27th Yahrzeit of HaRav Meshulem ben HaRav Osher Anshil HaLevi zt”l to be Commemorated on the 2nd of Shevat - The Jewish Voice
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27th Yahrzeit of HaRav Meshulem ben HaRav Osher Anshil HaLevi zt”l to be Commemorated on the 2nd of Shevat

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27th Yahrzeit of HaRav Meshulem ben HaRav Osher Anshil HaLevi zt”l to be Commemorated on the 2nd of Shevat

By: Chaya Sora Jungreis-Gertzulin

This coming Tuesday, 2 Shevat, is the yahrzeit of my beloved father, HaRav Meshulem ben HaRav Osher Anshil HaLevi zt”l. My father experienced first-hand HaShem’s words to Avrohom, living through the inhumaneness of the Holocaust. He became a stranger in his land. He experienced forced labor. He was subjected to beatings and much affliction.

I often wonder (more so as I am getting older), how my father managed to always be happy, and have the biggest smile on his face. To never “lose it”, but always speak with the most gentle voice and kindest of words. He came to this country after the war as an orphan, alone, without family. Yet, there was never sadness or despair. To Abba, every day was a good day. Every day was an opportunity to show appreciation for the gift of life.

It is now twenty-seven years since my father passed away. I turned to Psalm 27, and received my answer. The secret of my father’s survival. The essence of our nation’s survival. To live with the words of King David, “HaShem is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? HaShem is my life’s strength, whom shall I dread?… Though an army would besiege me, my heart would not fear, though war would arise against me, in this (emunah – belief in HaShem) I have trust… One thing I ask of HaShem, that I shall dwell in the House of HaShem all the days of my life…Deliver me not to the wishes of my tormentors… Hope to HaShem, strengthen yourself, and let your heart take courage…”

HaShem told Avraham about the pain that his children will endure. But He also promised judgment and retribution upon their oppressors, and for the Jewish people, a life of blessing in the future. My father lived his life with emunah and bitachon, faith and trust, never looking back, and always thanking HaShem for enabling him to not only survive, but to use every fiber of his strength in a positive way, to build a family, and instill Yiddishkeit in countless Jews who were brought to a life of Torah and mitzvos.

We are still in galus – exile, we are not yet out of the woods. We are surrounded by Jew-hatred and anti-Semitism. But we too have the faith and belief of our ancestors. As we say in the Thirteen Principles of Faith, “Ani ma’amin b’emunah sheleimoh – We believe with complete faith in the coming of Moshiach, and even though he may delay, we await his coming every day.”

May we all merit to witness an end to this exile, and may the words of Psalm 27 be a source of strength to all of us.

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