By COLlive reporter
Photos: Yossi Jerufi
Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Amir Ohana paid a late-night visit to Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday evening.
Ohana, a ranking member of the governing Likud party, met with Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, who served as the Rebbe‘s secretary and the Chairman of the central Chabad organizations, Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch and Machne Israel.
Ohana was accompanied by Tsach Saar, Acting Consul General of Israel in New York, and Chief of Staff of the Israeli consulate, Francine Raubvogel.
Also present at the meeting were Rabbi Yosef Freidman, Director of Kehos; Sheine Friedman; Baila Olidort, Editor of Lubavitch International; Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, PR liaison for Chabad who coordinated the visit, and Rabbi Yirmy Berkowitz.
During the meeting, Ohana acknowledged Chabad’s significant contributions to world Jewry. He presented Rabbi Krinsky with a gift from the Knesset: a Book of Psalms, which Rabbi Krinsky said he would place in the Rebbe’s library.
Ohana addressed Israel’s current challenges following the October 7 massacre, expressing confidence in the nation’s resilience, and mentioned America’s strong support for Israel.
The Knesset Speaker also paid a visit to the Rebbe’s room for a period of prayer, followed by a visit to the WLCC communications room, which broadcasted the Rebbe’s farbrengens.
He was accompanied by Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, Director of Merkos302, who spoke to him about the history and significance of 770, including the Rebbe’s room, Rabbi Chaim Boruch Halberstam, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Eisenbach.