Monday, January 23, 2012

A little GUR (Ger) Propaganda


Chassidut GUR (Yiddish: GER) is the largest chassidic group in Israel. The Gerrer Rebbe lives in Bnei Brak but his largest Beit Midrash is located in Jerusalem. When you speak to a Gerrer Chassid and mention the Belzer, he will tell you that Gur is much more important than any Belzer or Vishnitzer in Israel.:-) 

Gur has very strict rules and too many outsiders are making the mistake by only looking at the Toldot Aharon, Satmar or any other member of the "Edah HaCharedit".The best books about Gur have been written by the Gerrer Chassid Yitzchak Alfassi who was also teaching at Tel Aviv University. 

Gur is a very closed society and it is almost impossible making the members talk about their own inner matters. Female members are not even allowed to talk to their friends about any insights on their marriage.

Today, Gur is a powerful group and the Rebbe is one of the wealthiest people in the country. Furthermore, Gur with Yaakov Litzman, is running the show of the Knesset party "Yahadut HaTorah".  

More details on GUR: 

The Gur girl's seminary "Beit Yaakov" in Bnei Brak

Photos: Miriam Woelke

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