Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Our Man at the UN

Michal Ish Shalom

The United Nations is not usually considered a friend of the Jewish People. Yet Professor Moishe Zvi Reicher, World Agudath Israel’s representative to the UN from 1995 to 2004, managed to work from within the organization to advocate on behalf of his people. How did this modern-day Mordechai do it, and on a shoestring budget that would make a tyrant laugh? Professor Reicher says he was motivated by Mordechai’s entreaty to Queen Esther.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

man by computerReb Shlomo of Bobov was once traveling by car on Manhattan’s FDR drive. When the car turned onto the exit ramp leading to East 42nd Street, he caught a brief glimpse of the United Nations headquarters, whose towering Secretariat building, standing immediately beside the low, flat-topped building housing the General Assembly of the UN, looks exactly like a gravestone rising from a cemetery. Someone pointed out the building, and the Rebbe remarked, without missing a beat, “This is the place where the truth was buried, and that is the tombstone.”

The teller of this story, Reb Shlomo’s chassid and disciple, Professor Moishe Zvi (Harry) Reicher, can attest to the truth of that statement through personal knowledge. As the World Agudath Yisrael’s liaison to the United Nations for a period of nearly nine years, from 1995 to 2004, he has been witness to the often nefarious workings of that organization when it comes to the State of Israel.

Yet despite the UN’s disappointing track record concerning the Jewish State, the World Agudath Yisrael does have to its credit a long list of accomplishments when it comes to protecting Jewish interests throughout the world. Many of those successes can be traced to Professor Reicher who, like a modern-day Mordechai, has managed to accomplish things behind the scenes that ambassadors of countries armed with budgets in the billions have not succeeded in achieving.



To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription.

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

What’s in a Name?
Shoshana Friedman “What does Writer X have to say this week?”
Atonement — Fake and Real
Yonoson Rosenblum White confessionals and faux rituals
Four Walls Coming Full Circle
Eytan Kobre All the while, there’s been a relationship in the offing...
And Yet We Smile
Yisroel Besser We are the nation that toils to be happy at all costs
Out of This World
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Dirshu Hashem b’himatzo — we are in Hashem’s company now...
Steven and Jonathan Litton
Rachel Bachrach The co-owners of Litton Sukkah, based in Lawrence, NY
Tali Messing
Moe Mernick Tali Messing, engineering manager at Facebook Tel Aviv
Sick Note
Jacob L. Freedman “Of course, Dr. Freedman. Machul, machul, machul”
Avoiding Health Columns Can Be Good for You
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Only one reliable guide for good health: our Torah
Endnote: Side Notes
Riki Goldstein Most Jewish music industry entertainers have side profes...
Me, Myself, and Why
Faigy Peritzman Where there’s no heart and no love, there’s no point
Can’t Do It Without You
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When you step up to the plate, you build your home team
Eternal Joy
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz The joy of Succos is the fruit of spiritual victory
The Appraiser: Part III
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer Make sure your child knows his strengths
Hidden Special Needs
Rena Shechter You won’t see his special needs, but don’t deny them
Dear Wealthy Friend
Anonymous There’s no need for guilt. I am truly happy for you