Yesterday was first vocational Shabbos for my DS#1. So we both went to Kfar Chabad to spend this day (actually 2 days – Friday and Saturday) by his chevruta’s (partner for learning) family.
Kfar Chabad is (was) small village established by Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe over 60 years ago. Its population – 99.99% Lubavitcher Chassidim (ultra-orthodox Jews). 0.01% – is non-Jewish worker. In the beginning many farms were there, small and big. Now it’s much less. I’ve spend about 5 years learning and working in Kfar Chabad 1991-1995. Since then I was not there even once. So for me it was a visit to my past…
First, when me and my son came to this village, walking by small street that doesn’t have a name (as any other) in 5 minutes we came to huge synagogue.
This contrast looks very interesting and show what are the priorities for these people, – first, they invest (spend) money for spiritual things, the rest can wait… (BTW If you think that this is the only Shul (synagogue) in Kfar, – no, at least 2 more of about the same size, plus a few smaller.)
After looking around, learning and praying there, we went to my old Yeshiva Gedola (High Jewish Religion Institute). I showed my son the big hall where I’ve learned and my actual place.
Some of the tables and chairs I could still recognize.
Then we walked to “770” – it’s a copy of World Headquarter of Chabad Lubavitch movement in 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY.
My son was very excited to see almost identical building to one he knows very well. Even the fences, windows, tables, elevator, ceiling etc. are the same as in Brooklyn. I had a merit to learn there for over 2 years.
After short shopping we went together with my son’s friend’s family (the truth is his father is my friend, and that’s how our kids became friends) to the Olympic swimming pool. His friend was escorted by his 7 younger brothers. We had a lot of fun there.
During the Shabbos meals it was a pleasure to see how disciplined, helpful and educated these 8 boys are. I found it cute that they have a small garden (yes, it is 4-apartments building). They plant there different flowers and vegetables. Also they have a few roosters and chickens walking freely around and making eggs or … baby chickens. You can’t oversleep with such good alarms.
After all, we had a very good vacation. Also I met a few more of my old friends after 18 years or so. My son enjoyed there everything even just walking through the parts of Kfar that still untouched (not many left).
And now, with fresh breath, my son came back to his yeshiva (school) in Netanya.