THE PUSHKA

 Jewish Charity’s magic: the more
you give, the more you get.

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THE DISCUSSION

Q & A about
Belzer chassidus.

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THE SEASON

Jewish holidays festivals,
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THE SPARK

Tales of chassidus,
inspiration and wonderment.

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SUKKOS- The Festival of Joy

Sukkos is a seven-day holiday that is biblically mandated. This holiday starts on the 15th of Tishrei and ends on the 21st of Tishrei, a day known as Hoshanah Rabbah. See More

Sukkos In Belz​

Take a journey to Belz with a collection of images from some of the most memorable moments with the Rebbe during the days of Sukkos.

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Rosh Hashanah

According to the Jewish tradition, creation began on the twenty-fifth of Elul, five days before Rosh Hashanah. The sixth day of creation – the day that man came into existence – was the first day of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah). Because the purpose of creation is Man, the work of G-d is considered to have begun on this day. Thus, we begin each year anew on man’s birthday. See More

Rosh Hashanah in Belz​

Take a journey to Belz with a collection of images from some of the most memorable moments of Rosh Hashanah with the Rebbe during these special days.

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YOM KIPPUR- The Holy Day

Yom Kippur was the day when G-d announced to Moshe Salachtei – I forgive you. On Yom Kippur the Jewish nation received forgiveness then, and on Yom Kippur they receive forgiveness anew every single year.See More

Yom Kippur In Belz​

Take a journey to Belz with a collection of images from some of the most memorable moments with the Rebbe during these holy days.

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ELUL – The Month of Teshuva

Elul is the twelfth and final month in the Hebrew calendar. It is the month that directly precedes Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, which are days of judgment and attornment. As such, the month of Elul is a serious time of preparation.  See More

Elul In Belz​

Take a journey through the month of Elul with a collection of images from some of the most memorable moments with the Rebbe during these special days.

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THE LIGHT OF BELZ

Everyday, Belz is dreaming up new ways to help the Jewish people and to be a beacon of light to all humanity

You won’t find the legendary Eastern European town of Belz, Poland on most maps anymore. Wiped out in the Holocaust, the town that was a spiritual center of Jewish life for hundreds of years is now an empty shell. But the spark that was lit there in the 16th century has caught fire in 21st. Today Belz is thriving with educational, social, and spiritual programs touching the hearts of thousands of men, woman and children on a daily basis, reaching out from hubs in Israel and America as charitable Jewish non profit organizations to all four corners of the globe.

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THE HISTORY OF BELZ

  • The sar shalom

    1804 5564 the Sar Shalom

    Rabbi Sholom Rokeach, OBM, takes on the superhuman task of learning through the night for 1000 consecutive nights. On the very last night, in the midst of a raging storm, Rov Sholom is joined by the Prophet Eliyahu who reveals to him the innermost secrets of the Torah.

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  • The Rabbi of Belz

    1816 5576 The Rabbi of Belz

    Rov Sholom is anointed as Rabbi in Belz. Joined by the holy Rebbetzin Malka, he begins his 15-year project to build a great synagogue, The Belzer Shul, a structure that will dominate the skyline and rise above all else in the Shtettle Belz, and that will in time become the symbolic center of Chassidic Judaism

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  • The Beis Haknesses

    1831 5591 the Beis Haknesses

    The synagogue is completed — an architectural masterpiece styled like a medieval fortress and complies with intrinsic Halachic and Kabalistic guidelines. The Sar Sholom has positioned his synagogue to face precisely towards the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with no church or shrine of pagan worship

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  • Levaya

    1855 5615 Levaya

    Reb Sholom had reined in Belz for close to forty years, and passes away on the 27th day of Elul 5615. The start of a necessary three day induction period before Rosh Hashonah the day of Judgment, Rabbi Yehoshua explains his eulogy, as his saintly father had been appointed a member of the judicial panel in the Heavenly Court and must, by Jewish law, be given three days to prepare himself!

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  • The history of Belz - The Mittler Rov

    1856 5616 the Mittler Rov

    The Sar Sholom is succeeded by his youngest son — an uncommon passing of the mantel. Rabbi Yehoshua, now known as the Mittler Rov — who is blessed with formerly unrecognised tallents and charisma, rebrands the image of a Rabbinic Court and introduces a new kind of relationship between a Rebbe and his chassidim.

