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Thursday, May 29, 2008



Adapted from my previous post, Rebbe Shmuel Eliyahu of Zvolin - Bearer of Warning:
This Shabbos, the 26th of Iyar, is the 120th yahrzeit of Rebbe Shmuel of Zvolin, son of Rebbe Yechezkel of Kuzmir, and father of the first Modzitzer Rebbe, the Divrei Yisrael.Upon the passing of Rebbe Yechezkel [Chatzkaleh] of Kuzmir Zt"l, his son Rebbe Shmuel Eliyahu was called upon to lead the Chassidim. Rebbe Shmuel Eliyahu lived in Zvolin, Poland.

From his youth, he was outstanding in his Torah scholarship and his musical abilities. He was called a "Menagen mafli pla'os", a wondrous musical talent. When he davened before the amud in his father's Beis Medrash, the place shook. People then said that they experienced the meaning of "and the entire nation saw the sounds" [a description in the Torah to describe the giving of the Torah].

The Zvoliner Rebbe composed many niggunim, especially for Shabbos and Yom Tov that were known throughout Poland and attracted many people. He was the first of the Polish Tzaddikim to concentrate his creative powers in Negina. With his awesome memory, he was able to remember everything he composed. His attitude towards Negina was as if the singer were standing in the Beis HaMikdash, and the Leviim were accompanying him in the shira v'zimra.


Here is an insight from the Zvoliner Rebbe Zt"l, in honor of his Yahrzeit:

It is told that when Rebbe Shmuel Eliyahu of Zvolin Zt"l met with another tzaddik of his time, he said, "When two tzaddikim meet, they create a crown for the Almighty, Blessed be He."

He reasons this by citing a Mishna in Masechta Uktzin: "Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi said, 'In the future, the Almighty, Blessed be He, will cause the tzaddikim to inherit three hundred and ten worlds.' "

The numerical value of two times three hundred and ten is 620, which symbolizes the two Tzaddikim meeting, and is equivalent to the numerical value of the word "Kesser," (crown), which is also six hundred and twenty. Each of the Tzaddikim and his three hundred and ten worlds create six hundred and twenty, the numerical value of the word "Kesser," creating a crown for Hashem.

-- Cited by the previous Modzitzer Rebbe, the Nachalas Dan, in Tehillim Pe'er Mikdoshim

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