Satmar Rebbe to Shliach: “Teach Them There is a G-d!”

During his vacation in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, the Satmar Rebbe welcomed Shluchim Rabbi Levi Krinsky and Rabbi Berel Slavaticki. The three had a warm conversation about their shlichus, and the Satmar Rebbe even declared that “he too is a shliach!”

The idyllic summer setting of Bethlehem, New Hampshire has drawn visitors for years. The quaint small town nestled in the White Mountains offers the sights and sounds of nature, peaceful streams and rivers, and breathtaking mountain views.

One such visitor is the Satmar Rebbe, Harav Aaron Teitelbaum who has been vacationing in Bethlehem for more than 30 years for 3 weeks each summer.

Last week, head shliach to New Hampshire, Rabbi Levi Krinsky, and shliach to the University of New Hampshire Rabbi Berel Slavaticki, paid the Satmar Rebbe a visit. They met for a half hour in his summer home in Bethlehem, where he warmly welcomed them.

The shluchim and the Satmar Rebbe discussed the many challenges in the day in a life of a Chabad Shliach. The Satmar Rebbe shared about his personal connection with many of the shluchim. He declared that he too is a shliach.

Rabbi Krinsky told the Satmar Rebbe about Chabad’s efforts in organizing 12 different minyanim in Lincoln, New Hampshire, another vacation town 20 miles from Bethlehem. Hundreds and hundreds of Jews, from all walks of life and various streams of Judaism, visit Lincoln every summer, and Rabbi Krinsky works tirelessly to arrange a space for them to daven and learn, with various times for Shacharis, Mincha and Maariv, with an attending Scholar In Residence.

Rabbi Slavaticki, who grew up in Belgium, discussed Jewry in Europe, and his current work with the Seacoast Jewish community and Jewish faculty and students at UNH.

The Satmar Rebbe was very pleased to discuss all of this and praised the Shluchim, and shared that he himself is a descendant of the Baal HaTanya.

When the Shluchim mentioned a growing struggle they face every day, of the growing rates of intermarriage among New Hampshire Jews, the Satmar Rebbe thought for a few moments and then said: “Teach them that there is an Aibishter!” That there is only one, One G-d above!

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