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Rabbi Zalman Posner, 87, OBM

Rabbi Zalman Posner, one of the last Shluchim of the Frierdiker Rebbe whose influence surpassed Music City, passed away. Update: Levaya on Friday. Full Story

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Mrs. Shoshana Forma, 84, OBM

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Remembering Rabbi Posner
April 25, 2014 7:08 pm

Our family is very honored and humbled to have have had the opportunity to grow in Torah and Mitzvos by having a close relationship with Rabbi and Rebbetzin Posner in Nashville. They taught and guided us by setting a loving and kind example and will continue to do so by the influence they’ve had on our family. In my 11 year old son’s words he was an approachable and always kind and caring Torah giant! May the Posner family find comfort knowing how much their parents gave to Nashville. With much gratitude & appreciation, The Peisers

Rabbi Posner led the way
April 25, 2014 4:24 pm

Dear Children,
We all loved your father and are greatful for what he taught us. He showed us how to live happy Jewish lives and enhanced our childrens education through Akiva. The many mitzvah’s we enjoy today were taught to us by Rabbi Posner. I believe the joy we have derived as a family has come from the teachings of your father. May his memories help to ease the pain of your loss. Know that we hold each and everyone of you dear to our hearts.

Living Legacy
April 25, 2014 3:59 pm

I grew up as one of three daughters named after Chabad Rebbetzins in Nashville, TN. These names, while not typical of the city, were a source of connection and strength that stayed with us on our journeys of life. As a child, I remember Rabbi Posner capturing my attention with such statements such as “I am a Palastinian Jew.” On Purim, when asked what he was dressed up as, he would say he was dressed up as a “stuffed shirt”. As a graduate of their school Akiva Day School, I remember Mrs. Posner as my kindergarten teacher and Rabbi Posner… Read more »

Dugma chaya
April 25, 2014 3:37 pm

To be a shliach we need to have someone to emulate,who is human like us but shows that we do have the koach hameshalayach if we make ourselves a kayli .the rabbi was a dugma Chaya of this rule to hundreds of shluchim of ALL AGES.We are forever indebted to him!

Sharon Moskovitz Boomer
April 25, 2014 2:32 pm

Rabbi was an incredible man. I grew up with him and the Rebbitzen. His creation of Akiva School and the impact he had on the Nashville Jewish community can not be measured. Vivi, Shimon, Mendy, Sussie and Shimon know he will be remembered fondly by the many people he touched.

April 25, 2014 7:30 am

R. Posner put me on the right path; I am forever grateful. May his family be blessed in comfort.

ברוך דיין האמת
April 24, 2014 11:28 pm

Was a kind smart person, always greeted everyone with a kind word, May his family have a נחמה in knowing that he will be remembered as a kind and thoughtful person who did great things for yiddishkait.

Fond Memories
April 24, 2014 9:22 pm

My parents became frum in Nashville with the help of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Posner. My sisters and I were all born and raised there. We are all frum and Lubavitch today only because of the Posners. Rabbi Posner was a man with a lot of class who was also fun and a pleasure to speak with. When Rabbi Posner spoke to you he always did it with a smile and a twinkle in his eye that you could not help but smile back. Even when being Menachem Avel him when Mrs. Posner passed away, he had me smiling and laughing… Read more »

Rochelle Zelenka-Diatikar
April 24, 2014 9:18 pm

As a student in one of the first classes of Akiva School, the accoplishment of which I am to this day most proud, was to see him smile with a twinkle in his eye when answering or posing a question. His teaching and wisdom is still an inspiration to me. My heartfelt condolences to his immediate family and to all of us, his extended family.

Ty Sorah for your very inspiring story.
April 24, 2014 6:37 pm

What an amazing story. Look how important it is to maintain a good name for lubavitch. The only reason we have Dr. Feldman and family is bc rabbi Posner gave lubavitch a good name 2,000 miles away in Ga.

Baruch Dayan Emes
April 24, 2014 2:24 pm

I am frum and living in Israel thanks to Rabbi and Rebbitzen Posner. I learned all the customs that I keep in their home in Nashville.

Thank You, Sorah
April 24, 2014 2:14 pm

Thanks for your short, but inspiring and enlightening words describing Rabbi Posner’s A”H greatness and ability to accomplish so much as an ‘early’ chossid over many years. He certainly was a giant in influencing so many with his chassidishe varemkeit and great knowledge. May we very soon merit to have our Rebbe back with the wonderful fruits of his inspiration.

