I sported a light backpack and a classical guitar that summer
night I first trudged up the hill to the yeshiva in Morristown. Once I decided
I was staying, it didn’t take long to find other musicians and start up the
first chassidic hard rock band, the Baal Shem Tov Band.
Recently, a friend reminded me
of the time he caught us in a huddle just before a concert. He figured we were
just reviewing our program. Coming closer, he realized it wasn’t that at all. We were studying Basi Legani, the classic final legacy work of
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, of righteous memory, sixth
rebbe of Chabad and father-in-law of the Rebbe, of righteous memory.
We were on chapter
five, which discusses channeling the wildest and craziest energy of this world
into the divine. Which is just what we understood we were doing.
This Friday is the 65th anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Yosef
Yitzchak, and the day the Rebbe ascended to Rebbeship. So on Thursday night,
I’m inviting you for an online huddle over that same chapter again. I won’t have my guitar, but It will be an interactive
huddle—everyone will be able to type in a question or comment.
Partnering with JNet—the one-on-one, your-time-your-place Torah
study program—we’ve produced a fresh, very readable translation, available both
as a pdf booklet and on its own page. Michael Kigel, the newest
member of our editorial team, discusses the theme of the chapter in his essay, “In Praise of Chassidic Folly.”
It’s a packed week. That’s the great thing about working for
Chabad.org. It’s like I never left that yeshiva.
on behalf of
the Chabad.org Editorial Team