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Chabad Manchester Spreads Light In The face Of Darkness

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017 - 9:19 am


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Rabbi Shneur Cohen, of Chabad Manchester City Centre, and his colleagues gave out hot drinks and food to the police. 

 In the aftermath of the horrific terror attack in Manchester, England, which left 22 dead and over 60 injured, thousands gathered for a vigil in memory of the victims.

Manchester residents, as well as people from the surrounding areas, came on Tuesday to Albert Square in support of the families of the victims and the survivors of the atrocity.

CMCC MBA2.jpgRabbi Shneur Cohen from Chabad in Manchester City Center took to the bustling Albert square to promote unity, sharing the message of the Rebbe to add in acts of goodness and kindness to bring about more peace and harmony in the world.

He was joined by students of Yeshivas Lubavitch Manchester and volunteers from Cteen Ben Bursk and JJ Martin.

They put on tefillin with men and passed out water and food to the police officers who had been standing with them, protecting the area since the terrible events of Monday night.

During the day, Rabbi Cohen was interviewed on various UK and European newscasts, on channels such as MTN UK, BFM TV France, Channel 5 Croatia and Ria 3 Italia, spreading Jewish ideas and messages of the Rebbe.

CMCC MBA23.jpgAt once point, a 52-year-old man approached the Chabad table which was decorated with signs proudly proclaiming "Pray for Manchester - pray for the wounded - we are Manchester, we are together."

The man asked what the booth was all about. In the conversation with him, it was discovered that the man's mother is Jewish.

"Would you like to put on Tefillin?" they asked.

The man replied that he had never done it before.

And so, in the middle of a busy street, filled with supporters and passersby, he agreed to put on Tefillin, celebrating a Bar Mitzvah right then and there. They sang a song and took some pictures, and wished him "Mazal Tov."

CMCC MBA5.jpgThe Bar Mitzvah was a small glimmer of light in the darkness of the day, bringing hope that through spreading the Rebbe's message of adding in deeds of goodness will lead us to the Redemption with Moshiach, they said.

In a video filmed at the scene by LBC, he can be seen introducing himself and confirming that he is “from the Chabad Lubavitch community.

“We’re here today at the scene showing support for the police that are doing the marvellous work, bringing hot drinks and a Danish to all the officers.

“We send our love and support for all those who have lost lives and those that were hurt in this terrible incident. We are Manchester; we will stand together strong, shoulder to shoulder, with positive acts of kindness. Everyone can do their bit, show a smiling face.

IMG_20170523_102808.jpg"Today we’re going to stand taller and stronger – go out, do to your neighbour and your friend, an extra bit of kindness. We are Manchester, we will go stronger”.

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