The Posners showed us the way...
April 24, 2014 1:19 pm

My family is forever indebted to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Posner. Although both of my parents grew up in NY – my mother just minutes from 770 in Midwood- neither had ever known about the Rebbe or Chassidus until after their marriage, when they moved down South to Nashville so my father could attend medical school there. It was there, at Shearith Israel Shul, that my parents met the Posners and as my mother likes to say, “met a Rabbi who looked European but spoke like an American”. The Posners will always be our family’s foundation and entrance into Lubavitch. They… Read more »

Beth (Karr) Ducklo
April 24, 2014 12:34 pm

So very sorry to hear about Rabbi Posner’s passing. I have always had the utmost respect for him, as he was always the wisest man I knew. I have wonderful childhood memories of his stories at the Sherith Israel. My condolences to all.

miriam muskal (zaklikowski)
April 24, 2014 11:24 am

dearest shifra and family

sorry to hear about your father of blessed memory

it is with heart felt condolences that i send this e mail to you and your loved ones

much simchas and nachas from your loved ones

your classmate miriam

Jay Stillman Nashville Tn.
April 24, 2014 8:34 am

with full humility, head bowed, i must thank my Rebbe Posner and his family, for bringing me back to Yahadut, for joining me in Kiddushin, to enable Hashem to grant us 3 wonderful children, and to encourage us to return to Eretz Yisrael, and may his efforts and many seeds bring Our Holy Moshiach soon! thank you Rebbe! you are missed.

April 24, 2014 2:20 am

Extremely sad….for his family, but also for us. Honestly, who do we have left?

I wish there was a website that would gather lectures from all these super stars that are no longer around.

I love Chabad.org but they – let’s say – more particular about what they can post.

I wish there was a site that would post lectures from Zalman Posner AH, JJ Hecht, Nisson Mindel, Emmanuel Schochet and the likes of these guys..

April 24, 2014 1:00 am


boruch dayan haemes
April 24, 2014 12:56 am

I remember Rabbi Posner from when I was a teenager in Crown Heights. I heard him speak once and always remembered him to be special. He just had this special aura!!

April 24, 2014 12:39 am

Rabbi Posner was and will continue to be an inspiration to the Nashville Jewish Community. Rabbis that have come to Nashville during Rabbi Posner’s leadership and after have learned much from Rabbi Posner.

Rabbi Chaim Jacobs Scotland
April 23, 2014 11:33 pm

What a loss of such a warm great and vibrant chosid who truly shone as a shliach of the Rebbe throughout his life. We will alweays have fond memories of his speaking visits to Glasgow Scotland. Ad Mosai do we have to wait for the hisgalus of the Rebbe and bi-us Moshiach Tzidkaynoo

o boy not again
April 23, 2014 11:17 pm

very sad very sad. seems like siblings just sat shiva. yes, he should be a gute bette and bring good news to his family.
Montreal mishpocho

so sad
April 23, 2014 11:15 pm

He was a wonderful teacher and a kind man. We learned so much from him.

Very sad to hear
April 23, 2014 11:10 pm

He was very good to me as a student at Akiva and very good to my family when I was a boy and we needed help.
I will always be very thankful to him.

April 23, 2014 10:45 pm


Oy vay!!!
April 23, 2014 10:05 pm


What a sad day....
April 23, 2014 9:25 pm


Boruch Dayan Emes
April 23, 2014 8:59 pm

Moshiach Now!

April 23, 2014 8:56 pm

BAruch dayan haemet, moshiach now

April 23, 2014 8:41 pm

BDE, what a gem bnei yisroel lost, we are entering new era in Lubavitch.

April 23, 2014 8:28 pm

A special man — he should be a gute better for his family and for us all!

April 23, 2014 8:27 pm

fourth passing today! Moshiach now!

Stacey Rubin
April 23, 2014 7:28 pm

What a huge loss! So privileged to have had him officiating at my wedding. He created a warm and loving environment in Sherith and will be sorely missed. Mayh e rest in peace with his lovely wife. I will never forget him.

Boruch Dayan HaEmes
April 23, 2014 7:12 pm

A huge loss. The Rabbi presented a strong and uniquely Jewish/Chassidic perspective in an encouraging and open way. He was sent to a place which was “cold and dark and there was no light” to make light. the light became sparks of spiritual energy and unending positive influences affecting lives near and far.

oh my! oh my!
April 23, 2014 7:11 pm

hamokoim yenachem eschem b’shar availai tsion v’yerusholayim!
What a great great loss! Oy vey
ssk, cincinnati

How very very sad
April 23, 2014 6:56 pm

The world at large and ‘bifrat’ the world of Chabad has lost one of its greatest teachers, leaders. authors and personalities with the passing of this great and humble man; A true giant of a man! His brilliance and knowledge surpassed that of many, his wit and sense of humour was unique, as was he himself. To know R’ Zalman was to love him, he endeared himself to one and all, and I will always remember the special twinkle in his eyes! He was a gentle giant who had time and patience for one and all, and one felt his… Read more »