A record 50,000 visitors from around the world commemorated the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, at the Ohel, the Rebbe’s resting place in Queens, N.Y.

Men, women and children waited patiently in line throughout the night and day to deliver their handwritten requests for blessings, and to internalize the Rebbe’s devotion to G‑d, the Torah and the Jewish people.

Many more around the world are also taking advantage of the opportunity to send in prayer petitions that will be placed at the Ohel.

Jotting down some last-minute thoughts while waiting in line to enter the Ohel. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Jotting down some last-minute thoughts while waiting in line to enter the Ohel. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Reading and reflection, even while waiting in line on a sweltering early summer day. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Reading and reflection, even while waiting in line on a sweltering early summer day. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Gimmel Tammuz is a day of prayer and study, soaking in the words and wisdom of the Rebbe. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Gimmel Tammuz is a day of prayer and study, soaking in the words and wisdom of the Rebbe. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
There was nonstop activity at the Ohel on Tuesday. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
There was nonstop activity at the Ohel on Tuesday. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Deep in thought, taking in the significance of the day. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Deep in thought, taking in the significance of the day. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
(Photo: Chaim Perl)
(Photo: Chaim Perl)
(Photo: Chaim Perl)
(Photo: Chaim Perl)
Children absorb the lessons of the day, accompanied by their parents and relatives. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Children absorb the lessons of the day, accompanied by their parents and relatives. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Women at the Ohel and the growing collection of notes. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Women at the Ohel and the growing collection of notes. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
The 20th yahrtzeit proved an emotional time for many. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
The 20th yahrtzeit proved an emotional time for many. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Heartfelt prayer set the tone of the day by Jews in Queens and around the world. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Heartfelt prayer set the tone of the day by Jews in Queens and around the world. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, chairman of Agudas Chasidei Chabad, read a general petition for blessing. (Photo: Chaim Perl)
Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, chairman of Agudas Chasidei Chabad, read a general petition for blessing. (Photo: Chaim Perl)