On Thursday, Sept. 4th, Rabbi Shafier travelled to Chicago and presented “Teshuva- A Fresh New Start” to Kehillat Chovevei Tzion in Skokie, which was well received. He spent Shabbos with Beis Medrash Mikor Hachaim. An anonymous donor and talmid of Rabbi Shafier felt it would be a perfect shidduch for his shul — and it was! The content over Shabbos was classic for the Yomim Noraim and helped everyone transition themselves from the summer months to the seriousness of the next few weeks. 235 people from the Kehillah joined Rabbi Shafier for Shabbos lunch where he drew from his advanced knowledge and spoke about breaking ourselves out of our self-limitations. The Shalosh Seudos crowd doubled its normal attendance to hear how to develop our yiras shomayim and to get practical tips on how to enhance our davening. The Marriage Seminar was presented to the men over Shabbos and for women at a brunch on Sunday. The popular seminar was enjoyed by all and his direct approach was appreciated.
While in Chicago, Rabbi Shafier also addressed the talmidim in the Skokie Yeshiva, the girls in Hanna Sacks High School and a crowd in Buffalo Grove to help prepare them for Rosh Hashana.
The next stop for the Annual Teshuva Shmuz was in Lakewood, where Rabbi Shafier has a loyal following. He spoke in Rabbi Gissinger’s shul on the message of Teshuva which had a powerful impact. Comments from attendees speak for themselves: “The Shmuz was motivating, giving real life lessons to walk away with.” “It was motivating and inspiring.” “It’s always refreshing to hear Rabbi Shafier, especially now in Elul. Hearing The Shmuz gives me a clear focus of the steps to follow”.
On Sunday, Sept. 14th, the Alumni Association of the Yeshiva of Central queens invited the Queens community to the Teshuva Shmuz. Rabbi Shafier is an alumnus of YCQ and they felt honored and privileged to have him share with them words of chizuk.
The Shmuz will be joining Lakewood once again on Tzom Gedalya for “Teshuva is Easy, Change is Difficult” and another shmuz will be presented in Queens for Chazaq on September 30th.
The Shmuz is a Torah lecture that offers a worldview on major life issues ranging from working on our middos to learning to be a better spouse, from understanding the meaning of our davening to what our purpose is in this world. Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier has been delivering these lectures across America and beyond for a decade.