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"The Ohel" is where the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, was laid to rest on the 3rd of Tammuz 5754

The Ohel: An Overview

The Ohel: An Overview


"The Ohel" is where the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, was laid to rest on the 3rd of Tammuz 5754 (June 12, 1994), next to his father-in-law, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Y. Schneersohn, of righteous memory.

The term Ohel (lit. "tent") refers to the structure built over the resting place of a Tzaddik, a righteous person. It is also known as "The Tziyun," or "marker."

During our long, painful journey through history, the holy resting places of our righteous forebears have served as spiritual oases. While Jewish law and tradition dictate that a person direct his prayers only to G‑d, and not to any other entity, the resting place of a righteous person is considered hallowed ground, a place where ones supplication to the Almighty are heard in the merit of the holy soul connected with this place. Gravesites such as Mother Rachel's and King David's, referred to in the Bible and Talmud, have provided solace to millions.

During the Rebbe's lifetime, he would frequent the resting place of his father-in-law, the sixth Rebbe (Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn) two, three, four, sometimes even six times a week, bringing peoples troubles and prayer-requests to the holy resting place. The Rebbe responded to hundreds of thousands of people by writing (in Hebrew), "I will mention [your request] at the tziyun." He would painstakingly read every single of the thousands of notes, then tear and leave them at the grave, perhaps as a physical memento of the supplicant.

Now chassidim, Jews and non-Jews from all walks of life come from around the world to the Rebbe's resting place for blessing, spiritual guidance and inspiration.

There are numerous observances related to visiting the Rebbe's resting place, such as refraining from food (though not drink) before the visit, removing leather shoes before entering the mausoleum (as did Moses before nearing the burning bush), and more.

But most important is the preparation of charity, learning and spiritual stock-taking.

The visitation center near the Ohel is open 24 hours a day. Click here for travel directions.

If one is unable to come in person one may join the hundreds of thousands who send letters (via postal mail, fax or e-mail) to be placed at the Ohel.

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October 23, 2015
Please pray for my cousin Kevin Meza as he was in a car accident and is now in ICU. I ask for a speedy recovery. Amen
Houston TX
August 13, 2015
healin prayer for my brothr
please pray for my brother, he suffered mental illnes and been in the hospital now for a year. i am told by a doctor that he will take medication for the rest of his life. i have a hope that as god is a living god, he will heal him and will again live a normal life.
thank you for taking time to pray for him
March 31, 2015
May Hashem
Please G-d, grant success, happiness to my whole family and let us have success and joy. We celebrate my Daughters accession into a young woman dedicated to Torah and Jewish Values. If only I could bring my family to Israel and to have a life and success to do so.
Yoel Ben Ari Ben Shomel, v' Channah Devorah
Worcester, PA
March 30, 2015
May Israel obtain peace and may the world support the Holy Land's existence. The spirit of the Rebbe, of blessed memory, is with HaShem. May they find forgiveness for those who betrayed Israel and send them in the right direction!
Miriam bat Chaim
Houston, USA
September 2, 2013
After reading and learning about the Ohel it is to my knowledge that I have read this and found this to be helpful and very educational to me.
Pam Damsky
pearl river, NY - New York
August 15, 2013
many gentiles visit the ohel, the Rebbe loved all of humanity!
June 21, 2013
There is a way for Kohanim to visit. There are boxes with no top or bottom. The Kohain puts this barrier around himself at the Ohel. That is what I have seen.
Los Angeles
June 12, 2013
Re: Cohen visiting the Ohel
While there is an opinion that the standard restrictions do not apply to the bodies of holy tzaddikim. This is not the accepted halachic view.

The reason the reason why kohanim may enter the Cemetery to visit the Rebbe's Ohel is because fences separate the walkway to the gravesite from the rest of the cemetery. In the actual Ohel, the actual grave is surrounded by a wall specifically so cohanim can visit.

Note: except on days when there are many visitors, these fences are usually only from the visiting center.
Yehuda Shurpin for
June 11, 2013
The Ohel
Can a Cohain enter the Ohel, or any grave site of a righteous person?
June 10, 2013
Yes: Anybody can Visit . The Jews never thought themselves Boxed off. Everyone is welcome. The Jews are kinda known for not promoting Joiners, they never had to. But all are Welcome. And Peace is what we preach.
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