Levi Yitzchak’s Endorsements

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The Yahrzeit of Reb Binyamin of Zalozitz zl (d. 1793) is commemorated on the 25th of Tishrei. The following praise of his works appeared in Sefer HaHasidut, Meah Tzadikim, Raphael, Yitzchak, 1961, Tel Aviv. (Freely translated by Gabbai Seth Fishman.)

From the Endorsements by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev on his Essays


“Through the Jewish activities in the holy congregation Lvov, the son of the tzaddik Reb Binyamin, who himself is our teacher, a holy Rav, wonderful, distinguished, erudite and an elder, came to me. His father was that tzaddik, holy source of light, godly man, the Rav, who is at rest, our teacher, the Rav Reb Binyamin his memory a blessing for life of world to come. Reb Binyamin was upright preacher of the holy congregation of Zalozitz.

“In the son’s hand, a bundle filled with the holy writings which attest to the glory of his father who is at rest, his soul in Eden and, he tells me he wants to bring them up onto the altar of publishing to establish words of his father so that they should remain for many days to be a reminder and preserver of him.

“The content makes a nice connection with Song of Song and it’s called ‘Love of Lovers’. Inside, I saw some words that are sweet for the palate and explanations for all their longings, verily, in revealed teachings and verily in esoteric teachings all in equal amounts, for good,  also laid out in a nice way for good understanding and certainly, it is a tree of life to those who grasp it…”

(At the beginning of the Sefer “Ahavat Dodim”)


“I already endorsed the essays that remained from that Tzaddik, source of holy light, godly man, our holy teacher, the Rav Reb Binyamin z’l. And with Hashem’s help, they filled the face of the world in light.

“And now, the distinguished, erudite elder and fearing Hashem, our teacher, the holy Rav, son of that tzaddik, came to me asking that I endorse essays that remain of the aforementioned tzaddik (who is at rest), in a book: ‘The large sack of Binyamin’, to be published on a press, a nice, new edition underwritten by the holy congregation of Minkovitz.

“On this, I say to him, ‘May his might and strength be increased for Torah!'”

(From the beginning of the book “Amtachat Binyamin”)

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