Just a few decades ago, Shabbos observance was a major test in the United States due to the extreme difficulty in finding a livelihood that did not necessitate one to compromise in this regard. Today, this test is almost nil and the rule is that in major Jewish communities Jewish-owned stores and businesses are closed. Still and all, there are still some that are open on Shabbos.
To address this lamentable reality, the Vaad Shemiras Shabbos, which has worked to promote the mitzvah of shemiras Shabbos for over half a century, will hold its annual Shabbos Parade along Kings Highway in Flatbush this Shabbos.
The procession will start, iy”H, on Ocean Parkway and Kings Highway at 11:45 a.m., proceed up Kings Highway to Ocean Avenue, cross to the other side of the street, return down Kings Highway and conclude at the small park on East 12th Street.
A choir of local yeshivah children will participate, singing Shabbos niggunim to inspire passersby. Local Rabbanim are expected to speak.
Rabbi Chaim Rauch, founder and head of the Vaad Shemiras Shabbos, said that each person’s participation in the parade makes a difference.
“Please remember that 1,000 single individuals add up to a giant parade,” Rabbi Rauch said. “Each and every person has a chov kadosh to make this a huge and impressive Shabbos parade.”