[UPDATED: MULTIPLE AUDIO FILES BELOW. Full live updates below. EVENT HAS CONCLUDED, 11:25 p.m. EST.] Flushing, NY – 6:50 p.m.: There has not yet been a main communal Minchah at Citi Field. Some smaller, impromptu minyanim have been formed, but the scheduled main minyan has not taken place as of yet. At Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rabbi Chaninah Brudny of Lakewood, NJ, davened Minchah for the amud. While Citi Field is full, the majority of Arthur Ashe Stadium is empty at this time.
7 p.m.: Tehillim is now being said at Citi Field led by Rav Moshe Green, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva D’Monsey in Monsey, NY, and is being broadcast to Arthur Ashe Stadium and locations nationwide.
7:03 p.m.: There are modest concession stands selling food to attendees. The manicured field is a perfect green, with the multi-tiered dais and stage located in the outfield area. The lights of the stadium are on as dusk approaches. The crowd is a sea of black, filled with Yidden from across the tri-state area ready for the program to commence.
7:10 p.m.: The chairman of the asifa is Rabbi Menashe Frankel, noted askan of Lakewood, NJ, and son of Reb Hertz Frankel, the renowned senior askan.
7:12 p.m.: Minchah at Citi Field, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m., was led by Rav Aryeh Zev Ginzberg, rov of the Chofetz Chaim Torah Center of the Five Towns. The minyan davened Nusach Sefard.
7:14 p.m.: The asifa is now being addressed in English by Rav Elya Brudny, R”M at the Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. Rav Brudny is speaking from Arthur Ashe Stadium.
7:27 p.m.: Rav Ephraim Wachsman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Meor Yitzchok in Monsey, NY, is now speaking.
7:37 p.m.: Rav Wachsman began in Yiddish and is now speaking in English.
7:44 p.m.: Rav Wachsman’s has concluded and has introduced the Pshevorsker Rebbe of Antwerp, Rav Leibish Leiser, who is speaking in Yiddish.
7:47 p.m.: Reb Menashe Frankel has introduced Rav Yechiel Meir Katz, Zibo Dayan of Montreal, who is delivering divrei hisorerus in Yiddish.
Matzav.com Exclusive: 7:50 p.m.: Click below to hear the final 6 minutes of Rav Wachsman’s drasha, which was delivered in English and was directed at the media and estranged Jews in an attempt to provide a glimpse of the aim of the gathering and the holiness that Klal Yisroel strives to attain. Note: Audio is property of Matzav.com.
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8:16 p.m.: The Zibo Dayan has concluded and Rav Wachsman is now addressing the asifa again. He has referred to the issue for which the asifa was called the “nisayon hador.”
8:50 p.m.: Rav Wachsman has concluded his drasha.
8:51 p.m.: The Skulener Rebbe is now addressing the asifa in Yiddish.
8:59 p.m.: Rav Don Segal is at the asifa.
Matzav.com Exclusive: 9:10 p.m.: Click below to hear the second drasha of Rav Ephraim Wachsman. The powerful oratory is about 30 minutes in length and was delivered in English. Note: Audio is property of Matzav.com.
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9:16 p.m.: The Skulener Rebbe has just conluded his drasha.
9:17 p.m.: P’sak halacha from Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, noted senior posek, author of the Shevet Halevi and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin of Bnei Brak, is now being heard via telephone from Eretz Yisroel.
9:37 p.m.: Rav Don Segal, the noted mashgiach from Eretz Yisroel, is now addressing the asifa.
9:46 p.m.: Among the rabbonim at the asifa are the Skulener Rebbe, Rav Don Segal, the Novominsker Rebbe, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, Rav Aharon Schechter, Rav Yitzchok Feigelstock, Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal, Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, the Pshversker Rebbe of Antwerp, Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum of Satmar, Rav Mordechai Dovid Ungar of Bobov, Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rav Yeruchem Olshin, Rav Dovid Schustal, Rav Yisroel Neuman, Rav Mattisyahu Salomon, Rav Yaakov Forchheimer, the Viener Rov, the Zibo Dayan of Montreal, the Dinover Rebbe, the Nadvorna Rebbe, the Rachmastrivke Rebbe of Yerushalayim, and others.
Updated: Additional rabbonim present on the dais are Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, Rav Dovid Feinstein, the Skverer Rebbe, Chacham Yosef Harari-Raful, Rav Shmuel Miller, Rav Shimon Alster, Rav Moshe Wolfson, Rav Aharon Feldman, Rav Elya Kanarek, Rav Elya Brudny, Rav Noach Isaac Oelbaum, the Pupa Rov, the Zvhiller Rebbe, the Naroler Rebbe, Rav Mordechai Dov Fine, Rav Refoel Schorr, Rav Yisroel Simcha Schorr, Rav Avrohom Schorr, Rav Mottel Zilber, Rav Dovid Magid, Rav Yaakov Horowitz, Rav Chaim Mendel Brodsky, Rav Yaakov Hopfer, Rav Shlomo Avigdor Altusky, Rav Yosef Mermelstein, Rav Hershel Zolty, Rav Zev Tikotzky, the Tenka Rov, Rav Yitzchok Paler, Rav Yaakov Bender, and Rav Asher Kalmanowitz. There are many rabbonim seated in the audience.
10:20 p.m.: Rav Segal has concluded his drashah.
10:21 p.m.: Rav Mattisyahu Salomon has risen to speak. The crowd has erupted in spontaneous singing of “Yomim al yemei melech tosif.” His drashah is being delivered in English. Rav Salomon has quoted a famous passage in Mishnas Rav Aharon, Chelek Daled, in which Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l addresses the greatness of those who participated in a gathering kiddush Sheim Shomayim of 40,000 people in Eretz Yisroel during his time.
10:35 p.m., Rav Wachsman has risen to deliver closing remarks, in Yiddish. He will then lead the gathering in reciting the Tefillas HaShelah.
10:45 p.m.: The assemblage is now saying Kabbolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim led by Rav Don Segal.
10:50 p.m.: Kaddish is now being recited by Rav Segal.
10:52 p.m.: The crowd is now singing Vetaher Libeinu led by Rav Segal.
10:58 p.m.: Maariv is now being davened. The shliach tzibbur is Rav Shmuel Dishon, menahel of Mosdos Yad Yisroel-Karlin Stolin. The tefillah is being davened in Nusach Sefard.
11:19 p.m.: As Maariv is coming to a close, Rav Dishon is now leading the assemblage in Sefiras Ha’omer.
11:24 p.m.: Reb Menashe Frankel is now delivering a brief closing message.
11:25 p.m.: The event has officially concluded.
11:50 P.M.: The following are additional audio files from the event, all property of Matzav.com:
Rav Matisyahu Salomon, in English (with singing of Yomim at beginning):
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Rav Ephraim Wachsman, third drasha, in Yiddish:
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Rav Don Segal (Yiddish):
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Kabbolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim, led by Rav Don Segal:
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