More than 1500 Lubavitch Chassidim and Bochurim, young Yeshivah students, walked for hours on the first day of Shavuos in the traditional Tahalucha to Shuls in New York's five boroughs.
They walked up to 3 hours each way from Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights to some 200 shuls in Boro Park, Flatbush, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, Sea Gate, Howard Beach, Queens (3 hours) ; Manhattan and Bronx (4 hours).
"The Rebbe instructed us to go on Tahalucha and share the joy of receiving the Torah with as many Jews as possible and would escort the group of marchers from the entrance of 770," said Rabbi Shmuel Butman, Director of Lubavitch Youth Organization, which organizes the marches. “This was indeed a great and cherished moment when the ‘Commander in Chief’ left his room to personally ‘see off his troops’ and these dedicated soldiers who went on Tahalucha are continuing the work of the Rebbe" said Rabbi Butman.
The activity was organized by Rabbi Yossi Butman, Project Director of the Lubavitch Youth Organization and coordinated by Rabbi Yosef Goldwasser, Rabbi Shlomo Zalmanov and Shaya Zalmanov.
This year much research was employed and many additional Shuls were visited. Before Yom Tov many Rabbis called the offices of the Lubavitch Youth Organization, or sent emails, to make sure that Chabad Lubavitch representatives should come to their Shuls to help them celebrate the Yom Tov Shvuos.
The entire Tahaluchos/Marches project was conducted with the specific coordination with New York City Police Department. “It was a pleasure to work with them” said Rabbi Yossi Butman, “They exhibited extraordinary sensitivity and efficiency.”