Tonight and tomorrow, 20 Sivan, is the first yahrzeit
of the previous Modzitzer Rebbe, Rebbe Yisrael Dan Taub, now known as the "Nachalas Dan
" Ztvk"l. Here's an excerpt from a report about this past Shabbos in Bnei Brak:
Scores of Chassidim and Jews who appreciate all that is Modzitz gathered at the Rebbe Shlita's Beis Medrash in Bnei Brak for the Shabbos preceding the first yahrzeit of the previous Rebbe, the "Nachalas Dan", zecher tzaddik v'kadosh livracha. They came from all over Israel...as well as visitors from Boro Park, New York, to be with the Rebbe Shlita as we near the end of a year of mourning for the passing of the Nachalas Dan. And this took place in the very same Beis Medrash that became the Rebbe Zt"l's home just over 12 years ago, after 60 years in Tel-Aviv. The walls of this Beis Medrash, for eleven of those years, heard his Tefillos, Divrei Torah, and of course, his powerful Niggunim -- and they have reverberated in our hearts and minds ever since.
Kabbalas Shabbos on Friday night was led by HaRav Yitzchak Lipa Fishbein, who treated us to two of the most well-known niggunim of the Nachalas Dan. The Beis Medrash was absolutely packed, with tens of people forced to daven outside, as there simply wasn't room for anyone else to even squeeze in. As the final verse of Lecha Dodi, "Bo'i B'Shalom" was sung, the niggun was repeated several times, I closed my eyes and visualized the following: the Nachalas Dan, from above, was lifting each one of his Chassidim over a hurdle. For indeed, the power of his Tefillos, Divrei Torah and Niggunim did just that for all of us for some 22 years. HaRav Fishbein said afterwards that he simply ran out of energy midway through Kabbalas Shabbos, but somehow found a new reserve. He said he owed it to both the Nachalas Dan and to the tzibbur [congregants].
The yahrzeit Tish is tonight in Bnei Brak, following Ma'ariv at 8:30 pm, while tomorrow will be a day dedicated to Torah-learning in memory of the Rebbe Zt"l, followed by prayers at the gravesite on Har HaZeisim [Mount of Olives] and the Kosel [Western Wall].
There's an amazing story in last Friday's Hebrew HaModia about the Rebbe Zt"l, which (bli neder) if I have time, I'll translate & post here before Shabbos.
Zechuso yagein Aleinu v'al Kol Yisrael, Amen!