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Queens, NY - Thousands Descend To The Mausoleum Of Lubavitcher Rebbe On 20th Yahrzeit (photos)

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People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014.People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014.

Queens, NY - Tens of thousands of visitors made their way to the holy Hasidic site in eastern Queens Monday night to visit the grave of the seventh grand rebbe of the Lubavitcher group of Hasidic Jews.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s resting place is Cambria Heights, where he was buried after his death on June 12, 1994. He is considered one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the 20th century and is remembered for strengthening a Hasidic community during the Holocaust and for helping Jews become closer to their faith.

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More than 50,000 people were expected to visit Monday night and Tuesday to remember the 20th anniversary of the rebbe’s death.

“This is our World Cup,” Arale Waligora, 60, of São Paulo, Brazil told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/VDgYXo ).

Police officers provided supervision outside of the Ohel Chabad Lubavitch Center, located next to the gravesite, due to the large number of visitors. Visitors have come from all over the world – France, Norway and the Democratic Republic of Congo, just to name a few.

Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm of Ukraine, speaking to the New York Times through a translator, said that the rebbe’s teachings had carried him through the last 20 years where he lives, in the city of Zhytomyr. “This is the place where I derive the inspiration and energy.”

People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: Chaim Perl)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)
People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)People visit the grave site of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, at the Montefiore Cemetery in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, New York, New York, USA, 01 July 2014. More then 50,000 are expected to visit his grave on the 20th anniversary of his death. (Credit: EPA)


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 Jul 01, 2014 at 09:27 PM Anonymous Says:

The funny thing about Israel is that Moses himself, the greatest jew to hold the seat of Prophesy was intentionally buried in such a manner that no mass exodus of jews to his grave would ever happen. This is indeed interesting because it indicates to me I think that G-d himself does not really think that Torah is a mass pilgrimage to grave sides for the entire jewish world, overall.

But still, the idea that this man is our Moshiac himself is quite absurd. A man of such fitness must be present in all of the worlds voices and the worlds choices.

True this is a very highly statured jew.

I think that Torah might be more celebrated if G-d was the real relationship and not a mass direction of major support for a more than perfect man in his better glory. But Torah is very interesting. I guess if this rabbi was our "messiah", we might just have to realize that G-d is present in every tongue and not just in every heart.

But I digress. What would our world be like without fanaticism for the dead?

Throw away baker's dozens. But a nice tribute.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 09:34 PM Hotveggie Says:

Why so much hate from the gentleman of Lakewood ? Do you post the same comments when people go to rav shach's grave ?

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 10:01 PM KevinTheMevin Says:

Isn't it beautiful how thats your first thought, let's spead some hate instead of love.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 10:03 PM Hotveggie Says:

I'm sorry for the comment I made about the gentleman from Lakewood. We shouldn't be making hateful comments, We should be increasing our acts of kindness & do more mitzvos in memory of the slain Israeli students.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 10:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Neither are you....for apikorsus like that you have zero chance of sharing in olam haboh....even the most rabid BMG fanatics would not have risked their chelek for the kind of comment you made. Whether or not you are a moishichist, the Rebbe/ Z'TL, has had a more positive impact on yiddeshkeit than any yid in the past several hundred years.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 10:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Hotveggie Says:

Why so much hate from the gentleman of Lakewood ? Do you post the same comments when people go to rav shach's grave ?

Please to not stereotype Lakewood based on poster #1's comments... not just here, but also his inane comments throughout VIN. As you can see by his screen name he feels like a minority in Lakewood (if by chance he actually does live there) - Me being from Lakewood can certainly say based on "ModernLakewoodGuys" comments he's certainly from the minority.

p.s. I'm not saying you are stereotyping Lakewood based on his comments... just for the people who do visit VIN... I'm pretty sure "ModernLakewoodGuy" doesn't actually live in Lakewood but uses his screen name to spread vitriol and hate against Lakewood.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 11:45 PM Canadian Says:

#1 ModernLakewoodGuy
Last I checked that's what a cemetery is...generally u just go in...not out! Well, that's for non-believers, as Ma'aminim Bnei Ma'aminim we believe in Techiyas Hamaysim...perhaps that concept didn't make it to Lakewood.

