Israelis mourn death of beloved rabbi who survived Holocaust, helped rebuild Jewish people

After Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub’s passing on Sunday, the beloved Hasidic rebbe was eulogized as a driving force in the survival of Jewish tradition and practice following the Holocaust’s devastation.

By Associated Press

Israeli leaders mourned the death of a prominent Hassidic rabbi known as the Kaliver Rebbe, who survived Auschwitz and championed Holocaust remembrance in Haredi society in Israel.

Thousands attended the Jerusalem funeral of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub, scion of a Hungarian rabbinic dynasty, who died Sunday aged 96. Taub helped produce a two-volume encyclopedia documenting Jewish religious martyrs killed in the Holocaust.

His death comes days before Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring six million Jews killed during the Nazis’ reign.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented, “[Taub] “survived the horrors of the Holocaust and dedicated himself to rebuilding the world of Torah in the State of Israel and among the Jewish diaspora.”

President Reuven Rivlin stated on Twitter that Taub’s work “has particular resonance at present as we redouble our commitment to remember and never forget.”