This moment made me feel really great–standing with two great Hasidim of the Piaseczno Rebbe! On the left is R. Yoel Rubin, center (the amud ha-emtsa’i) is R. Weinberger of Kehillas Aish Kodesh, and there’s me on the right (out of uniform again). R. Weinberger just gave a great shiur on Rav Kook, and we spoke for a few minutes afterward about the current surge of interest in Piaseczno Hasidus.
Reminder to all that the Piaseczno Rebbe’s 74th yohrtseit is 5 Heshvan (Tuesday night-Wednesday). That is an especially auspicious day to learn some of the Rebbe’s Torah, maybe even my book. In the cover letter he composed before burying his manuscripts, the Rebbe wrote:
Please also print in every work that I urge every single Jew to study my books, and the merit of my holy ancestors will stand by every student and his family, now and forever.
The Rebbe’s yohrtseit will be commemorated at Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst this Saturday night at 8:30 pm (hilula sponsored by Congregation Aish Kodesh). On Wednesday night Dr. Daniel Reiser will be the featured speaker at a major gathering at Heichal Shlomo in Jerusalem. And of course the book launch for Torah from the Years of Wrath, 1939-1943: The Historical Context of the Aish Kodesh is scheduled for Monday, October 30 at 7:00 pm at the mighty Avenue J campus of Touro College (please click here to RSVP and to order advance copies at the 20% discount).