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Both the Mitzvah tanks and the Menorahs brought Jewish observances to the fore of public consciousness in a very visible way.
Every weekday morning a cavalcade of vans fans out across New York City seeking parking places on the busiest street corners and thoroughfares. Earnest young men with flowing beards emerge, wearing yarmulkes, plain white shirts and dark trousers, and as t...
In 1974, a new apparition began to make its appearance in the streets of Manhattan. Even in that hubbub of crowd and clamor, this strange vehicle attracted attention: The Mitzvah Tank or Mitzvah Mobile
Rosh Chodesh Shevat, 5737 • January 20, 1977
At the conclusion of a weekday Farbrengen, the Rebbe distributes packets of dollars to the “Tankists” – Chassidim who run the Mitzvah Tanks, to give out to the rest of those present.
Moshe Kagan is a consultant living in Jerusalem, Israel. In the early 1960s, he arrived from England to attend yeshiva in 770. He was one of the few Yeshiva students with a driver’s license, and it worked in his favor. He was one of a group of students wh...
A seven-day trek from Southern California to Washington state
Five yeshivah students from Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon Chabad in Los Angeles are utilizing their Chanukah break to spread light along the West Coast. They are in the midst of 3,000-mile trek in a rented RV (dubbed a mitzvah tank) outfitted with large signs and...
Rabbi Raphael Aron is the director of the Gateway family Counseling Centre in Melbourne, Australia. In 1974, while running the Lubavitch Youth Organization in Melbourne, he had an audience with the Rebbe. At the time, he was looking for a way to deal with...
There is probably a charity box onboard your Mitzvah Tank. Put this dollar in there. Good tidings and much success. (Collage)
The origins of the Rebbe’s ‘tanks against assimilation’
Hailing a yellow cab, grabbing a slice of pizza after a Yankees game, strolling through Central Park . . . these are some of the indelible parts of a New York City experience. So, too, is the sight of yeshivah students clamoring from a converted RV—better...
I was walking by the waterfront, and a young man in a black hat ran up to me and politely asked, “Excuse me, are you Jewish?”
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