Lag BaOmer 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 BaOmer fell on Sunday, a special parade would be held in front of Lubavitch headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, where thousands of children would gather and hear a special talk delivered to them by the Rebbe.
This year, as Lag BaOmer approaches, the Avner Institute is proud to present vintage film clips of two parades that took place 5726/May 8, 1966 and 5727 /May 28, 1970.
It is interesting to note that the second 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 Jewish people.
We would like to thank Rabbi Yosef Goldwasser for giving us this rare footage to share with the public.