Moshe Zvi of Savran

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Moshe Zvi Giterman of Savran (1775–1837) was the first Rebbe of Savran (Hasidic dynasty) and an influential Hasidic leader in western Ukraine, whose following numbered in the thousands.

The tzion [grave site] of the Holy Rebbe Moshe Tzvi of Savran

His father, Rabbi Shimon Shlomo (I), was the Maggid of Savran and a disciple of Dovber of Mezeritch, the primary disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hasidic Judaism. Moshe Zvi was a disciple of his father, Rabbi Levi Yitschok of Berditchev and Rabbi Boruch of Mezhbizh. After his father's death in 1802, Moshe Zvi took over his position as the Maggid of Savran. Moshe Zvi went on to become the Rabbi of Berditchev after the death of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev, and later became the Rabbi of the towns of Uman and Kishinev as well. He had thousands of chasidim in Volhynia and Bessarabia.

Moshe Zvi's Torah insights were collected and printed in the book, Likutey Shoshanim. His son, Shimon Shlomo (II), succeeded him as Savraner Rebbe.

About the Savran-Bendery Chassidic Dynasty[edit]

A genetic genealogy study about the Savran-Bendery Chassidic Dynasty focused on the Y-DNA pedigree of the Savran-Bendery Chassidic dynasty from Ukraine and Bessarabia during the nineteenth century was published in May 31, 2015. Genealogical and Y chromosome genetic data are presented [1].

Nigun (Hasidic Melodies)[edit]

Among other hasidic melodies specific to Savran, Rebbe Moshe Zvi Giterman composed a very inspiring version of B'nei heicholo that is traditionally sung at Seudah Shlishit.


  • Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull and Dr. Jeffrey Briskman, Y-DNA Genetic Signature of the Savran-Bendery Chassidic Dynasty[2]