In all segments of the community, the news of the imminent arrival of the famous tzaddik the Biale Rebbe of Bnei Brak, Rav Yaakov Menachem Rabinovitz, in the Five Towns was received with great excitement.
The name “Biale” is no stranger to the residents of Five Towns. Thousands of people have sensed the sweetness of the sanctity of the Rebbe, shlita, and many have consulted with him, benefited from his guidance, and most importantly, received his blessings.
The Holy Dynasty
The older generation still remembers the Rebbe’s holy father, Rebbe David Mattisyahu, zt’l. He planted the seedlings that would flourish into a kingdom of Torah and chesed in Israel after the Holocaust. During his travels around the world, his holiness and blessings have captivated all those he encountered. Countless stories are circulating, testifying to miracles that occurred as a result of his blessings.
The Biale Chassidus perpetuates the famous chassidic movement founded by the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples, carrying on throughout the generations, until the Rebbe, shlita, who is a direct descendant of one of the greatest rebbes in Eastern Europe, the “Holy Jew” of Peshischa, a fourth generation disciple of the Baal Shem Tov.
Love Of His Fellow Jews
Since the Rebbe assumed the mantle of leadership upon the passing of his holy father in October 1997, Jews across the spectrum of society have joined the Rebbe’s court. Not content with his devoted work for his many followers throughout Israel, he seeks to help all his brothers. His room is open to all Jews, from all circles and communities, from the knitted-yarmulke-wearer to the ultra-orthodox, from Ashkenazim to Sephardim. They come from the irreligious cities of Holon, Bat-Yam, and even distant Eilat for a blessing from the Rebbe. All are received with a radiant face, even if it is 2:00 a.m., as though he were the first and only person the Rebbe met today.
“If Israel are not prophets, children of the prophets they are.” The Biale Rebbe’s venerated reputation is known worldwide, among Jews of every stripe. Complex medical questions, intricate business matters involving seven-digit figures, and much more, are dealt with by the Rebbe. His sage advice and fruit-bearing blessings point to the abundant help from Heaven with which he is endowed.
Much of the Rebbe’s valuable time is dedicated to traveling to the U.S., be it short, week-long trips or longer journeys to California, Florida, New York, and New Jersey. These are not merely visits; he comes to help, to improve, to fix. Every year, those who have had the privilege to meet him even once anxiously await his arrival. His love for his brothers is duly reciprocated. Those who have seen his prayers fulfilled come to share the good news.
Just a few months ago, the Rebbe officiated at the wedding of a prominent family from Florida. About two years before, when the Rebbe had been in Florida, a relative of one of his followers requested a blessing for finding his mate. After the Rebbe blessed him, the bachelor insisted on knowing when it would happen. The Rebbe said that before his visit the next year he’d be engaged. And indeed, two weeks before the Rebbe’s annual visit to Florida, the young man was happily engaged.
At a New Jersey wedding last summer, the lines of people awaiting the Rebbe’s blessings lasted until early morning, long after the tables were cleared. This really began a year before, when the father of the bride, who had three older unmarried daughters, requested the Rebbe’s blessing, and the Rebbe promised “three weddings this year!” The year was not yet over when the Rebbe attended the third daughter’s wedding! After this story was publicized, lines of people quickly formed, even those who do not wear a shtreimel.
‘A Tzaddik Decrees . . .’
Stories portraying the Rebbe’s power of blessing abound. A distraught couple once came to the Rebbe with the worrisome news that the doctors said that their unborn baby has no chance of being healthy. The Rebbe read their “kvittel” (note of names) and informed them that he saw no problem and their child would G‑d willing be completely fine. He advised the astounded parents to take upon themselves additional mitzvos and positive undertakings and assured that he himself would participate at the healthy son’s bris. The joy at that bris was indescribable!
Businessmen attest that since receiving the Rebbe’s blessing their businesses flourished unbelievably. Barren couples had children after many years. People who’d been chased by the court and couldn’t sleep at night in inconceivable trepidation witnessed wondrous turnabouts. These and more are just a fraction of the miracles that people merited through the Rebbe’s blessings. It is not surprising that hundreds of people flock to the Rebbe’s door, awaiting his advice and blessing.
