Above image: Luthier Zev Zalman "ZZ" Ludwick constructs a violin. (Photo by Ethan McLeod, courtesy of dcist.com)
ZZ, a Breslever Chassid who is connected heart and soul with Rebbe Nachman and his teachings, is a violin maker with a special talent for bringing old and broken violas, violins and cellos back to life. He patiently and empathetically listened to a woman tell him what an old moldy violin means to her. "My mother's soul is in that violin." She inherited the heirloom from her deceased mother, but in its years in the attic, the violin was virtually ruined.
"In that case," said ZZ, "with the help of the Creator, we'll do everything to bring your mama's soul back to you." He didn't see a moldy violin – he saw a soul. In short, he brought the violin back to life. The woman came to his shop and lifted the refurbished violin out of its brand new case and caressed it as if she was caressing her mother. "Oh my!" was all she could say, doing her best to catch her breath. "It's mama!" She could feel the soul…
ZZ thinks back to the Holy Temple when he says, "Tradition never goes out of style." That's his motto. For a luthier, tradition is everything. I'd love to introduce you to this remarkable individual, who if I'm not mistaken, will soon be known as The Breslever Stradivarius, as we invite you to read in this week's wonderful new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
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Rabbi Shalom Arush prepares us for Elul in Doing Ourselves a Favor.
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Lori Steiner shows us the fantastic benefits of being Confident in Hashem.
Sunny Levi gives us great advice in Making Room for Blessings
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Enjoy and have a lovely new week!