Instead of Lavish Party, Toms River Vach Nacht Followed the Zohar [VIDEO]

When a Mispallel at Rabbi Rotberg’s Shul approached the Rav asking him for the meaning of a Vach Nacht, Rabbi Rotberg pointed him to the Zohar’s version of it.

According to the Zohar, Rabbi Rotberg said, the night before a child’s Bris is not intended to be a party, but rather a time for the child to hear a Kol Torah.

So last night, instead of throwing a lavish party, the father of the child called together friends to sit and learn through the night, giving the child a Kol Torah.


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  1. BEAUTIFUL! May more people follow this for Vacht Nachts, Vorts, Bar Mitzvahs etc. and make it more in tune with the Torah than with Chukos Hagoyim. KOL HAKAVOD! MI K’AMCHA YISROEL!

  2. May I ask why this is newsworthy
    99%of us do not do labish parties under the Vach Nacht disguise

    While most of us have stayed up late or overnight to learn daven etc I guess the only thing we missed was to send it into the scoop

    • Whats the harm of posting “just a very nice thing”
      I have a better question, may I ask why when I saw the post/video I said “very nice” and when you saw it you said “so what?”
      Why is a motorcycle crash in Manchester more “news worthy” ?
      news is whatever will catch peoples attention. there is so much negative and sad news out there due to the idea of “tragedy sells” in journalism.
      i really think you need to smile more and just enjoy life by looking around at the good things you have.
      TLS in my opinion does a fantastic job of balancing the good and positive news with the sad and tragic bits…keep it up

  3. Thank you TLS for even posting this.
    Sometimes it feels like we’re a bunch of shallow “what will the neighbors say” sheep.
    This is a beautiful post and definitely something I will try to emulate.

  4. Looks beautiful.
    It seems to be following the Syrian minhag of the Zohar, which happens the night before the baby’s bris. A minyan gathers in the house, (including the baby’s father), and completes the Zohar.
    May this baby’s parents be zoche to see much nachas from their son!

  5. This is wonderful to hear, but as Joe pointed out, this is nothing new. Learning a whole night before a bris has always been done, but no one can advertise that they cater a lavish all night learning seder, can they? Whereas any fress event becomes much more popular. The same people who learn all night before a bris also never made lavish upsherins. In fact they didn’t make any upsherin. Today, however, any occasion to eat has become trendy.

  6. Hodu Lashem Kitov! I would love if this type of alternative would become the norm. There is nothing wrong with celebrating simchos in style, but that being said, every time we replace a little gashmiyus upgrade with ruchnius upgrade, we are bringing Moshiach closer.
    So beautiful.

  7. You mean they didn’t throw a party???
    I only recently heard of parties for vach nacht. Baffled me.
    I’m so happy to see this beautiful post and this baby should grow up to be a true Talmid chacham.

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