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The Light Of Belz

Everyday, Belz is dreaming up new ways to help the Jewish people and to be a beacon of light to all humanity

You won’t find the legendary Eastern European town of Belz, Poland on most maps anymore. Wiped out in the Holocaust, the town that was a spiritual center of Jewish life for hundreds of years is now an empty shell. But the spark that was lit there in the 16th century has caught fire in 21st. Today Belz is thriving with educational, social, and spiritual programs touching the hearts of thousands of men, woman and children on a daily basis, reaching out from hubs in Israel and America to all four corners of the globe.we have best luxury watches replica online. this famous https://www.replicauhren.to/ gives you maturity and successful feeling in every place you go. https://tr.buywatches.is forum watertight wristwatch famed environment. 2017 high end swiss automatic loewereplica.ru for sale.

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THE HISTORY OF BELZ

1804 5564
1816 5576
1831 5591
1855 5615
1856 5616
1878 5638
1879 5639
1894 5654
1914 5574
1927 5687
1927 5687
1939 5699
1943 5703
1945 5705
1948 5708
1949 5709
1957 5717
1964 5724
1966 5726
1980 5740

1804 5564

1804 5564 The Sar Shalom

Rabbi Sholom Rokeach, OBM, takes on the superhuman task of learning through the night for 1000 consecutive nights. On the very last night, in the midst of a raging storm, Rov Sholom is joined by the Prophet Eliyahu who reveals to him the innermost secrets of the Torah.

1804 5564

1816 5576

1816 5576 The Rabbi of Belz

Rov Sholom is anointed as Rabbi in Belz. Joined by the holy Rebbetzin Malka, he begins his 15-year project to build a great synagogue, The Belzer Shul, a structure that will dominate the skyline and rise above all else in the Shtettle Belz, and that will in time become the symbolic center of Chassidic Judaism

1816 5576

1831 5591

1831 5591 the Beis Haknesses

The synagogue is completed — an architectural masterpiece styled like a medieval fortress and complies with intrinsic Halachic and Kabalistic guidelines. The Sar Sholom has positioned his synagogue to face precisely towards the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with no church or shrine of pagan worship

1831 5591

1855 5615

1855 5615 Levaya

Reb Sholom had reined in Belz for close to forty years, and passes away on the 27th day of Elul 5615. The start of a necessary three day induction period before Rosh Hashonah the day of Judgment, Rabbi Yehoshua explains his eulogy, as his saintly father had been appointed a member of the judicial panel in the Heavenly Court and must, by Jewish law, be given three days to prepare himself!

1855 5615

1856 5616

1856 5616 the Mittler Rov

The Sar Sholom is succeeded by his youngest son — an uncommon passing of the mantel. Rabbi Yehoshua, now known as the Mittler Rov — who is blessed with formerly unrecognised tallents and charisma, rebrands the image of a Rabbinic Court and introduces a new kind of relationship between a Rebbe and his chassidim.

1856 5616

1878 5638

1878 5638 THE MACHZEKEI HADASS

With the influence of the Mittler Rov, the organization Machzekei Hadass is ratified in 5638 (1878) by over 200 orthodox Jewish communities. The first ever religious Jewish political party, also publishes an influential newspaper another ‘first’. These were indications of a new and successful strategy and proactive approach to combat the assimilationist trends of the Haskala movement.

1878 5638

1879 5639

1879 5639 Reb Shimon Sofer

Reb Shimon Sofer, the president of Machzekei Hadass (literally “upholders of the religion”), is elected to the Austrian parliament, the first religious leader and Rov of a Chareidi community elected by a Ultra Orthodox Religious political party to such a position. He commanded great respect with his autocratic and partrichal image combined with his wisdom and intellect.

1879 5639

1894 5654

1894 5654 THE FRIERDIGER ROV

As charismatic a leader as his father before him, Rabbi Yissochor Dov is known for his passion for Torah study. Building and expanding on his father’s achievements Belz is in the forefront of the developing influence of the Chassidic / Chareidi population. He founds dozens of schools to teach Jewish values, battling constructively the trend toward the “enlightened” schools that were striving to supplant traditional Jewish values.

1894 5654

1914 5574

1914 5574 WORLD WAR I

Russians occupiers billet their troops in the Rebbe’s home, set up a field hospital in the House of Study and stable horses in the holy synagogue. All of Galicia is a battlefield. The Belzer Rov is forced to flee to Hungary, but wherever he goes, he is an inspiration to war torn communities and a source of comfort and support to thousands of refugees. After the war he galvanises the reconstruction efforts to rebuild and restructure a world that all but destroyed by the brutal war.

