Usually, on the yahrzeit of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk on 21 Adar, thousands travel to Poland to daven by his kever. This year, with few visitors due to coronavirus, shliach from Krakow Rabbi Eliezer Gurary davened for Klal Yisroel.
By Anash.org reporter
The yahrzeit of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk on 21 Adar usually draws tens of thousands of visitors to his kever in Lizhensk, Poland. This year, the Ohel was virtually empty with only a few coming to daven.
Reb Elimelech was a talmid of the Mezritcher Maggid and is the author of the famous “Noam Elimelech”. His kever in Lizhensk, Poland, is visited, especially on his yahrzeit, by thousands from Eretz Yisroel, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Holland, France, Great Britain, Canada and the USA.
This year, with the coronavirus spreading throughout the world, the annual pilgrimage was canceled, with the Mayor of Lizhensk forbidding international visitors and Polish police stationed by the Ohel to enforce the rule. Video taken in the Ohel show less than twenty people davening, where usually there wouldn’t be room to move.
Knowing of the greatly diminished crowds, Rabbi Eliezer Gurary, shliach in nearby Krakow, came to daven for the health and wellbeing of all yidden, and to represent the thousands who wished they could be there.