The Father Of The Orphans
The Rebbe doesn’t rest for a moment. He has 15 biological children, bli ayin hara, and hundreds around the globe who consider him a father. The Rebbe spearheads the institutions “Mishkan HaTorah Biale” in Beitar Illit, Biale shuls and kollels in Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, Beitar Illit, Modi’in Illit, Ashdod, and Beit Shemesh, and closest to the Rebbe’s heart, the Fund for Orphans and Widows, which functions under the Rebbe’s personal supervision. This special fund provides clothing, shoes, accommodations in the yeshivah dormitory, and even pocket money for the orphans studying in the Biale yeshivos. But most of all, the Rebbe takes these precious souls under his wing, opening his home for them and caring for their needs as only a father would. The Rebbe follows up on their learning and pairs them with private mentors. The Rebbe personally sees to it that they have them new clothing before each holiday. Once, when the Rebbe returned from an overseas trip before Pesach, he went to visit the orphans straight from the airport, even before he saw his family, and gave each one money to buy clothing and gifts for Yom Tov; only then did he go home.
Around The Clock
When the day is over in New York, the phone begins to ring with callers from Israel eager for the Rebbe’s blessings and advice; in Israel, the Rebbe is inundated with callers from Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and New Jersey, and hundreds of e-mails flood the secretary’s inbox. Every day the Rebbe spends much time tending to all the questions sent from around the globe, and he prays for them all, in his beis midrash, at holy places, and at the holy gravesites of his renowned ancestors. The Rebbe carries the burden of his people, sharing completely in their pains and joys.
Amongst the Rebbe’s many attributes is a deep perception in all areas of life. Parents from all parts of the world consult the Rebbe about education issues. Many times the Rebbe provides surprising advice which brings about a complete change to the entire household. Homes that were full of strife are now happy, peaceful homes. Countless cases of conflict between couples are solved following the Rebbe’s instructions. Even in hopeless circumstances, peace was restored thanks to the Rebbe’s investment and intervention.
An Engagement Party
At 3 AM
One of the Rebbe’s “hobbies” is to establish more and more happy Jewish homes. Amongst the thousands who flock to the Rebbe are those who are still looking for their true destined match. This includes single boys and girls who have long since become of age, parents to older children, etc. Not only does the Rebbe bestow his heartfelt blessings and sound advice, but he also invests immense effort to find them a match. Two months ago, during his visit in New Jersey, an engagement party between two older delighted singles was celebrated at three o’clock in the morning. This match was encouraged and “pushed” by the Rebbe, resulting in immense happiness after years of tears and struggle.
The Rebbe’s Lodging
The residents of the Five Towns will be privileged to meet with the Rebbe once again. This annual sojourn will include visits to Far Rockaway, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Long Beach, and West Hempstead. These communities will be privileged to host the Rebbe in their midst. The Rebbe’s main lodgings will be at the home of the honorable R’ Eliezer Noach and Susan Shwimmer, may G‑d protect them. The address is 574 Church Avenue in Woodmere.
Friday Night “Oneg Shabbos” Tisch
A large crowd is expected to come and join the Rebbe and derive spiritual joy and elevation with divrei Torah and songs at the “oneg Shabbos” tisch, which the Rebbe will hold on the following Friday night meal, parashas Sh’lach, June 13, at 9:15 p.m. A distinctive part of the tisch is when the Rebbe recites the Kiddush in a special nussach, keeping the entire crowd electrified to his holy avodah.
It is a known fact to his chassidim that the time of Kiddush is a special time with potential to bring about great salvation. Singing together at the tisch moves the masses each time as if they are hearing it for the first time. The assembled feel a “real taste of paradise” each time they experience a Shabbos gathering.
So, if you haven’t yet had the privilege to meet the Rebbe, or already did and want to again have the merit to benefit from the Rebbe’s advice and blessing, you can set up an appointment through the Rebbe’s English-speaking personal secretary, Rabbi Moshe Friedman, at 917-272-4045, or BialeBneiBrak@gmail.com. v