For the first time in the city’s history, Morristown, New Jersey was the site of a Grand Lag B’Omer Hakhel Rally and Parade.
The streets around the Cheder Lubavitch of Morristown had been waiting a century and a half to see hundreds of little feet proudly marching in the time-honored tradition on the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
Escorted by a police contingent, and accompanied by a live band, the boys and girls of Cheder paraded around the neighborhood surrounding the Rabbinical College of America campus. This made a tremendous Kiddush Hashem.
Led by the incredible Morahs and Rebbies, students marched with handmade signs and floats: depicting the Yud Beis Psukim, the Ten Mivtzoim, and other inspirational Torah messages. The middle school girls designed and built a massive 12-foot replica of Har Sinai, and the boys created a giant Mivtza Tefillin float.
Following the parade, the girls were treated to a fair with caricature artists and balloon sculptors. The older boys division went to parks and the younger boys division went exploring on hiking trails to enjoy the natural beauty of Morris County.
A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Mrs. Baila Piekarski, head of the girls’ school, and Rabbi Ari Wilschanski principal of the boys division who oversaw the Hakhel Rally and parade. A special thank you to Rabbi Baruch Hecht, a proud Cheder parent, who served as the Master of Ceremonies in his usual dynamic and jubilant way.