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.