Biale Rebbe of Bnei Brak arrives in Los Angeles
ONE OF ISRAEL’S GREATEST RABBIS, RENOWNED FOR HUNDREDS OF PHENOMENAL MIRACLES
It’s happening again! Hardly a year has passed since the Biale Rebbe of Bnei Brak has visited Los Angeles, yet hundreds are excitedly anticipating the return of their revered Rebbe. Although the Rebbe has been visiting not one year and not two, rather annually for some years now, every year the sensation repeats itself. Every year when the Rebbe arrives at the house where he lodges, the place becomes a public source of attraction as hundreds of people of various standards and types gather. The street becomes a hive of activity as lawyers, doctors, lay leaders, rabbis, educators, ranging from Hassidic to modern orthodox mingle as they flock to the Rebbe’s house. From early morning until the small hours of the night the streets resound with miraculous tales of unnatural miracles seen and experienced firsthand as a result of the Rebbe’s blessing.
What is his secret? What is it that pulls so many people to seek his presence again and again? What is it that causes thousands of people from different backgrounds to seek the Rebbe? What is it that brings people with no semblance to Chassidim to cleave to the Rebbe with all their might, involving him in every move they take in life? At every occasion, be it happy or sad their first phone call is to include the Rebbe! What is it that unites young boys and elderly? What brings the ambassador Mr. David Friedman to visit the Rabbi? Many other prominent Rabbis and highly significant political figures from the American and\or Israeli government can be recognized amongst the Rebbe’s visitors anyplace between California, Florida, New York and New Jersey.
WHEN THE REBBE DROWSED AT A MEETING.
A prominent mechutan celebrating his daughter’s sheva brachos shared the following amazing incident: Thank G-d I have been blessed with several children who have reached a marriageable age. However, they find themselves “stuck” unable to find suitable matches. Upon the Rebbe’s visit to our town I decided to ask him for a blessing. I called the gabbai for an appointment and when my turn arrived, I entered the Rebbe’s domain handing him the note with all of our names on it. The Rebbe reads the names and talks to me for a couple of minutes when suddenly it seems as if the Rebbe falls asleep. I thought he must be very tired. However, after a couple of minutes the Rebbe opens his eyes and asks “what is it with your ketubah?” The Rebbe tells me to check out the viability of my ketubah. When I came home, I immediately checked and found that indeed my wife’s English name was registered and not her Hebrew name which she was given at birth. I returned to the Rebbe who advised me to ask my community Rav to write us a new marriage contract. On that very same day a special match was suggested for my daughter, and this is the chasan we are celebrating tonight sheva brachos.
THE REBBE IS NOT SATISFIED, GO BUY A TWIN CARRIAGE!
This incident happened two years ago. A nice couple came to the Rebbe for a blessing as they have been married for five years and are still childless. The Rebbe counsels them in his unique and holy way and sheds a tear with them, when suddenly the Rebbe asks the wife: “which color carriage do you prefer for your baby?!?” the woman becomes emotional and begins to cry but the Rebbe insists: “I see children, go buy a baby carriage this week and on my next visit I want you to come to me with your baby!” needless to say, last year the delighted couple came to the Rebbe accompanied by a screaming healthy baby of two weeks in a carriage purchased on the Rebbe’s behest, The Rebbe, however is still not satisfied: last year the Rebbe said that the child is lonesome he needs a brother to play with. Go buy a double stroller!…. this year the couple will visit the Rebbe with a fully occupied double stroller including the new baby which the Rebbe’s blessing brought forth.
A story in three sequels
KEEP THE BOTTLE OF WHISKY FOR THE NEXT YEAR AND THE FOLOWING YEAR.
The power of the Rebbe’s blessing is well known in Central Manhattan. Many residents have their own unbelievable story to share. Two years ago, the Rebbe received the public in the home of a well-known business man who was close to reaching his fortieth birthday – a bachelor. Prior to bidding him farewell the host brought the Rebbe a bottle of whisky wishing to drink l’chaim with the Rebbe. The Rebbe returned the bottle saying “save this whisky for next year. On this specific date. Next year when I will return, we will drink l’chaim together with your wife! Needless to say, eleven months later was held their wedding, when the Rebbe paid a visit to Manhattan the young man came accompanied by his wife… however this story has a sequel to it. As he was pouring the Rebbe a glass to drink to, the Rebbe said “save the bottle for next year, when we will drink l’chaim to the birth of your son. Barely a year has passed and next week the couple will come to drink l’chaim with the Rebbe accompanied by their firstborn son.
The doctors had misdiagnosed….
A prominent Rabbi, joined by his wife with a baby in a carriage is waiting to see the Rebbe.
