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 Thursday , 15 Tamuz 5779 , 18/07/2019
Graves and Cemeteries

Tochuv‚ Czech Republic

english@oholei / 29 Tamuz 5774
Phenominal Discovery Of Rav Nochum Sofer / Mikva of Baa′l Shem Tov in Czech Republic found/ Discovery of Baa′l Sefel Ho′eilim
 
It was brought to the attention of Rabbi Yisroel Meir Gaby that in the city of Tochov lay the remains of the Holy Reb Nochum Sofer of blessed memory, and that the cemetery was being used to house a group of squatters.

It was several years ago that a Rabbi Yoel Tzvi Moskowitz discovered in an ancient library an old set of Mishnayos in which was inscribed the following transcript;
" Horav Nochum Ben Rav Yosef Sofer from the City of Tochuv was niftar on the First of Iyar 5577 and promised: Those that will learn Mishnayos for the elevation of his soul on the day of his passing - he would do his utmost to do whatever good he can for him in the ′Olom Ho′emes."′

Rabbi Moskowitz began to inquire about the burial site and realised the only way to really discover the whereabouts of this Tzaddik would be to travel there.

He found that it was a focal point to the Jews of the region whom often frequented the place of burial as can be seen in pictures he managed to get hold of-which showed the prewar clips of mispallelim at the Kever in the ancient cemetery, however this did not lead to its immediate discovery.

During his stay he contacted the local museum director who remembered the location of the grave site which was left abandoned over the years. The Museum director then led him to the building at the site which was constructed out of wood with no real foundations and was happy to confirm that no real damage had been caused to the actual Tombstone.
Rabbi Moskowitz then turned to Rav Asher Margolius of Vienna who in turn approached Rabbi Gaby of Oholei Zadikim who was only too happy to assist and offer his expertise in this field.

Without any hesitation, Rabbi Gaby erected a new monument over the Kever and ensured that a Jewish presence would be reinstated there.

Over forty Kilometers away is a City called Regunsuburg. It was said that the Baal Shem Tov in his days of exile made use of a Mikvah there, this was backed up by the famed Minchas Elozor of Munkatch who gave testimony on this fact and said there were recognizable features that the Mikvah was one that the Baa′l Shem Tov used.
Being in the area, Rabbi Gaby made sure to visit the site and found a locale who related to Rabbi Gaby that he was delighted to see a Jewish face in the area again, and that he was the one responsible for taking care of the Jewish cemetery in the area and that he required help in remarking the cemetery, to which rabbi Gaby was only too happy to do.
This then resulted in something else extraordinary-the discoverer of the Kever of Rav Yosef Mi′regunsburg.

Rabbi Gaby commented "people think that I am some Saint, but in reality I am just trying and there is untold Divine assistance along the way-no journey or effort is in vain".