The Senate of the State of New York passed a resolution on Monday, 8 Iyar, May 13, proclaiming 117 Days of Education in the State of New York in honor of the 117th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Zellnor Myrie, who represents Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where the World Headquarters of the Lubavitch Movement is at 770 Eastern Parkway.
The session of the New York State Senate started with an opening prayer by Rabbi Shmuel Butman, director Lubavitch Youth Organization who is involved with the Proclamations for many years. During the prayer Rabbi Butman related what the Rebbe told him when he went to Washington to open the United States Senate “take you a Tzdoko Pushka, (Charity Box) with you and let everyone see what you are doing and let them know what money should be used for.”
After putting a Dollar into the Charity Box Rabbi said that he is inviting all the members to participate. “this is not a fund-raising effort, for it were we would ask you for much more then a Dollar this an effort to do more goodness and kindness.”
Rabbi Butman stressed, during the prayer that the entire world is now worried about the safety and security of worshipers and he asked the members to participate in what the Rebbe asked to institute in all school a “Moment of Silence.”
During those few moments he asked the Senators to think about the words of the Rebbe that “there is an eye that sees and an ear that hears and that the world is not a jungle”. As one member later said “this was a somber moment of deep soulful meaning.”
Following the prayer, the sponsor of the Resolution, Senator Zellnor Myrie took the Senate floor.