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Budapest - In Moving Speech At Holocaust Commemoration Kalever Rebbe Warns Obama And Putin Of Dangers Ahead

Published on: March 25, 2014 11:24 AM
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Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub speaking at the commemorative event in Budapest at the Shoes on the Danube Promenade on Mar. 24, 2014Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub speaking at the commemorative event in Budapest at the Shoes on the Danube Promenade on Mar. 24, 2014

Budapest - In a highly emotional speech given at yesterday’s commemorative event in Budapest at the Shoes on the Danube Promenade, the Kalever Rebbe, from Israel Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub, had strong words for President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, regarding Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea.

As previously reported on VIN News, over 200 rabbis, including the chief rabbis of Israel, gathered yesterday at the Holocaust memorial on the shores of Budapest’s Danube River to mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hungarian Jewry.  Rabbi Taub, himself a Holocaust survivor who was transported to Auschwitz in 1944 and was experimented upon by the notorious Josef Mengele,  also spent time in the Warsaw Ghetto, the Breslau concentration camp and Bergen-Belsen.

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The speech was posted on YouTube watch below:

While most of the Rebbe’s remarks were in Hebrew, he switched to English in order to deliver a direct message to the two world leaders, saying that the world today is like the time of Kayin and Hevel.

“I’m talking now to the president of the United States, to the president of Russia.  It was not enough 15 million went on? The Ribono Shel Olam created the world to stay, a nice world.  Now you want to destroy in seconds the world?  What will come from that?  Nobody will have anything.”

The Rebbe, who has spoken extensively about his own experiences during the Holocaust, dissolved into tears at several points during his address, recalling how he witnessed children being thrown into pits and into fires during the war, how he himself expected to be thrown into a fire and how he screamed Shema Yisroel, as he asked Hashem to spare his life.

The Rebbe also tearfully recalled those who were shot and fell into the Danube and lamented the threats to Torah scholars in Israel, which he likened to a spiritual war against the Jewish people.

“What will be?” queried the Rebbe.  “If there is no Torah, there is no klal yisroel.”

 Hungarian Rabbi Baruch Oberlander (3-L), Secretary general of Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) and establisher of the Hungarian Chabad-Lubavitch, Israel?s Chief Sephardic Rabbi Jichak Joszef (4-L) and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau (5-L) march toward the iron shoes, a memorial of Holocaust victims on the bank of River Danube, in Budapest, Hungary, 24 March 2014.  EPA/SZILARD KOSZTICSAK Hungarian Rabbi Baruch Oberlander (3-L), Secretary general of Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) and establisher of the Hungarian Chabad-Lubavitch, Israel?s Chief Sephardic Rabbi Jichak Joszef (4-L) and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau (5-L) march toward the iron shoes, a memorial of Holocaust victims on the bank of River Danube, in Budapest, Hungary, 24 March 2014.  EPA/SZILARD KOSZTICSAK


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 Mar 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM neezoogshoin Says:

Thank you for posting this video. While I had heard of the Rebbe, I had never seen or heard him speak. Powerful stuff.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

Reply to #1  
neezoogshoin Says:

Thank you for posting this video. While I had heard of the Rebbe, I had never seen or heard him speak. Powerful stuff.

I met the Kalever Rebbe over 50 years ago. He is an ish kadosh.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 01:33 PM Aron1 Says:

Quite frankly, "Bubii", if I had to choose between you & the holy Kalever on who is speaking sense & who is spewing nonsense, I would go with the holy Kalever, every time. But that's just me.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 02:52 PM Rivkah Says:

to #3 maybe he is talking about the beginning of a downward spiral that a simple person like you cannot see. How dare you accuse such rabbi of "spewing total lies"? where is your kavod?

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 02:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Respected Rabbi for his own discipline and values. I hope that Mssrs. Obama and Putin very much heed his very true words. There is no captivity in a lost value of unanticipated vacant desire. Never Again.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 03:07 PM Erlich Says:

To mention in one speech what the Nazis ym"s did to the Jews with Israel running after draft dodgers who claim to be studying Torah is a great outrage.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 03:35 PM RobertS Says:

Reply to #5  
Aron1 Says:

Quite frankly, "Bubii", if I had to choose between you & the holy Kalever on who is speaking sense & who is spewing nonsense, I would go with the holy Kalever, every time. But that's just me.

