Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rabbi Yisroel Spira, the Rebbe of Bluzhov

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Rabbi Yisroel Spira [1889–1989], the Rebbe of Bluzhov. (Bluzhov is the Yiddish name of Błażowa, which before the Holocaust was a small shtetl in southeastern Poland populated by 930 Jewish souls.) A good many of the tales in Yuffa Eliach’s Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust are told by Rabbi Spira. He not only survived the Holocaust, he lived to reach almost 100 years of age. Rabbi Eliyahu Safran writes about this zaddik: “After being saved from the Holocaust, he settled in Brooklyn, where the weight of the Holocaust never left him. He believed he survived solely to ensure that neither he nor anyone else ever forgot those dark, dark times. In recounting those dark days, he displayed not only the courage of his character but also his great gift as a storyteller. No one who heard him relate his experiences ever forgot what he shared with them. He truly touched the hearts of his listeners.” He often said, many articles recount: “The reason I remained alive was so that I could continue recounting to future generations what happened to us during those times.” For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
Courtesy: Hevrat Pinto

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