The Chabad Rebbe and His Secretaries: Eli Beer Benching Gomel at the Kotel on Lag B’ Omer


As promised previously, I will be discussing the Chabad Rebbe, his secretaries; a connection with the founder of Laniado Hospital and the phrase “G-d’s eyes are upon Eretz Yisrael the whole year”.

And tonight ( Lag B Omer) Eli Beer will be benching Gomel at the Kotel.

The Chabad Rebbe’s Yartziet – Exactly Five Years After The 405 Terrorist Attack

It is not often that a specific date jumps out when looking at a plaque commemorating a terrorist attack. But I must admit when I took a closer look at the plaque pictured a few Blogs ago as a memorial to the victims of the Egged Bus 405 Terrorist Attack, that really had an immediate impact.

It was exactly 5 years to the day, that the Chabad Rebbe passed away after the 405 Terrorist Attack. As I have consistently pointed out during the past year, the number five seemed to be coming up very frequently in relation to other terrorist attacks. To me it seemed that these attacks were all representing the five finger “Hand Of G-d”.

But the Rebbe was not involved in a Terrorist Attack so on the surface it’s difficult to find a clear explanation of what this means. Since we believe everything happens for a reason, I looked deeper and found a very interesting fact about the Rebbe’s secretaries.

The Rebbe’s Two Secretaries Also Were Niftar Roughly Five Years Apart

Rabbi Yerachmiel Binyomin Halevi Klein, a member of the Rebbe‘s secretariat who facilitated the interaction of hundreds of thousands of people with the Rebbe, passed away on Friday, 18 Sivan 5775. (June 5, 2015).

Rabbi Yehuda Leib (“Leibel”) Groner (25 April 1931 – 7 April 2020) (Hebrew dates: 8 Iyar 5691- 13 Nissan 5780)[1] was the primary secretary of Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the Lubavitcher Rebbe) for over 40 years.[2] He died during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic due to complications brought on by COVID-19.

I Was Fortunate To Meet Both Of The Rebbe’s Secretaries

As indicated previously, I learned in the Chabad Yeshiva Hadar Hatorah located at 824 Eastern Parkway, if I remember the address correctly. This was during the majority of 1978. That is where I met many people like me who were university graduates looking to learn what they missed while growing up in a reform or conservative environment. There were other men who took time off from work and wanted to improve their learning, and many would come for a few hours in the day or night because they lived in the NY area. But since I had no close relatives there, I stayed in the Dorm upstairs from the Shul and learning area located on the main floor.

It seems like yesterday, when I would see both secretaries behind their desks in the entrance of 770 Eastern Parkway. They seemed to be constantly on the phone. If it was not talking to the Rebbe, it was taking an overseas call or just answering questions from someone wanting to make an appointment to see the Rebbe. And in those days there were no cellphones or Internet because both of these technologies only became available on a widespread basis in the early 1980’s.

Many times I would appear in the office to ask a question. And because the secretaries looked so busy, especially the first time I came, I felt that I really did not belong there.  I thought to myself, why should I bother them when they most probably had so many other things to attend to that were far more important. But I soon learned how wrong I was, because soon after I arrived,  I made eye contact with Rabbi Klein or Groner, and they wanted to know not what I want, but how can they help me. It felt to me that they were very caring people who were there to help anyone who came to see the Rebbe.

So without any other way of making immediate contact with the secretaries except by phone, I felt I was fortunate to have the ability to make direct contact with both secretaries whenever I needed help. And I learned how devoted and special these secretaries were to the Rebbe.

