Reb Chaim of Yerushalayim

Reb Chaim of Yerushalayim, The Maggid of Shabbos

Baruch Dayan HaEmet” Reb Chaim (Daskal) of Yerushalayim Z’T’L was Niftar last night and I attended the levaya. I consider him one of the great Rabbis of our generation. It was his idea that I open a Facebook Account to do kiruv. The Nikolsburg Rebbe once said to me, “Ask this question to Reb Chaim.. He is a true Rebbe.” Over 20,000 people were touched by his Shabbos campaines, he and his wife were misiras nefesh offering hundreds of Jews a taste of Shabbos. He was a close friend and an inspiration for all of us. Here are some photos of him visiting my home with the Nikolsburg Rebbe.

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A little bit about our Tzaddik

Growing up in the home of the Sklener Rebbe, Reb Chaim would circle the Rebbe and Rebizzen Friday night as they sang the song to welcome the angels. As he grew up, he too would become an angel for the one above. Living the life of a true maggid and chassid of the Baal Shem Tov. He would spread stories far and wide in his travels giving over the ahavas Hashem, love of Hashem.

The specialness of Reb Chaim of Yerushalayim Z’T;L,  was his ability to reach out to all Jews of all walks of life. He was always the first person to greet someone and give them a smile. I remember once we were at an event and he and I began to work different parts of the room to greet people. Reb Chaim was a gatherer of souls. He was a master at understanding all types of people and to see what they needed.

He encouraged children to learn mishniyos by heart and to study torah. Dozens of young married couples came to him for advice and encouragement. When he entered a room, people took notice and wanted to know who this person was… There was a light about him that shone with gladness and kindness.

Reb Chaim will always be known for his holy Shabbos meals which were open to all types of people. He taught the young and old to appreciate the light of Shabbos through singing, Torah, oneg Shabbos and gladness. In many cases, changing a persons life forever and giving them an experience of Israel that they would never forget. The holy Tzaddiks legacy will live on forever in our hearts and may we be blessed to follow in his ways of outreach, kindness and being a true person.

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Quotes from Reb Chaim

“… of my grandfather, Rav Eliezer Zusia zt’l, the Skulener Rebbe, (of blessed memory) and of my “Rebbe for Life,” Reb Avi Lieberman, (of blessed memory) enabled me to formulate a method for teaching people the joy of learning to learn.”

“For my wife and I, our most inspirational programs are when we travel together with a Shabbos Crew to other people’s homes. We bring a complete Shabbos program to families who are not yet enjoying the benefits of Shabbos.”

Reb Chaim’s Divar Torah’s

A Harpfull of Hope

Letting Go

The Faster the Better

Observations of an aufruf

Say it with your heart

Stepping into anothers shoe

What is the book of merits

The unlikely Thief
Searching for good in everything
One Penny
Uman trip
Sanctity of life
Do a lot
Tolerance
Light grow brighter
Tov Hashem
Reaching our Potential

Stories about Reb Chaim from Others

We should all be crazy like Reb Chaim
by Shoshana Lepon

 

Who was Reb Chaim, taken from his website

My Inspiration
I was never considered an “A” student until I got to college in 1984. Before that time, I always sat in the back and had absolutely no interest in learning. If there was anything that I was best at it was cutting class. I was the best at finding places to run to, away from school. In 1972, at the age of 10 1/2, I began high school at the Mir Yeshiva in Flatbush, NY. I had a very limited knowledge of English, and was the youngest in my class. However, Hashem opened the sky with the brightest light to ever shine into my life. His name was Reb Avi Lieberman (of blessed memory). He was chosen to be our teacher, because we were a group of five 9th graders who had no interest in attending class. Therefore, a new class was formed to accommodate us and keep us interested in the Yeshiva program. Within the next three years, we became the most popular 9th grade class in all of New York. “Rebs,” as we affectionately called him, showed us that Torah learning and learning in general was important and could even be fun. “Rebs” was my inspiration, and I have dedicated every success to him. When I started teaching, I adopted the name that we gave him, “Reb.” It is in his honor and memory that I call myself “Reb” rather than Rabbi.

The loving ways of my grandfather, the Skulener Rebbe, and of my “Rebbe for Life,” Reb Avi Lieberman, enabled me to formulate a method for teaching children to love learning. By age 16, I began studying at Yeshiva Beth Yehuda Rabbinical College, in Southfield, MI The local day school let out at 3:00 p.m. and many kids were just hanging around, so I organized an after-school program from 3:15-4:30 where the children learned how to love to learn. Following that project I with the help of friends from the Yeshiva built a very successful model of “Pirchei Shabbos Programs”. Since then I have been a teacher, principal, mentor and Success-life-coach to over 1800 students. These students are spread all over the globe from the USA to Canada to Eretz Yisroel.

My mother Sarah was born to Yentel the daughter of the renowned spiritual guide of Tchabeh, Rav Shraga Shmuel Shmelka zt’l. His Father was the holy Rebbe Boruch Yehuda of Deretchka zt’l.

Rav Shraga Shmuel Shmelka, the Tchaber Rav, zt’l, who lived the last thirty years of his life in Yerushalayim, Eretz Yisroel. He was known as a “poel yeshuos.” His influence reached people from all over the world and hundreds came to him for blessings and advice. He was very successful in helping people heal their lives and bring them back to their roots and their heritage.

