Rabbi YY Majeski Sefer Torah

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The story of a unique Hachnosas Sefer Torah which took place the day after Shushan Purim. The Torah had been sent by the Rebbe and delivered by Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda Majeski.
  Hamodia June 5, 2013 6   A GLIMPSE OF HISTORY (Above) Dancing at the Kosel with the sefer Torah. (Right) The Torah sits in the front seat of the caron its journey.(Above) The Tzemach Tzedek shul.(Left) A poster announcing the special hachnasassefer Torah that took place on 16 Adar 1969.  Inyan Magazine27 Sivan 5773 7 The Torah, the Shul, and the Old City  BY DOVID MARGOLIN On a sunny February afternoon in 1969, a large crowd gathered at the Kosel Hamaaravi for a unique hachnasas sefer Torah. It was four p.m. on the day after Shushan Purim, and the joyous crowd began to dance through the recently liberated and only partiallyreconstructed streets of the Old City of Yerushalayim. They wereescorting a special Torah sent to them by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zy”a, which had been donated by the Young Israel of Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. It had beendelivered days earlier by the Rebbe’s shaliach, Rabbi YaakovYehuda Majeski, z”l. The procession wound its way to the historicTzemach Tzedek shul on Rechov Chabad, where the Torah was placed in the aron kodesh.  Barely two years after Yerushalayim’s liberation from Arabrule, many people viewed the Torah’s presence in the solesurviving shul of the Old City as a sign of future security. Never again would the Holy City be ruled by foreign invaders; Klal Yisrael would remain in their eternal capital until the coming of Moshiach. How a sefer Torah from America reassured Yerushalayim  Hamodia June 5, 2013 8 The Tzemach Tzedek Shul– Beis Menachem Shortly after Israel declaredindependence in 1948, the armies of thesurrounding Arab countries invaded thecountry with the goal of driving everyJewish man, woman, and child into thesea. On May 17, 1948, King Abdullah of Jordan ordered his army intoYerushalayim. Heavy fighting ensued,and ten days later the Arab army forcedJewish fighters out of their stronghold inthe Churvah shul in the Old City.Shortly after its capture, there was ahuge explosion in the Churvah, and theshul’s iconic dome came crashing down.The demolition of the Churvah setthe tone for the next nineteen years of Arab control of the Old City. WhenYerushalayim was finally unified after the Six Day War in 1967, only one shulremained standing in the Old City, theTzemach Tzedek shul — BeisMenachem. An aerial view of the Old City. At left is the Tzemach Tzedek shul, next to the Churvah before it was rebuilt; at top right is the Kosel.  Inyan Magazine27 Sivan 5773 9 The shul, srcinally named BeisKnesses Chassidei Chabad, was foundedsometime around 1840 in a rented spacein Yerushalayim. In 1858, with theassistance of philanthropist DavidSassoon of Bombay, India, the shulacquired the building it had beenrenting. The chassidimthen renamed itBeis Menachem in honor of their Rebbe,the Tzemach Tzedek Harav MenachemMendel of Lubavitch, zy”a (5549/1789–5626/1866), and it became commonlyknown as the Tzemach Tzedek shul. In 1879, another member of theSassoon family, Eliyahu Sassoon, passedaway, and a second floor was added tothe building in his memory. The secondfloor housed a Sephardicshul andyeshivah named Knesses Eliyahu. In theaftermath of World War I, the Chabadshul moved to the second floor and theSephardic shul relocated to the first.During the War of Independence theshul found itself in the heart of the battlezone yet miraculously remainedunscathed. Through the nearly twentyyears of Arab rule that followed, the shullay deserted and was converted into afactory and storage facility by itsoccupants. Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Halevi Segal,  z”l  Few men played more significant rolesin the major turning points of Yerushalayim’s modern history thanRabbi Moshe Tzvi Segal, z”l  . Born in 1904to a Lubavitcher family in Poltava,Russia, Rabbi Segal studied in the Poltavabranch of the famed Yeshivas TomcheiTemimim–Lubavitch. After the BolshevikRevolution, he taught in the clandestineLubavitcher chadarim that were set upthroughout the newly formed SovietUnion. In the 1920s he immigrated withhis family to Eretz Yisrael and was soonactive in the fight to free the Holy Landfrom British rule.Out of fear of provoking anger amongthe millions of Arabs under its rule,especially after the Arab massacres of 1929, the British government in Palestineinstituted a number of laws to weakenand embarrass the Jewish population. At the time, the area in front of theKosel was just a narrow alley separatingit from the Arab homes that stood on theother side. In addition to being harassedand having garbage thrown at them bythe Arabs, Jews were banned by theBritish from davening out loud, leining theTorah, and blowing the shofar  at anytime. If one wished to listen to krias haTorah , he would have to go to one of the shuls in the Jewish Quarter.“The British forbade us to place an aron kodesh , tables, or benches in thealley; even a small stool could not bebrought there … [these rules] weredesigned to humble the Jews at theholiest place of their faith,” wrote RabbiSegal in his Hebrew-language British Lt. Gen. Dill visiting the Kosel at a time of disturbances in Yerushalayim, 1936.
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