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Louder than Words

Yisroel Besser

When the Shefa Chaim chose the son of Rav Mordche of Zvhil as his first son-in-law, the fervor and fiery passion of Sanz merged with the pashtus, anonymity, and secrecy of Zvhil in these two prodigious scholars whose styles converged at the shtender. Today Rav Shlomo Goldman, the Zvhil-Sanz Rebbe of Union City, leads his kehillah with love, strength, and holy eyes that transcend sound

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

You can do remarkable things with silence. Imagine a rebbe who leads with silence, using it as a tool to draw forth, to demand, to teach; a silence that allows him to hear the dreams of those around him. In a small gazebo, I found a quiet rebbe, leading a quiet chassidus in a way that calls to mind those paintings, the ones where the entire town of wooden huts is visible in the background, as a small huddle of Jews gather after Kiddush Levanah or Tashlich, their faces exhilarated, worn, alive. The backdrop to the present scenic picture is the current of expectation that runs deep here. It’s the imprint and legacy of the community’s founder, the Shefa Chaim — Rav Yekusiel Yehuda Halberstam of Sanz-Klausenberg ztz”l, father-in-law of this rebbe of hushed tones:RavShlomoGoldman of Zvhil-Sanz.

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