Over recent months the Belz Chassidic Court has been making genuine efforts to mend fences, to make shalom. The efforts of the Rebbe Shlita have been most successful. Baruch Hashem the rebbe has ended decades of machlokes between Belz and Satmar by sending dayanim to the tziyun of the previous rebbe to ask mechila, a demand made by the current Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel. The rebbe’s actions led to a historic meeting between the Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel, who happens to be a brother-in-law of the Belzer Rebbe.
The Rebbe was also an honored guest at the major Sephardi Siyum HaShas, invited by Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita as his personal guest. This was also due to actions by the rebbe to strengthen relations with Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita.
The rebbe also sent his personal shaliach to attend a recent function, to show support for the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita when the Vishnitzer showered Deputy Minister of Health (Gur) Yaakov Litzman with words of praise.
It appears the Belzer Rebbe’s efforts for achdus have yielded fruit for on Monday night; the lighting for the third night of Chanukah, the deputy health minister was seen as a guest at Belz, making an appearance on Chanukah for a first time in four years. Thousands of chassidim were on hand for the singing and dancing following the candle lighting, and Litzman was given a bracha coin from the Rebbe Shlita.
Litzman stopped visiting Belz on Chanukah after the rebbe worked to assist in the Jerusalem mayoral campaign of R’ Meir Porush. Litzman was the main player against Porush, and his efforts to dissuade the Gerrer Chassidim and others from voting for Porush cost the frum community the election.
Litzman a number of months ago visited the Belzer Rebbe, and the two met in private for over two hours. Baruch Hashem, it now appears that differences have been put aside and Litzman was once again an honored guest for candle lighting.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)