About Kollel Tiferes Zekainim Levi Yitzchok
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, of righteous memory, was considered one of the greatest Talmudic and Kabbalistic scholars of his generation.
He served as the chief rabbi of the city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, during the bloody Bolshevik revolution and the subsequent Communist oppression.
Despite terrible persecution directed at religious leaders in those days, he remained fearlessly defiant in strengthening Jewish learning and practice in his city and throughout the Soviet Union.
His personal example, demonstrating how Judaism will survive against all odds and how we must adhere steadfastly and proudly to its ideals, serves as a shining beacon of inspiration for all of us today, and for all generations to come.
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was eventually arrested, tortured, and subsequently banished to exile in a remote village in Kazakhstan. His spirit, however, was not extinguished, even while his body was broken. He eventually passed away at the age of 66 on the 20th of Av, 5704 (1944).
On Shabbos, the 20th of Av 5740 (1980), the Rebbe’s held a farbrengen at Lubavitch World Headquarters – 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY, to commemorate the yartzeit anniversary of his saintly father.
During the gathering, the Rebbe issue a call to the public to establishing a network of Torah learning institutions for elderly men and women. He named it Kollel Tiferes Zkeinim Levi Yitzchok, connecting of the names Levi and Yitzchok to Torah study.
Levi: The tribe of Levi was entrusted with carrying the aron containing the luchos, which encompass all of Torah. They were also designated as the Torah teachers of klal Yisrael.
Yitzchok: In the order of the Jewish holidays, Shavuos—the time of matan Torah—is connected to Yitzchok Avinu. The unique connection to the Torah learning of elderly can be found in the saying of our sages that “Yitzchok was an elder sitting and learning in yeshiva.” Although this applied to all the forefathers, Yitzchak lived the longest of the three.
At the first gathering for Kollel Tiferes Zkeinim Levi Yitzchok in 5744, the Rebbe explained lessons in avodas Hashem from the names Levi and Yitzchok.
Levi: Etymologically linked with the word ילוה which means “connection”—expresses the obligation of the tribe of Levi to connect Jewish people with Hashem through personal example and gentle persuasion.
Yitzchok: Etymologically linked to the word צחוק which means “laughter”—expresses the necessity for the tribe of Levi’s work to be done with joy.
(Sources: Chabad.org, Derher Magazine)