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Panama - On The 'Shloshim' Of Chief Rabbi Rav Tzion Levy Zt'l A Towering Figure Who Built Torah And Judaism In Panama

Published on: December 28, 2008 10:28 AM
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Rav Tzion Levi, ztz”l Panama - For fifty-seven years, Rav Tzion Levi, ztz”l, built an empire of Torah and chesed within the Jewish community of Panama. When he arrived as a young, energetic scholar from Jerusalem, Panama was a spiritual desert. Today it is a shining light among Jewish communities in the Diaspora. For Rav Levi’s shloshim which falls out this week, Mishpacha presents a rare interview that took place between him and Rabbi David Toledano of California — rare, because Rav Levi was always reticent about his own achievements and the Jewish revolution he inspired. May his memory serve as an inspiration.

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 Dec 28, 2008 at 10:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Oy vey I didn't know he was niftar another tragedy for kllal yisroel mumbai,chabad house in woodmere now I hear this a very big aveida for kllal yisroel he was a special person


 Dec 28, 2008 at 11:07 AM robroy560 Says:

Baruch Dayan HaEmet... I knew there are Jewish communities in Latin America, but I had no idea about Panama. I can add this to places I want to visit in this hemisphere.


 Dec 28, 2008 at 06:56 PM mordy Says:

Every time we hear stories of people who went to distant places to help Yidden with their Judaism we feel inspired. This is giving up of their own comfort to help others. This makes them even grater that while they go to a spiritual; desert they not only can keep themselves just as strong in their Judaism they can also help other and not get effected . Perhaps this is what is brought down in Halacha “aidi detarach lmiflat lo bolah “that when one is busy giving out he does not get sucked in.


 Dec 28, 2008 at 09:46 PM Anonymous Says:

I heard a lot about him. BD'H

May his life's work of building toira and chesed halp bring moshiach .


 Dec 29, 2008 at 12:21 PM webmom Says:

wow. I never even knew there was a jewish community in Panama, of all places. Is it is Colon or Panama City? (Sorry, these are the only two cities I know about in Panama!!!) Anyone out there know anything about this jewish community? Are they sephardim?


 Dec 29, 2008 at 03:52 PM REMEMBER YOSELE Says:



 Dec 29, 2008 at 04:24 PM Anonymous Says:

The community in Panama is mostly located in Panama City, and consists of both ashkenazim and sephardim. Their children marry one another. I have much family that still lives there; Chacham Levi was a remarkable man who accomplished a tremendous amount; I'm sure he'll be missed.


 Dec 29, 2008 at 05:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Yes when we visited Panama we had a daily "Mikvah for men" only at rabbi levy's shul.
Even Sepharadic jews are not use to go daily mikvah, for any guest from Eretz Israel or other countries like very famous rabbies from N.Y. and from Argentina who are use to go daily morning to mikvah. Rabbi levy's shul had a nice clean Mikvah.
Yehay zichro baruch.


 Dec 29, 2008 at 10:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Does anyone know the name & phone of the Rabbi replacing Rav Levi ?
is there a contact # for Kashrus info, shul locations & schedule ?


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