Over the past week, an estimated 50,000 people from as far as Alaska, Australia, Thailand and Ukraine visited the Ohel in Queens, N.Y., the resting place of the Lebavitcher Rebbe ZT”L, Hagaon HaRav Menachem M. Schneerson, in honor of the 28th anniversary of his Yatzheit on Gimmel Tammuz, which this year fell out on Shabbos.
On Friday afternoon, the pan klali (general letter), which was signed by many Chassidim from around the world, was read at the Ohel by Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, director of Lubavitch of Philadelphia and chairman of the executive committee of Agudas Chassidei Chabad, the umbrella organization of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
Photography by Itzik Roytman
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
First time I have seen TZL after the Rebbe name!
When the YWN editors tell you its a LARGE photo gallery, take them seriously.
Does anyone else realize what I do?
Among the dozens of pictures posted, there’s NOT ONE showing any noted Gadol, Rebbe, Rov, Rosh Yeshiva.
What does that say about all the people (referring mainly to non – chabad Chasiddim) who go?
I was fascinated by the article in the Jewish Press this week where the Rebbe came to meet Reb Chaim Ozer in Vilna and he met with Reb Boruch Ber who asked that the Rebbe come and learn in his Yeshiva and he will guarantee him that he will become the leader of the Lithuanian Yeshivos! The Rebbe politely declined the invite.
This was written by Rabbi Krupnick, a Talmid of Reb Shaya Shimonovitz, who heard it directly from his Rebbe Reb Shaya who was there to escort Reb Boruch Ber to Reb Chaim Ozer in Vilna!
Rabbosai, its time we realize what type of Tzadik and Gadol the Rebbe was. I for one started learning his Torah.
Let’s remember the Rebbe’s main mission and goal – to make Moshiach a reality in this world.
Until that happens, there’s still lots of work left to do.
I was there On Motzoei Shabbos, there were many Rabonim, Roshei Yeshiva and Chasidishe Rebbes there. The crowds were enormous, not only Lubavitchers but many Yeshivish, MO, Sefardim and Chasidim.
You are viewing pictures from one lense, its not possible to capture the scene with one lense. Thousands scattered for blocks…. as those that were there for Shabbos had large tents covering 2 square city blocks, set up 2 miles away.
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Kinsler, this is a very naive comment. Obviously it’s avoided by big people because there’s a lot of politics involved and it would cause unnecessary “hock” . I know of many Gedolim who went to the Ohel, just during “less quiet” times so that they don’t make as much noise.
In personally recognize at least 6 individuals from the above gallery who are worthy of the title Gadol, certainly talmidei chachomim al pi Torah. One or two of them are baki in Shas, all of them very baki in several masechtos, and a couple well versed (by heart mind you) in several works of Mussar as well.
So why aren’t they so famous? The world often thinks of Chabad Chassidim as unlearned in various parts of Torah, but in truth they simply make it s point to avoid such publicity, and don’t make such a big deal out of it.
I had a friend in yeshiva, younger than me by a few years, but if you were to point out a random Tosfos or Rashi from a maseches that he may have learned a few years prior, he would need but a brief glance before explaining it as if he had reviewed it but a second ago – this is before explaining that in fact, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was mechadesh an understanding of the said Tosfos such that lemafrea it really is not understood without that chidush!
And this is not an anomaly…