Each year, hundreds upon hundreds of people gather at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, for a Purim mesibah on the first night of Purim, Motzoei Taanis Esther. Last night was no different, and, once again, the gathering was an uplifting one, with beautiful singing and divrei Torah from the roshei hayeshiva and mashgiach.
Previously, the annual gathering was held in the Israel Henry Beren Hall dining room of the yeshiva.
This year, for the first time, the event took place in the Bais Aron Bais Medrash of the yeshiva at the corner of Tenth Street and Madison Avenue.
The change of venue was a welcome one, as it allowed a greater number of people to participate.
One of the highlights was the participation of Rav Matisyahu Salomon, mashgiach of the yeshiva, who has battled illness during the last period and had not been in the yeshiva in a while. Rav Salomon delivered divrei hisorerus, as did the rosh yeshiva, Rav Malkiel Kotler.
Zemiros were once again be led by Reb Abish Brodt and his sons, accompanied on keyboard by the talented Yaakov Zeines. The music was once again ably arranged and directed by Shloime Friedman of Shloime Friedman Orchestras.
The event started at about 10:45 p.m. and continued until approximately 2 a.m.
In the video below, among the songs sung are Ki Orech Yomim, Ahallela, Ribon Ha’olamim, and more.