Of course, because you are a blind, mindless, lemming.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 03:42 PM jack-l Says:

Reply to #5  
Aron1 Says:

Quite frankly, "Bubii", if I had to choose between you & the holy Kalever on who is speaking sense & who is spewing nonsense, I would go with the holy Kalever, every time. But that's just me.

u must admit that no one has the right to force someone to suport their lifestyle.
Full stop. The rest is just nonsense.
What about the Torah that thousands of jews learn and live while supporting their children, charities, kollelim hospitals and their families. These people like myself are all useless. Our yiddishlkeit = zero. our devotion.... feh. now give me your money. or be called a rasha.....a mamzer
What a system!
But most important lesson is the fact that everyone must look like 18th century polish nobility. How uplifting is that?

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 04:22 PM mossad Says:

The Kaliver Rebbe... Nazi surgents opened him up and he saw, witnessed the horror. No one can judge him, yet he can!

Who else can give you the past and the present if not him.

I truly believe that those Jews who have that bad concious when one talks about Jews and God, are ashamed of their religion or simply think that laying low is better then having something done!
עת לעשות לה

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 04:52 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Reply to #8  
Erlich Says:

To mention in one speech what the Nazis ym"s did to the Jews with Israel running after draft dodgers who claim to be studying Torah is a great outrage.

He is from generation of leaders who use hyperbole, exaggeration, constant fear of the "outside" world," and selective history as tools to lead their confused and ill informed masses. At his age and through his lens of the world, he probably thinks the IDF are descendants of SS troops because his close advisers groom him to believe that IDF drafts will destroy his little shtetl.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 05:51 PM Wise-Guy Says:

Dear VIN,

One correction:
The Rebbe didn't say "15 million people".
He said "50 million people".

It is well known that a total of 50 - 60 million people died between 1939 and 1945.
(including civilians and military.)

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
RobertS Says:

Of course, because you are a blind, mindless, lemming.

Very mature, reasoned response.

Just the response one would expect from someone who cannot appreciate depth. Silly mindless pig that you are. squealing pointlessly while wallowing in your filth.

You probably you think yourself intelligent.

The Kalever Rebbe lived through the horrors of the war. He suffered at the hand of Mengele, YM"S. More than any of the silly, silly commenters here, he knows of the horrors of the Nazis. He lives with that every day. Not you. Not the indolent little bubii.

How do you have the unmitigated gall to question whether the Kalever Rebbe has the right to talk about the Nazis?

You are despicable little cockroaches.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 06:54 PM bubii Says:

My parents went through the holocaust just like he did we are also from hungary but lets call a spade a spade,never in the history of judaism has learning toireh more widespread then now and on top of that never had there been so many young man learning toireh full time being supported by others so please lets not start saying things that dont make sense lets talk about reality .and not be so selfish as to only want things for youreselfs .

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 06:55 PM hashomer Says:

It's sad to see that almost every event in the Jewish world becomes a fight between the charedi and Zionists. Even this somber memorial. Very sad.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 06:59 PM bubii Says:

Reply to #10  
jack-l Says:

u must admit that no one has the right to force someone to suport their lifestyle.
Full stop. The rest is just nonsense.
What about the Torah that thousands of jews learn and live while supporting their children, charities, kollelim hospitals and their families. These people like myself are all useless. Our yiddishlkeit = zero. our devotion.... feh. now give me your money. or be called a rasha.....a mamzer
What a system!
But most important lesson is the fact that everyone must look like 18th century polish nobility. How uplifting is that?

Kol hakavod to you ,you hit the nail on its head you are the one who truly is a ben toreh you work and do everything right,toreh ve avode is the true right way to live.

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 Mar 25, 2014 at 09:21 PM TexasJew Says:

This pure Rebbi went through HELL and has the wisdom that most of the above will never have and you have the chutzpa to speak like this?
I am a big Zionist and grew up in Boro Park and understand various opinions but we all respected one another.
Before you know it, Yom Kippur will be here.

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