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The Life of Uncle Yossi

Master storyteller Rabbi Yossi Goldstein, who passed away this week, told stories from his fascinating and fruitful life in America. Full Story, Photos, Video

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see this link from Duchman
March 17, 2013 8:31 pm
very nice
March 17, 2013 11:17 am

fascinating stuff!

thank you!

best thing ive ever read online
March 16, 2013 10:40 pm

Please do more long amazing pieces like this. Kol hakavod to uncle Yossi

nice for sure
March 15, 2013 1:24 am


wow! ty collive
March 14, 2013 4:23 pm

this i must print out for my shabbos table!


to Collive's credit, 150 fb "likes" says allot about this tzadik's impact, never saw a post with this such a strong response! BDE
March 14, 2013 10:29 am
Such a full life! we must emulate such chasidim!
March 14, 2013 10:24 am

He is a shining example of how we should all strive to live, integrating the love of yiddishkeit into a full life, full of seeking to help, teach & share wherever necissary

yes i remember the class was organized by shterny his grand daughter
March 14, 2013 2:16 am

i looked forward to those shiurim, it was such a spiritual experience for all of us packed into that warm dining room on thos frigit early friday nights
ill cherrish those lessonss for ever

In the early mems
March 13, 2013 8:18 pm

He taught a group of us high school girls tanya, winter friday nights, in his home. He was an excellent teacher.
Boruch dayan emes.

who remembers...
March 13, 2013 7:08 pm

in his original melodic tone he used-to say: “You do your best, and Hashem will do the rest”

Baruch hasehm for ppl like this
March 13, 2013 1:32 pm

i really enjoyed this inside look on days gone by

ty collive nd the family

Very well presented and extremely unique and interesting
March 13, 2013 1:02 pm


Just amazing and Wow
March 13, 2013 11:46 am

These childhood memories of the early years and of the Rebbe and Previous Rebbe are just amazing. I felt like I was reading the Zichronos. The story of psalm 20, schach the rebuke, and the Daled Bavos with be with me forever. This insider view of our holy Rebbes is fantastic and so well written. I did not move from my seat till it was finished. Uncle Yossi and his family are jewels the crown of Chabad.

Thank you so much!!!
March 12, 2013 10:35 pm

Thank you so much for publishing this. Are the memoirs for sale in book form (any language)?

He would want us to be happy
March 12, 2013 8:51 pm

to celebrate his life

in the lag beomer pic
March 12, 2013 8:46 pm

theres a noticable sadness on uncle yossi’s face in the lag beomer pic without the Rebbe beside him

he did what had to be done even when it wasn’t pleasant

my "Uncle"
March 12, 2013 8:41 pm

i always felt a special kedusha, warmth and light radiate from him, he had a glow which you felt in his presence!

Wolfson Cousin

March 12, 2013 7:19 pm

my memories if rabbi goldstein and mrs goldstein -as a young girl her first shabbos in crown heights – I was told go rabbi goldsteins tanya shuir right after licht bensen you will definitely enter the shabbos different and so it was a very special place to be as i entered smelled the fresh baked challas of his wife and off he sweeped us into a different dimension thank you rabbi and mrs goldstein!!!! for being so instrumental in my return over 36 years ago

a tremendous chossid = a tremendous loss!!
March 12, 2013 7:14 pm

Geula Now!

March 12, 2013 6:24 pm

what a treasure! thank you!

A patriarch of a generaion!
March 12, 2013 4:57 pm

We can all learn from from this great man, how to use all your talents for Hafotza and Kiruv

I always knew he was one of a kind
March 12, 2013 4:26 pm

Thank you for this inside picture,

Vehikitzu veranenu… Vehu besochom!!

Such a special man
March 12, 2013 2:15 pm

Thank you for this! to the Goldstein family המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Shabbos Table matterial
March 12, 2013 2:13 pm

i always look for something interesting and beutiful to share with my guest friday night!
This takes the cake! (Challa)

Ty to the Goldsteins and Collive

keep sharing this form of Chasidishe reflections, my kids need to here more of this!


Amaizing reading
March 12, 2013 2:10 pm

Thank you for publishing this

Moshoshiach Now mamash!!

Gansburgs Kan Tziva

Thank g-d for sending to the world people like him
March 12, 2013 2:02 pm

May Hashem consul his special family with Geulah now!

We already miss you!
March 12, 2013 1:47 am

Rabbi Yossi Goldstein was such a wonderful sweet and kind dugmah chai to children.

To his children I say: “המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים”.

wow! thanak you!
March 12, 2013 12:35 am

i was literally transprted by this read!

to collive, please keep publishing such matterial for us who read English

to the children of this special man, please do what it takes to publish more of his memoirs

Thanks again!

Keep em comming
March 12, 2013 12:27 am

To the Goldstein family wh provided these reflections,

thank you thank you for your generosity, i dnt ofen comment online, but was compelled to speak up and encourege you to please don’t shy away from sharing more of the same, it is truly beautiful , informative and very uplifting to read!!!

May Hashem comfort you!!

