The resting place of Lubavitch Chassidic dynasty’s seventh and final Great Rabbi (Rebbe) Menachem M. Schneerson may not seem like a popular tourist attraction, however, each year thousands of people of all ages and religions come to the burial site (ohel) to reflect, pray, and meditate.

Anyone who had the good fortune to meet the Rabbi Schneerson before his passing in 1994 will recall the incredible attention and love that he offered each individual he met. Many people wrote to him, and others visited him at the Lubavitch Grand Synagogue in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. No matter how they reached him; each year thousands of people received blessings, advice, or encouragement for personal problems, family issues, or business strategy. It is said that anyone who stood in his presence could not leave without being deeply affected

Sages tells us that righteous individuals are even greater after their passing than during their lifetime, and the constant stream of visitors to Rabbi Schneerson’s resting place proves that this is still widely held. Each year, thousands of people come to the site to receive inspiration and blessing from the Rebbe. Stories abound of miraculous occurrences resulting from a visit to the Ohel. These are undoubtedly linked the Rebbe’s life of spirituality and holiness.

There are various observances related to visiting the Ohel, such as removing leather shoes before entering, lighting a candle in the Rebbe’s merit, and reciting Psalms. Most important; however, is the spiritual preparation of reviewing one’s positive and negative behaviors and making a commitment to increase one’s good deeds.

The Ohel Visitor Center is open 24 hours-a-day, six days a week, and includes a synagogue, library and a comfortable place for people to compose letters of request and blessing to be read the Rebbe’s grave.
There is no specific heading required for the letter and it can be written in any language; however, when referring to yourself or mentioning someone else’s name, you should always refer to yourself or others by the name of your parent. Jewish visitors should use their name and mother’s name (for example, Miriam, the daughter of Sarah), preferably in Hebrew. Non-Jewish visitors customarily use their first name and father’s name (i.e., Frank, son of William.) If unable to come in person one may join the thousands who send their letters via postal mail, fax or e-mail to be read at the Ohel.