Thursday, March 13, 2008
Belz and Chaim Berlin
Chaim Berlin Tragedy Commenting on Circus Tent: My, How You've Grown!
"Baalbatish" goes in all sorts of directions, and says "Interesting how Chaim Berlin/Fruchthandler pop up in the Belzer story." This is no accident, because "Chaim Berlin/Fruchthandler" put down a lot of money to buy karka in the same spot in Yerushalayim where the Belzer Rebbe had his eye to build his mega-shtiebel.
The Chaim Berlin/Fruchthandler people had put down a lot of money already by the time the Belzer Rebbe sprung his trap on them, and many tens of thousands of dollars went down the tubes twenty years ago in the belief that they were all set to build their Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchok in that prime location. They soon found out that the Belzer Rebbe had, by hook and by crook, somehow gotten people in the Jerusalem municipality to give him a permit to build his place there too, leaving the Chaim Berlin people steaming mad, and causing Abe Fruchthandler a hefsed merubeh even by his standards. Of course the shame there was being outplayed by the Belzer Rebbe in a real estate deal, which is what Fruchthandlers do for a living.
The end result was that Rav Yitzchok Hutner's son-in-law, Rav Yonason David declared that "GANTS BELZ IZ TREIF" !!! Rav David and Fruchthandler were forced to go look somewhere else to build the Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchok in Yerushalayim, and they finally settled on Har-Nof as the place. They had to pay, and start building from scratch. Of course the Belzer Rebbe lost no sleep over this, because his empire was bigger than Yeshiva Chaim Berlin's, but they have not forgiven him ad hayom hazeh. Abe Fruchthandler's verdict on the Belzers after the Belzer Rebbe and his henchmen stole the plot in Yerushalayim where Yeshiva Chaim Berlin wanted to build Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchok for which Fruchthandler had already paid tens of thousands with his own money, but where the Belzers then built their 'bais hamikdosh' instead: Belzers are GANGSTERS! (Fruchty's own words, bli guzma'os...anyone is free to check this with him and see his reaction when you mention that parsha or the name "Belz" it will not be a happy moment, guaranteed!)