Chaim Goldberg, MN

My Zaidy!!
March 12, 2013 12:21 am

Amazing stuff! I’m dumb founded!! I didn’t know half of this about my Zaidy and in his ainikul! Please share these amazing things with all who would appreciate it! I know I would even if I never heard of him at all.

Such preciouse recollections!!

An amazingly talented man
March 11, 2013 11:15 pm

So special. You are all very lucky to have had a father and mother such as you had.

March 11, 2013 11:01 pm

G-d must have given him these specal experiences bec he would then share them with the rest of the world here!
this type of rich first had content n English must be made public to the English speaking crowd who have little such accounts avail to them from other chasidim

Great stories
March 11, 2013 11:00 pm

Thank you for the great Stories about everyone’s favorite Uncle.They say learning never ends & these treasures truly prove it & provide some new unknown facts & stories etc. Please put these & more into print for everyone to read & To Levi please put record them at least on Audio for everyone to hear as the Goyim l’havdil like to say Gone but not Forgotten May we merit to see our Holy Rebbe & our favorite uncle once again Taikuf U Miyad Mammosh!!!!!

Toras Emes is correct.
March 11, 2013 10:57 pm

That and Eitz Chaim were besides Torah Vodaas.

March 11, 2013 10:54 pm

this stuff is soo interesting! Thank you soo much!!

March 11, 2013 10:34 pm

Enjoyed this long but valuable read.

What a special yid! in his zchus may we see the Geula now!

our children need such stuff incorporated into their curriculum!
March 11, 2013 10:13 pm

very informative and uplifting!


i had no idea!!
March 11, 2013 10:11 pm

to me he was just “uncle yossi” my favorite story teller.

thanks foe posting this i have a whole new respect and admiration for this giant of a man!! wow!!

Good stuff!
March 11, 2013 10:09 pm

A real Tzadik! A real chossid! mat he have a lichtike gan eden and be reunited with us all soon with moshiach!!

March 11, 2013 10:08 pm


March 11, 2013 9:21 pm

I had no idea who he really was.

Rabbi Nisan MINDEL'S
March 11, 2013 9:05 pm

wife was a Nemtzov.

Yes worth reading top to bottom
March 11, 2013 8:57 pm

I never read an article till the end, Once I started this I couldn’t stop! Very compelling stuff!! Ty to Collive for such content! Educational informative & really interesting! Please present more of this line of content on chasidim

Amerika iz nisht andresh
March 11, 2013 8:25 pm


Dugma Chaya!
March 11, 2013 7:35 pm

Thank you for posting this!

Very long, but worth it! How inspiring and uplifting.

March 11, 2013 7:32 pm

Why don’t they make them like that anymore???? Children and adults of today please “listen and learn” ! What a mentch and ohaiv yisroel Rabbi Goldstien was! He loved everyone with an Emes! Akways looked and found the GOOD in everyone! He should be a gootter better for all of klal yisroel! WE WANT MOSHIACH NOW!

S0o interesting
March 11, 2013 6:15 pm


Credit to JEM for having the foresight to interview him
March 11, 2013 6:11 pm

All who appreciate this should contribute to JEM for them to continue advancing “my encounter” series

Crown Heights Einikul
March 11, 2013 6:05 pm

This is beautiful! Amaizing how little i knew about my Zaidy
Thanks to the editors for sharing this fascinating insight into such a special Tzadi and period of chabad history

Y & M 1342

Bais yaakover
March 11, 2013 6:05 pm

I remember rabbi Goldstein and his tapes from my childhood in Bybp in the 80s and subsequently when I taught there up until my marriage. Just a couple yrs ago I purchased the full set of CDs of his story time series and my kids love them. I will always remember his song of “walk walk walk do not run ” that we sang after lunch before returning to the classrooms and also on Fridays when he dismissed our buses one at a time saying ” which bus is the best bus?” And we all knew to scream “shabbus”. I… Read more »

Great Childrens video
March 11, 2013 5:59 pm

Thank you!

i never knew this existed, thanks for publishing it here!

so clever that he docmented his memories
March 11, 2013 5:57 pm

a real gift to the next generation

Uncle Yossi, thank you for your gifts!

amazing journey!!
March 11, 2013 5:54 pm

this is like traveling back in time

thank you collive for posting such quality toichin.

to #1
March 11, 2013 5:52 pm

that’s his father and mother

wow! yeyashar koach!
March 11, 2013 5:51 pm

thank you for this!!!

To #1
March 11, 2013 5:19 pm

That is R’ Moshe Yehudah and Chaya Malka Goldstein.
His father and mother. Photo was taken in Eretz Yisroel in the 70’s or 80’s.

which Yeshiva?
March 11, 2013 5:14 pm

In the beginning he writes about Toras Emes. I think he means Torah Veda’as

Beautiful stories...well...?
March 11, 2013 4:07 pm

What else would you expect !!!?

I remember Rabbi Goldstein coming to my school in London Uk in the 70s, and gave us each one of his famous vinyl record albums. he told us try if you like it you can pay tomorrow, if not fine just bring it back…!!

I was blown away at 8 years old…! Got my parents, non lubavitchers to buy a few…

Am at work now and cannot read it all. will print out and read at home IY”H


Who is in the last picture??
March 11, 2013 3:56 pm