Monday, November 24, 2014

Thousands of Chabad rabbis take a group selfie!


It is not often I find something for the Monday Murals meme, so I was extra happy to discover the Rebbe painted on rolling shutters protecting the entrance to a store in Beer Sheva's old section.

The Rebbe is the late great Rabbi Menachem Shneerson, scholar, teacher, leader, and the pioneer of Jewish outreach.
The head of Chabad-Lubavitch movement died in 1994 in New York,  but many of his devoted followers believe he was, and still is, the Moshiach, the messiah.

In the 1950s the Lubavitcher Rebbe, from headquarters in Brooklyn,  started sending out young rabbis and their wives to cities and towns all over America and the world, even the remotest places like Kathmandu.
These idealistic couples open Chabad Houses and offer worship, classes, support, and love to Jews who are far from being observant.
They are called in Hebrew shluchim, literally, those who are sent out.

This week 4,200 of these rabbis are in New York for their International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries.
Don't miss these amazing photos of how they take a huge group selfie!
It was taken with a particularly large lens that was held up with a 5-meter-long stick carried by two men.

And equally impressive are these pictures of how the 4,200  pose for the more orderly and formal  annual photo.
They even launched a helicopter-drone to take a video of the mass photo shoot!
UPDATE: This  in today's Times of Israel says it so well:   Thank you Chabad.  Very worth a read.
(Also linking to Our World Tuesday.)


jaz@octoberfarm said...

wow...this is really cool!

Jael said...

What a cool selfie:) I have been to Chabad houses in Venezuela,USA in a few places,Sweden;Finland;Holland and Peru.

Birdman said...

A drone. What will technology do next.? 4,200 rabbis amazing.

William Kendall said...

That's quite a mural... and the group shots are remarkable!

VP said...

I still remember a group of young students eagerly trying to explain this to me at the Western Wall...

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Great mural.

Mary Kiss said...

Beautiful mural love it!

Mary, MI

Cloudia said...

I love him! My Chabad calendar tells me when to light shabbos candles, even here!

ALOHA from Honolulu

Tom said...

He looks like a wise old man. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Hels said...

I am not a huge fan of Chabad, but they were fantastic to us in Berlin. Hospitable and helpful.

Stewart M said...

Nice image - Im sure people could come up with some really good ideas to use the rolling up of the door as a way to change the image.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Enjoyed the portrait and the history lesson. Like the mural, the selfie and formal portrait of the gathered have a timeless quality in black and white.