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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Rav Schick's Thoughts on the Belzer Wedding

Translated from Ladaat:

A Breslover Hasid posed a question to his rabbi - Rav Eliezer Shlomo Schick, the rav of the Breslov Hasidim in Yavne'el.  In the question, the Hasid wrote that he participated in the large wedding in the court of Belz and was very amazed at the holiness and joy that was there, but it bothered him that it was "a waste of money and a waste of time".

In his answer, Rav Schick went out to defend the Hasidut of Belz and rejected the claims of unnecessary waste:
In my opinion, it was an awesome and wonderful Kiddush Hashem to see so many Jews from our brothers - the children of Israel - that came with one heart to participate in the joy of the marriage of a holy lineage.  And especially to see such a large gathering of Torah-and-Mitzvot-keeping Jews who gathered together with one heart - this is the greatest Kiddush Hashem possible - that they are all coming to be joyous together and they are all coming with one intent - to participate in a strong joyous occasion.  And it also shows the great power of Torah-and-Mitzvot-keeping Hasidic Jews, and it sanctifies His name, may He be blessed.
In the continuation of the letter, Rav Schick adds that the wedding was:
a very rare sight to see how so many Torah-and-Mitzvot-keeping Jews unite together with very very great love.  And this was an awesome and wonderful Kiddush Hashem.  And even though I didn't see it, nevertheless, from what I just heard about it, it gladdens the heart very much that we see that when all is said and done, that somewhere, there is unity among Jewish souls.  Because it is enough already with all the divisions, fights, and arguments that exist among us since this only prevents the Geula ... HKBH should help that from this Hasidic sect, all Hasidic sects, all courts, all groups, and all communities that exist among the entirety of Am Yisrael will learn what true unity is and will imitate it.  And only in this way will we merit the complete Geula.


At Sun May 26, 08:01:00 AM 2013, Blogger Neshama said...


At Sun May 26, 08:20:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Believe there is basic achdus among all chasidic factions and even with the yeshiva world today. The reason there is such division between the ultra and the religious nationalists is because, as we all know, traditionally, the nationalists were always 'state loyalists', putting the state above Torah, when they thought it necessary, up until this time when we see it now with the Bayit Yehudi. Until there is true TORAH unity amongst all Torah communities, there will be division. The religious nationalists today seem to be waking up (slowly) to this reality. First, the chareidim are demonized, then it will be the religious zionists (which is happening already), then the traditional Jews. If Jews would start thinking and realizing that Torah is what binds us above everything, we will then be united and that will surely bring us the redemption.

At Mon May 27, 02:03:00 AM 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a wonderful input. true in every point. thanks. anon.


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