Monday, July 29, 2019


THE YOM TOV OF כ"ו תמוז?

In 1916 a bookseller named Naftali Zvi 

Shapiro offered to sell to Abraham Kahan, 

letters written by the Baal Shem Tov 

that had been stored in 

some Geniza (cache of old documents).

There was confusion as to where 

the Geniza was, if in St. Petersburg, Kiev, 

or Kharkov.

In 1921, the letters appeared again in 

Odessa, having originated (supposedly) in 

the government archive in Kherson. This 

cache was supposedly confiscated from 

the Ruzhiner Rebbe zt"l. when he was put 

in prison.

The story that went around was that in the 

confusion following the revolution in 1917, 

the letters were removed from 

the Kherson archive and brought 

to Odessa. There most of the letters were 

purchased by ​a wealthy Chasid Shmuel 

Gurary who presented them to

​his Rebbe the Maharshab, Rabbi Shalom 

Dov Ber zt"l..

In the 1930s, Rabbi Yosef 

Yitzhak, zt"l (Frierdiger Rebbe) published

some three hundred letters, purportedly 

from the pen of the Besht etc. in 

the Chabad journal- Hatamim.

It soon became apparent, that the 

authenticity of the manuscripts was 


Close inspection of the contents, form, and 

paper cast serious doubt on their 


Today, outside of Chabad there are 

virtually no authorities who consider these 

letters anything other than forgeries.

Scholars examined the letters from 

the Kherson Geniza attributed to the 

Baal Shem Tov and matched up the dates

to the day of week in which they were written. it was discovered that some of the dates coincided with Shabbosos & Yomim Tovim. Also, the type of paper that was used on the manuscripts was not yet available then.

The Imrei Emes (Gerrer Rebbe) ,R. Yisochor Dov Rokeach (Belzer Rebbe), and Minchas Elozor (Munkatcher Rebbe) zt"l
all took issue with the authenticity of these letters.

Outside of Chabad there are no sources that suggest they were not forgeries.

The last Lubavitcher Rebbe Zt"l who was an expert on old Seforim and manuscripts insisted that they are indeed authentic and
wouldn't give in to the academics who tried to convince him otherwise.

In the Sefer Hatamim, there are two Besht letters from the Kherson Geniza declaring the Yom Tov of כ"ו תמוז.
It is interesting that as far as I know. no one, not even Chabad celebrates כ"ו תמוז.


  1. from JNS dot org:

    “Under the Trump administration,
    the United States argued that UNRWA
    [United Nations Relief and Works
    Agency for Palestine Refugees]
    has perpetuated, rather than helped,
    end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
    by extending refugee status to
    the children, grandchildren and
    great-grandchildren of those who
    fled Israel during the establishment
    of the Jewish state in 1948.”

    SOURCE: UNRWA Leaders Accused
    of Sexual Misconduct, Ethics Violations


    In 1958, former director of
    UNRWA Ralph Galloway declared
    angrily while in Jordan:

    “The Arab states do NOT want to solve
    the [Palestinian] refugee problem.

    They want to keep it as an open sore,
    as an affront to the United Nations,
    and as a weapon against Israel.

    Arab leaders do not give a damn
    whether Arab refugees live or die.”

    From Time Immemorial: The Origins
    of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine

    (chapter 2, page 23) by Joan Peters,
    year 1984, JKAP Publications

  2. Tuvia Tenenbom [a secular Israeli author] said:

    “Outside of the Orthodox community,
    where Jews are proud to be Jews,
    and are observing Jewish Law...

    In state-after-state, temple-after-temple,
    what I saw and what I witnessed was a nightmare:

    You see [non-Orthodox] Rabbis, so-called
    Rabbis, leaders, supposedly leaders,
    standing at a podium, and all they can
    tell to their listeners, is that Israel
    is an apartheid state, and that Judaism
    is racist. That is what they preach,
    over and over and over and over again...”

    SOURCE: Shocking Tuvia Tenenbom
    Interview Tells Truth about Reform & Conservative Jews

    a YouTube video/published on 2017 July 17


    from the Jewish Virtual Library:

    “Leading up to Israel's independence
    in [year] 1948, it was common for
    the international press to label Jews,
    not Arabs, living in the [British]
    mandate as Palestinians.

    It was not until years after Israeli
    independence that the Arabs living
    in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
    were called Palestinians.”

    SOURCE: Origin of "Palestine"


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