The Tchaber Rav was the son of the great tzaddik, Reb Boruch Yehuda of Deretchka, (a talmid of the great Sanzer Rav), who, in turn, was a son of the tzaddik and kabbalist, Reb Yoel zt’l, Rav of Koite (a talmid of the holy Ziditchoiver Rebbe). Reb Yoel’s father was Reb Boruch Schnitzler, the Kalever Rav, who was the son-in-law of the famous tzaddik, Rebbe Shmelka Halevi Horowitz, known as Rebbe Shmelka Nikolsburger.

The Tchaber Rav’s Rebbetzin was the daughter of Reb Shalom zt’l, the Yarmer Rav, who was a son-in-law of Reb Naftoli Stern of Stropkov. Reb Naftoli was the son-in-law of Reb Yechiel Mechel of Kirome, Hungary , who was the son of Reb Hirsch Mendel of Anipoli, the son of the great tzaddik, Reb Zishe of Anipoli.

Reb Hirsch Mendel of Anipoli was the son-in-law of Reb Dov Ber of Ilnov. Reb Dov Ber’s father was Reb Tzvi, the son of the saintly Baal Shem Tov, zt’l, founder of the Chassidic Movement. We are descendents from Dovid Hamelech and we are 95 generations from our zaideh, the holy Emunah Rebbe, Nachshon Ben Aminodov.

After my grandfather Rav Boruch Yehuda Lebovits Zt’l (after whom I am named) passed away at a very young age, my grandmother, Rebbetzin Yentel  (daughter of the Tchaber Rav) married Rabbi Eliezer Zusia Portugal , the Skulener Rebbe, zt’l. As soon as they were married, I became very close to my grandfather, the Skulener Rebbe. I frequented his home, as it became my home away from home, as I spent many hours studying with the Rebbe as well as learning the many acts of loving-kindness that made him so well known throughout the world. My uncles (Rebbe Naftuli, the Holosher Rebbe, the Krumbacher Rebbe, the Nikolsburger Rebbe and the Karmarneh Rebbe) (Reb Mordechai the Bishtener Rebbe, Reb Yitzchok) and aunts (Rebbetzin Chaya and Rebbetzin Devorah) were the greatest influence on my life.

My father David was the son of Dov Mordechai & Perl z’l from Budapest Hungary. My grandfather Dov Mordechai was taken away by the Nazi’s and was never heard from again. My grandmother Bubby Perl who was left without her husband at an early stage in her life, reared her children while helping others at the same time. She operated an open house in Budapest, Hungary. Often people would come in and eat, drink and even stay overnight. Even though there was very little room for anyone to move about. The children would always make space available to all guest who arrived. Following the war most of the family emigrated to America. Each became a pillar of torah and chesed within the Jewish faith. My uncles Reb Binyomin (printer of sifrei Chasam Sofer, mocher seforim), Rav Pinchas of Bnei Braq (former Menahel, Mashgiach of Belz, grew up with Rav Chaim Meir the Viznitz Rebbe zt’l) Reb Aryeh Leibish (major involvement in community service) Reb Yiddel (pioneer of Jewish businesses, community service) My aunts (Chana, Zissel z’l) all had a great influence on me.  My father Dovid Tzvi z’l was a publisher and dealer of rare Russian books. My father passed away 28 Tishrei 5765.

Shabbos Awareness Center” My wife and I host a Shabbaton almost every weekend in Yerushalayim’s Old City and in various neighborhoods throughout the world. Our goal is to bring people closer to Hashem via “Shabbos Awareness”. Our powerful and dynamic Shabbaton meals are filled with great ruach (spirit), plenty choices of various delicacies, and lively music and dancing. Our guest list range from the ones who have been practicing Shabbos all their life to those who have never participated at all in any Shabbos meal or program. Our Shabbaton every week is an adventure into the Shabbos experience

Taken from Rebchaim.com

Need help with … Recite the following …
General Success  57, 122
Success in a New Home  61
Requesting something from a person  4, 8, 15, 34, 65, 122
Success on the road  17, 34
Successful in judgement  7, 35, 93
Kindness in the eyes of the power  8, 34, 71, 122
Staying out of trouble  16, 25, 26, 67, 71, 77
General Tikun (correction)  16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150
Success in returning to your work  41, 42, 43
Opening the heart  16, 19
Dream Insights and Interpretation  23, 42
Someone who cannot have children  102, 103 (cry while reciting)
Difficulty while in labor  20 (over and over)
Before speaking publicly  The letter Daled of 119 (10 times)
Special delivery  82
To bring about Rains  1-150
Success from enemies  100, 119, (Daily)
Protection and success  6, 7, 8, 13, 28, 38, 57, 65, 69, 71, 72, 108, 111, 119, 139, 140
Sholom Bayis  Using chapter 119 say the letters: Shin, Lamed, Vav, Mem, Hay, Bais, Yud, Suf
Tooth ache  100, 143
Finding a proper mate  32, 38, 70, 71, 124
Day of wedding <for groom/bride>  1 – 150
Erev Rosh Hashana  1 – 150