The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 22 March 2008 / 15 Adar II 5768

Maxi and Mini

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll


One of the great Chassidic leaders of the past generation was Rav Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam, the Admor of Klausenberg. The Kiryat Sanz community in Netanya, with all of its families, educational institutions and Laniado Hospital, is a living monument to his leadership.

In the course of securing Israel government help for this project, the rabbi once met with Prime Minister Ben Gurion, who asked him what his expectations of the Jewish state were.

"I have both maximal and minimal expectations," replied the Klausenberger. "Maximally I would like to see you wearing the Chassidic garb of a shtreimel and a bekishe.Minimally I would hope that you will allow me to wear them."

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