Attend Protest Demonstration In New York
the wake of the critical situation in Eretz Yisroel, a demonstration was
held on Sunday, May 21, outside the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan,
protesting the giving away of land. A dinner for Israel Bonds was taking
place at the time, with Shimon Peres as guest of honor. The rabbanim
of Crown Heights called upon the community — men, women, and children
— to attend the demonstration.
Yosef Prager, one of the organizers of the demonstration, was the emcee.
He called upon Rabbi Osdoba, member of the Crown Heights Beis Din, to
lead the recital of Tehillim. Rabbi Reichman, a member of the
board of Yeshiva University, spoke. He addressed the absurdity of the
Israeli government’s approach, which endangers the lives of millions
Shmuel Butman, director of Lubavitch Youth Organization, noted that
handing over the villages adjacent to Yerushalayim was made possible by
the votes of Arab members of the Knesset, as there was no Jewish
majority. Rabbi Butman also denounced the Shas leadership for
endangering the residents of Eretz Yisroel in exchange for money.
Galinsky noted that Mayor Guiliani wasn’t embarrassed to throw
terrorist Arafat out of an official event which took place in New York,
whereas the Israeli government submits to everything Arafat says and
puts out a red carpet for him.
Y.Y. Katzman explained that the problem is not just with regard to the
settlements in Yesha or Yerushalayim, but that the Arabs want Tel Aviv
and Chaifa and all of Eretz Yisroel. If, ch’v, the government
doesn’t stop offering concessions, who knows what it could lead to.
Yekusiel Rapp related what the Rebbe said to one of the mayors living in
Eretz Yisroel about pressure from the United States to return land. The
Rebbe said the pressure came from Israeli politicians and not from the
U.S. Rabbi Rapp also mentioned what the Rebbe told Geula Cohen thirty
years ago, his forecast for the future, which we are experiencing right
set up tefillin stands and helped passersby with the mitzva.
They also distributed thousands of pamphlets containing selections from
various sichos about shleimus
was a separate children’s program led by Rabbi Shimie Weinbaum, who
spoke about the children’s power to annul the evil plans of the enemy,
as the Rebbe told us. This is based on the pasuk, “M’pi
olelim v’yonkim yisadta oz, l’hashbis oyeiv u’misnakem.”
children recited the 12 Pesukim and “Yechi.”
demonstration, which was broadcast on American television, conveyed the
Rebbe’s views on the so-called peace talks.
organizers of the demonstration thanked the Vaad HaKahal of Crown
Heights for their help in organizing the event, as well as Rabbi Yisroel
Ber Kaplan, Rabbi Rapp, Rabbi Danny Cohen, Rabbi Albukurk, and Rabbi S.Z.