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Friday, April 15, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

STOP WORRYING

A Return to the Court of the Rebbe of Gur

By MOSHE RON

cided to visit Gur. I was ac-
companied by an official
Polish representative and a
TEL AVIV — My father group of press photo-
CANINE HOLIDAYS of-
died in World War II in the graphers.
fers safe, friendly, qual-
Warsaw Ghetto and was
In the former court of
ity homes for your spe-
buried in the Jewish cemet- the rabbi I found an old
cial friend, your dog,
ery. When I visited Warsaw Polish watchman named
20 years ago, I looked for his Evarist Witoszewski who
while you're on vaca-
grave but could not find it.
fulfilled this duty before
tion. Let people who
My father was a devoted the war. He refused to let
really love dogs take
`Hasid of the Rabbi of Gur. us in, repeating all the
care of yours for you.
He-used to take me when I time: "The rabbi is not
was a little boy to the rabbi here any more. You have
during Rosh Hashana and nothing to look for."
Yom Kippur.
Only when an official
CANINE HOLIDAY&
When I arrived in Poland representative of Gur ap-
in
September
1962
to
par-
827-8652
peared were we allowed to
ticipate in an International enter the court.
MOSHE RON
Journalist Congress, I de-
I remembered the holi- waged a fierce counterat-
days in this place, when it tack against this article,
had been crowded with tens arguing that Greenbaum
New Orleans Mall
of thousands of Hasidim, old meant a death blow to
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15600 W. 10 Mile at Greenfield
and young, rich and poor religious Jewry. The
from all over Poland and Hasidim of Gur came out
Southfield
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Europe. I remember that be- against Greenbaum and
‘ t O lt 1°2•AX
fore the holidays the the Zionist bloc, but the
number of trains leading to personal relations be-
Gur was increased. Hun- tween Greenbaum and
0 40 41 40 0 0 40 0 0 0 41 41 0 40 0 0 40 40 0 0 0 0 41 41 41 40 0 0
dreds of Hasidim were Rabbi Levin remained

traveling on the roof of the cordial. These relations
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shook their hands and wel- Of the old rabbi of Gur. The

cantors of the court perished
thru Apr. 23 •
comed them.
••••••••••••••••••••••••••• •
in the ghetto.
Fifty Hasidim had the
The eldest son, Rabbi
special honor to be invited
Meir, died. The rabbi him-
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Rich merchants from self died a short time ago in
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No Appointment Necessary
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connections with the Court Rabbi Simha Bunim, was
Thurs. & Fri. 8-8
declared his successor. The
of the Rabbi were invited.
second brother is Rabbi
Included \ were the wood
Pinhas Menahem.
merchant Josef Katz, the
The old man guarding the
industrialists from LOdz,
Abraham Eisner and Hirsh cemetery wept when he
heard that the brother of the
Meirancz, and others who
old rabbi lived in Israel.
regarded it as an honor to
"He should return here
have such relations with the
with his Hasidim,' " - he said.
rabbi.
After the„ Hasidim had "He will not be short of any-
thing. We all long for the
their meals they came to the
times when thousands of
rabbi to hear his sermon, to
raise glasses of wine arid to Hasidim came to the rabbi.
The whole town of Gur could
sing Hasidic songs.
live for a year from one Rosh
In the rabbi's syna-
'Hashana.
There was joy. We
gogue, Leibel Meiers led
all made a living from the
the Shaharit and Jossek
Jews who came.
Henczyner led Musaf.
"Today there is nothing
The leader of the choir .
was Jacob Talmud: He Yediat Israel
was later the leader Of the
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The policies of the Rabbi
NEW YORK — The
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on the Aguda Party in Po- Yediat Israel Examination,
land. Foreign policy was a non-competitive test and
_ under the direction of the awards based on individual
son-in-law of the rabbi, the accomplishments, will be
leader of Aguda in Poland, given again this spring. The
Rabbi Itche Meir Levin. He test is co-sponsored by the
later was a minister in the World Zionist Organization
(WZO) and the Jewish Na-
Israeli government.
The word of the rabbi had tional Fund (JNF).
Two examinations,- one
great influence on his
Hasidim and partisans in geared to students in grades
all elections of the Jewish four-six and an upper level
communities, local munici- test for those in grades
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The Court of Gur them.

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

1 .1#1

• •

INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL

left. We long for the Jews
who used to walk with
their long- kapotes and
sztreimlech in the streets'
of Gur."
In the former court of the
rabbi we found a school.
During the war the Ger-
mans wanted to install a
cinema and cabaret in the
court, but their technicians
explained that it was not
suitable.
In the court and the
former synagogue we found
dozens of barrels of beer.
There was an intention to
build a brewery on the site.
We found in Gur five
Jewish and half-Jewish
families. We saw again the ,
well where the Hasidim
used to wash their hands be-
fore the priestly blessing in
the synagogue. The railroad
cars which used to bring on
the eve of Shabat hundreds
of Hasidim stand in front of
the railway station waiting
for passengers.
This was my return to .
Gur. It was recalled by the
death of the • Rabbi of Gur
and the crowning of his suc-
cessor, his brother, in order
to continue the golden chain
of Gur Hasidim now in
Jerusalem.

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