The Karelitz family is synonymous with the noblest ideals of Judaism. The first name that comes to mind when one thinks of the great family is the legendary Chazon Ish, Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz, of Bnai Brak. But there were others, as well. One of them was his sister, Rabbanit Batya Karelitz, who was revered in her own right as a matriarch and role model for all who were touched by her piety, kindness, warmth and generosity . She had the wisdom, strength, and wealth of Pirkei Avos; she treasured wisdom whatever it's source; she had the strength to conquer herself; and she had the wealth of contentment with her lot in life. And Rabbanit Batya had the priceless gift of joy. And why not? If everything she had and experienced was Hashem's gift, even though it sometimes tasted bitter, should she not be happy with it. And this was an attitude and a gift that she was able to convey to others. Small wonder that Judaism's great leaders urged that her story be shared with others. She, who was so modest that she shunned every honor and refused every compliment, would have consented, but very reluctantly, because she was always ready to make sacrifices for other and because her highest human authority was that of the Torah leaders. Esther Austern knew the Rabbanit and her family well. She writes with the knowledge and insight of one who grew up in the glow of the Rabbanit's home and absorbed the lessons of her great spirit. This book is more than a biography. It is a textbook of Jewish values, an inspiration, a primer in the grace and majesty of Jewish womanhood.
by Esther Austern
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