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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Belz Hasidim

Tuesday a large group of Belzer Chasidim came to Rabbi Shimon. One of them told me that one of the early Belzer Rebbes said that the books of Rabbainu are so high that people are unworthy of learning them until close to the coming of the Messiah. This boy claimed that therefor in Belz they keep the holy books of Rabbainu in the synagogues and study halls but they are bound on both sides. The boy felt that the rebbe himself would be worthy, and would be studying the holy books of Rabbainu. After hearing this, I asked around and it seems to be a familiar story, but no one professes to having seen these books or even to know anyone that has seen them.

It is interesting that according to this claim, any follower of Belz who really wanted the truth would inherently be 'worthy' to continue his pursuit by studying the holy books of Rabbainu. One has to be 'worthy' - that is have the conviction to do it, if one does it, well then it is clear that he was worthy right from the inception. Thus like Rabbainu explained with a parable from the Baal Shem Tov, there are in fact no real obstacles, just illusions that seem to be impediments, but whoever really wants to get to the truth, Rabbainu is there for him.

In any event we Saba said that the redemption is very close, saying that at worst G"f another 200 years, but that is also close.

Later, in the evening I sang to a large group of the hasidim some popular Yiddish Nanach songs, and also the hit song, Rabbainu is father, mother.... They were having a lot of fun until one of their supervisors kicked them out of the shteibel. This supervisor began to berate me for having a computer in a synagogue, and I used this steer the conversation to matters that could really help him - Nanach! It wasn't long before the atmosphere returned to be festive, with good will, and some of the boys returned to get into the Nanach spirits.

Towards the end I got my webcam on, but I relied on it's facial recognition to do the focusing, which didn't work (maybe because there were too many faces), so most of the time the camera is pointing at the ceiling, but once in a while you can get a peek at the hasidim. The conversation is audible, but it's in Hebrew.

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