News Brief 6/17/2004, Sivan 28, 5764
Sanz Rebbe to David Hatuel: There Will Be Expansion in Katif
(IsraelNN.com) The "Sanzer Rebbe", leader of the large Sanz Hassidic sect, Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Halberstam, told David Hatuel today that, with God's help, there will be no withdrawal from Gush Katif, rather there will be expansion.
The Rebbe made the comments when he was asked by Hatuel whether a community in Gaza should construct a permanent or temporary ark in the synagogue for the Torah scrolls. The Rebbe replied that they should build a temporary ark, but not to prepare for withdrawal, but because they will have to move it to a bigger synagogue when the community expands.
In April, the Sanzer Rebbe told a delegation from the Judea, Samaria and Gaza Council that the Prime Minister's "disengagement" plan is part of efforts to uproot Judaism.
David Hatuel, whose wife, their unborn son and all their four daughters were murdered by Arab terrorists, requested the meeting with the Sanzer Rebbe. The Rebbe's late father, the Klausenberger-Sanz Rebbe, Rabbi Yekutiel Halberstam, lost his entire family as well, his wife and 11 children, in the Holocaust. After World War II, he made aliyah and rebuilt both his own family and Sanz Hassidism anew, as well as founding Laniado Hospital in Netanya.