Kaliver Rebbe: Kohanim May Go To Meron


kaliver-rebbeThe Kaliver Rebbe of Eretz Yisroel, Rav Menachem Mendel Taub, addressed a yahrtzeit gathering held yesterday in memory of his father-in-law, Rav Pinchas Shapiro of Kechnia zt”l. The gathering was held at the Kaliver Bais Medrash on Rechov Chana in Yerushalayim.

At the event, the Rebbe spoke about kohanim traveling to Meron.

“I want to tell you something that may cause a tumult,” he said. “I was in Meron on Lag Ba’omer year with avreichim, and I was asked if kohanim are allowed to go to Meron or not.

“I want to say that I am going to publish a new booklet proving that kohanim may go to Meron. There are dozens of sources in the poskim permitting kohanim to go there.

“It is known that Rav Shimon bar Yochai was kulo aish (completely fire), Yaakov Avinu lo meis (didn’t die), Dovid Hamelech chai vekayom (is alive and well), and tzaddikim in their deaths are called chaim. Surely Rav Shimon bar Yochai who was kulo aish is considered chai.”

The Rebbe concluded: “I am certain that no one will be able to argue against what I’m going to write and prove that kohanim can go to Meron without any fear or doubt. I consulted with dozens of gedolei Torah v’chassidus who accepted what I said and gave their consent. ”

The Rebbe’s History

The Rebbe is the seventh in a direct paternal line to the founder of the Kaliver dynasty, Rav Yitzchok Isaac of Kaliv, a disciple of Rav Elimelech ofhttp://matzav.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gifLizensk

In 1944, the Rebbe was put on a transport to Auschwitz by the Nazis and he arrived there three days before Shavuos. While in Auschwitz, he was experimented upon by Joseph Mengele ym”sh, and, consequently, is unable to have children or grow facial hair. He was transferred from there to the Warsaw Ghetto and the Breslau concentration camp, and later to Bergen-Belsen. Six months after the war ended, he discovered that his wife had survived, and they were reunited in Sweden. In 1947, they migrated to the United States, where he began his work in memorializing the Holocaust in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Rebbe moved to Eretz Yisroel in 1962 and the Rebbe created Kiryas Kaliv in Rishon LeZion. Several years later, the Rebbe moved his chassidus to Bnei Brak. In 2004, the Rebbe’s court moved to Yerushalayim.

During the last 60 years, since World War II, the Rebbe has traveled to millions of Jews with his story and the saying of Shema Yisrael. He is active in kiruv rechokim and holds regular shiurim and shmuessen for groups of professionals, including doctors and police officers. In addition, he has directed a network of kollelim, an encyclopedia project, and several other undertakings of chassidus Kaliv.

The Rebbe has authored and published Kol Menachem, a 13-volume work on the Torah and Yomim Tovim, along with several other works.

{ Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. This is a chiddush to those that live in chutz l’aretz….Nothing new to us here. Many poskim “permit” Kohanim to go (as if it there was a reason to say it’s ossur!)

  2. He was transferred from there to the Warsaw Ghetto and the Breslau concentration camp, and later to Bergen-Belsen.

    Must be a typo, the Warsaw getto was destroyed in 1942.