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Reb Chaim Goldberg was a self-effacing member of Rav Dovid Soloveitchik’s kollel, but he was also Eretz Yisrael’s greatest gabbai tzedakah. He was a champion for society’s forsaken underdogs and an angel of mercy for thousands of impoverished families in every development, town, and forsaken backwater in Israel. A final conversation before his passing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Reb Chaim Goldberg, the legend-in-his-time gabbai tzedakah who passed away in Jerusalem last month at 67 (born 19 Kislev 5709/1948) following years of serious illness, had landed an appointment with Moishe Reichmann, the premier baal tzedakah of his generation, for all of five minutes in a busy day’s schedule. As Chaim entered Reichmann’s downtown Toronto office, the billionaire got straight to the point: “How can I help you?” But Chaim got straight to his point, too: “Forgive me, Reb Moishe, but that’s the wrong question to ask. The right one is how can I help you? I understand you’ve got a good deal of money that you need to distribute, and I’m here to help you do that in a way that the people who genuinely need it most are sure to get it.” Reichmann dialed his secretary and told her to hold all calls for the next half hour due to an important meeting, and Chaim Goldberg walked out with a commitment for $15,000 in monthly deposits to his tzedakah account. 

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