Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin and the Zionist flavor to Sefer Pri Levanon, sermons of Rabbi Shmuel Tzvi Weiss

In 1949 a book titled Peri Levanon, sermons of Rabbi Shmuel Tzvi Weiss was published in Jerusalem. Rabbi Weiss was a Maggid and Dayan in the vicinity of Lemberg, the book was published posthumously. 
Here is how the date of publication was described in the book:
חמשה עשר בשבט, יום פתיחת הכנסת הגדולה
שנת תהיה שנת טובה לפ"ק
ב למדינת ישראל
translated loosely as: Jerusalem, the 15th of the month of Shevat, the day of the opening of the Knesset.... second year for the state of Israel.
The introduction to the book is by Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, and he displays quite a bit of Zionist fervor in it. You can read the entire intro. below, here are some phrases from within it: 
"ידע והרגיש כי ביתו הקבוע של אדם מישראל הוא ברמה בארץ ישראל"
"He knew and felt that the permanent home for a Jew is in Eretz Israel"

"שזכה לראות במו עיניו את הקמת מדינת ישראל העצמאית"
"He merited to see with his own eyes the establishment of the independent state of Israel"

portrait of the author

introduction of Zevin

introduction of Zevin

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