Shavuos Hachnosas Sefer Torah of Sefer Torah Used by Divrei Chaim of Sanz


rav-zalman-leib-teitelbaumOn the first day of Shavuos, a hachnosas Sefer Torah of a Sefer Torah used by the Divrei Chaim of Sanz, the founder of the Sanz dynasty, and later by his oldest son, the Shinever Rov, will be held. The Sefer Torah was recently purchased by Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum of Satmar, a descendant of the Divrei Chaim, from other descendants of the Divrei Chaim who had inherited it from their forefathers.

The hachnosas Sefer Torah will take place on the first day of Shavuos after Shacharis. It will be used for Krias HaTorah and Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum will receive an aliyah in the special Sefer Torah.

Many of today’s chassidishe rabbinical families trace back to Rav Chaim Halberstam, zt”l (1793-1876), revered Sanzer Rav and author of Divrei Chaim, who was a leading chassidishe Rebbe during his lifetime.

The Divrei Chaim had fourteen children. The two youngest sons survived into their nineties and were murdered in the Holocaust. Miraculously, a few religious items that belonged to the Divrei Chaim survived the Holocaust and are priceless. They include a sefer Torah, a sefer Torah crown, a kiddush cup, and some other singular items.

The Rubin brothers of California were in possession of the sefer Torah. They are grandsons of Rabbi Moshe Halberstam, zt”l (d. 1919), Shiniva Rebbe; son of Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam, zt”l (1813-1898), Shiniva Rebbe and author of Divrei Yechezkel; son of the Divrei Chaim. They inherited the sefer Torah from their grandfather. Though continuously offered huge sums of money for the sefer Torah, the brothers always declined. Many chassidishe rebbes and descendants of the Divrei Chaim would yearly journey to California to be called up for a reading in the special sefer Torah.

Last year, the Rubin brothers faced certain challenges. They sought the blessing of Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum of Satmar, a descendant of the Divrei Chaim. The brothers perceive the Rebbe’s blessing as having literally saved them. In return, the brothers decided to sell the sefer Torah to the Satmar Rebbe.

The Rebbe was overjoyed to hear their decision. He immediately called upon philanthropist Moshe Shmuel Zupnik to gather the wherewithal to acquire the sefer Torah. A check for one million dollars was immediately written and on Thursday, March 24, the sefer Torah was brought to the Rebbe’s residence on Bedford Avenue.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. the name is yeruchem brothers of the manhattan upper west side who don’t have any children and never were married no brachos involved 500,000 not a million get your facts straight thanks!