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Rabbi Avraham Brandwein

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Rav Avraham Brandwein, the Admor of Stretten, is a direct descendent of the famous first Admor of Stretten. His family tree includes almost all the great chassidic masters including the Maggid of Mezritsch, Elimelech of Lizhensk and Levy Yitschak of Berditshev. Born in Israel in 1945, Rav Brandwein is the seventh generation in his family to live in Israel. His family originally settled in Tsfat, the city of Kabbalists.

His father, Rav Yehudah Tzvi, z”tzl (of blessed memory), was a famous Admor in Israel and a great scholar of Kabbalah. Rav Yehuda Tzvi was the principal disciple and right hand of the famous Kabbalist, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag (z’tzl).

Rav Ashlag translated the whole Zohar into Hebrew from the original Aramaic and authored the "Sulam," a commentary on the Zohar which earned him the title "Ba'al HaSulam." He also wrote several books. In addition, Rav Ashlag reedited the "Etz Chayim" which is the definitive Lurianic work on essence and cosmology. To this he added a commentary transposing the somewhat abstract notion of "receptacle" (Kli) into the experientially more accessible term "desire" (Ratzon) in all its many permutations. This work is known as the "Talmud Esser Sphirot."

Rav Avraham Brandwein served in the Israel Defense Forces in artillery and was among the soldiers that crossed the Suez Canal into Egypt during the Yom Kippur war. Since 1985 he has taught Torah and Chassidut throughout Israel. A widely respected scholar, he has edited more than twenty volumes of classical Kabbalistic texts. A soft spoken, gentle man of great inner strength, people turn to him for spiritual guidance and support.

Rav Brandwein was ordained as a Rabbi by G'dolim representing the entire Orthodox community in Israel and also holds an M.A. He has integrated Charedi life with active participation in the life of the modern state. Rav Brandwein has served as a rabbi in the Absorption and Immigration Department of the Jewish Agency providing spiritual assistance to many new immigrants. He is known for his openness to people from all walks of life.

Rav Brandwein is the Rosh Yeshiva of Kol Yehuda Yeshiva, founded by his father Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein (z"tzl), in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem where he teaches Kabbalah. He is known for the depth and clarity of his teachings and has brought many Jews back to Torah.


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Kol Yehuda Yeshiva

The Kol Yehuda Yeshiva in Old Jerusalem was founded in 5720 (1960) by Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein (z”tzl), the Admor of Stretten.

Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein (z’tzl) was a descendent of the Admorim of Stretten. Chassidut Stretten was founded some 200 years ago in the town of Stretten in Galicia. This Chassidut places its emphasis on the love of Israel and was known for its simplicity and earthiness. Rav Brandwein was also a descendant of the original students of the Ba’al Shem Tov and was known as being great in Torah and Chesed.

Here in Israel, he was the principal disciple and right hand of the famous Kabbalist, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag (z’tzl).

Rav Ashlag translated the whole Zohar into Hebrew from the original Aramaic and authored the "Sulam," the authoritative commentary on the Zohar which earned him the title "Ba'al HaSulam." He also wrote several books. In addition, Rav Ashlag re-edited the "Etz Chayim" which is the definitive Lurianic work on essence and cosmology. To this he added a commentary transposing the somewhat abstract notion of "receptacle" (Kli) into the experientially more accessible term "desire" (Ratzon) in all its many permutations. This work is known as the "Talmud Esser Sphirot." Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Ashlag Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag (z'tzl)

After the death of Rav Ashlag, Rav Brandwein completed his commentary on the Zohar and also wrote a commentary upon the Tikunei HaZohar by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and named it “Maalot HaSulam.”

After the Six Day War, Rav Brandwein moved to the Old City of Jerusalem . He was the first one to settle there and also transferred his Yeshiva with him. He died 5729 (1969).


Today, the Yeshiva is located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, in the courtyard of the ruins of the Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid Synagogue under the supervision of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Avraham Brandwein (Shlita).

At this Yeshiva, there are rich and varied activities as indicated below:

Rabinical Institute
In our Yeshiva learn adult students working towards Smicha. In the evening, there is the study of Talmud and weekly tests are administered by rabbis.

Lessons in Kabbalah
In our Yeshiva are given lessons in Kabbalah. This includes writings of the Ramchal but mostly study of the writings of Rav Yehuda Ashlag and his disciple, Rav Yehuda Zvi Brandwein. The lessons are given from the early morning hours, during the daytime and also in the evening. The lessons given during the daytime are strictly for the students of the Yeshiva who are joined, in the evening, by students coming from different parts of the country.

Beit Midrash
In our Yeshiva there are prayers three times a day in which the residents of the Old City and also those of other neighborhoods participate. On Shabbat, the ShaloshShudas is attended by many.

Kiruv
Our Yeshiva also deals with bringing Jews closer to Judaism through lessons given across the country by its students. B”H, during the years, we have succeeded in bringing closer many young people to fear of G-d and Mitzvot. With great satisfaction, we can point to dozens of families that have built their homes in the way of Torah and Halacha thanks to these activities. Likewise we run seminars on Jewish subjects.

Books and Publications
Our Yeshiva publishes books, mainly on Kabbalah, and also publications and cassettes in many languages on Jewish thought.

Recommendations
Lecture for the Holidays to officers of the Israel Police Force
A seminar on subjects of Judaism and Baalei Tshuva
Chanukah Party
Lessons by the head of the Yeshiva Rabbi Abraham Brandwein (Shlita)


Kabbalah


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    Rabbi Avraham Brandwein

    ESSAYS

    Our Political Situation Our Political Situation

    Our Political Situation Peace & Unity

    Talk from Heh B'Av, the Yarzheit of the Holy Ari (z Talk from Heh B'Av, the Yarzheit of the Holy Ari (z"l)

    the advantages of the inner The Advantages of the Inner

    Secrets of T'u  B'Shvat Secrets of T"U B'Shvat

    The Annihilation of Amalek The Annihilation of Amalek

    reincarnation of souls Gilgul Neshamot - Reincarnation of Souls

    chanukah The War of the Greeks Against the Jews

    chanukah Religious Zionism in Crisis

    chanukah The Essence of Shavuot

    Daat Tevunot Ramchal's Daat Tevunot

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    © Copyright, Rabbi Avraham Brandwein, Jerusalem. Translation by Avraham Sutton.
    Questions welcome.

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