By COLlive reporter
The New York State Senate passed Resolution J997, introduced by New York State Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie (D-20), honoring the anniversary of the birthday of “the revered Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.”
“It is important for us to pause and to truly recognize the work that the Rebbe did, as we are facing many anti-semitic attacks throughout our nation,” Senator Myrie said, speaking in support of the resolution.
“Just two weeks ago, we saw something incredibly tragic happen,” he said in reference to the anti-Semitic shooting at Chabad of Poway in California on the last day of Pesach. Community member Lori Kaye was killed, and 3 others including Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein were injured in the attack.
“We saw people attacked specifically because of their faith, and it is something that has not been unique to the other side of the country; right in Brooklyn, in my district, we have seen an uptick of attacks on people simply because of their faith,” Senator Myrie said.
He added, “We are living in incredibly dangerous times. And it is important that we speak to our unity, we speak and stand for the things that the Rebbe stood for, the education and edification of everyone, no matter what their race, ethnicity, or faith is.”
Lead co-sponsors of the resolution Senators Myrie, Joseph P. Addabbo Jr (D-15), Fred Akshar (R-52), George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-46), and Robert E. Antonacci (R-50). Albany’s Head Shliach Rabbi Yisroel Rubin and Delmar Shliach Rabbi Nachman Simon thanked them for the recognition.
The resolution reads:
WHEREAS, The true architects of society and community are those individuals whose faith and unremitting commitment serve to sustain the spiritual and cultural values of life; the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson was surely such an individual; and
WHEREAS, World Jewry is now celebrating the 117th birthday of the renowned and revered leader of World Jewry, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson; and
WHEREAS, Serving over 44 years of dedicated leadership, Rabbi Schneerson established over 1,500 Lubavitch Centers, helping people of all walks of life throughout the world — from Australia to Africa, from Holland to Argentina, from Moscow to Mumbai; and
WHEREAS, Rabbi Schneerson’s educational activities throughout the globe have enriched and strengthened the religious, educational, cultural and ethical fibbers of all citizens of the world; and
WHEREAS, He was a remarkable and holy man who inspired millions of Jews and non-Jews to greater dedication, loyalty and commitment in all matters “between man and G-d” and “between man and man”; and
WHEREAS, Rabbi Schneerson proclaimed the Redemption was on its way and he called upon all citizens of the world to prepare with a personal commitment to increase all activities of goodness and kindness; and
WHEREAS, Today, in the United States of America, the Chabad Lubavitch movement has institutions in every State of the Union; and
WHEREAS, Globally, the Chabad Lubavitch movement operates over 5,000 centers in over 1,000 cities in 102 countries all over the world; and
WHEREAS, During the last 78 years, since 1940, the Chabad Lubavitch movement has their World Headquarters in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, A Memorial Reception will be held in the New York State Capitol on Monday, April 8, 2019, in tribute and remembrance of Rabbi Schneerson, the leading rabbi of his generation; and
WHEREAS, This year, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, corresponding to 11 Nisan, 5779, the Rebbe’s 117th birthday, to Saturday, August 10, 2019, corresponding to 9 Av, 5779 celebrated as “117 Days of Education,” in tribute to the educational endeavors of this visionary leader and learned gentleman on behalf of all mankind; and
WHEREAS, Throughout his purposeful journey of life, Rabbi Schneerson compiled, with dignity and grace, decades filled with philanthropic causes, humanitarian effort and astute Judaic leadership, justly earning the devotion of his followers and the admiration and respect of his fellow man; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commemorate the traditional observance of the Anniversary of the Birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, upon the occasion of a Reception to be held in the New York State Capitol on Monday, April 8, 2019, and to recognize April 16, 2019 to August 10, 2019, as “117 Days of Education” in tribute to the educational endeavors of the beloved Rebbe.