Sunday, June 13, 2010
I still don't believe it...
I was there at 9pm, when there were about 20-30 people there. After all, it was called for 9 בדיוק גמור, and I didn't want to miss a second of it. I saw all the thousands of chairs that were set up and I thought it was very wishful thinking. It took some time till they started, about 9:20 or so, and they needed to ask people to move up towards the front. We figured they wanted to make it look better. But you see the pictures, they filled up the hall and then some. The MC, the speeches, the applause, everything was textbook good, nisht stam. You stand there and you watch it and you tip your hat to the organizers. How they managed to get such an oylem, so many Rabbonim and Roshei Yeshivah - it's beyond description! And best of all they "made" you make a donation; with at least 30 people collecting in 3 different locations there was "no way out," you had to give. You may think it a bit "pushy" and uncouth, but I assure it was done in good taste, nobody confronted you, but still they called out to you and made sure you parted with some of your hard earned cash.
What got me was how the whole crowd was into it, listening to every detail and following along, as if it was their own brother. And that's how SMR was referred to over and over again, Inzer gitter brider Reb Shoolem Mordche HaLayvi ben Rivkeh. I wish I could sit here and convey my feelings of all the speeches and how much we should appreciate what the "askonim" are doing, but that would just take too long and I may not finish it till next week. So if you were there and have feelings to share please do so here. In short, I sat there from 9 to 1am and was flabbergasted. May G-d bless all that are involved here. They mentioned a Yoeli Shvartz of the "Klal Yisroel Fund" that was instrumental in organizing the event and has worked with our very own R' Pinchus Lipschutz I guess in raising awareness and money in the Satmarer and Chassidishe circles. Over Shabbos the number 100,000 was thrown around alot as the amount raised that evening, and you can believe it.
הקב"ה ישלם שכרם