Chabad Rabbis conference, dancing rabbis 370.
(photo credit: Maya Shwayder)
Over 10,000 participants are expected to convene at Jerusalem’s International
Convention Center Thursday through Monday to purchase or peruse some 250,000
books and attend workshops and lectures at the annual Hassidic Fair, the world’s
largest event of its kind.
Book selections are to range from classic
Chabad texts to obscure pieces by hassidic masters of Galicia, Poland and
Israel, as well as the works of modern hassidic academics. Speakers are to
include Rabbi Yoel Kahn of the Lubavitcher yeshiva in Crown Heights; Chief Rabbi
of Russia Berel Lazar; author and kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh and author
Rabbi Yehoshua Shapiro.
Additionally, the fair is to have a concert
featuring the religious melodies of the “Alter Rebbe” (Rabbi Shneur Zalman of
Liadi), to be performed by Israeli singers Shuli Rand and Eviatar Banai, with
the assistance of a choir led by world-renowned clarinetist Chilik
The fair, organized by Rabbi Moshe Shilat, founder and head of
Torat Chabad Libnei Hayeshivot in Kfar Chabad and sponsored by the
Chabad-Lubavitch Youth Organization in Israel, is scheduled to begin Thursday
evening. The entrance fee is NIS 10.