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  • The History of Belz - The Machzekei Hadass

    1878 5638 THE MACHZEKEI HADASS

    With the influence of the Mittler Rov, the organization Machzekei Hadass is ratified in 5638 (1878) by over 200 orthodox Jewish communities. The first ever religious Jewish political party, also publishes an influential newspaper another ‘first’. These were indications of a new and successful strategy and proactive approach to combat the assimilationist trends of the Haskala movement.

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  • The Hisorty of Belz - Reb Shimon Sofer

    1879 5639 Reb Shimon Sofer

    Reb Shimon Sofer, the president of Machzekei Hadass (literally “upholders of the religion”), is elected to the Austrian parliament, the first religious leader and Rov of a Chareidi community elected by a Ultra Orthodox Religious political party to such a position. He commanded great respect with his autocratic and partrichal image combined with his wisdom and intellect.

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  • The Frierdiger Rov - The History of Belz

    1894 5654 THE FRIERDIGER ROV

    As charismatic a leader as his father before him, Rabbi Yissochor Dov is known for his passion for Torah study. Building and expanding on his father’s achievements Belz is in the forefront of the developing influence of the Chassidic / Chareidi population. He founds dozens of schools to teach Jewish values, battling constructively the trend toward the “enlightened” schools that were striving to supplant traditional Jewish values.

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  • World War One - The History of Belz

    1914 5574 WORLD WAR I

    Russians occupiers billet their troops in the Rebbe’s home, set up a field hospital in the House of Study and stable horses in the holy synagogue. All of Galicia is a battlefield. The Belzer Rov is forced to flee to Hungary, but wherever he goes, he is an inspiration to war torn communities and a source of comfort and support to thousands of refugees. After the war he galvanises the reconstruction efforts to rebuild and restructure a world that all but destroyed by the brutal war.

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  • The History of Belz - After the Great War

    1927a 5687 AFTER THE GREAT WAR

    After WW1, the Frierdiger Rov tries with all his considerable strength to rebuild the devastated Jewish communities, but forfeits his health in the process. Thousands flock to Belz to pay their last respects as the Leader of Galician Jewery is laid to rest. The very walls of the great Belz Synagogue dripped with water, as though shedding tears along with the mourners.

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  • AHRON THE HOLY and G-DLY

    1927b 5687 AHRON THE HOLY & G-DLY

    1927-1950: The history of Chassidus is full of great spiritual giants, Tzadikim who reside amoungst us mere mortals but living the lives of celestial angels. However Reb Aharon, the first son and successor of the Frierdiger Rov, was a giant amongst giants. He lived a life of total detachment from the mundane, and banishment of anything coarse and vulgar. Virtually an angel in the visage of man!

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  • Belz History - ERETZ Yisroel

    1939 5699 ERETZ YISROEL

    The seed of Belz Chassidus is planted in the Holy Land with the first Belzer Shteible in Jerusalem — thereby instigating the first step towards the building of Belz outside of Eastern Europe. 5 years later, on 9 Shevat 5704 (1944), two illustrious refugees, the holy Belzer Rebbe and his brother the Bilgorajer Rov will set foot in Eretz Yisroel and the reconstruction of an empire will begin.

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  • 1943 The war years - History of Belz

    1943 5703 THE WAR YEARS

    Fleeing from Nazi persecution, the Rebbe slips into the Bochnia ghetto incognito. Avoiding Nazi ‘aktions’ he is spirited in turn from Bochnia to Krakow and back to Bochnia. His Chassidim attempt in vain to keep his identity secret, as the “Wunder Rabbiner” was on the Nazis ‘most wanted’ list. But even the most callous Nazi collaborators fall under his spell and helped keep the Rebbe safe, to survive and eventually escape the ghetto.

