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A Triumph and a Promise

David Damen & Mishpacha Staff

For the thousands of Belzer chassidim who joined in celebrating their rebbe’s simchah, it was more than just a wedding of a first grandson. It was a chazakah, an oath and an assurance that a dynasty nearly wiped out will continue to thrive and be transformed into an empire of Torah and chesed.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

belz weddingThe Miracle Continues

The media called it “the wedding of the decade,” and in fact the entire neighborhood of Kiryat Belz — from the Rav Shefa shopping mall on down — turned into a giant wedding hall last Tuesday, 12 Sivan, while over 25,000 watched the Belzer Rebbe’s first grandson Shalom stand under the chuppah with his bashert, Chana Basya Paneth. The thousands of chassidim who joined the festivities were, of course, celebrating their rebbe’s simchah, but the pure, unadulterated and palpable joy was much more than that.

The older chassidim still remember: Shattered by the decimation of the Chassidus in the Holocaust and the subsequent loss of its two great leaders in Eretz Yisrael, all eyes were focused on a nine-year-old orphan named Yissachar Dov Rokeach, nephew of Rav Aharon of Belz and son of his brother Rav Mordechai of Bilgoray. Could this youngster, the yenukah of Belz, be the hope of the dying Chassidus? But the miracle happened, and today Belz has been transformed into an empire of Torah and chesed. This third wedding in Belz — the first was the Rebbe’s 1964 marriage to the daughter of the Yeshuos Moshe of Vizhnitz, and the second was the 1993 wedding of their only son Rav Aharon Mordechai — is the chazakah, the insurance that the dynasty will continue to thrive, and is therefore cause for an unforgettable celebration.


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