Hundreds joined in a celebration of unity and pride in Lag BaOmer in Kharkov, Ukraine. A bigger crowd than ever joined this year despite the political uncertainty in the country.
For the first time ever the parade began on the Belgorodskiy Highway and continued through the Feldman EcoPark Zoo. Symbolically, Belgorodskiy Highway was the place where the Mayor of Kharkov Gennadiy Kernes (Moshe ben Chana) was shot just three weeks earlier. Now hundreds of proud Jews were marching in unity on that same street.
The thousands of people in the park watched in amazement as the proud parade marched through with signs of the mivtzoyim and Jewish pride.
Rabbi Moishe Moskovitz reminded the crowd of the best way to fight the difficult times now in the country – only through adding in kindness and doing good deeds. Alexander Feldman, the president of the Jewish community, lit the festive bonfire and was honored that Lag Baomer was taking place in his park.
A group of clowns and jumping castles kept the children busy, and tigers, monkeys and small animals roamed through the crowds.
Tefillin were put on by the men and boys and young and old watched Lag BaOmer parades by the Rebbe. Lag BaOmer gave everyone a chance to get away from the current pressures, and reconnect with their Jewish roots.