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Rav Aharon Rokeach, the 4th Belz Rebbe R n zer (19 Decemb 1880 18 August 19 ber 957) Rav Aharon Rokeach wa born in H R as Hungary to H HaRav Yisso ocher Dov and Bas Ruchama Rockeach. . His father was the thir D sha a . r rd Belzer Rebbe. When you Aharon was four years old, his B ung mother died. His grandfa m . ather, the sec cond Belzer Rebbe helped raise him. He would live in seclusion and very simply. He sl r e e n lept little and trie to learn as much Tora as possibl l ed s ah le. Rav Aharon became the Belzer Rebb when he w 46 in 19 R be was 926 after his fath died. He was known for his tzidk amongst the a her n kus ts Jews and non J n-Jews. As t Rebbe, R Aharon l the Rav loved all of his followers. He would read their kvite f H d elach and wo ould feel thei ir tzaros as if it were his ow t t wn. is h hassidim from all over th world wor m he rked The Nazi targeted him because he was very famous. Ch to save th Belzer Re he ebbe from th Nazis who were hunti ng him dow His chass he o wn. sidim moved him d between different ghettos and tow narrowly escaping t Nazis. W wns the While the brothers were escaping, their wives children an grandchil s, nd ldren were al murdered by the Nazis, Haskem ll Yinkom Damam. Finally, a Hungarian officer help the the ho brothers escape from Poland. Ra Aharon an ped oly m av nd Rav Mof fechai had to shave off th peyos an dress like captured R o heir nd e Russian gener who were rals being bro ought to Bud dapest to be questioned. While the pl was bein carried ou someone lan ng ut, spread a rumor that th Belzer Re he ebbe had dis sappeared. O of his ch One hassidim dres ssed in his e t pe. he figured out th hat clothes and sat in his seat to give the Rebbe time to escap Before th Gestapo f the Belze Rebbe was gone, he was being dri er w iven 250 mil through P les Poland in a H Hungarian diplomat vehicle. tic zer ould mention three miracles that help them es n lped scape. First, h mentione he ed The Belz Rebbe wo that there was an eerie mist aro e ound the car. The car wa not stoppe at checkpo as ed oints becaus of se the fog but it was a clear day in front of their car. Second on the trip the car sto f r d, p, opped dead. The officer he elping them escaped said they would need comp d d plicated repa airs. Suddenl an old ma ly, an appeared He took a screwdriver from the lea d. ather sash tie around hi waist, tink ed is kered under t the hood, and the motor sprang to lif Finally, at the Hungar d fe. a rian border c checkpoint, guards asked to d see their documents. The guard was suspicious of the pap and ord w pers dered the Reb and his bbe brother out of the car while point o r ting a gun at them. Sudd t denly, three s senior officia appeared and als d told the guard to let them cross th border wi no more q g t he ith questions. In Hunga the holy brothers got visas to go to Israel. Le than two months late the Nazis ary, y o ess o er, s invaded Hungary and deported it 450,000 Je H d ts ews. av ame d rebuilding th Belzer Ch he hassidus. He and e When Ra Aharon ca to Israel, he devoted his life to r his brother remarried His brothe had a son Yissachar D d. er Y Dov. When Y Yissachor Do was only a ov year old, his father di Rav Aharon raised this son unti Rav Aharo died in 19 ied. t il on 957.

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Rav Yissocher Dov Ro okeach, the 5 Belzer R 5th Rebbe (born 1948) ) Rav Yissach Dov Rok har keach was bo to Rav M orn Mordechai of f Bilgoray and his second wife Miriam He was t d m. their only ch hild. His father died when he was one ye old. His u d e ear uncle, Rav Aharon Rok keach, the fo ourth Belzer Rebber raise him until he ed was nine. When Rav Ah W haron died in 1957, a gro of Belze n oup er chassidim helped raise h h him. He was called Yank (child). H s ka He got married in 1965 to S Sarah Hager, the daughte of the , er Viznitzer Re ebbe. In 196 he becam the fifth R 66, me Rebbe of Bel lz. During the holocaust, al h lmost all of t Belz cha the assidim had b been killed. Rav Yissachar D made a c Y Dov commitment to rebuildin the t ng chassidus of Belz. He cr f reated schoo systems an communi ol nd ities for Belz Chassidim.

In the 1980s, Rav Yissachar Dov made plans to v s rebuild th shul of Be that the first Belzer he elz f Rebbe, th Sar Shalo had built in 1843 in th he om he town of Belz. The sh has four entrances an B hul nd can be se througho Yerushal een out layim. The main shu holds 6,000 seats. It Aron has the ul A world rec cord. It is 12 meters high and weighs 2 h s 18 tons. It can hold 70 Torah scro There are I 7 olls. a nine chan ndeliers, eac standing at 18 feet ch a (5.5 m) high and 11 feet (3.4 m) wide, each h f contain over 200,000 pieces crys o 0 stal. Chassidim come from all over th world to m m he daven in the shul. Fro the ashes of the Holo om s ocaust, the c chassidus of Belz continu the great ues t tradition of Torah and chassidus begun by th First Rebb of Belz, th Sar Shalo he be he om.

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