It is an opportune time before the high holidays ro visit the resting places or Tzadikim (righteous people)
As every year, we will be going to the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Ohel to pray together!!! When we go as a group, our prayers have more power!!!!
I hope you all can join us for this special trip!!!!
Join us at 44 Oswald place at 12:30pm, then we will proceed to 226-20 Francis Lewis Blvd. to the Ohel where we will go as a group. ( you may go to the Ohel directly and meet us there, if you wish). We plan on being at the Ohel at 2:00pm
What to bring?
You should bring all the names you would like to pray for, usually its the person's name and mother's name(Jwish names preferable).
You should also bring some cash to give to charity before writing the letter and before entering the Ohel.
How to dress?
The Ohel is a very holy place so you should dress modestly.
It's recommended not to wear leather shoes, you can bring your own or they have crocs that you can change there.
What is the Ohel?
The term Ohel (lit. "tent") refers to the structure built over the resting place of a Tzaddik, a righteous person
Why do people go?
Located in the Old Montefiore cemetery in Queens, N.Y., the open-roofed mausoleum is a place where people go to pray to G‑d, request blessings, and connect with the deep spiritual energy of the Rebbe.
There is a nearby visitors’ center that includes quiet places for study, prayer, contemplation and letter-writing; guest rooms; dining facilities; bathrooms; and a staff ready and willing to help you with whatever you need to prepare for your visit.
Who can come?
The Ohel is open to all people, regardless of level of observance, ethnicity and creed. During his lifetime, the Rebbe welcomed all people, and this tradition continues after his passing.
Why do people go?
Visiting the resting place of a tzaddik (righteous person) is an ancient Jewish tradition. Several reasons are given for the custom:
1. At any gravesite, you become more aware of your limited time on earth. Your heart is more open to prayer to G‑d, and so your prayers are accepted on high.
2. The burial place of a tzaddik is a holy place, just like the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It’s like a portal to the heavens.
3. A tzaddik’s presence can be felt at his gravesite just as it was felt during his lifetime. This itself can inspire you and carry you to an entirely different state.
4. At the resting place, it is easier to connect to the tzaddik’s soul above and to request his blessings, just as you would before his passing.
It is important to remember that we are not praying to the tzaddik. Rather, we are asking that he pray along with us and plead on our behalf.