“So, what’s your story?” we ask. And this is what he tells us: Several months ago, my wife went for a regular prenatal checkup. Suddenly the doctor turns to her sorrowfully and says: “it doesn’t look good!” something with the baby’s development was amiss and the doctor assumed it was unhealthy. My wife returned home in tears, terribly worried about the doctor’s outlook. Acquaintances suggested to contact the Biale Rebbe from Bnei Brak and seek his guidance. We called the gabbai and we spoke to the Rebbe personally. The Rebbe, who had never met us before, said: “The doctor has no idea what he is talking about. You will have a healthy baby.” Two weeks later my wife went for a follow up appointment and once again the doctor warned her about his dire prognosis. We called the Rebbe again who said: “I take full responsibility that this baby will be healthy.” After an indescribable stressful period, here is our baby. Whole and healthy just as the Rebbe shlita had promised. We are here now to thank the Rebbe personally, and receive his blessing.
YOUR MATCH HAS BEEN WAITING FOR YOU THE PAST TEN YEARS.
Many young couples are amongst those waiting for an audience with the Rebbe. Each one tells its own fascinating tale. One young girl relates: I live in the Upper East Side. For many years I was looking for my destined match, to no avail. The years past and as I grew older, I saw no hope in sight. One day a friend told me about the Biale Rebbe and I went to him for a blessing. The Rebbe who had never met me before exclaimed suddenly. “You have already met your destined, you went out with him many years ago, go search for him again, he is still waiting for you!!! He is in California” I searched my mind for the guy the Rebbe had in mind. Suddenly it got to my mind, I had met him ten years earlier, an excellent young man, a friend of my brother’s. Our relationship ceased for no apparent reason. I contacted my brother to inquire about this boy and indeed he was still waiting for me. Thank G-d at the age of 37 I was finally married to the wonderful boy I had met 10 years earlier, just as the Biale Rebbe had seen with his ruach hakodesh.
Many share similar stories how the Rebbe finalized their engagement. Young couples who were having shalom bayis issues and with the Rebbe’s mentoring restored marital harmony and happiness to their homes. These stories mingle with stories of business men who reaped great success after receiving the Rebbe’s blessing. Childless couples who had all but lost hope were blessed with children. People who were being harassed by the legal system and could not sleep at night from fear were miraculously straightened out after receiving the Rebbe’s blessing. So, it is really no surprise or wonder at the crowds waiting to meet the Rebbe.
THE REBBE SAVED US FROM BANCRUPCY
A well-known business man is also waiting to see the Rebbe. He tells us that he met the Biale Rebbe by mistake; I was invited to A Tisch that the Rebbe conducted in my neighborhood. The week I met the Rebbe was the worst week of my life, that week seemed like all the fortune I made my whole life is lost, the bank was about to foreclose everything, I didn’t sleep the entire week and didn’t see a way out of the complication, not knowing what’s going to happen to me and my family.
As I said accidently, I saw the Rebbe at the Tisch, at the Kiddush the Rebbe spoke about trusting in Hashem, and that a Jew should never give up and a Jew is above nature, I felt that the Rebbe is talking to me, to my soul, On Motzai Shabbos I came to take a blessing from the Rebbe, The Rebbe that didn’t study Business in MIT told me to set a time every day to learn Torah and respect my wife, the Rebbe told me to speak with bank manager himself with no attorney’s and no one else, the Rebbe guided me to do some spiritual stuff before the meeting, the Rebbe even guided me on the phone and encouraged me in my hard days, till now I have no clue how it happened, but here I am my house in not on foreclose, and my business is growing with Hashems help, and everything with the Holy Rebbe’s blessing.
THE REBBE SHLIT”A
Twenty-two years ago, The Rebbe was barely in his early thirties when the yoke of leadership of Biale Chassidus Bnei Brak was thrust upon him. His greatness and guidance reached far beyond the borders of Bnei Brak as the Rebbe chose to draw his brethren from all over the world close to him by encouraging and helping them. The Rebbe is leader and mentor of a most respectable chassidus which is centrally based in Bnei Brak and has branches in Jerusalem, Beitar Eilit, Ashdod, Bet Shemesh and Modiin Eilit. This has added a new \old hue to the leadership of Biale chassidus. Every day hundreds of people from varying backgrounds, Sephardim and Ashkenazim alike. Ultra-orthodox and those who have only just donned a kippa, from Cholon to Bat Yam, Beer Sheba to Eilat all stream to one address. the Rebbe opened his door and his heart to the whole of klal yisrael. Welcoming them with his compassionate heart and warm smile. People enter his room carrying a heavy load of troubles and worries however when they leave they are lighthearted and hopeful.
