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Published on: June 2, 2013 04:20 PM
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More than 30,000 marchers and 17 bands walked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other mayoral candidates, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former congressman Anthony Weiner at the Israeli Day Parade in NYC on June 2, 2013. Photo: Roy Renna/BMR Breaking News for VINNEWS.comMore than 30,000 marchers and 17 bands walked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other mayoral candidates, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former congressman Anthony Weiner at the Israeli Day Parade in NYC on June 2, 2013. Photo: Roy Renna/BMR Breaking News for VINNEWS.com

New York - New York’s Fifth Avenue was a sea of white and blue for the Israel Day Parade.

More than 30,000 marchers and 17 bands walked Sunday with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the city’s mayoral candidates—including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former congressman Anthony Weiner.

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This year’s theme was “Picture Israel,” with marchers carrying paintings, collages, and tapestries to show the diversity of Israel and its people.

In the evening, the Empire State Building will beam the Israeli colors to celebrate the 1948 creation of the Jewish state.

Also later Sunday, Israel’s national soccer team is scheduled to play the team from Honduras in Queens.
Security was tight along Fifth Avenue. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly watched over the lineup and helicopters hovered overhead.

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Marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade: (right to left) famed Prisoner of Zion, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich; Od Avinu Chai - Mendelevich Jewish Identity Initiative founder, Gavriel Gozland; 4th grader, Emuna Gozland; and National President of Emunah of America, Fran Hirmes.  (Credit: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News for VINNEWS.com)Marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade: (right to left) famed Prisoner of Zion, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich; Od Avinu Chai - Mendelevich Jewish Identity Initiative founder, Gavriel Gozland; 4th grader, Emuna Gozland; and National President of Emunah of America, Fran Hirmes.  (Credit: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News for VINNEWS.com)
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 Jun 02, 2013 at 04:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Beautiful, beautiful!

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 04:47 PM 5TResident Says:

The Eruv Rav - I mean Neturei Karta - was there too, waving Palestinian flags and chumming it up with other Israel haters.

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 04:57 PM Rachel W. Says:

Warms the cockles of one's heart. Now how will these pics or the parade, for that matter, help Israel defend against her enemies that plan and plot her demise every second of every day? Just wondering.

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 05:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Thats a nice day. Wish there were more men with tzitzits!!!!!!!

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 05:16 PM zvido Says:

Didn't know we had so many mayoral candidates...

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 05:25 PM mewhoze Says:

yasher koach to all the hard working hatzalah members.

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 05:42 PM Anonymous Says:

The people that marched in the parade and the people who watched the parade are the "Jewish People" They are the ones that went to fight in Israel and support Israel
They are the ones that are "the Jewish People" Three cheers for them
The draft dodgers should take a look at themselves

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 05:59 PM sane Says:

Reply to #3  
Rachel W. Says:

Warms the cockles of one's heart. Now how will these pics or the parade, for that matter, help Israel defend against her enemies that plan and plot her demise every second of every day? Just wondering.

You are no Churchill. What is wrong with feeling pride in E.Y. and all its accomplishments amidst great adversity?

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 06:19 PM OYVY2 Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The people that marched in the parade and the people who watched the parade are the "Jewish People" They are the ones that went to fight in Israel and support Israel
They are the ones that are "the Jewish People" Three cheers for them
The draft dodgers should take a look at themselves

yes cheers and cheers for everyone who was there , that is achdus when so many Jews mainly, from all walks of life can walk together for our Homeland

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 06:39 PM LionofZion Says:

A beautiful day for a beautiful parade. What a Kiddush HaShem. Obviously, HaShem was looking down and smiling. We live in an incredible time. Our beautiful children from all of the day schools in the region were able to be part in such an incredible tribute to Israel. We need to keep it up and continue to serve HaShem and he will continue to bless us.

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 06:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
5TResident Says:

The Eruv Rav - I mean Neturei Karta - was there too, waving Palestinian flags and chumming it up with other Israel haters.

This week is Parshas Korach, it is only fitting that Korach 's was at the parade as Neturei Katra.

