The Yeshiva World
We regret to inform you of the passing of the Kaliver Rebbe of Eretz Yisrael. The Kaliver Rebbe was niftar in his Yerushalayim home a short time ago after CPR was performed.
The Kaliver Rebbe grew weak of late, and rarely left his home for Tefilos or Tishen. On Sunday morning, he lost consciousness and MDA and United Hatzalah responded to his is home on Chana Street. Unfortunately, protracted CPR were unsuccessful in resuscitating him.
The elder of the admorim, the Kaliver Rebbe, OB”M, was 96. He was the sixth generation from Rav Yitzchak Isaac of Kaliv, a talmid of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk.
The Kaliver Rebbe, Rav Menachem Mendel Taub, was born in Transylvania in 1923. After the Nazis Y”MS invaded Hungary, the Kaliver Rebbe, his brothers and other family members were sent to Auschwitz.
After the Holocaust he married his wife, Mrs. Chana Sara Shifra Taub, OB”M, who was engaged to her before the Holocaust. The Rebitzen was the daughter of the Admor Rabbi Pinchas Shapira of Kachnaya (קעכניא) and he met her again in Sweden after the Holocaust.
In 1944, the Kaliver Rebbe was put on a transport to Auschwitz by the Nazis, and arrived there three days before Shavuos. While in Auschwitz, he was experimented upon by Dr. Joseph Mengele Y”MSH, and, consequently, was unable to have children or grow facial hair. He was transferred from there to the Warsaw Ghetto and the Breslau concentration camp, and later to Bergen-Belsen. Six months after the war ended, he discovered that his wife had survived, and they were reunited in Sweden.
In 5723, after immigrating to the Eretz Yisrael, the Kaliver Rebbe established the center of the Kaliv Chassidim in Rishon L’Tzion. In the year 5740 he moved to Bnei Brak, where he established the Merkaz Kaliv on Chaggai Street and later on Aharonovich Street in the city.
In the year 5762, the Kaliver Rebbe dedicated a new Beis Midrash in a spacious building in the Shikun Chabad area of Yerushalayim, where he built his apartment and lived his life.
The Kaliver Rebbe devoted his time to commemoration of the holocaust victims, and in this framework, he corrected the recitation of Shema Yisrael at the end of each tefilla in memory of those who perished.
During the last 70 years, since World War II, the Kaliver Rebbe has traveled, spreading his story and the saying of Shema Yisrael to millions of Jews. He was active in Kiruv Rechokim and held regular shiurim and shmuessen for groups of professionals, including doctors and police officers. In addition, he directed a network of kollelim, an encyclopedia project, and several other undertakings of chassidus Kaliv.
In March 2014 he participated in the annual conference of the Rabbinical Congress of Europe, which met in Budapest to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hungarian Jewry. He delivered an emotion-laden speech in Hebrew, and switched to English to direct remarks to US President Barack Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin.