More than 1,500 Lubavitch chassidim and bochurim walked for hours on the first day of Shavuos in the traditional Tahalucha march to shuls in New York’s five boroughs.
They walked up to 3 hours each way from Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights to some 200 shuls in Boro Park, Flatbush, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, Sea Gate, Howard Beach, Queens (3 hours); Manhattan and Bronx (4 hours).
At their many destinations, they shared words of inspiration about Shavuos and the giving of the Torah, a road-map for every Jew, rather then a history book, as the Rebbe would often point out.
“The Rebbe instructed us to go on Tahalucha and share the joy of receiving the Torah with as many Jews as possible and would escort the group of marchers from the entrance of 770,” said Rabbi Shmuel Butman, Director of Lubavitch Youth Organization, which organizes the marches.
“This was indeed a great and cherished moment when the ‘Commander in Chief’ left his room to personally ‘see off his troops’ and these dedicated soldiers who went on Tahalucha are continuing the work of the Rebbe,” said Rabbi Butman.
The activity was organized by Rabbi Yossi Butman, Project Director of the Lubavitch Youth Organization and coordinated by Rabbi Yosef Goldwasser, Rabbi Shlomo Zalmanov and Shaya Zalmanov.
The Tahalucha marches project was conducted with the specific coordination with New York City Police Department.