That being said I have a feeling you will one day NEED & indeed go running to the Ohel....sorry but this just happens to people like you...May Hashem hear your Tefillos.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 12:19 AM Ariel_Gold Says:

“This is our World Cup,”

I kind of find that disturbing.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 01:06 AM Lubavitcher Says:

Reply to #5  
Hotveggie Says:

I'm sorry for the comment I made about the gentleman from Lakewood. We shouldn't be making hateful comments, We should be increasing our acts of kindness & do more mitzvos in memory of the slain Israeli students.

I'm sorry for the comment I made about the gentleman from Lakewood.

See, now you go & ruin it with your PC "mea culpas." At best he's a disrespectful, rude, insensitve & stupid fellow, typical of many in Lakewood who delve into mussar without balancing it with gemilas chasadim and ahavas yisrael. Yes I DO judge Lakewood on the basis of those types of nasty, pointless, gotta-get-a-jab-in comments because that's all I ever see from them.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 01:19 AM gerer chusid Says:

I don't understand all these bad comments don't you know you are playing with FIRE you are not talking about some pizza store owner you are talking about one of the biggest rebbes
thousands of people go there all year not just on the yartzeit
I myself go with my wife go to the ohel there is this amazing feeling when you stand there that your tefilis are being answered

You can go there any day any hour there is always people davining there
why risk playing with fire think before you comment

You prayers should be answered

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 03:59 AM Benny Says:

Why don't they write זצ"ל?

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 06:35 AM REALIST Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Neither are you....for apikorsus like that you have zero chance of sharing in olam haboh....even the most rabid BMG fanatics would not have risked their chelek for the kind of comment you made. Whether or not you are a moishichist, the Rebbe/ Z'TL, has had a more positive impact on yiddeshkeit than any yid in the past several hundred years.

RABBI AMNON YITZCHOK HAS DONE MANY TIMES MORE THAN THE REBBI & HE SEEMS MORE SINCERE MY QUESTION IS HOW DID THE REBBA ENJOY WHEN IDIOTS DECLARED HIM A משיח

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 08:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
gerer chusid Says:

I don't understand all these bad comments don't you know you are playing with FIRE you are not talking about some pizza store owner you are talking about one of the biggest rebbes
thousands of people go there all year not just on the yartzeit
I myself go with my wife go to the ohel there is this amazing feeling when you stand there that your tefilis are being answered

You can go there any day any hour there is always people davining there
why risk playing with fire think before you comment

You prayers should be answered

Something about that isn't kosher. where does it says a corpse will answer prayers.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 11:26 AM bewhiskered Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Something about that isn't kosher. where does it says a corpse will answer prayers.

"where does it says a corpse will answer prayers."

Well, to be perfectly fair and objective, in סוטה ל"ד ע"ב cited by רש"י, it does learn:

מלמד שפירש כלב מעצת מרגלים והלך ונשתטח על קברי אבות אמר להן אבותי בקשו עלי רחמים שאנצל מעצת מרגלים.

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 01:41 PM Benabenja Says:

It should be time for Chabad to appoint a new leader or Chabad will lose ground little by little. If there was ever one (I am not sure), there is no "the 7th Lubavticher Rebbe will be the Mashiach".

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 02:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #15  
bewhiskered Says:

"where does it says a corpse will answer prayers."

Well, to be perfectly fair and objective, in סוטה ל"ד ע"ב cited by רש"י, it does learn:

מלמד שפירש כלב מעצת מרגלים והלך ונשתטח על קברי אבות אמר להן אבותי בקשו עלי רחמים שאנצל מעצת מרגלים.

There's a rather huge difference between asking someone to pray for you, as did Calev (permitted), versus praying to anyone else, whether a Rebbe or otherwise (heresy, forbidden).

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 07:23 PM bewhiskered Says:

"versus praying to anyone else, whether a Rebbe or otherwise (heresy, forbidden)."

Can you please pinpoint the exact מקור in הלכה for this איסור without presenting your own personal opinion?

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