Zalman I. Posner

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Zalman I. Posner
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BornNovember 1926 (12 Kislev 5687)
Died23 April 2014 (23 Nissan 5774)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.[1]
OccupationRabbi, Congregation Sherith Israel
Notable work
Think Jewish, Tanya (translator), HaYom Yom (translator), Kuntres Umaayan: Overcoming Folly (translator)
Spouse(s)Risya Kazarnovsky
ChildrenVivi Deren, Menachem Mendel Posner, Sussie Denebeim, Miriam Liberow, Shimon Hillel Posner
  • 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]


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, Posner was sent as a shaliach ("emissary") 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, 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, 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.

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


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


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

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Rabbi Zalman Posner, 87, OBM
  2. ^ a b "Congregation Sherith Israel - Nashville, TN Orthodox Synagogue - Personnel Details". December 9, 2015. Archived from the original on December 9, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Pioneering Chabad Emissary, Mother and Grandmother Passes Away in Nashville". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Robinson, Ronda. "After 53 years, Nashville's grand ole rabbi retires." The Jerusalem Post. 2002. Archived copy on
  5. ^ a b "Interview: Rabbi Zalman Posner". February 3, 2012. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  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 Accessed March 10, 2014.