This Year Marks The 26th Yartzeit Of The Rebbe

It is very significant in my eyes that this year will mark the same numerical equivalent as Hashem’s name using gematria. And it will be the first year that neither the Rebbe nor any of his secretaries will be physically with us.  We learn that upon conclusion of its physical life-span, the soul resumes a purely spiritual state

Ultimately, the soul will be reunited with the body. In the Messianic Era, the resurrection of the dead will usher in a “World to Come” of eternal physical life, in which “death will be eradicated forever.”6

The Rebbe Confirmed His Love For Israel Many Times

One such time, was contained in a video in Shevat, 5751 ( January, 1991) when Rabbi Shmuel Alexander Unsdorfer was seen asking the Rebbe a number of questions. Rabbi Unsdorfer was one of the most important Rabbis of Sanz Hasidism. At first he served as head of Yeshivat Reishit Hochma in Montreal. He later served as Av Beit Din of Sanz – Petah Tikva, author of the book Siftei Yisrael, and the son-in-law of Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam, the Admor of Sanz. He was the founder of Laniado Hospital.

In the video, the Rebbe said among other things-

“The Land of Israel is ‘The Land which G-d’s eyes are upon from the beginning of the year until the end.’ I tell everyone that it is safe to travel there.

A link to the video appears below- 

Speaking Of Eyes: COVID-19 Recommended Protection Includes Eyeglasses Or Goggles

A newly released study this week, by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found eyes and surrounding tissue produce the enzyme ACE-2, making them a target for the virus.

COVID-19 latches onto ACE-2 receptors, therefore if droplets from an infected person were to land on the eye, the virus could begin infiltrating cells there.

ACE-2 receptors are also found in the lungs and respiratory tract.

The findings reinforce advice to the public not to touch their eyes without thoroughly washing their hands first and could further demonstrate that it may be helpful to wear goggles or glasses as a preventive measure.

University of Hong Kong researchers confirm the eyes are at risk for COVID-19 to enter the body.

The Chabad Rebbe And The founder Of Lianado Hospital In Kiyat Sanz, Netanya, Israel, passed away SIX days apart.

These two Torah giants who established thriving religious Jewish establishments recognized worldwide passed away only SIX days apart-

Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam (January 10, 1905 – June 18, 1994) was an Orthodox rabbi and the founding Rebbe of the Sanz-Klausenburg Hasidic dynasty.

Menachem Mendel Schneerson (Hebrew: מנחם מנדל שניאורסון‎; Yiddish: מנחם מענדל שניאורסאהן‎; April 5, 1902 OS – June 12, 1994; AM 11 Nissan 5662 – 3 Tammuz 5754), known to many as the Lubavitcher Rebbe or simply as the Rebbe,[2][3]

And suddenly within only six days, Hashem took great Ravs away from us. Since their passing took place 26 years ago, which again is the numerical value for Hashem’s name, then it is interesting that tonight Eli Beer will be benching Gomel at the Kotel.

As previously mentioned, Eli was at the scene of the Egged Bus 405 Terrorist Attack which took place on the same Hebrew calendar day of Gimel Tamuz five years before the Chabad Rebbe was Niftar.

Eli also shares the name of Yehudah with the founder of Lianado Hospital. Yehudah contains the name of Hashem.

Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam,  Eliezer Yehudah Beer And Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai – Lag  B’ Omer 5780

Many EYES Will Be On The Kotel  Instead Of The Kever Of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

On this Lag B’ Omer, for the first time in recent memory, no crowds will gather at the Kever of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

Instead, the attention will shift to other major Holy Sites in Israel. One of those sites will be the Kotel. Tonight, Lag B Omer, Eliezer Yehudah Beer (Eli Beer) will be publicly benching Gomel for the miraculous recovery that he was, with Hashem’s help, fortunate to have.

Eli survived COVID-19, Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam survived almost certain death at the hands of the Nazis. Both miracles clearly are by the hands of Hashem.

The Live Broadcast From The Kotel

Eli will be reciting Birchas HaGomel and together with renowned Chazan Shlomo Glick, will daven for all the sick people suffering from the Coronavirus around the globe.

The tefillah will be live-streamed and people can send in the names of those who are sick for Eli to mention and daven for at the Kotel via this website:

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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