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United in Pain

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Why are the leading chassidic rebbes of Eretz Yisrael planning a historic trip to America? Perhaps the lack of clear answers as to venue, date, and logistics is the biggest testimony to the impetus for the upcoming event: when it hurts, you cry out. Logistics come later. Even as the details are being finalized, though, the historic nature of the upcoming rebbes’ trip to America is clear.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

As soon as the admorim who compose the Moetzes Gedolei Torah of Agudas Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael decided to make an unprecedented joint trip to rally support among the masses of American Jews, the wheels of the expedition were set in motion. Last week, dozens of gabbaim and representatives of the great chassidic courts — Gur, Belz, Vizhnitz, Boyan, Sadigur, Sanz-Klausenberg, Biale, and Modzhitz — traveled toAmerica to plan the logistics of the event.

“Simply seeing the unquestioning dedication of these gabbaim is inspiring,” said Reb Shloime Werdiger, who hosted the massive planning meeting. “The tzaddikim believe that this cry of pain is necessary, so their devoted gabbaim and chassidim ask no questions. They just get to work.”

The massive rally of support for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael is, as of this printing, slated to take place on Tuesday of parshas Yisro, in a venue to be announced — but nothing is final yet.

Reb Shmuel Dovid Edelstein of Vizhnitz, a member of the organizing committee, says that the tone of the speeches won’t be angry rhetoric, but more of a “hasbarah” effort, designed to articulate the depth of the religious discrimination taking place inIsrael.

He maintains that the very historic nature of the gathering — this would be the first such gathering featuring the presence of so many admorim on one stage, joined by leading roshei yeshivah and rabbanim from the yeshivah and Sephardic communities — is the strongest statement of all.

The admorim of America have welcomed the idea and representatives of local chassidic courts, such as Skulen, Skver, Rachmistrivka, and Vizhnitz-Monsey, took part in the planning meetings as well. At this time, it seems likely that Satmar will also be represented.


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