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Poland - Improved Arrangements for Kohanim in Lizhensk

Published on: March 13, 2009 08:39 AM
By: VIN News By Ezra Reichman
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Poland - Good news from Lizhensk: Kohanim visiting Lizhensk will no longer have to stand on the edge of the road bordering the cemetery and take the risk at getting hit by careless drivers.

Kohanim are among the many thousands who visit Lizhensk on the yartzeit of Rebbe Elimelech, but do their sanctity are unable to enter the cemetery. Now the “Lizhensk Committee” headed by R’ Simcha Krakovsky have mapped the area and found that Kohanim can enter a small area in the open field two meters away from the road.

R’ Menashe Lipschitz explains, “Several years ago, the municipality was asked to make a traffic circle in the local market near the Kever. After digging the road, they discovered thousands of monuments that had been taken from the cemetery which had been used to pour the asphalt over. We were able to save some of the monuments that were located on the road which hadn’t been repaired. These monuments are stacked up at the edge of the local cemetery where the tzadik is buried.


“All this time we knew that the fence surrounding the cemetery was not the actual cemetery boundaries. Apparently, the fence was put up just to give a nice appearance to the cemetery, but it left a big part of the graves outside. There is a dirt path which we know for sure used to go through the cemetery which the village residents travel on with their cars. Our initial investigation shows that only the nearby road is 100% free of tumah. That’s why the Kohanim were able to stand next to it until today. To make sure no one desecrates the cemetery, we set up a temporary makeshift fence which encloses the entire area.”

Certified surveyors checked out the Lizhensk Committee’s conclusions and confirmed the area of the cemetery.

R’ Lipschitz concludes, “We found an ancient map from before the war that had on it the boundaries of the Jewish cemetery, as well as a recent version. A careful comparison shows that the cemetery extended until 2 meters from the road. In that way, we were able to finally establish the exact borders and provide a solution for the Kohanim.”

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 Mar 13, 2009 at 08:24 AM Big Masmid Says:

thank you Rebbi


 Mar 13, 2009 at 09:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Why would the kohanim even care...its been a long time and the land was not considered "kadohsim" so they should just walk on to the regular paths k'posek of Har'av Gletkisnwasser, Z'tl


 Mar 13, 2009 at 11:05 AM Anonymous Says:

Hi great job there rabbi! Lets not forget who actually build over the whole tzion and hardly gets any credit for it R'Mendel Riechberg from BP . he started this about 35 years ago and build over about 30 holy sites throughout Poland! chazak vamotz!


 Mar 13, 2009 at 02:37 PM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Why would the kohanim even care...its been a long time and the land was not considered "kadohsim" so they should just walk on to the regular paths k'posek of Har'av Gletkisnwasser, Z'tl

Who???? Is this some sort of Post-Purim joke?


 Mar 14, 2009 at 07:59 PM a richtege Kohen Says:

I have such a hard time with all this running to Lizhensk. If Kever Avos is so important, take a trip to Hevron and visit Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaakov, I am sure that they have at least the same ability to be Meilitz Tov. Why are we supporting the Polish ecomony and helping those reshaim who destroyed our people? The Poles are laughing at us, how stupid can we be?


 Mar 14, 2009 at 11:09 PM Confused Says:

I freely give my money to Kollelim and tzedakos for aniyim in E"Y. But please explain to me where all these people get the money to fly from E"Y to lizhensk or why am I sending my hard-earned money over there for them to fly when I have not yet gone on any sort of flight since I'm married, for the lack of extra money for such things. Besides where is the mitzva to spend money on things like this??? And the Chutzpah of people to go collecting money to provide food and drink for people flying out there... if you have money to fly there buy your own food and drink and don't ask for any handouts...
Enough said...


 Mar 16, 2009 at 10:46 AM hersh Says:

i understand your concerns which are valid to some extent, but i willl tell you that i have been there many times at my own expence ,when i had problems and went there for a yeshah which hashem hel[ped me in the zechus of the great tzadik rr elimelch zya amen , thousends of people of all dominations of jews come all year round when they need help either health financal and many other problems to pour their heart out to hasham and have seen wonders including myself , you should just go there once and see for yourself how people pray there , most people i have met there which i know personally, came for unfortunate situations


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