is true that in the halachic literature the question of Chinuch HaBayis
[lit., 'dedication of the house'] is a subject for debate. See, for example, the Acharonim
[i.e., the halachic authorities of the later generations] on the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim,
sec. 568; Magen Avraham, ibid.,
sec. 105, and likewise Yad Ephraim;
note also the Responsa of the Chasam Sofer
on Yoreh Deah,
sec. 138, and Toras HaShelamim, loc. cit.
Nevertheless, since it is a Jewish custom, and since, moreover, in one of his maamarim
the Alter Rebbe explains 'why people hold a festive meal and rejoice at a Chanukas HaBayis'
of R. Pinchas of Shklov), this practice should be observed. [Inviting friends to one's new home to celebrate at] a chassidic farbrengen,
at which Torah thoughts and Chassidus
are expounded, will be beneficial both materially and spiritually."
- (Back to text) From a letter of the Rebbe Shlita [reprinted in his Igrois Koidesh, Vol. X, p. 218].
- (Back to text) Since published under the title, Maamarei Admur HaZaken - Hanachos R. Pinchas (zal).