Reb Arele And Eretz Yisrael

Despite having a loyal group of followers in Satmar, Hungary, Reb Arele made a decision to move to the British Mandate of Palestine.

His decision came after the death of his Rebbe, the Rav of Bluzov as well as another unusual occurrence. One morning on his way to the mikveh he noticed graffiti on the door of his house that read in Romanian, “What does a Jew have here? Go to Palestine!” Reb Arele checked the other doors in the neighborhood and realized that his door was the only one with graffiti. At that moment, he decided it was a sign from God and that he should head to Eretz Yisrael (at the time, the British Mandate of Palestine).

Before leaving to Eretz Yisrael, Reb Arele traveled to Belz to make sure he had the blessing of the Belzer Rebbe. The Belzer Rebbe wished him well in the Holy Land, but said that he should only go if he was certain he could make a living there.

While in Jerusalem, Reb Arele davened at the Karlin-Stolin beis medrash because they were known for davening very loudly, a practice Reb Arele held. Despite his attempts to stay little known, Reb Arele attracted many followers in the Holy Land. Reb Arele would only stay in Eretz Yisrael for four years before heading back to Eastern Europe.

 

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