Close to 3,000 senior students and rabbis from more than 30 rabbinical colleges around the world are wrapping up a conference Monday on the teachings of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, and their impact on Jewish philosophy, spirituality and practice.
Culminating in a grand lecture and dinner in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y., the conference marks 60 years of the Rebbe’s leadership since the 1950 passing of his father-in-law and predecessor, the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.
While the rabbinical students, who hail from places as far as Australia and South Africa, spent their energies in study and visited both Rebbe’s resting places in Cambria Heights, N.Y., Jewish communities across the globe engaged in intensive Torah study in honor of the day. Chasidic gatherings in locations from London to Jerusalem to Los Angeles for men, women and children were also a fixture of events worldwide.
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In New York, Rabbi Yehuda Shmotkin said that this year’s students’ conference included, for the first time ever, events and discussions throughout the weekend preceding the anniversary, which began Sunday night.
“A special emphasis has been put on widening the scope of our programs,” said Shmotkin.
New additions to the schedule included tours of the priceless collections of Jewish books at the library of Agudas Chasidei Chabad – the umbrella group of Chabad-Lubavitch – and the apartment where the Sixth Rebbe lived after arriving in the United States in 1940.
Organized by the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim, the conference was sponsored by Yosef Y. Kazarnovsky in memory of his father Reb Moshe Kazarnovksy.
“Mr. Yossi Kazarnovsky is a giant in the field of education,” said Yossi Zaklikofsky, one of the organizers. “He invests him self entirely in the cause, ensuring its maximum success on all levels.”