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Jerusalem - Blogger Does Extensive Video Tour Of Jerusalem's Belz Synagogue

Published on: March 5, 2013 11:59 AM
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Belz representative Rabbi Yechezkel Friedman took blogger Elder of Ziyon on an exclusive video tour at the end of Feb 2013.Belz representative Rabbi Yechezkel Friedman took blogger Elder of Ziyon on an exclusive video tour at the end of Feb 2013.

Jerusalem - An impressive edifice in the Jerusalem skyline, it is hard not to notice the magnificent structure of the Belz Great Synagogue located in Kiryat Belz.  But while countless visitors to Jerusalem have seen the outside of the replica of the original Shul built by the first Belzer Rebbe in 1834, a much smaller percentage have had the opportunity to tour Israel’s largest synagogue, an architectural marvel with state of the art acoustics with a seating capacity of over 8,000.

Construction of the synagogue was a fifteen year process, the identical amount of time it took to complete the original shul in the Ukraine.  The centerpiece of the shul is an eighteen ton hand-carved, Brazilian walnut aron kodesh, measuring more than thirty nine feet high and capable of holding seventy sifrei Torah.

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In a fascinating look inside the Belz Synagogue, Belz representative Rabbi Yechezkel Friedman takes blogger Elder of Ziyon on an exclusive video tour of the one of a kind structure.

“The shul is literally awe-inspiring,” Edler of Ziyon told VIN News.  “Not only is it a remarkable architectural and artistic achievement, but the forethought that went into the building and each room inside is amazing, both on the spiritual and the practical sides.  Everything is designed to enhance one’s closeness to Hashem and to minimize distractions and wasting time, whether it is to place an appropriate number of washing stations or to calculate how many exits there would be to the building. To do that on such a large scale is remarkable.”


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 Mar 05, 2013 at 12:30 PM SruelS Says:

WOW! saw the video and its really inspiring.

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 12:37 PM KZler Says:

I davened[raqther my father] in the Belzer Klaus in the Lilienbrunngasse and it was not such an impressive edifice. However when the Bilkamener Rebbe zeicher livrocho said l'dovid mizmor and min hameizer before Tikia Shofer iz hot geshocokelt di neshomo

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 12:49 PM sln134 Says:

Dude,
Get A New Camera =!

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 01:14 PM mistahkurtz Says:

Why did the Belzer Ruv a'h, only need a rickety wooden chair with no arms but all the other Rebbes need thrones?

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 02:29 PM Kzler Says:

Reply to #4  
mistahkurtz Says:

Why did the Belzer Ruv a'h, only need a rickety wooden chair with no arms but all the other Rebbes need thrones?

Mista Kurtz a very good question and the malaise of the "current newly minted" chasidis

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 02:32 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Who was the architect that designed the shul?

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 02:34 PM TexasJew Says:

Very impressed. Wished we had something like this in Texas.
The stick reminds me of the old yeshiva days.

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 02:41 PM noahz6 Says:

good job.

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 04:05 PM Geulah Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Who was the architect that designed the shul?

It's a replica of the Sar Shalom's Shul in Belz itself. The Rebbe was the architect.

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 04:34 PM DrPepper Says:

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mistahkurtz Says:

Why did the Belzer Ruv a'h, only need a rickety wooden chair with no arms but all the other Rebbes need thrones?

Someone asked Reb Shlomo Bobover that question. He said the in the "alte heim" people lived in poor conditions and the shuls, mikvas, talmud torahs looked the same. Here people live in fancy houses so the Shuls, Mikvas and Mosdos need to be the same if not nicer. BTW: The original shul in Belz and in many other cities were built so that it was the nicest structure in that town.

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 05:11 PM Rangers Goalie Says:

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Kzler Says:

Mista Kurtz a very good question and the malaise of the "current newly minted" chasidis

Because priests have nice chairs,so why shouldn't the rabbi?

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 05:21 PM Kzler Says:

Reply to #10  
DrPepper Says:

Someone asked Reb Shlomo Bobover that question. He said the in the "alte heim" people lived in poor conditions and the shuls, mikvas, talmud torahs looked the same. Here people live in fancy houses so the Shuls, Mikvas and Mosdos need to be the same if not nicer. BTW: The original shul in Belz and in many other cities were built so that it was the nicest structure in that town.

A "nice structure" is not automatically a mokom kodesh, churches are nice structures too;

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 05:31 PM chaim Says:

WOW!!!
SPecial. he did speak a bit to fast.
I'm not a belzer chasik. but am very impressed!
Kol Hakavod.

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 06:27 PM RubyJew Says:

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TexasJew Says:

Very impressed. Wished we had something like this in Texas.
The stick reminds me of the old yeshiva days.

TexasJew.. I live in Dallas and am thinking of relocating to the Houston area. What would you estimate the size of the Jewish community there? Is a city friendly to yidden? Thank you so much. I always enjoy your comments.

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 07:05 PM Kolymsky Avraham Says:

" ... capable of holding seventy sifrei Torah."

Assuming this shul already owns a substantial quantity of Sifrei Torah (Not necessarily 70, though) how many of them will be used on a regular basis?

By "regular" I do not mean just on Simchat Torah, or summer shabbatot with "double sidrot".

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 10:56 PM Kzler Says:

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RubyJew Says:

TexasJew.. I live in Dallas and am thinking of relocating to the Houston area. What would you estimate the size of the Jewish community there? Is a city friendly to yidden? Thank you so much. I always enjoy your comments.

How many shikses and skuzim are mixed up with Yidden in Texas

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 11:06 PM למה צריך בית המדרש גדול כעיר? Says:

בכתבי הר"ר מענדל מרימאנאוו זי"ע איתא האיש הנכנס אחר מאה אנשים בבית המדרש אחד הוא בא מהסט"א, (ודברים פליאים הם)

ומעולם לא הבנתי למה צריכים בית המדרש גדול כל כך, מה טובה יש בזה,

הרי יתרו כבר אמר למשה רבינו ע"ה וְאַתָּה תֶחֱזֶה מִכָּל הָעָם אַנְשֵׁי חַיִל יִרְאֵי אֱלֹהִים אַנְשֵׁי אֱמֶת שׂנְאֵי בָצַע וְשַׂמְתָּ עֲלֵהֶם שָׂרֵי אֲלָפִים שָׂרֵי מֵאוֹת שָׂרֵי חֲמִשִּׁים וְשָׂרֵי עֲשָׂרֹת: ואחר כך קיבל משה את דבריו כמו שנאמר וַיִּשְׁמַע משֶׁה לְקוֹל חֹתְנוֹ וַיַּעַשׂ כֹּל אֲשֶׁר אָמָר:

ולמה לא נעשה אנחנו כמו שעשה משה רבינו ע"ה.

והקושיא הגדולה הוא על הרביס למה לא יחלקו חסידיו שיהי' חבורות חבורות עם משפיעים ודיינים.

ולהבדיל עם הפאוי"פ עזב את הרבנית שלו, על כל פנים אין אנחנו מבקשים שיעזוב את הרבנית, רק שיעשו חבורות, ואין צריכים בית המדרש גדול כל כך, עד שאין בזה שום נחת רוח להקב"ה יותר מבית המדרש של 100 - 200 אנשים.

הכינוס הגדול בכלל ישראל יהיה בעת התגלות משיח צדקינו בב"א

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 11:11 PM NO JOKES Says:

So now who wants the real temple after this big shul ?

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 11:12 PM Belzer Dreller Says:

The Rebbi said that this only a temporary shul until the real one is going to come.

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 Mar 05, 2013 at 11:47 PM gezinterheit Says:

amazing....

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