For the first time this year, Mitzvah Tanks paraded through the streets of Montreal in honor of the Rebbe’s birthday.
A team effort of locals, bochurim and Anash has created the first Yud Aleph Nissan Tank Parade in Montreal.
Four Mitzvah Tanks paraded through the streets of Montreal this past Tuesday, in honor of Yud Alef Nissan, marking the Rebbe’s 114th birthday.
The first parade to take place this year celebrating the occasion, it was organized by Mitzvah Tanks Montreal which is under CLYO and led by Rabbi Mendy Wilansky and Hatomim Yisroel Cohen.
As this year is Hakhel, both Yeshiva and Beis Rivkah schools arranged that students from all grades would have a chance with their class to go on a Mitzvah Tank.
The students got a hands on look at what is done during Mivtzoim, then gave Tzedokah and made a brocha. The Yeshiva boys had a special project to do in honor of 11 Nissan, aside from Mishnayos Bal Peh, and there was a raffle for each class and the winner was then able to go for a ride on the parade in a limousine.
Members of the Jewish community in Montreal helped sponsor the parade, in an effort to inspire as many Jews as possible to do a Mitzvah and attend a Pesach Seder.
The ‘tanks’ were armed with dozens of bochurim who set out with Matzos, Tefillin, and Shabbos candles and gave them out to hundreds of unaffiliated Jews.
Saluting the parade, aside from all the people who stared in wonder, were the children from Tomchei Temimim, and Beis Rivkah who came out to salute the parade and the Tankistim.
A thank you is given to the Tankistim Rabbi Yitzchok Lebovics, Rabbi Mendel Zilberstein, Rabbi Shlomo Lison, Rabbi Nuty Rivkin, and a very special thank you to Chabad activist Rabbi Dovid Cohen who helped and worked on getting the necessary permits from the city and Police of Montreal.