Zvhil (Hasidic dynasty)

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Zvhil is the name of a Hasidic dynasty which originated with Rabbi Moshe of Zvhil, the son of Rabbi Yechiel Michl, the Magid (Preacher) of Zlotshev. He was also the grandson of Rabbi Yitzchok of Drubitsh and Rabbi Aharon of Karlin. As in several inter-related Hasidic dynasties, family tradition held that Rabbi Moshe was a descendant of King David.

Rabbi Moshe died in 1831 and was succeeded by his son Rabbi Yechiel Michl Goldman of Zvhil. The last rebbe to reside in Zvhil was Grand Rabbi Yaakov Yisroel. Rabbi Yaakov Yisroel was also the Tsar-appointed Chief Rabbi of Ukraine.

The town of Zvhil (Ukrainian: Zvyahel) is located in Volhynia, in present-day Ukraine. Today it is known as Novohrad-Volynskyi. The Jewish version of the name, Zvhil, instead of Zvyahel can be attributed to the similarity between Zvhil and Zvul (one of the holy names for the ancient Jewish Temple in Hebrew, pronounced 'Zvil' by Ukrainian Jews).


  • Rabbi Isaac of Drubitsh (d. 1752)
    • Rabbi Yechiel Michl, the Maggid of Zlotshev (1726-1781), son of Rabbi Isaac. A disciple of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hasidism.
      • Rebbe Moshe of Zvhil (d. 1831), son of the Maggid of Zlotshev.
        • Rebbe Yechiel Michl Goldman of Zvhil (1788-1856), son of Rebbe Moshe.
          • Rabbi Mordechai Goldman of Zvhil (d. 1900), son of Rabbi Yechiel Michel.
            • Rabbi Yechiel Michl (the Second) of Zvhil (d. 1917), elder son of Rabbi Mordechai.
              • Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael of Zvhil-Mezhbizh in Boston, son of Rabbi Mordechai of Mezhbizh and son-in-law of Rabbi Yechiel Michel (the Second) of Zvhil.
            • Rabbi Shlomo "Shlomke" Goldman of Zvhil-Jerusalem (d. 1945), younger son of Rabbi Mordechai.
              • Rabbi Gedalia Moshe Goldman of Zvhil-Jerusalem (d. 1950), son of Rabbi Shlomo.
                • Rabbi Mordechai Goldman (II) of Zvhil (1910-1981), son of Rabbi Gedalia Moshe
                  • Rabbi Avraham Goldman of Zvhil-Jerusalem (1933-2009), son of Rabbi Mordechai
                    • Rabbi Gedalia Moshe Goldman, present Zvhiller Rebbe of Jerusalem, son of Rabbi Avraham
                    • Rabbi Shlomoh Goldman, present Zvhiller Rebbe of Jerusalem, son of Rabbi Avraham
                  • Rabbi Shlomo Goldman, Zvhiller Rebbe of Union City, New Jersey (d. 2017), son of Rabbi Mordechai and son-in-law of Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam of Klausenberg
                  • Rabbi Yaakov Leib Goldman, son of Rabbi Mordechai
                    • Rabbi Eliezer Goldman, Zvhiller Rebbe of Monsey, NY, son of Rabbi Yaakov Leib and son-in-law of Rabbi David Twersky of New Square, New York, was coronated as Rebbe after the passing of his uncle, the Zvhiller Rebbe of Union City
                • Rabbi Elazar Adler, Zvhiller Rebbe of Los Angeles (1921 – February 27, 2007), son of Rabbi Yosef Yehoshua Aharon of Lelov, married the daughter of Rebbe Moshe of Blendov (of the Kozhnitz dynasty), whose wife was the daughter of R' Shlomke. Originally of Jerusalem, he emigrated to America in early June 1938 and settled in the West Adams section of Los Angeles, California; later relocating to the Beverly-Fairfax area of West Hollywood.[citation needed]


See also

External links

  • Zvhil of Boston
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