Israel’s Representative to the United Nations drew strength from the International Sukah on way to Security Council meeting on the Goldstone Report.
Lubavitch Youth Organization also operates the Wall Street Sukkah at Battery Park and the Garment Center Sukkah at 6th Avenue and 32 Street.
The International Sukkah of the Lubavitch Youth Organization stands at the Isaiah Wall directly across from the United Nations. This Sukkah, part of many public Sukkahs operated by the Lubavitch Youth Organization, is designed to give Jews who live, work or visit the area as well as Jewish diplomats that work in varies embassies to make the blessings over “The Arba Minim,” – the Four Kinds, and to have their meals in the Sukkah.
In a special reception in the International Sukkah, attended by a group of distinguished guests including Consul General of Israel Asaf Shariv, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Michael Miller, Executive Director Jewish Community Ralations Council (JCRC) Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director Lubavitch Youth Organization explained the strategic location of this Succah right across from where “Voices to deny the Holocaust and calls for our destruction are heard.”
Quoting from Koheles (7, 14) “G-d created one against the other” Rabbi Butman said, “The message of the Sukkah is resoundingly clear — the Jewish People will prevail and it is this Sukkas Sholom, the Sukkah of Peace that will overcome all the diatribes from across the street and bring real peace, true peace, to all the nations of the world.”
Rabbi Butman stressed what the Rebbe said, twenty five years ago, to the then Ambassador to the United Nations Binyamin Netanyahu to “light a candle of truth” in a place of darkness and as Prime Minister Netanyahu, now related, that it were the words of the Rebbe that gave him the inspiration for his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations.
New York State Comtroller DiNapoli said that although he is not of the Jewish faith, he is a strong supporter of Israel and her right to defend itself and assure safety and security for all her citizens.
Ambassador Gabriela Shalev made the blessings over The Essrog and Lulov and in her response said that “from here I am going directly to the meeting of the Security Council where they will discuss the Goldstone report and this will give me the strength to stand up to our adversaries.”