The 66th annual 21st Kislev celebration of the miraculous Holocaust rescue of Rav Yoel Teitelbaum zt”l (1886-1979), founding Satmar Rebbe and author of Divrei Yoel, will be celebrated all over the world today.
On Thursday, December 4, 1944, the Satmar Rebbe was aboard a train that crossed the border into Switzerland to freedom. The salvation was made possible by Dr. Rudolf Kastner (1906-1957), who bribed the Nazis and thus saved 1,685 Jewish souls.
The anniversary is celebrated by chassidim throughout the world; the two present Satmar Rebbes, brothers Rav Aaron Teitelbaum and Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, conduct separate events, each with the simultaneous participation of as many as 20,000 people. Much effort is invested in securing a local facility large enough to accommodate the large attendance as well as all of its component preparations.
The followers of Rav Aaron Teitelbaum of Satmar will be conducting their main 21st Kislev event at the Pulaski Port Complex, near the Pulaski Bridge, not far from Williamsburg. For the convenience of the many chassidim in Williamsburg, arrangements have been made for New York’s Water Taxi to ferry participants from the Schaefer Landing off Kent Avenue at South 10th Street directly into the Pulaski Port Complex. Ferries will be leaving every at frequent intervals; the ride will take approximately five minutes.
In addition to 21st Kislev celebration, the event will also celebrate the sheva berachos of Rav Aharon’s granddaughter, upon her marriage to Chaim Yaakov Rokeach, son of Rav Yoel Rokeach, Monsey Kozlover Rav. The kallah is the daughter of Rav Shimon Zev Meisels, rav of the Beirach Moshe district of Kiryas Yoel and author of Sefer Binyan Shimon.
The wedding took place Sunday evening. Public sheva berachos are as follows: Tuesday’s sheva berachos took place in the Kozoler Beis Medrash in Boro Park; Wednesday’s will be held at Beis Medrash Yismach Moshe in Monsey; Thursday’s in Beis Medrash Ohel Moshe in Monsey; Shabbos Vayeishev sheva berachos at Aperion Hall at 712 Bedford Avenue; Motzaei Shabbos sheva berachos will be incorporated into the 21 Kislev celebration; and Sunday’s sheva berachos will be conducted in the Main Satmar Beis Medrash in Kiryas Yoel by the students of the Satmar yeshiva there.