Zalman I. Posner

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Zalman I. Posner
Rabbi Zalman I Posner crop 2004-05-02.jpg
Born 1927
Mandatory Palestine
Died 23 April 2014 (23 Nissan 5774)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.[1]
Occupation Rabbi, Congregation Sherith Israel
Notable work Think Jewish, Tanya (translator), HaYom Yom (translator), Kuntres Umaayan: Overcoming Folly (translator)
Spouse(s) Risya Kazarnovsky
Children Vivi Deren, Menachem Mendel Posner, Sussie Denebeim, Miriam Liberow, Shimon Hillel Posner
Parents
  • Sholom Posner (father)
  • Chaya (mother)

Rabbi Zalman I. Posner (1927 – 2014) was an American rabbi associated with the Chabad Hasidic movement. He served as the rabbi of Congregation Sherith Israel in Nashville, Tennessee.[2][3][4]

Activities[edit]

Rabbi Posner was one of the first students trained at the American Lubavitcher Yeshivah in Brooklyn established in 1940 and opened in 1941.[5][6]

In early 1948, Rabbi Posner was sent to DP camps and Jewish communities in Europe for education work. On his return to the States, he became the principal of the Yeshiva in Springfield, Massachusetts.[7]

In September 1949, Rabbi Zalman Posner and his wife Risya came to Nashville, Tennessee as the first Chabad emissaries to the state, a position they held for 53 years.[2][5][7] In 1954, they founded the Akiva School in Nashville.[4][8] In September 1957, Rabbi Posner assumed deanship of the Yeshiva Achei Tmimim of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,[7] founded by his parents.[9] Despite his out-of-state duties, he continued to guide the Jewish community of Nashville as Rabbi and Principal of the Akiva Day School for many years.

Rabbi Posner died in Rancho Mirage, California on April 23, 2014.[10]

Books[edit]

Works authored[edit]

  • Think Jewish (1978, 2002)[11]
  • Reflections on the Sedra

Translations and commentaries[edit]

  • Tanya, Bilingual Edition: Parts III and V
  • On the Teachings of Chassidus
  • On Learning Chassidus
  • The Tzemach Tzedek and the Haskala Movement
  • HaYom Yom
  • Kuntres Uma'ayan
  • Saying Tehillim

Family[edit]

Rabbi Posner was the son of Rabbi Sholom Posner, and was married to Risya Posner until her death in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007.[12]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rabbi Zalman Posner, 87, OBM
  2. ^ a b "Congregation Sherith Israel - Nashville, TN Orthodox Synagogue - Personnel Details". 2015-12-09. Archived from the original on 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  3. ^ "Pioneering Chabad Emissary, Mother and Grandmother Passes Away in Nashville". www.chabad.org. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  4. ^ a b Robinson, Ronda. "After 53 years, Nashville's grand ole rabbi retires." The Jerusalem Post. 2002. Archived copy on rondarobinson.com.
  5. ^ a b "Interview: Rabbi Zalman Posner". COLLIVE.com. 2012-02-03. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  6. ^ Jewish Pride in the 1940s, video interview, Nov. 2005.
  7. ^ a b c Reflections on the Sedra, front matter.
  8. ^ Respected religious leader Rabbi Posner plans 2002 retirement Friday, December 21, 2001. Accessed March 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "1943: Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh." Rauh Jewish Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center.
  10. ^ COLLive: Rabbi Zalman Posner, 87, OBM
  11. ^ Samuelson, Norbert Max. An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy. SUNY Press, 1989.
  12. ^ Chabad-Lubavitch Mourns Senior Representative to Nashville Lubavitch.com Accessed March 10, 2014.