Hardly a year has passed since the Biale Rebbe of Bnei Brak has visited Five Towns, yet hundreds are excitedly anticipating the return of their revered Rebbe. Each year when the Rebbe arrives at the house of Rabbi Eliezer Noach Shwimmer, the place becomes a public source of attraction as hundreds of people of various standards and types gather. Church Avenue becomes a hive of activity as lawyers, doctors, lay leaders, rabbis, educators, ranging from Chassidic to Modern Orthodox mingle as they flock to the Rebbe’s quarters. 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 Ambassador David Friedman to visit the Rebbe? Many other prominent rabbis and highly significant political figures from the American government can be recognized amongst the Rebbe’s visitors anyplace between California, Florida, New York, and New Jersey.
Go Buy A Baby Carriage!
This incident happened two years ago. A nice couple came to the Rebbe for a blessing, as they had been married for several years and were still childless. The doctors had suggested several remedies, however as one of the couple had been in an accident in the past there were complications. The Rebbe counseled them in his unique and holy way, when suddenly he asked the wife, “Which color carriage do you prefer for your baby?” The woman became emotional and began to cry but the Rebbe persisted, “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.
When The Rebbe Drowsed At A Meeting
A noted rabbi told his congregants the following amazing incident: Several days ago, one of my community members approached me requesting that I amend his ketubah. After a quick inspection I noticed a severe misspelling of the wife’s name. I asked him what made him decide to inspect his ketubah after thirty years of marriage. The man answered: 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 read the names and talked to me for a couple of minutes when suddenly it seemed as if the Rebbe fell asleep. I thought he must have been very tired. However, after a couple of minutes the Rebbe opened his eyes and asked, “What is it with your ketubah?” The Rebbe told 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 I hope and pray that they will soon finalize the bond between them. The rav who related this phenomenal story was seen later waiting on line to see the Rebbe, saying, “I too, would like to meet a Rebbe who is aware of a problematic ketubah in the home of a person he has never met before.”
Keep The Bottle Of Whiskey For The Next Year And The Following 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 whiskey, wishing to drink l’chaim with the Rebbe. The Rebbe returned the bottle saying, “Save this whiskey for next year. Next year when I will return we will drink l’chaim together with your wife!” Needless to say, the following year 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 several weeks ago the couple came to drink l’chaim with the Rebbe accompanied by their firstborn son.
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 on the Upper East Side. For many years I was looking for my destined match, to no avail. The years passed 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!” I searched my mind for the guy the Rebbe had in mind. I mentioned several names and the Rebbe stopped me at one certain name saying. “Go out with him again!” 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 of 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 Fills The Vacancies In The Nursing Home!
A well-known business man, the owner of several nursing homes, is also waiting to see the Rebbe. He tells us that he had heard about the Rebbe from his late father, from whom he inherited the ownership of nursing homes. The work is not easy and its success depends on how many beds are occupied. Lately business has been sliding a little, leaving him with only 80% occupation, which means that the place is losing money. “As I was sitting in my office contemplating my sad state of affairs,” the man relates, “my eyes fell on a sefer Tehillim autographed by the Rebbe that the Rebbe had given to my late father. I opened the sefer and said a few chapters and immediately thereafter I called the gabbai. To my luck the Rebbe was visiting in New York at the time. I booked an appointment and came to see the Rebbe. I cannot reveal everything that I experienced at my audience with the Rebbe. I can only reveal this much that the Rebbe was aware of everything that I mentioned and that I left unmentioned. The Rebbe gave me spiritual guidance, telling me which areas require improvement and what to work on for the next 40 days. You won’t believe me but at the end of 40 days the nursing home had a 96% occupation.”
The Rebbe, Shlita
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. This young Rebbe, who was just barely elected as Rebbe, opened his door and his heart to the whole of Klal Yisrael. The Rebbe dedicates hours upon hours of his precious time to Klal Yisrael. Welcomed 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 200 years ago and was known to all as the “holy Jew”—the “Yid HaKadosh” from Pershischa. 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 HaKadosh 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 HaKadosh. 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 generations to the Yid HaKodosh.
The Chelkas Yehoshua
Prewar Poland boasted of the Rebbe’s grandfather, Reb Yechiel Yehoshua, zt’l, as one of its greatest leaders. However, his fame reached a pinnacle during the terrible Holocaust when he uncompromisingly 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 defined 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, zt’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 brokenhearted 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 15 biological children and has 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 Eillit, 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 Case in point—the Rebbe, who had just returned from a trip to the U.S. one erev Pesach told his driver to take him to visit his orphans directly from the airport. His own family and children could wait—his orphans came first. Upon his arrival the Rebbe gave each orphan gifts and pocket money, enough for everything he needed 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, and 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 that 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.
