Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Shavuos & The Baal Shem Tov's Shul


The Sudilkover Rebbe noted that on Shavuos in 1939 [May 24, 1939] the Communists permanently closed down and locked the Baal Shem Tov's shul in Mezhibuz. This occurred exactly 279 years to the day after the Baal Shem Tov passed away. Interestingly, the Rebbe explained that 279 is the gematria of ויסגר ("and it will be closed").

On Shavuos in 1942 [May 22, 1942], the Nazis along with help from members of the Ukrainian militia burned down the Baal Shem Tov's shul. This occurred exactly 282 years to the day after the Baal Shem Tov passed away. To this, the Rebbe explained that 282 is the gematria of הבערה (burning).

1 Comments:

At June 4, 2008 at 11:26:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Smashed Hat said...

Could we please have a nice gematria about its recent rebuilding?

 

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