16 June 2021

"I did not see the Tetragrammaton"

Satmar Rebbe Rattled by Fear during Israel Visit, Couldn’t See the Tetragrammaton

The Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, on Monday shared with young Chassidim at the yeshiva in Williamsburg, having just returned from a short trip in Israel, the horrors of his visit: “We drove through the mountains and I felt a great fear that is hard for me to describe to you, I did not see the Tetragrammaton.”

In Chassidic tradition, when the tzadik is able to see the four-letter expressed name of the Divine in order (yud-ke-vav-ke), the state of the world is good. But when he can’t delineate the holy name from his environment things are not well with the world.

“We followed a car that showed us the way,” the Rebbe recalled, “and we passed localities where Arabs live, or as it is called, the ‘territories.’ We passed near the communities of the settlers and I saw places where it was written, ‘Here was murdered’ – places where people were murdered in the past, and I sensed true terror and fear,” the Rebbe continued. […] 

The Rebbe decided to travel to Israel to visit Mt. Meron, where 45 Haredi Jews were killed this year. His purpose in visiting the site was to thank God for sparing his life the last time he had visited Meron.

But on Monday this week, the Satmar Rebbe thanked God for sparing his life during his visit to the Jewish State. The Rebbe told the young men that he said the Gomel (a blessing of thanks for being spared from danger) not just for having survived the transatlantic flight—said by Jewish travelers by the open Torah, “but I think the danger I felt when we passed those places was greater than the danger of the flight. It’s true that I crossed above the sea, but the danger of the wild animals in the desert is greater, and I want to thank God that nothing happened to anyone.”

Read more at:  JEWISH PRESS https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/satmar-rebbe-rattled-by-fear-during-israel-visit-couldnt-see-the-tetragrammaton/2021/06/15/

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