Nachum Silver put on tefillin for the first time on Monday, 12 Kislev, at Yeshiva of South Shore. The yeshiva was honored to have Nachum’s great-grandfather, Reb Yisrael Zalmen Mitgang, one of the oldest survivors of Auschwitz, join in the simcha. After davening, the rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, spoke about R’ Zalmen’s mesirus nefesh and how he was able to make a minyan in Auschwitz on Yom Kippur. He told the talmidim of the Satmar Rebbe’s iconic statement, “Don’t ask a berachah from me; go to someone who has a number on his arm.” Each boy in Nachum’s class had the chance to greet R’ Zalmen and receive a berachah from him.
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