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  12/20/2012, Tevet 7, 5773

Last Jew to be Blessed by Chofetz Chaim Passes Away


Rabbi Shalom Shachna Zahan, head of the Kodashim Kollel at the Har Tzvi synagogue, passed away, Thursday, at the age of 102. Rabbi Zahan was born in a village next to Medzybizh, the Polish (now Ukrainian) city where hasidic Judaism founder, Rabbi Yisrael the Ba'al Shem Tov lived out of his life. As a youth he moved to the United States with his family, moving later to Israel, where he raised his own glorious family and wrote many books based on his strength in Torah.

One of the things that made him unique was the fact that he was the last Jew blessed by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan Poupko, also known as the Chofetz Chaim. Rabbi Zahan was laid to rest on the Mount of Olives, Thursday evening.