Thousands of rabbis and guests from around the world who are in New York for the annual Kinus Hashluchim—the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries—gathered at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, N.Y., on Friday to visit the resting place of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Those gathered waited on line for hours, reflecting on their mission. They also delivered handwritten requests for blessings, internalizing the Rebbe’s devotion to G‑d, Torah and the Jewish people.

During the Rebbe’s lifetime, he would frequent the Ohel, which is also the resting place of his father-in-law—the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory. He would go two, three, four and sometimes even six times a week, bringing people’s troubles and prayer requests to the holy site.

(Photo:Itzik Roytman for Chabad.org)
(Photo:Itzik Roytman for Chabad.org)
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(Photo:Itzik Roytman for Chabad.org)
(Photo:Itzik Roytman for Chabad.org)
(Photo:Itzik Roytman for Chabad.org)
(Photo:Itzik Roytman for Chabad.org)