According to Rabbi Moshe Yosef Friedlander, owner, and founder of the Reb Shayele Kerestirer Guesthouse, a brand-new contemporary “mikvah teharah” is expected to be finished in this historic village within the following two months.
Since the great Reb Shayele Keristerer passed away 97 years ago, this will be the first mikvah in Kerestir to have both a men’s and a women’s mikvah, according to Rabbi Friedlander.
Separate mikvaos for men and women will be available at the brand-new Binyen Avrum Yakov Friedman Mikveh.
Donors who want to participate in this historic project will dedicate each of the mikveh’s stones.
The brand-new Mikveh will benefit the tens of thousands of tourists that come to the hometown of the saint Reb Shayele and the Jewish communities in Debreczyn, Grosswardein, and Miskolc, who up until now had to go all the way to Budapest for a Mikveh.
Many Jewish students who attend universities in some of these towns and want to keep up mitzvah observance can be found there.
The Mikvah is the newest service offered by Rabbi Friedlander’s Guesthouse, which also provides a full kosher catering service to visitors and guests who visit the legendary saint’s grave.
The saint is well-known throughout the world for his numerous yeshuos to Jews who are mispallel and his tzion in Kerestir.
Thousands of Ukrainian refugees were fed emergency kosher meals in this large kitchen as they fled their war-torn nation.
Additionally, it was the leading supplier of kosher food for the refugees in Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine, where many of them are still looking for temporary housing.
During the last Pesach, it was mainly the only source for thousands of people.
Rabbi Friedlander has emerged as a critical player in the absorption and rescue of Ukrainian Jewry by providing necessities such as kosher food and a place to live during this trying time.
“My mission is to extend the magnificent hahnosas orchim of the great tzaddik Reb Shayele to today’s generation,” he said.
Rabbi Friedlander remarked, “I know this is exactly what Reb Shayele would have done during this moment for Ukrainian Jews.
Rabbi Friedlander continued: “Reb Shayele had his mikveh, and now, with our new mikvah, we can offer even a mikveh to the many Jews who visit here all year and on the yahrzeit.”
Rabbi Friedlander and his Guesthouse are planning to take a lead role in welcoming as many as 30,000 visitors from all over the world during the yahrzeit, which this year will take place on May 19.