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 07:26 PM History of this parade Says:

This parade, which was originally called the "Salute to Israel Parade" has taken place every Spring in Manhattan, since 1965, or for the last forty eight years. Yet, if one reviews the various tour books about NYC, whether it is Frommer's, Fodor's or any of the other major tour books, there is not one mention of this parade. The publishers always have some non-credible excuse, regarding the omission of this event. In fact, all of the other major parades such as the Puerto Rican Day Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Columbus Day Parade, Thanksgiving Parade, Gay Pride Parade, Armed Forces Day Parade, etc., are all mentioned. The only tour book, which refers to the Israeli Day parade, is the one published by the AAA.

To #4- Most of the marchers in the parade are secular, non-frum Jews. They are still Jews! Therefore, your remark that you wished that there had been more men with tzitzits was sarcastic, and mean spirited!!

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 08:59 PM savtat Says:

Special thank you to VIN for bringing this wonderful coverage to us. You have done a superb job. What a Kiddush Hashem!

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 09:48 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Thats a nice day. Wish there were more men with tzitzits!!!!!!!

You should have been there and seen all the people with tzitzits. As to number 12...The people there were from Hashomer Hatzair through B'nai Akiva. In the past it seemed that only m.o. schools were marching. Now it seems to be the whole Jewish community, with the possible exception of Chareidim (although I certainly saw a number present). As to nk, you once again showed your love of the Jewish people. You stand with Holocaust deniers and then claim you love Jews.

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 10:22 PM from 4 Says:

Reply to #12  
History of this parade Says:

This parade, which was originally called the "Salute to Israel Parade" has taken place every Spring in Manhattan, since 1965, or for the last forty eight years. Yet, if one reviews the various tour books about NYC, whether it is Frommer's, Fodor's or any of the other major tour books, there is not one mention of this parade. The publishers always have some non-credible excuse, regarding the omission of this event. In fact, all of the other major parades such as the Puerto Rican Day Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Columbus Day Parade, Thanksgiving Parade, Gay Pride Parade, Armed Forces Day Parade, etc., are all mentioned. The only tour book, which refers to the Israeli Day parade, is the one published by the AAA.

To #4- Most of the marchers in the parade are secular, non-frum Jews. They are still Jews! Therefore, your remark that you wished that there had been more men with tzitzits was sarcastic, and mean spirited!!

to 12:
Actually it was mentioning that I wish that more yidden who do make it their minhag to wear Tzitzis were represented. For many reasons. Other jews need to see how Torah works. They need to see us in our Tzitzis, part of the community and part of the plan of Hashems world. They need to see jews with tzitzis in the bookstore, in the mall, in the grocery store and in the schoolyard.

If you saw more jews with tzitzis and they had other jewish friends, more jews would wear tzitzis and Torah Values would grow. So it is not bitter and sarcastic but it is quite conceived to topple the insanity of any world that does not wish to wear tzitzis as well as stumble block remove the issue of the 'religious' jew who does not want to participate with 'secular' and 'reform and conservative' jews who are just not "as frum" as they are in their own lives.

We need to work together as ONE COMMUNITY.

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 Jun 02, 2013 at 10:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Rachel W. Says:

Warms the cockles of one's heart. Now how will these pics or the parade, for that matter, help Israel defend against her enemies that plan and plot her demise every second of every day? Just wondering.

Rachel. Pray for your time and perhaps say a few tehillim. But do not smack the very day of Jewish Pride in a city of millions just because you were either not personally invited or just too proud to be with a non-orthodox jew in New York. Better yet, just do not go and just go cry when you realize that the anti-Semitism that could have been prevented perhaps by your own presence and pride in an event like this has come back to haunt you and your family and friends in some other way. Thanks for playing "something wicked this way comes".

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 07:21 AM Stop Criticizing Non-Frum Jews Says:

To #15- To quote Ronald Reagan- "There you go again"- You have essentially called, non frum Jews "insane", for refusing to wear tzitzits. You cannot force your religious beliefs upon other people, and then criticize them for not following your religious practices. This is America, and we still have freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by not only the U.S. Constitution, but also by the Constitutions of every state in the republic!

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 07:36 AM monalisa Says:

I so wanted to be there but I couldn't. But thank you for the amazing pictures! What a glorious day for Israel! It was nice to see so many kids taking pride in Israel. Question: what was the reaction to Shelly Silver & Wiener? Boos or applause?

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 08:03 AM Yerachmiel Says:

Reply to #3  
Rachel W. Says:

Warms the cockles of one's heart. Now how will these pics or the parade, for that matter, help Israel defend against her enemies that plan and plot her demise every second of every day? Just wondering.

