NEW YORK (Dec. 1)
The public address (forbrengen) by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, on the Hasidic festival known as “Yud-Tes Kislev,” was transmitted live via satellite to hundreds of cable television networks across the United States.
For several years the Rebbe’s public addresses delivered on weekday were broadcast by audio communications hook up with Bowditch Centers around the world. But now, by means of a newly equipped communications system at Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn, the addresses of the Rebbe will now also be transmitted throughout the United States to homes and centers on cable television networks via satellite.
According to a spokesman for the new communications center the cable networks hooked up to the Rebbe’s Yud-Tes Kislev address have several million subscribers. “The response from individuals from New York to Los Angeles, from Maine to Texas, has been overwhelming,” he said. “Our estimate, based on the accumulative subscriber capacity, and on the response from individuals and feedback from Lubavitch Centers across the United States, leads us to believe that well over a million homes viewed at least part of the Rebbe’s address,” the spokesman said.
Aside from the thousands assembled at the Lubavitct World Center last Thursday night, thousands also gathered at Lubavitch Centers in communities throughout the U.S. to see and hear the Rebbe for the entire four hour public appearance, on monitors and large screens.
The Rebbe’s address was prefaced with an introductory 30-minute discussion. Participating were Rabbi Zalman Posner, of Nashville, Tenn, Rabbi Manes Friedman, Minneapolis, Minn, and Professor Yermiyahu Branover, Beersheva, Israel. The moderator was Barry Forber.
The spokesman said that the next nationally televised address by the Rebbe will be at 9 p.m. Thursday, January 15, commemorating the Tenth of Shevat, the 31st yahrzeit of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schpeersohn.