Rav L’Hoshia is dedicated to carrying on the legacy of the saintly Tzadik Reb Yeshaya of Kerestir zt”l, affectionately known as Reb Shaya’le. Reb Shaya’le was a legend in his own times, famed for his superhuman Avodas Hashem. He was especially known for his dedication to feeding the poor and hungry under any circumstances, often performing miraculous feats to provide sustenance for those in need.
Already as a young bachur he served as a faithful aide of the holy Tzadik, Reb Hershel’e of Liska zt”l, helping him in his many charitable endeavors. One of his tasks was to distribute bread to the many people who flocked to the Rebbe for inspiration and advice. His Rebbe would comment, “Look at my Shaya’le distributing the bread. The sack is empty, but he continues to give….” Even long after the supply ran out, Reb Shaya’le mysteriously continued handing out fresh rolls.
Later in his life his holy light shone forth from the town of Kerezstir, Hungary, where he guided his flock with incredible holiness and devotion. His own lofty levels notwithstanding, it was never beneath him to worry about another Jew’s most basic needs. He personally made sure that none of his visitors ever remained hungry. On Rosh Hashanah, in the midst of preparing for the blowing of the shofar, Reb Shaya’le was observed slicing cake so the many Yidden in shul would not be hungry.
Incredibly, on his deathbed Reb Shaya’le called over his family and told them, “There will be a large funeral here and many people will come from the surrounding towns and villages. Please prepare several large pots of food so that the people coming to my funeral should not go hungry.” This was what the Tzadik worried about as he prepared to meet his Maker!
"There will be a large funeral here and many people will come from the surrounding towns and villages. Please prepare several large pots of food so that the people coming to my funeral should not go hungry.”
Although the Tzadik left us a century ago, his light continues to shine to this day. Countless people have merited miraculous yeshuos in his great merit, especially when donating to the needy and hungry in his holy memory. Today Rav Lehoshia, founded by Reb Shayale’s descendants, continues the Tzadik’s lifelong mission by providing sustenance to the most helpless and needy—tiny, innocent infants. By ensuring that these little ones are properly fed and satisfied, we are following in the Tzadik’s footsteps.