Thousands to Visit Kever of Noam Elimelech in Lizhensk Today


kever-noam-elimelechToday, thousands of Chassidim will be visiting the tzion of the Noam Elimelech, Rav Elimelech Weisblum of Lizhensk zt”l, whose 223rd yahrtzeit is today, 21 Adar.

Rav Elimelech, the author of Noam Elimelech, was a talmid of the Maggid of Mezritch. Among his prominent talmidim were Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, the Chozeh of Lublin, the Maggid of Kozhnitz, and Rav Menachem Mendel of Rimanov.

Airplanes were chartered to transport Yidden from the United States and Eretz Yisroel to join Jews from across Europe in the small Polish town of Lizhensk to daven at the kever.

This year, because the yahrtzeit falls out on Sunday, some Yidden spent Shabbos near the tzion as well.

In the past, it was very difficult for kohanim to go to Lizhensk to daven near the kever of Rav Elimelech due to the fact that the boundaries of the old cemetery of Lizhensk were unclear. It was therefore not known whether they were inadvertently walking on burial grounds. Last year, however, much research was done to determine the exact borders of the cemetery from historical records. Based on that information, it has been much easier for kohanim to have access and to be able to daven closer to the kever.

{Dovid Newscenter}