Monday, 9 November 2009

The Klausenberger Rebbe and Israel

The Klaussenberger Rebbe, Rav Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam was married with children at the time of the start of WW2. His journey during the wartime, was an incredible one on many levels.

Amongst some of his torment, was a certain amount of time spent in labour camps, including Auschwitz. To begin to gain an insight into what he went through and his enormous strength of character and belief in Hashem really requires reading the two books written about him.

For this post we will summarize that the Klaussenberger was a tremendous source of inspiration in a Jews ability to carry out the Will of Hashem against enormous and inconceivable odds. At a certain stage in his journey and suffering, the Klaussenberger Rebbe made a vow to Hashem that if he survived WW2, he would move to Eretz Yisrael.

When liberation came, the Klaussenberger Rebbe was not only alive, but saw to it that Jewish bodies were found and burried by developing a Chevra Kadisha. He then proceeded to develop a Kosher Kitchen and Shul, right there in the liberation camp.

Sadly the Klaussenberger Rebbe lost his wife and 11 children. He moved from Europe to USA for some time and then eventually did come to Eretz Yisrael. He married once more and built a new family.

The Klaussenberger Rebbe did not stop there though. Despite all his personal loss, he dedicated his time to building a hospital to help Jews. His hospital, Liniado Hopsital in Netanya still stands to this day.

In the video clip below, you can learn more about this hospital and the incredible devotion of a Jew to Hashem, his fellow Jew and Eretz Yisrael.

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