Thursday, November 16, 2006

Poland #5 - Oct 26, 2006 - Lizensk

Once the home of Rav Elimelech from Lizensk, this was the first home of Hassidut in Poland. All that is left is a reconstructed cemetery and mausoleum for Rav Elimelech's grave. More than 6000 followers come here every year on his yartzheight. We came to dance.

As we travel through Poland, I understand more clearly why Cleveland has such a huge polish community. The earth, the trees, the weather are all familiar to me. It is just like home in Cleveland. Birch, oak, maple and evergreens, all the same trees. It is now fall and the colors and smells are all the same. Did the Poles and Jews come to Cleveland for the same reason?


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