Photos: Alex Gorokhov
Children parading their Yiddishkeit openly and proudly in the streets of Brooklyn, 2,000 strong.
This was the sight that met thousands in Flatbush, Brooklyn, on Lag B’Omer at the parade organized by Mayan Yisroel, under the leadership of Rabbi Yoseph Vigler.
“If kids can see Yiddishkeit as exciting and fun, and yet so filled with Yiras Shamayim and Kavod Shamayim, then what can be more enticing than wanting to grow to be ehrlich frum Yidden who can change the world for good!” said one attendee.
The Lag B’Omer parade opened with divrei Torah from Rav Moshe Tuvia Lieff, Mara d’asra of Agudas Yisroel, followed by an exciting concert and a grand parade through the streets, with niggunim from singers Beri Weber, Dovid Stein and Mendy Worsch, Sky Rider acrobats, Torah, Tefillah and Tsedaka with loads of simcha.
Admission, food, snacks, raffle prizes – all free – all leshem shamayim. And this year, so impeccably well organized so that everyone could see, hear, and feel a part of it all.
In the words of Rabbi Vigler, “I noticed an elder Yid, a Holocaust survivor, who was crying, watching Yiddishke kinderlach parade and commented: ‘Mein tayere kinderlach, I have witnessed many parades in my life, but they were of another sort entirely. I saw tens of thousands of Jews… including thousands of children….marching towards the gas chambers…. rachmana litzlan…. Today, I have the zchus to watch thousands of Jewish children, this time parading with Jewish pride, loudly reciting words of Torah!'”
Thanks to the 63rd precinct, Avrumi Brown, Lieutenant Yitz Jablon and Lieutenant Richie Taylor, Councilman Chaim Deutsch and Councilman Jummani Williams and Shaya Samet.