his son, Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch.

Stardom 101: Lipa Goes To College

By Sandy Eller, The Jewish Press

He is a singer, an entertainer, a performer, a composer, a lyricist and perhaps the most revolutionary force to ever hit the Jewish music world. But for the last two years, Lipa Schmeltzer has donned another guise, trading his microphones for textbooks and the concert stage for the classroom, as the colorful artist has headed to school in pursuit of a college degree.

Schmeltzer's dream of obtaining a higher education began approximately two years ago as he drove past the local community college and began to contemplate the possibility of earning a college degree. Stopping off at the registrar's office, Schmeltzer inquired as to the enrollment requirements and was told he needed a high school diploma.

"I never got an education other than biblical stuff," reported Schmeltzer. "I called up someone in New Square and he got me a paper saying I had graduated high school."

Not surprisingly, the registrar at Rockland Community College, a two-year school which is part of the State University of New York system, informed Schmeltzer that the paper he was holding was of little value. As English is actually Schmeltzer's second language, he spent eighteen months working towards his high school equivalency diploma, taking classes at the Rockland County Board of Cooperative Educational Services as well as studying with private tutor Chaim Glovinsky in order to pass the series of five tests which would award him a General Equivalency Diploma and allow him to enroll in college.

In fact, Schmeltzer views his time at RCC as an opportunity not only for his personal growth but that of other Jewish students as well. Rabbi Dov Oliver, director of the RCC Hillel, which also doubles as a Chabad House, had nothing but praise for the college's most well known musical personality.

"From his first days at RCC, Lipa has been here offering to do whatever he could," reported Rabbi Oliver. "He has helped me put tefillin on kids and he brought his entire family for our annual Shabbat dinner. He made kiddush, sang zemiros, did badchanus and literally made his way to every single table in the room, making everyone feel good. Once, at our weekly parsha shmooze, Lipa spoke about his life, how unlikely it was that he would have ended up in college, explaining that you never have to accept your circumstances as the end game, you can control your own destiny and work towards what you believe. He made a very powerful impression on the students."

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