The famed philanthropist Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz spent Sukkos in Yerushalayim, staying in his new apartment, located near Shefa Mall and the Chassidic courts of Gur and Belz, for the first time.
On Leil Simchas Torah, Reb Rechnitz purchased the Belzer Rebbe’s Aliyah L’Torah for a quarter of a million dollars. It was arranged beforehand that the funds will be used for “Mercaz Mosdos Belz’ and the Belzer kollelim. Rechnitz also purchased all the chashuve kibbudim in honor of the Belzer Rebbe, including “Ata Hareisa,” Chasan Torah and Chasan Bereishis.
Rechnitz did the same for the Gerrer Rebbe, purchasing his Aliyah L’Torah for a quarter of a million dollars as well as “Ata Hareisa,” Chasan Torah and Chasan Bereishis.
Of course, for Rechnitz, it was Shemini Atzeres and not Simchas Torah and he did not participate in the hakafos.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)