Thursday, May 3, 2018

Lag B’Omer Parade 5717 (1957)

Lag B’Omer Parade 5717: Vintage footage of the (May19th) 1957 Lag B’Omer Parade in front of  770 Eastern Parkway (known as“770”), in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, led by the Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavicher Rebbe. The parade is a demonstration of Jewish unity and pride, which is a good thing. From then until the next twenty-five years or so, there was so much more hope and optimism than what followed decades later to what is the general mood today, even though so many say that things are much better today. Yet, I don’t see it or feel it in this way—as much as I would like to. There has been so much societal change since then (even in Chabad after the Rebbe’s death) that I no longer recognize, let alone feel a part of, the current society in which I reside. I might be too old and too tired to change. Even the bonfires of the 33rd day of the Counting of Omer (Hebrew: לַ״ג בָּעוֹמֶר), as much as they are celebratory and festive, do not give me much warmth or light anymore. Something is missing. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
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