Machberes: Inside The Chassidish And Yeshivish World
By Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum
News of the establishment of a Chassidishe community in the Catskills community of Bloomingburg in Sullivan County, near Middletown and Wurtsboro, had been introduced on August 17 in Der Blatt, the Yiddish weekly published by followers of Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe. The need for affordable housing was fully explored. A quick study of the current spiraling Brooklyn real estate market was presented, underscoring the inability of the middle-income Chassidishe community to compete in the multimillion dollar apartment frenzy.
Der Yid, published by followers of Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe, in its erev Sukkos edition of September 18, expanded the introduction. In effect adopting the new venture, the Satmar Rebbe named the new shtetl Kiryas Yetev Lev, in memory of the Yetev Lev, Rabbi Zalman Leib’s great-great-grandfather. Rabbi Zalman Leib is the son of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, zt’l (1914–2006), Satmar Rebbe and author of Beirach Moshe; son of Rabbi Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, zt’l (1880–1925), Sigeter Rav and author of Atzei Chaim; son of Rabbi Chanania Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum, zt’l (1836–1904), Sigeter Rav and author of Kedushas Yom Tov; son of Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, zt’l (1808–1883), Sigeter Rav and author of Yetev Lev.
Der Yid devoted an entire separate glossy magazine to the launching of the new shtetl, describing its beginnings by noted Satmar community activist Moshe Shlomowitz and his son Yoel Zev, who invested almost two years in its development. The Satmar Rebbe appointed a three-member oversight board to assist in the growth of the new community. The board members are Yirmiya Teitelbaum, Shimon Deutsch, and Yechezkel Meir Gross, each tremendously respected. Their function is to guide the evolvement of the shtetl both in material and in spiritual matters.
Prominent among its stated plans is the immediate organization of schools for boys and girls, as well as a fully functioning mikveh, comfortable shul, and beis medrash to enhance a comfortable Chassidishe lifestyle. Houses are being designed to serve the Chassidishe lifestyle. Those plans, such as multiple sinks (meat and dairy) in kitchens, as well as an additional Pesach kitchen, have been incorporated by leading architects and comply with building codes and guidelines.
Upon the completion of the first homes, 50 to 60 families will be moving in during the upcoming winter months. They will be the pioneers. A bus system will be set up to link Kiryas Yetev Lev with Kiryas Yoel, 25 miles away, as well as with Williamsburg, 80 miles away.
To Visit Ukraine
After Sukkos, Rabbi Dovid Twersky, Rachmestrivka Rebbe of Jerusalem, will be visiting kivrei tzaddikim in Eastern Europe. The Rebbe returned from Australia in July, after being there for almost three weeks. The Rebbe has been increasing his travels abroad to benefit the Torah and chesed institutions that he leads. The visit to kivrei tzaddikim, accompanied by a large group of ardent supporters of the Rebbe, represents spiritual benefits.
The Rachmestrivka Rebbe will depart Israel on Thursday, October 10. He will be sojourning in Mezubesh, burial place of the Baal Shem Tov, zt’l (1698–1760), founder of the Chassidic movement, for Shabbos Lech Lecha, October 11–12. Mezubesh is also the eternal resting place of descendants of the Baal Shem Tov, including Rabbi Baruch of Mezubesh, zt’l (1753–1811); the Degel Machane Ephraim, zt’l (1748–1800); and Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel, zt’l (1748–1825), Apter Rebbe.
Shabbos Lech Lecha is the yahrzeit of Rabbi Menachem Nochum, founding Chernobler Rebbe and one of the leading disciples of the Baal Shem Tov, carrying forth the teachings and customs of Rabbi Baruch of Mezubesh. The yahrzeit will be celebrated in Mezubesh, the cradle of Chassidism.
