Photo Credits: Jeff Cohn Photography
On the 8th night of Chanukah, Zos Chanukah, the Rabbi Eichenstein held a public Ma’amad Hadlaka in conjunction with a Zos Chanukah Tish. The Ma’amad attracted hundreds of men and boys of all ages from across the community. The Ma’amad was attended by many Roshei Yeshiva, Rabbanim, Klei Kodesh, and prominent Baalei Batim.
The Hadlaka was accompanied by the highly acclaimed Zemiros Choir, who uplifted the oilam with their singing of Niggunim which are part of the Seder Hadlaka. Dozens of boys from the Middle School Night Seder program crowded on to the bleachers, singing along and adding a tremendous Ruach.
Following the Hadlaka, the Rav sat down for the Zos Chanukah Tish and began with Divrei Hisorerus. The Rav implored the oilam to utilize the time of Zos Chanukah for extra davening and learning as a zechus for Acheinu Bnei Yisroel.
R’ Aryeh Gross then proceeded to announce the launch of our Sefer Torah campaign, with the goal of unifying the kehilla by joining together in the special Mitzvah of Ksivas Sefer Torah and at the same time helping pay down its debts to position Mercaz for a strong financial future.
The guest speaker at the Tish was Rav Yakov Frand Shlit”a, who explained that what made the Nes of Chanukah unique is that it wasn’t something “pre-programmed” in the Briah but rather was a reaction to the Mesirus Nefesh of the Chashmonaim. He then quoted a Gemara in Sanhedrin to bring out that for us to be Zocheh for Nissim – רחמנא ליבא בעי.
The Tish culminated with leibdig dancing, and all the participants passed by the Rav to receive Chanukha Gelt.
This Ma’amad has quickly become a highly anticipated event in the community, and we are already looking forward to the next one!