By COLlive reporter
What does a Shliach do when a well-planned Lag BaOmer Parade gets canceled upon instruction of Israel security forces due to the ongoing bombardment of rocket attacks by the Islamic Jihad terror group from Gaza?
Most Chabad centers in Southern Israel needed to cancel their events, or hold down-scaled ones in different locations. Rabbi Reuven Schneerson, Director of Chabad of Rova Habanim in Kiryat Gat, went a different route.
Some 3 weeks after Lag BaOmer, once the Islamic Jihad agreed upon a cease-fire with Israel, he announced he will be holding a spectacular and belated Lag BaOmer celebration, complete with music, a drum band and prizes.
The event was nothing short of spectacular. Children and parents, who had eagerly awaited the annual event, were overjoyed to see their beloved parade come to life. The colorful stage, adorned with festive decorations and filled with excited participants, weaved through the streets, creating an atmosphere of pure delight and unity.
The children’s faces lit up with excitement as they eagerly participated in reciting the 12 Pesukim, Jewish songs, games, and other engaging activities.
Rabbi Schneerson expressed his gratitude to all those who made the parade possible. Despite the challenges, the event was a testament to the strength and resilience of the Kiryat Gat community, demonstrating that even in the face of adversity, unity and celebration prevail, he said.
As the parade came to a close, the spirit of Lag BaOmer had triumphed and participants were encouraged to be in shul on the holiday of Shavuos to listen to the Aseres Hadibros read from the Rebbe.