The Messiah son of Joseph according to a Chasidic Master
Who Was Rabbi Shalom?
Both Chasidic and non-Chasic Mainstream Jewish sages of recent generations spoke often concerning the Messiah son of Joseph.
Differnet sources link MBJ with the Lost Ten Tribes and their Future Return. Descriptions concenring MBJ indirectly also reflect on the Lost Ten Tribes and are of value to us.
Rabbi Sholom Noach Berezovsky (1911 - 2000) served as Slonimer Rebbe from 1981 until his death. A prolific writer, He is widely known for his teachings which is published as a series of books entitled Nesivos Sholom [i.e. "Netivot Shalom"].
Rabbi Sholom was born in Baranavichy (today in Belarus), to a leading Chasidic Family indirectly related to the first Slonimer Rabbi, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (author of the Yesod Ha'avodah).
From childhood he was exposed to both Chasidic and non-Chasidic Schools of Learning.
Rabbi Sholom moved to Palestine under the British Mandate and became the head of a Yeshiva, i.e. Rabbinic Center of Higher Study.
He succeeded his father-in-law as Slonimer Rebbe following the latter's death in 1981, serving in that capacity for almost twenty years.
He is succeeded by his son, Rabbi Shmuel.
Rabbi Sholom is known for his oriignal teachings concerning the education of children.
More information about him and an article discussing his doctrines may be found at:
Mastering One's Desires
By Rabbi Sholom-Noach Berezovsky (the previous Slonimer Rebbe):
In recent years his work "Netivot Shalom" has become quite popular with the Jewish Community.
The Rabbi had an ascetic approach to Judaism that many disagree with and that we personally would not recommend, see:
Netivot Shalom: A Mixed Blessing? By Zvi Leshem
Nevertheless, he also had original teachings of value.
He often speaks of the Messiah son of Joseph [Moshiach ben Yosef] and on other matters that in places have relevance to Brit-Am Biblical Studies.
We have studied some of his writings in the past and will continue to do so.
In the course of a year we will use his Commentary on the Weekly Portion of the Torah.
Where we find points of interest to Brit-Am Studies we will record them in these pages