Yesterday and today, tens of thousands of Lubavitcher Jews are paying their respects at the Cambria Heights resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
Schneerson died 20 years ago on June 12, 1994. The NY Times reports, "Rabbi Schneerson, the seventh grand rebbe of the Lubavitcher group of Hasidic Jews, is considered one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the 20th century... The pilgrims had traveled from Montana and Helsinki, eastern Michigan and western Ukraine, waiting for the sun, hanging stubbornly above the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, to disappear Monday night." One man from Sao Paolo told the Times, "This is our World Cup."
According to Chabad, "The Rebbe's gravesite is considered a place of deep spiritual sanctity. Throughout the year, hundreds of thousands of individuals, Jews and non-Jews, frequent his gravesite, seeking blessing, guidance and spiritual inspiration. On top of personal visits, the Rebbe's gravesite annually receives more than 400,000 prayer requests via fax and hundreds of thousands via e-mail." Chabad also recommends the recently released biography of the Rebbe, Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History by Joseph Telushkin.