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. Then when the Rebbe returns to Israel 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 e-mails 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, and when he prays at his forefathers’ gravesite. 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 unique approach that eventually brings about a positive change to the entire family. Homes that 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 turnabout enabling the holy Shechinah to dwell in yet another Jewish home.
The Rebbe’s Hobby: Shidduchim
The Rebbe has an interesting “hobby.” He enjoys seeing more and more new Jewish homes being established. Amongst the thousands of single boys and girls seeking for their true match, anxious parents of aging children beg the Rebbe for a blessing and advice.
In several weeks the wedding of two orphans, residents from Long Island, will take place. Only the couple are aware of the secret that if not for the Biale Rebbe this would not be happening. The Rebbe encouraged, supported, and even “pushed” the couple to make the decision. Hours upon hours were devoted to this holy cause and finally one early morning at three o’clock a plate was broken and another home was established. All in the merit of the Rebbe.
The Rebbe Knows!
A couple entered the Rebbe’s chambers, both had written a request with their names and the names of their children. Each name had a different request. One was having trouble in school; another needed help in his business. 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 was aware of everything going on between the couple. The Rebbe was unconcerned about the tens of people waiting outside and patiently expounded on the importance of domestic peace. The Rebbe gave them detailed instructions how to bring their hearts closer. The Rebbe told 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 received a note from the wife saying: “The Rebbe saved our marriage!”
The Rebbe’s Lodging
These days are happy days for the residents of Five Towns as they are anxiously preparing to meet once again with their beloved Rebbe. The Rebbe will be staying in Woodmere, from Tuesday, June 18 for one week at the house of the honorable hosts Rabbi Eliezer Noach and Susan Shwimmer, at 574 Church Ave., Woodmere.
Shabbos Farbrengen And Tisch In Woodmere
Thousands are expected to join and enjoy the amazing oneg Shabbos tisch, which the Rabbi will hold the next Friday night. The great Shabbos will take place on Parashas Bahaloscha on June 21 at 574 Church Ave., Woodmere at 9:30 p.m. The most special part of the tisch 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 tischim elevate its participants to a standard of maeyn oilam habah. This will be followed with an abundance of divrei Torah and hashkafah.
A Son Born In The Merit Of The Shabbos Tish
An amazing story has lately been publicized. A Monsey resident relates his experience in his own words. “Nine years ago, I was already married for several years, a happy family with four healthy daughters. However, my wife and I both craved for a boy. I gave the Rebbe a kvittel that listed the names of our family. The Biale Rebbe looks at the kvittel and said “What about a boy?” I answered that my wife and I would be delighted to have a boy. The Rebbe, shlita, said “Come to my tisch. Friday night is a time for yeshuos!” Friday night I took part in the oneg Shabbos tisch. A large crowd participated, enjoying the Rebbe’s divrei Torah and zemiros. Suddenly the Rebbe lifted his eyes and searched through the crowd as if searching for someone specific. The Rebbe looked to all directions until he caught my eye. The Rebbe took a piece of bone from the fish that he had just eaten, gave it to me, and said ‘Take a bein.’ (Bone in Yiddish is a “bein,” whereas “bein” is the Hebrew word for “boy”!) After the tisch the Rebbe spoke privately with me and told me which kabbalah to undertake. The miracle was imminent! Less than a year passed when I found myself standing outside the labor room excitedly calling the Rebbe in Israel, Bnei Brak. ‘Mazel tov!’ I screamed. ‘I have a son!’ ‘Mazel tov,’ the Rebbe answered. ‘I already know.’”
Havdalah On Motzaei Shabbos
The Havdalah ceremony, which takes place in the presence of a huge crowd, is a most uplifting event. Masses throng from afar to join the Rebbe in these elevating moments and to hear the Rebbe expand on the blessings that the past Shabbos bestowed on its observers for the coming week. Locals who play a musical instrument bring their instruments and accompany the Rebbe’s Havdalah with moving holy songs. After the crowd receives the leftovers of the Havdalah cup, which is known for its capability to bring salvation. The Rebbe will then bless the entire holy crowd for a good week.
The Havdalah ceremony will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eliezer and Suzan Shwimmer at 574 Church Ave., in Woodmere at 9:50 p.m. Players of musical instruments are invited to bring their instruments.
During the Friday night tisch and on motzaei Shabbos, the lady’s section will be open and ladies are welcome.
Now the residents of Five Towns 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 Freidman (English speaking), 917-272-4045, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rebbe will be here for only one week, don’t miss this opportunity.