Biale Chassidus’ holy lineage stems from a holy sage named Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok from Peshischa. This revered tzaddik lived some two hundred years ago and was known to all as the “holy Jew” – ‘The Yid Hakadosh’ from Peshischa. He was a disciple of the holy “Chozeh of Lublin” who was a direct fourth generation descendent of the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Yid Hakodosh was the greatest of Polish Rabbis, Rabbi to the leaders of Gur, Kotzk, Alexander and other great luminaries. Generations of tzaddikim in succession continued the tradition of the “Yid Hakodosh”. This chain was continued from father to son until the flame was kindled in our generation by the holy tzaddik and Rebbe – Reb Yechiel Yehoshua from Biale, may his holy memory be blessed. He was the grandfather of our revered Rebbe, a direct descendent of five generation to the Yid Hakodosh.
The Chelkas Yehoshua
Prewar Poland boasted of the Rebbe’s grandfather, Reb Yechiel Yehoshua Ztk”l as one of its’ greatest leaders. However, his fame reached a pinnacle during the terrible holocaust when he uncompromisedly sanctified Hashem’s name, first in occupied Poland and later in the freezing Siberia. His selflessness was indescribable. When he reached Israel all the great Rabbis acknowledged him as a great tzaddik. He was defied and honored as an angel in a mortal world.
The Lahavas Dovid
Next in line was the Rebbe’s father, the holy Rabbi Dovid Mattisyahu ztk”l. he was renowned and famous for his purity and greatness. During his lifetime his father appointed him as head of yeshivas Biale. During his travels throughout the world he revived the broken hearted with his moving prayers and heartfelt talks. People were drawn to him from afar. His tall handsome profile reminded many of his holy father’s image.
The Rebbe continues to tow this beautiful golden chain. However, he does not suffice with leading his own community. He is concerned about the welfare of all of Klal Yisrael. Several times a year he leaves the comforts of his home and visits countries and communities where no other Chassidic Rebbe has ever spent a Shabbos before. He embraces those who have strayed. He strengthens, encourages, motivates and directs until another Jew has found his way back to our Father in Heaven.
THE FATHER OF THE ORPHANS
The Rebbe’s institutions are famous throughout Israel. The center is based in Bnei Brak, and there are branches all over the country. However, his favorite project is the welfare of “his” orphans. The Rebbe is father to fifteen biological children and countless grandchildren. However, hundreds of children throughout the world call him “Father”. Amongst the many institutions which are under his auspices is the yeshiva gevoah called “Mishkan Shimon Biale” which is situated in Beitar Eilit. Batei Midrash and kollels for young men are spread out in Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, Beitar Eilit, Modiin Eilit, Ashdod and Beit Shemesh. However, the institution for widows and orphans are under the Rebbe’s direct administration. This fund supports the widows and orphans studying in the Rebbe’s institutions. The desolate orphans receive everything they need of the best quality and quantity. This includes clothing, shoes, scholarship, dorm service and of course pocket money. All this is naught compared to the personal attention the Rebbe bestows upon them. As far as the Rebbe is concerned they are his fully adopted children. His house is their house, their worries become his own. The Rebbe is following after their studies and makes sure they have personal tutors. Point in case – the Rebbe who had just returned from a trip to the USA one Erev Pesach told his driver to take him to visit his orphans directly from the airport. His own family and children can wait – his orphans come first. Upon his arrival the Rebbe gave each orphan gifts and pocket money enough for everything he needs for yom tov. Only then did he make his own way home to his family and yom tov preparations.
Outstanding development in Biale institutions in Israel:
For many years, the special institution in which the Rebbe’s “children” reside is an old building in the town of Beitar Eilit which is close to Jerusalem. The building lies in close proximity to the borderline and faces directly the Arab town “Hussan”. The Arab inhabitants have a daily view of a Jewish Torah town developing right in front of their hate-filled eyes. The town is part of the “occupied territories.” The building is old and dilapidated. In the winter the rain leaks in, in the summer it is more of a furnace. This year the Rebbe reached a decision: NO MORE! “My wonderful children” deserve better! In recent months a new campus is being built on Kedushas Levi St. in the heart of Beitar Eilit. The campus will include spacious classrooms, computer and game rooms, a fully equipped dormitory and a modern kitchen, for the welfare of the students for whom the building is home.
In addition to the above, a huge chesed center is being built on Daf Hayomi St. The Rebbe is renowned for his acts of chesed. He is the first address which needy widows and orphans turn to. Truckloads containing everything possible are sent on every erev chag to provide the needy with everything they need for yom tov. Clothing, shoes, fish, meat, chicken, goodies and last but not least a hefty check to lighten their sorrow filled hearts. Very often the Rebbe takes part in weddings where he acts as the “father” on both sides.
