Letter by my late father-in-law, Shalom Baruch, Sam Fisher
This letter was written shortly before Sam Fisher, Shalom Baruch's bar mitzva. It was sent from his home in Kfar Hasidim in Eretz Yisrael, the Holy Land, to his grandfather, Shimshon Kossower, a Gerer Hasid still living in Warsaw, Poland. The grandfather was very upset that his beloved grandson was being brought up in the Jewish wilderness of Australia, and would have been ecstatic to receive this letter from Palestine.
At the onset of World War II, Shalom Baruch's Uncle Haskel Koss managed to escape to Belgium. Fearful of the fate of Polish Jewry, Reb Shimshon sent his valuable papers to his son in Belgium for safe-keeping. Reb Shimshon died of natural causes before the Nazis closed the Jews up into the infamous Warsaw Ghetto.
Uncle Haskel and his wife survived the war, but lost their two children to the Nazi murder machine. They moved to Sydney Australia with their daughter, Betty, who was born after the war. After Haskel's passing, his family found, amongst his personal belongings, the letter below written by Shalom Baruch.
These sponsored links arrive via 3rd party feeds. We have no control over their content.
Tuesday, 2nd day of Iyyar 5697
To My Dear Grandfather,
I have not written to you so far because I was busy with my studies. I have now found time to sit down and write.
My dear grandfather, you know I have already started putting on tefilin every morning. I had always hoped you would be at my bar-mitzva, but I now hope you can be at my huppa [wedding].
I now have a beautiful brother. His name is Yaacov Aryeh after my grandfather of blessed memory.
I am now studying gemara, the second chapter of tractate Bava Kama known as Keitsad haRegel, Humash Bamidbar [Numbers] with Rashi and Tanach Yirmiya [the book of the prophet Jeramiah].
I am very happy that I have learned and am able to write to you in the holy language, Hebrew.
Currently it is very hot in Eretz Yisrael.
The Arabs are fighting with the Jews, but they will not defeat us. G-d, the keeper of Israel, "will protect us from all evil".
I miss my father who left a month ago for Australia. G-d willing we will be reunited soon.
We are, thank G-d, all healthy.
Regards to all of you,
Your dear grandson,
P.S. I ask you, grandfather, that you answer me soon in the holy language, Hebrew.
Shalom Baruch Fiszbin
3rd April, 2012
Please enter your comments on this article to Menachem:
And don't forget to look at my latest (and classic) photographs at www.Menachem.co.il