מתפללים ליד קברו של הרביוידאו: Mendy Dahan - Merkos 302. תמונה: חיים טוויטו

In the midst of the war in Gaza and against the backdrop of rising antisemitism in the Diaspora, thousands of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries gathered together for a joint prayer for the Jewish people on Friday evening.

Emissaries from over 110 countries, in addition to fifty US states, participated in the prayer for the residents of the State of Israel, the return of the hostages, and the success of the war. Along with the participants at the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the emissaries from Israel also took part in the prayer, virtually.

Before the joint prayer, the messengers gathered in huge tents near the Rebbe's grave, where they learned hasidic teachings, played music, and watched video clips, in which the Rebbe explains the virtue of the Chabad mission and its essence from sacred meetings held over the years.

"Each and every emissary brings with him thousands of notes of requests from Jewish communities," said the chairman of the conference, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, "so that this status in practice unites the entire Jewish world, and certainly such a unifying and uplifting prayer about the situation will lead to a great salvation, with God's help."

The Annual International Shluchim Conference opened on Thursday morning:

"The convention itself lives up to this task, through workshops and sessions that deal with these issues, alongside the development of the communities, in light of countless requests from Jews, who precisely now want to connect with their roots," said Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky, director of the activities department at the Center for Educational Affairs, which is organizing the convention.

During Shabbat, the emissaries met at the Rebbe's study hall in the famed "770" building in the Crown Heights neighborhood, as well as in tents near his grave, together with the noted rabbis of the movement.

Among the emissaries who came to the gathering were emissaries from Israel, who traveled to pray for the members of their communities and all of Israel.

Most of the emissaries working in Israel remained in their communities and will participate in a session that will be held in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, at the same time as the global session that will be held in New York.