By mobilizing political support in the US for Israel which is an indespensible part of Israel's defense strategy.

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 10:05 AM from 4 Says:

Reply to #17  
Stop Criticizing Non-Frum Jews Says:

To #15- To quote Ronald Reagan- "There you go again"- You have essentially called, non frum Jews "insane", for refusing to wear tzitzits. You cannot force your religious beliefs upon other people, and then criticize them for not following your religious practices. This is America, and we still have freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by not only the U.S. Constitution, but also by the Constitutions of every state in the republic!

Cheater! You do not test Time with tricks of war. Israel is free to do what it wants, but the holy remnant always closes the door of aggression. When no one stands up for liberty, poverty ensues. Have some pride in G-d.

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #20  
from 4 Says:

Cheater! You do not test Time with tricks of war. Israel is free to do what it wants, but the holy remnant always closes the door of aggression. When no one stands up for liberty, poverty ensues. Have some pride in G-d.

Why not try again. You seem to have something to say, but what? Who closes the door on aggression, the frum community? Liberty v poverty? I think we all have pride in G-d. This is not a criticism, but I want to know what you are saying.
Just in passing, Israel protects you if you like it or not. Cheaer?

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 11:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
History of this parade Says:

This parade, which was originally called the "Salute to Israel Parade" has taken place every Spring in Manhattan, since 1965, or for the last forty eight years. Yet, if one reviews the various tour books about NYC, whether it is Frommer's, Fodor's or any of the other major tour books, there is not one mention of this parade. The publishers always have some non-credible excuse, regarding the omission of this event. In fact, all of the other major parades such as the Puerto Rican Day Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Columbus Day Parade, Thanksgiving Parade, Gay Pride Parade, Armed Forces Day Parade, etc., are all mentioned. The only tour book, which refers to the Israeli Day parade, is the one published by the AAA.

To #4- Most of the marchers in the parade are secular, non-frum Jews. They are still Jews! Therefore, your remark that you wished that there had been more men with tzitzits was sarcastic, and mean spirited!!

Sorry to break it to you but this parade is DUMB, all the other parades mentioned have great floats, marching bands,and a huge cross section of NYC, there we had a 80% of schoool kids marching, a few carloads of geriatrics and a bunch of people running for office, if we had floats like west indian or thanksgiving day then we would be mentioned, sorry a few 1000 kids from the local day schools does not make a great parade.

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 05:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
History of this parade Says:

This parade, which was originally called the "Salute to Israel Parade" has taken place every Spring in Manhattan, since 1965, or for the last forty eight years. Yet, if one reviews the various tour books about NYC, whether it is Frommer's, Fodor's or any of the other major tour books, there is not one mention of this parade. The publishers always have some non-credible excuse, regarding the omission of this event. In fact, all of the other major parades such as the Puerto Rican Day Parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Columbus Day Parade, Thanksgiving Parade, Gay Pride Parade, Armed Forces Day Parade, etc., are all mentioned. The only tour book, which refers to the Israeli Day parade, is the one published by the AAA.

To #4- Most of the marchers in the parade are secular, non-frum Jews. They are still Jews! Therefore, your remark that you wished that there had been more men with tzitzits was sarcastic, and mean spirited!!

Your reply to #4 is absolutely incorrect. Most of the marchers were from Orthodox Zionist Day schools. There were very few secular non frum Jews, more frum than non frum. Yes, no black hats with tzitis outside, but I am sure they were inside.

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 05:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
Anonymous Says:

Sorry to break it to you but this parade is DUMB, all the other parades mentioned have great floats, marching bands,and a huge cross section of NYC, there we had a 80% of schoool kids marching, a few carloads of geriatrics and a bunch of people running for office, if we had floats like west indian or thanksgiving day then we would be mentioned, sorry a few 1000 kids from the local day schools does not make a great parade.

But it makes a meaningful parade and gives the kids a very good feeling about Israel.

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 05:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Thats a nice day. Wish there were more men with tzitzits!!!!!!!

How do you know they weren't wearing tzitzit? Modern Orthodox wear them inside.

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 Jun 03, 2013 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

But it makes a meaningful parade and gives the kids a very good feeling about Israel.

therefore no mention in the guidebooks, dont complain

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