CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
טובה הארץ אשר ה’ אלקינו נותן לנו (דברים א:כה)Good is the land that Hashem, our G-d, gave to us.
At the onset of WWII, the Chassid, Reb Berish Ortner z’’l, and a delegation of Yidden came from Germany to Poland to speak to the Polish government to intercede by the Germans on the Yidden’s behalf.
Upon arrival to Poland, Reb Berish traveled to Maran, Reb Aharon of Belz zt’l, and handed over several letters related to the Polish government sent by community activists.
Since it was before Pesach, Reb Berish stayed in Belz for Pesach until after Lag Ba’Omer. Seeing that the situation worsened daily, he wanted to discuss his plan of escaping Germany and heading to Eretz Yisroel.
Maran approved and said he should settle in the biggest city in Eretz Yisroel. Maran then escorted Reb Berish to the doorway from his home, saying, “If a Yid travels to Eretz Yirsoel, one needs to escort him!” A huge crowd followed and escorted him out.
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