In Queens, revered Jewish leader's burial site draws crowds
July 11, 2019
Men and women, young and old, make their way from around the city, the country and the world to this unassuming site, the burial place of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to pay their respects to the life and teachings of the revered Jewish leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement who died twenty-five years ago in June 1994. Let's take a closer look.
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