Jewish Personalities

Baruch Dayan HaEmet – The Kaliver Rebbe Passes Away at 96

It is with great sadness to report the passing of the Kaliver Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub zt”l at the age of 96.
He was seventh in a direct paternal line to the founder of the dynasty, Rabbi Yitzchak Izak of Kaliv, a disciple of the Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk.
In 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp. He was transferred from Auschwitz to the Warsaw Ghetto and the Breslau concentration camp, and later to Bergen-Belsen. Six months after the war ended, he reunited with his wife in Sweden. In 1947 they immigrated to the United States and settled in Cleveland, Ohio.
He and his wife immigrated to Israel in 1962. The following year he founded Kiryat Kaliv in Rishon Letzion. Several years later he moved his headquarters to Bnei Brak. In 2004, the rebbe's court moved to Jerusalem.
After World War II, the Rebbe actively spoke about the Holocaust and frequently invoked the memory of the Jewish martyrs. He encouraged the recital of “Shema Yisrael” to memorialize Holocaust victims at the conclusion of religious events.
He also traveled to interact with millions of Jews by telling his story and encouraging the saying of “Shema Yisrael”.
He was also active in Jewish outreach and conducted regular lectures for groups of professionals, including doctors and police officers.
In addition, a network of kollels, an encyclopedia project, and several other divisions of Kaliv have been founded.



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