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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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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.
April 30, 2013
To Anonymous
Certainly! Staff
April 30, 2013
To Fred
That is certainly interesting. Where did you learn that you should not visit the cemetery too often? We always go before yartzeit and the new year, as well as before major events like weddings.
April 29, 2013
The Ohel
Can a gentile visit The Ohel?
April 23, 2013
Visting the Rebbe's final resting place.
I always thougt you were not to vist one's final resting place often, is it different for the Rebbe?
Fred Savoy
Hewlett, New York
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