Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Vintage footage of the 1967 and 1970 Lag B’omer Parades with the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Lag B’Omer is a special day, marking the passing of famed Kabbalist Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Jews all over the world celebrate with music and bonfires, and thousands flock to his gravesite in Meron. In years Lag B’Omer fell on Sunday, a special parade would be held in front of Chabad headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway, where thousands of children would gather and hear a special talk delivered to them by the Rebbe.

This year, as Lag B’Omer approaches, the Avner Institute is proud to present vintage film clips of two parades that took place 5727/May 28, 1967 and 5730/May 24, 1970. It is interesting to note that the first parade took place just weeks before the Six Day War; the Rebbe gave a memorable talk in which he offered words of comfort to the Jewsh people.

We would like to thank a dear reader Rabbi Yosef Goldwasser for giving us this rare footage to share with the public. With special thanks to Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum and Yechi Ezagui.

Good Shabbos,


Anonymous said...

Thanks for warming my heart with this beautiful video! We Want Moshiach Now!

Tatty said...

Beautiful work. Question: Are you positive that this video is only 1966/1967 and not parts of 1970? As I remember (being part of the planning committee for the 1970 parade) at that time it was a new idea to ask Rabbi Chaim Gutnik a"h (from her Majesty's armies in Australia) to be the Grand Marshal in the parade and to come in his uniform. You could double check with some of the other committee members that year - Motti Berger (Ottowa); Mendel Lipskar (S.A.); Moshe Yosef Engel (L.B. CA).

Anonymous said...

To Tatty:

Yes this is also 1970.

Anonymous said...

The Dates have now been Corrected.