Thursday, October 21, 2010
I apologize for the Shmais logo. I went to the website and could not find the picture.
Back in '57 things were different. Lubavitchers still used Gemorohs, just like the rest of the world, or at least they put them in front of them when they posed for pictures. After all, Rabbi Kremer was a Peylisher who needed to raise money from fremde mentshen, and he couldn't show them the truth, that they learned Tanya and put tefillin on goyim all day, after which they'd get drunk! Berel Mochkin even forgot to remove the Tanya from his table! They had to lay low in the new country, lest someone expose their devious plan and blow the whistle. They also still lived in the same neighborhood as the rest of the frumme oylem, sooo. Somehow the kid in the front, Wertzberger, his father nebach thought that his son would learn something at Ol' Lubab High. Naive Hungarian, that man. Didn't they warn him about those no-good bums? But we need to admit that they did have a certain cheyn, don't you think? Those grey hats and suits with the beards... It's a shame what became of many of these same bocherim.
Shluchim who were mekarev hundreds of Yidden to Torah and Mitzvos.
Chassidishe Baaleibatim who are kovea itim leTorah.
Baalei Chesed and Baalei Tzedokoh.
Rabbonim and Roshei Yeshiveh the world over.
Seriously though, I'm amazed at how many of them zennen shayn nitoh, r"l,! and they were young 53 years ago!
P.S. There are several mistakes in the caption. Here is what was posted over at Shmais
#6 is Sholom Ber Tarshis
#7 is Pinye Korf, and number 26 is "? Heller" (not the Lubavitch one).
#3 Harav Chaikin was better known by his second name: Chaim.
#14 is Yisroel Mordechai's older brother, Dovid.
#30 Zwebner's name was Chaim Elozor.