Silber’s initial contact with Nachal
Novea happened strictly by accident. Zalman
played an integral role in saving the life of the
Grand Rebbe Eliezer Kenig by quickly arranging to
bring him to America - while simultaneously making
all necessary, often complicated arrangements to
facilitate a life-saving lung transplant. Against
all medical odds, the Rebbe survived, and a lifelong
friendship was born.
years ago... The Holy City of Tsfat was home to
some of the greatest scholars, mystics and spiritual
leaders in Jewish history. They revolutionized the
world by fusing heaven and earth together, merging
the hidden and revealed aspects of the Torah. Anger
was considered a crime. Despite its diverse population,
harmony prevailed in Tsfat since all shared the
same commitment to Torah and spiritual growth.
years ago... After several devastating earthquakes,
Tsfat was known more for her abandoned buildings
than anything else. Tsfat was in ruins, both physically
and spiritually. What was left of the holy buildings
in the Old City were empty and the Shechina - who
according to the mystic teachings made her home
in Tsfat since the destruction of the Holy Temple
- longed to hear the sweet words of Torah being
learned in her midst.
Tsfat and restore her to her previous spiritual
grandeur? Everyone said it was impossible. Everyone,
that is, but one man with incredible vision. A vision
that was passed down from Rebbe Nachman himself.
When Rav Gedaliah Kenig received the directive from
his teacher, Rav Avraham Sternharz, he took on this
mission with his body, heart and soul. He dedicated
his life to rebuilding Tsfat, and he left this world
for her behalf as well. Before he passed away, Rav
Gedaliah passed this mission on to three of his
sons, HaRav Elazar Mordechai, Rav Ephraim &
Reb Yitchak Kenig.
at the time it seemed an arduous task, the Kenig
brothers and a handful of Rav Gedaliah's students
accepted upon themselves the impossible.
After years of difficult work, the vision of Rav
Gedaliah has become a reality. Tsfat is a vibrant
Torah community. The Breslev Synagogue is filled
with visitors every Shabbat. The Kollel supports
over 130 full time students. The waiting list for
the Talmud Torah is growing every year. The beautiful,
modern mikveh is open and functioning. The nursery
holds over 70 babies and toddlers. Every year the
community grows larger and every year, her influence
is felt more and more in Tsfat, the Galilee, and
throughout the whole world.
more information about Nachal Novea, please visit
their site at nachalnovea.com