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Kaliver Rebbe: "Each day is it's own Yom Hashoah "

Bchadrey Charedim spoke with the Kaliver Rebbe, who has dedicated his life to the remembrance of the Kedoshei Shoah. "Listen Israel- you are close to war, and for me there is no one Holocaust Remembrance Day –each day is its own Yom Hashoah."
Itzik Man, כ"ז ניסן תשע"ו 05/05/2016 09:58

הרבי מקאליב. צילום ארכיון: שוקי לרר

In advance of Yom Hashoah Bchadrey Charedim spoke with the Kaliver Rebbe, Harav Menachem Mendel Taub shlita, a survivor who has dedicated his life to the rememberacne of the kedoshim.

"Listen Klal Yisrael, you are close to war, and for me there is no one Holocaust Remembrance Day- each day is its own Yom Hashoah. Each day I cannot forget what those Nazis, may their name be obliterated, did. Today we have come to a point that we have no one to rely on other than our Father in Heaven- the only thing that can help us in Emunah in the Creator of the Universe. We're at the point where the whole world wants to wipe out the Jewish People.

We have to strengthen ourselves in Emunah, in loving our fellow Jew, and knowing that Hakadosh Baruch Who is running the world, and serving him in happiness. We have to observe Shabbos scrupulously which we will be zoche to do by studying the laws of Shabbos.

Is It important the young people today remember the Holocaust and its events? Why?

"Definitely! We are commanded to remember what Amalek has done to us. An on order that our entire nation should be unified and that there should not be a war."

Is there a difference in Holocaust remembrance by charedim and Holocaust remembrance in general?

"There is no difference in Holocaust remembrance, and all Jews know that there is a
G-d, but we do not know the reason for the Holocaust. We will strengthen ourselves in belief in the creator."

How should we handle difficult questions such as, "Where was G-d?"
"One who believes in Hashem has no questions."

What is the real victory over Hitler?

"The generation that has been established today,the mind cannot grasp the astounding growth of Torah institutions, yeshivos, kollelim and Torah homes loyal to Hashem."

Can the Rebbe share with us a story that symbolizes Jewish strength during the war?
"I once saw a young boy walking near the train tracks in Auschwitz and mumbling something to himself. I approached him and asked him his name. He was so sacred he burst into tears , but the he managed to pull himself together and told me that he was a Jew. I told him that I am also Jew. He told me that his name was Yitzchak Vinig from the Warsaw Ghetto. He then told me a story that completely shook me up:

"I was with my mother in the Ghetto. Then the Nazis separated us. My mother ran after me crying, "My beloved Yitzchak- I haven't yet managed to teach you Torah. But this you must remember, wherever you are, at any time when you say the Pasuk Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad-Hashem will protect you from harm. So that is what I have been saying to myself all day, from morning to night."

Can the Rebbe share an unknown personal story form the Holocaust?

"I once woke up in the middle of the night and remembered that it was Chanukah. I tried to come up a with a way to light a candle. I remembered a bit of margarine set aside for the next days' bread, I took a thread out of my clothes and lit a candle."
Is there any place for forgiveness of the Nazis?

"There is not place for forgiveness. My entire life I have been careful not to benefit from them in any way."

It there a chance of another Holocaust?

"The Tanna, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai promised that Torah will not be forgotten from the mouths of our descendants. When we say Shema Yisrael, and we are unified there is no need to worry about another Holocaust."







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