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  • The Devastation - Know Belz History

    1945 5705 THE DEVASTATION

    Throughout the destruction of Belz and the other Eastern European communities, the Rebbe comforts his brethren even as he suffers alongside them. His first born son is burned alive with the central synagogue in Premishlan and over time he lost his wife and entire extended family. He continues to try day and night to intercede with the Almighty on behalf of his fellow Jews and never bemoans his own personal tragedies:

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  • Belz History 1948 Arival

    1948 5708 ARRIVAL

    Fleeing from Nazi persecution, the Rebbe slips into the Bochnia ghetto incognito. Avoiding Nazi ‘aktions’ he is spirited in turn from Bochnia to Krakow and back to Bochnia. His Chassidim attempt in vain to keep his identity secret, as the “Wunder Rabbiner” was on the Nazis ‘most wanted’ list. But even the most callous Nazi collaborators fall under his spell and helped keep the Rebbe safe, to survive and eventually escape the ghetto.

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  • Belz Talmud Torah

    1949 5709 BELZ TALMUD TORAH

    The first Belz Talmud Torah open, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Benei Berak. Followed by a Yeshiva in Jerusalem. The driving force behind the emerging Belz educational program is the Bilgorajer Rov, though his stewardship was not destined to last: after a short illness he passes away on the 25 Cheshvan 5711 (1950).

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  • Belzer Chassidim - 1957 Levaya

    1957 5717 LEVAYA

    Belzer Chassidim are heartbroken when their beloved Rov passes away. Thousands jam the streets to pay tribute to the man who cared for so many in his lifetime. From all walks of life the thronged to Yerushalayim to mourn the passing of a great Torah personality and master of compassion for his fellow Jew. His gravesite has become a shrine visited by thousands every year.

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  • 1964 The Wedding of Century

    1964 5724 WEDDING OF THE CENTURY

    The Crown Prince of the Belzer dynasty marries the granddaughter of the then Wiznitzer Rebbe ZT”L. Jubilant Chassidim from around the world throng to B’nei Brak to take part in the joyous occasion. Two years later, the present Rebbe Shlita is anointed in Jerusalem as the Fifth Belzer Rebbe.

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  • Rebbe Shlita 1966

    1966 5726 THE REBBE SHLITA

    As his forefather and namesake before him, the Rebbe Shlita sets about the task of gathering the scattered survivors and rebuilding and restructuring the Belz empire to its former glory. This time, however, Belz in Eretz Yisroel and other communities replace the forsaken communities in Eastern Europe.

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  • 1980 The Hachtora Belz community

    1980 5740 THE HACHTORA

    Till now, legal matters in the Belz Jewish community — marriage arrangements, judicial rulings, etc. — were taken up by outside rabbinical authorities. The Rebbe decides to create a new beis-din within Belz to administer Torah law. The Hactorah, or “crowning” event was the first in Chassidic circles, but has since been followed by most communities.

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  • 1984 Belz World Center in Jerusalem

    1984 5744 BELZ WORLD CENTER

    The cornerstone is laid in Kiryat Belz in Jerusalem for the new Belz World Center. Thousands of Chassidim attend the groundbreaking, as well as dignitaries from around the world. Today the Grand Synagogue is one of the greatest in the world, dominating the Jerusalem skyline as the Belz Shul did in Galicia.

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  • 1990 Girls Education The Beis Malka schools for girls

    1990 5750 GIRLS’ EDUCATION

    The network of Beis Malka schools for girls, named for the Rebbetzin of the First Belzer Rov, Z”L, is founded. With branches scattered throughout Israel and the world, these schools offer thousands of girls a unique learning experience based on Chassidic values.

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  • Growth of an Belz Empire in 2000

    2000 5760 GROWTH OF AN EMPIRE

    Belz Worldwide continues to grow worldwide with the building of Kiriyot — housing projects and neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Ashdod, Har Nof, Piskat Zeav and Beth Shemesh, each with synagogues and jewish community buildings and several hundred families. Belz mosdos spring up throughout Eretz Yisroel and around the world.

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  • Beis Malka schools for girls in 2015-5775

    2015 5775 2015-5775

    The network of Beis Malka schools for girls, named for the Rebbetzin of the First Belzer Rov, Z”L, is founded. With branches scattered throughout Israel and the world, these schools offer thousands of girls a unique learning experience based on Chassidic values.

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