Holy Woman is not only the biography of a remarkable contemporary woman who, in the most difficult of circumstances, achieved spiritual greatness, but it is also a spiritual manual directing the reader how to attain one’s own highest potential.
The reader follows Chaya Sara Weiser, a child wonder-worker, from her Carpathian village, through Auschwitz, to the shores of Palestine. There she meets Yaakov Moshe Kramer, whom great rabbis would identify as a “lamed-vov tzaddik,” one of the 36 hidden righteous people whose merit sustains the whole world. She becomes his wife and his disciple. For over forty years they live in a ramshackle cottage in an obscure village, taking care of multiply-handicapped children, bestowing miraculous blessings, and profoundly impacting the lives of everyone they meet. After R’ Yaakov Moshe’s passing, Rebbetzin Chaya Sara spends the fifteen years of her widowhood “like a Rebbe in Jerusalem.”