Caring for widows and orphans before the Passover holiday is standard procedure for the Rebbe. However, this year with the outbreak of Covid 19,The Rebbe added more families experiencing financial stress. Despite the economy crisis and the financial difficulties his institutions in Israel are currently experiencing, the Rebbe gave strict instructions to take special care of each of the many families in distress that the Rebbe takes care of every year. Despite the logistic hardships the situation has created, each of the families received a complete delivery containing all of their holiday needs, including: meat, chicken, fish, goodies and of course gift certificates to buy clothing, shoes and even toys… after all, who will take care of these poor orphans if not for the Rebbe of Biale?! As the crisis in Israel increases continuously the Rebbe continues to distribute vouchers although Passover is long gone by. The Rebbe also continuous to keep track of all their spiritual and material needs.
AROUND THE CLOCK
As day turns to dusk in New York, the phones in Israel become alive! Now it is the Jews of Israel’s turn. They call non-stop asking the Rebbe for blessings and advice. it is the Yidden in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and New Jersey who are calling. It makes no difference, they are all his children. Hundreds of emails are sent to the Rebbe’s office daily, and the Rebbe devotes precious hours to answer them personally. He carries these requests with him and remembers them in his daily prayers. The burden becomes his own. He is with them in their sorrow and delights in their happiness. Seven gabbaim are employed throughout the day to provide immediate response to the thousands calling the Rebbe. How happy are the gabbaim when they can inform the Rebbe of another baby born a couple engaged or yet another miraculous turn of events!
EDUCATION AND MARITAL HAPPINESS:
Amongst his other vast talents is the Rebbe’s deep understanding in matters of education. Parents worldwide call him for advice in education dilemmas. Very often the Rebbe’s advice leaves the parents in surprise. Yet it is this very unique approach which eventually brings about a positive change to the entire family. Homes which were full of strife and angst are now happy, warm nests. So too, many issues of marital distress were solved by applying the Rebbe’s insightful advice. Restoring peace at home is high on the Rebbe’s list of priorities. Many hopeless couples who were already applying for divorce had a miraculous turn about enabling the holy shechina to dwell in yet another Jewish home.
THE REBBE KNOWS!!
A couple enters the Rebbe’s chambers, The Rebbe looks on the kvittel and tells the husband “you have to honor your wife! If you will respect your wife your problems will be solved. The woman burst out crying. This is the first time they meet the Rebbe, and he is aware of everything going on between the couple. The Rebbe is unconcerned about the tens of people waiting outside and patiently expounds on the importance of domestic peace. The Rebbe gives them detailed instructions how to bring their hearts closer. The Rebbe tells them that the key to happiness and success as well as nachas from their children lies in the respect shown between the parents. And so, another couple exits with a happy smile on their faces. After a while the Rebbe’s secretary receives a note from the wife saying: the Rebbe saved our marriage!!!”
THE REBBE’S LODGING:
These days are happy days for the residents of Los Angeles as they are anxiously preparing to meet once again with their beloved Rebbe. The Rebbe will be staying in Los Angeles from Thursday, November 5 at the house of the honorable host DR. & MRS. DAVID & and Dorothy Stoll, at 422 S. LAS PALMAS AVE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90020.
ONEG SHABBAT & TISH FRIDAY NIGHT IN HANCOCK PARK ON NOVEMBER 13
ON the second Shabbos November 13 will be held an amazing “Oneg Shabbos” tisch which the Rabbi will hold Friday night. The great Shabbos will take place on Parshas Chai Sarah on the 13th of November, at the KOLLEL YECHIEL YEHUDA under the leadership of the well-known Rabbi Yochanan Henig and the Rosh Hakollel Rabbi Menachem Krybus, at 441 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, at 8.30 pm. There are still some people in Los Angeles who remember the Rebbe’s Holy Father, the previous Biale Rebbe Z”TZl. So it is now over 30 years that Rabbis of the community, Shtreimlech wearers, and modern Jews, have participated in Biale tishes.
Due to the current situation all gatherings and meetings will BE”H be held outdoors
THE CROWD IS BEING ASKED TO FOLLOW ALL THE RULES OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The most special part of the tish is during the famous kiddush which the Rebbe performs. It is well known that the Rebbe’s kiddush is capable of bringing about great miracles. The emotive singing and dancing at the Rebbe’s tishes elevating its participants to a standard of “me’ain oilam habah!” this will follow with an abundance of divrei torah and hashkafah.
Now the residents of Los Angeles have this unique opportunity. If you have not yet had the merit of meeting the Rebbe and would like to book an appointment for a personal consultation a blessing or advice call the Rebbe’s private secretary now! Rabbi Moshe Friedman (English speaking) telephone no. 917-272-40-45.
Or send an email to email@example.com
Don’t miss this opportunity….