Sunday, August 14, 2005

Rabbi Yitzhak Zilber's Yortzait

By the grace of G-d
Shalom uBrocha!

A year ago on Tisha beAva 5764 many Jews in the land of Yisrael and worldwide mourned the passing of Rabbi Yitzhak Zilber besides mourning the destruction of the temple .
Since I was personally inspired and influenced by books , students , audio recordings and videos of classes of this amazing tzadik in my path to teshuvah I'm including some links for you to learn about him and to learn his Torah teachings. (a site set up by his students mostly Russian language text audio video)
A movie about his life real audio Russian with English subtitles click to stream if you have a high speed connection or right click and save to watch later if you have a slower modem.
Same video in mpeg format even higher video quality but no English subtitles
Israeli news report of his passing: (Russian)
Memorial (shloishim) gathering of Rav Zilber's students video (Russian)
Rav Zilber at Torat ChaiymRav Zilber teaching at Torat Chaim Yeshivah near Moscow
Rav Zilber's Torah classes in Russian (audio mp3 format)
Rav Yitzhak Zilber's short biography in English
Toldot Yeshurun English page articles, audio, video, pictures Rav Zilber's students classes times and locations: . an audio/video site in Russian classes by Rav. Moshe Panteliat , Efim Svirski, Michoel Gittik , Chaim Cohen and Yakov Tipograph (some of the many wonderful students of Rav Yitzhok).
Birchas Yitzhak Rav Zilber's Yeshivah (Jewish Seminary) for girls and women in Moscow video:
As a side note while being from "Litvish" (non Chassidic) background Rav Zilber has had a very warm and respectful relationship with Chabad and the Rebbe King Moshiach Shlit"a for many years. I was even told a story by a friend of mine that when Rav Zilber once visited the Rebbe for yechidus the Rebbe told him "I usually "nudge" people to study Chassidus but you don't really have to do so since it's already in your heart..." (free translation)
From many of the recorded classes and books of Rav Zilber and his students that are found online it seems apparent that they do study pnimius ha'Torah - (inner meaning of Torah - Kabbalah , Mussar , Chassidus) and are able to present it at the level a beginner can understand.
With respect and blessing.
Ariel Sokolovsky
PS. May all of us learn from the wonderful example of Rav Yitzhok and many of his students in learning, teaching and observance Torah in the spirit of peace, friendship, unity and ahavas Yisroel.
PPS. The Rebbe King Moshiach Shlit"a explains that tzadikim (righteous) merit eternal life - chaim nitzchim thru their students and children continuing their holy work in this world (see here for example: Of Eternal Life in Beacons on the Talmud's Sea
Analyses of Passages From The Talmud And Issues In Halachah
Adapted From The Works of The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
)I think this surely applies Rav Yitzhok Zilber as his son haRav haGaon BenTzion Zilber Shlit"a and thousands of his students are continuing his holy work with the same spirit of love, unity and cooperation of all Jews. May their work hasten the revelation of Moshiach and final redemption speedily in our days.

Long Live our Master our Teacher and our Rebbe King Moshiach Forever and Ever!

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