1914 5574

1927 5687

1927 5687 AFTER THE GREAT WAR

After WW1, the Frierdiger Rov tries with all his considerable strength to rebuild the devastated Jewish communities, but forfeits his health in the process. Thousands flock to Belz to pay their last respects as the Leader of Galician Jewery is laid to rest. The very walls of the great Belz Synagogue dripped with water, as though shedding tears along with the mourners.

1927 5687

1927 5687

1927 5687 AHRON THE HOLY & G-DLY

1927-1950: The history of Chassidus is full of great spiritual giants, Tzadikim who reside amoungst us mere mortals but living the lives of celestial angels. However Reb Aharon, the first son and successor of the Frierdiger Rov, was a giant amongst giants. He lived a life of total detachment from the mundane, and banishment of anything coarse and vulgar. Virtually an angel in the visage of man!

1927 5687

1939 5699

1939 5699 ERETZ YISROEL

The seed of Belz Chassidus is planted in the Holy Land with the first Belzer Shteible in Jerusalem — thereby instigating the first step towards the building of Belz outside of Eastern Europe. 5 years later, on 9 Shevat 5704 (1944), two illustrious refugees, the holy Belzer Rebbe and his brother the Bilgorajer Rov will set foot in Eretz Yisroel and the reconstruction of an empire will begin.

1939 5699

1943 5703

1943 5703 THE WAR YEARS

Fleeing from Nazi persecution, the Rebbe slips into the Bochnia ghetto incognito. Avoiding Nazi ‘aktions’ he is spirited in turn from Bochnia to Krakow and back to Bochnia. His Chassidim attempt in vain to keep his identity secret, as the “Wunder Rabbiner” was on the Nazis ‘most wanted’ list. But even the most callous Nazi collaborators fall under his spell and helped keep the Rebbe safe, to survive and eventually escape the ghetto.

1943 5703

1945 5705

1945 5705 THE DEVASTATION

Throughout the destruction of Belz and the other Eastern European communities, the Rebbe comforts his brethren even as he suffers alongside them. His first born son is burned alive with the central synagogue in Premishlan and over time he lost his wife and entire extended family. He continues to try day and night to intercede with the Almighty on behalf of his fellow Jews and never bemoans his own personal tragedies:

1945 5705

1948 5708

1948 5708 ARRIVAL

Fleeing from Nazi persecution, the Rebbe slips into the Bochnia ghetto incognito. Avoiding Nazi ‘aktions’ he is spirited in turn from Bochnia to Krakow and back to Bochnia. His Chassidim attempt in vain to keep his identity secret, as the “Wunder Rabbiner” was on the Nazis ‘most wanted’ list. But even the most callous Nazi collaborators fall under his spell and helped keep the Rebbe safe, to survive and eventually escape the ghetto.

1948 5708

1949 5709

1949 5709 BELZ TALMUD TORAH

The first Belz Talmud Torah open, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Benei Berak. Followed by a Yeshiva in Jerusalem. The driving force behind the emerging Belz educational program is the Bilgorajer Rov, though his stewardship was not destined to last: after a short illness he passes away on the 25 Cheshvan 5711 (1950).

1949 5709

1957 5717

1957 5717 LEVAYA

Belzer Chassidim are heartbroken when their beloved Rov passes away. Thousands jam the streets to pay tribute to the man who cared for so many in his lifetime. From all walks of life the thronged to Yerushalayim to mourn the passing of a great Torah personality and master of compassion for his fellow Jew. His gravesite has become a shrine visited by thousands every year.

1957 5717

1964 5724

1964 5724 WEDDING OF THE CENTURY

The Crown Prince of the Belzer dynasty marries the granddaughter of the then Wiznitzer Rebbe ZT”L. Jubilant Chassidim from around the world throng to B’nei Brak to take part in the joyous occasion. Two years later, the present Rebbe Shlita is anointed in Jerusalem as the Fifth Belzer Rebbe.

1964 5724

1966 5726

1966 5726 THE REBBE SHLITA

As his forefather and namesake before him, the Rebbe Shlita sets about the task of gathering the scattered survivors and rebuilding and restructuring the Belz empire to its former glory. This time, however, Belz in Eretz Yisroel and other communities replace the forsaken communities in Eastern Europe.

1966 5726

1980 5740

1980 5740 THE HACHTORA

Till now, legal matters in the Belz Jewish community — marriage arrangements, judicial rulings, etc. — were taken up by outside rabbinical authorities. The Rebbe decides to create a new beis-din within Belz to administer Torah law. The Hactorah, or “crowning” event was the first in Chassidic circles, but has since been followed by most communities.

1980 5740

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