Saturday, February 14, 2015

Braving the Freezing Temperatures for Religion 

On Friday morning, a group of 3,000 Hasidic women in New York for a Chabad-Lubavitch conference visited the tomb of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher rebbe, at Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. The temperature was around 10 degrees.

“I was physically cold, but spiritually warm,” said Chani Levertov, who lives in Phoenix and was among the intrepid pilgrims.

The women spent only 10 or 20 minutes outside, visiting the grave site, before going back inside. There were outdoor heaters, but Ms. Levertov said she bundled up and would be spending the rest of the day “mostly — no, definitely” indoors.


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