It is with great anticipation that residents of the Five Towns look forward to the annual breakfast in benefit of the Munkacser mosdos. As in years prior, the venerated Munkacser Rebbe, shlita, will be in attendance during this much-heralded event, delivering words of inspiration and chizuk to all who participate. Crowds are marking the calendar date of Sunday, September 1, the first day of Selichos, as the community once again prepares for the great honor of hosting this great Torah personage. Many cherish the chance to meet with the Rebbe, as he presides over this celebrated occasion in promotion of Mosdos Munkacs—Yeshiva and Kollel Chaim V’Shalom.
As has become a tradition, the event will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Yussie Ostreicher at their home, 184 Wildacre Avenue in Lawrence, at 9:30 a.m. It will feature keynote guest speaker Rav Naftali Jaeger, rosh yeshiva of Sh’or Yoshuv, who is sure to spellbind his listeners with a spiritually uplifting lecture. But what this particular banquet most notably portends for friends of this revered dynasty is a heightened sense of occasion–as it sets the stage for the momentous naming dedication of their beloved kollel and yeshiva, Chaim V’Shalom.
The Ostreichers, who are graciously opening their home for the breakfast, are deeply rooted to Munkacs by generations of heartfelt devotion, stemming all the way back to the glory days of pre-Holocaust Europe. Yussie’s paternal grandfather, Reb Menachem Ostreicher, a’h, served as one of the roshei kehillah in Munkacs and helped direct the community under the leadership of the previous Munkacser Rebbe, Rav Chaim Eluzar Spira, zt’l, the revered Minchas Eluzar. That warmth and closeness continue to this day. Yussie and his family maintain a special relationship and a heartfelt connection with the Munkacser Rebbe, shlita.
Great sadness befell the Ostreicher family and the entire Munkacser community this year, with the passing of Yussie’s beloved father, R’ Hershel Ostreicher, a’h. His tireless commitment to his family, to his friends, to Munkacs, and to all of Klal Yisrael was legendary. It is therefore in his memory that the Ostreicher family lovingly dedicates this great bastion of Torah in his name–Yeshiva Chaim V’Shalom Zichron Tzvi. This is not only a change in title, but a commemoration of R’ Hershel’s lifelong championship of Torah and chinuch.
R’ Hershel’s devoted wife, Mrs. Helen Ostreicher, his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Yussie and Suzy Ostreicher and family, and his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth and Agi Zitter and family, invite all to join in this monumental occasion and take an active part in the bolstering of this magnificent chassidic legacy. The community’s generosity during this fundraising event will bring an aliyah for the neshamah of R’ Hershel and a solace for the family’s sorrowful loss.
Today’s Munkacser Torah institutions worldwide are a continuation of the vast and elaborate network inaugurated by the previous Munkacser Rebbes. They are expanded and proliferated by today’s esteemed Munkacser Rebbe, shlita, Rabbi Moshe Leib Rabinowitz. The current Munkacser Rebbe is the worthy grandson of Rabbi Chaim Eluzar Spira, zt’l, renowned author of Minchas Eluzar.
Yeshiva Chaim V’Shalom Munkacs, one of the jewels in the crown of Munkacs Torah Institutions worldwide, flourishes under the dynamic leadership of the Rebbe’s son-in-law, Rav Yosef Horowitz, shlita. The rosh yeshiva, following the guidance of his father-in-law, is completely devoted toward the spiritual success of his talmidim. This towering edifice of Torah and yiras Shamayim has gained much admiration as an establishment that cultivates excellence in each of its students.
On Sunday, September 1, readers of this article can choose to simply eat breakfast. Or they can choose to attend the breakfast and help augment a treasured Torah institution for all time. v