On Sunday, the group will be visiting the grave sites of Berditchev, including the burial place of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Dravrimdiker, zt’l (1740–1809), Berditchiver Rebbe and revered author of Kedushas Levi (yahrzeit: 25 Tishrei, 1809) and Rabbi Avraham Hamalech, zt’l (1740–1777); the city of Skver; as well as Anatevka (of Fiddler on the Roof fame) where Rabbi Mordechai Moteleh of Chernobyl chose to be buried. From there, the group will proceed to Kiev where they will conduct a regal dinner.
On Monday, Tolna and Rachmestrivka will be visited. They will pray at the grave site of Rabbi Yochanon, founding Rachmestrivka Rebbe, and a yahrzeit tisch will be held in honor of Maor Eynayim. On Tuesday, prayers will be said at the tomb of the Maor Eynayim in Chernobyl, the first time the Rebbe will be there since becoming Rachmestrivka Rebbe.
Each member of the visiting group has committed himself to major support of Rachmestrivka mosdos. The opportunity to be with the Rachmestrivka Rebbe while he prays at the graves of his noble ancestors is singularly special. Being with the Rebbe in Mezubesh of Shabbos is nothing less than spectacular.
The Rachmestrivka Rebbe is the son of Rabbi Yisroel Mordechai Twersky, zt’l (1929–2004), Rachmetsrivka Rebbe in Jerusalem, son of Rabbi Yochanon Twersky, zt’l (1903–1981), Rachmestrivka Rebbe; son of Rabbi Dovid Twersky, zt’l (1872–1950), Rachmestrivka Rebbe who settled in Jerusalem in 1926; son of Rabbi Menachem Nochum Twersky, zt’l (1843–1937), Rachmestrivka Rebbe who emigrated to Jerusalem in 1924; son of Rabbi Yochanon Twersky, zt’l (1816–1895), Rachmestrivka Rebbe; son of Rabbi Mordechai Moteleh, zt’l (1770–1837), Chernobler Rebbe; son of Rabbi Menachem Nochum Twersky, zt’l (1730–1797), founding Chernobler Rebbe and author of Maor Eynayim. The Rachmestrivka Rebbe of Jerusalem is a nephew of the Rachmestrivka Rebbe of Boro Park.
The Satmar Rebbe
Chassidim from all parts of Europe are excitedly anticipating the forthcoming London visit of Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe. The Rebbe will be leaving New York on Monday, October 7, and arriving in England on Tuesday morning where he will be welcomed by a large reception committee at the airport. Immediately, the Rebbe will be brought to the Satmar Beis Medrash in Clapton Common. That afternoon, the Rebbe will participate in the hachnosas sefer Torah that will be brought into the expanded Satmar Beis Medrash on Hitland Road. That evening, the grand seudas mitzvah will have many virtually all of the area’s Chassidishe Rebbes, rabbis, and roshei yeshiva giving honor to the Satmar Rebbe.
Wednesday will be devoted to visits to the Torah leaders of London and participating in the wedding of a grandchild of Yeshaya Wolf Lev, a leading Satmar philanthropist. Almost all of Thursday will have the Rebbe receiving petitioners who seek blessing and advice. Friday morning will have the Rebbe daven Shacharis in the Satmar Beis Medrash together with all of the children of London’s Satmar yeshivas.
The visit’s highlight will assuredly be the Shabbos tefilos and tisch that will have thousands upon thousands partaking. Though the Rebbe has visited London previously, this will be his first time he will lead a Shabbos there. The Motzaei Shabbos melaveh malkah will be majestically celebrated in support of the Satmar yeshivos in London. Sunday will be devoted to the dedication of the huge new Binyan Yeshaya Zev Lev building for the Satmar Yeshiva.
The London visit by the Satmar Rebbe has energized the Chassidishe community there in anticipation. The events will be attended by tens of thousands and will electrify the burgeoning Chassidishe populations of Europe. Those wishing to participate and seeking accommodations should immediately call the Satmar Reception Committee at 011-44-208-880-8936, ext. 2. v
Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum is the Rav of B’nai Israel of Linden Heights in Boro Park and Director of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. Rabbi Tannenbaum can be contacted at email@example.com.