Ever-present at the side of the leaders of the Sadigura Chassidic dynasty, Rabbi Zvi Halevi passed away on Aug. 12 as a result of COVID-19, despite having no prior health concerns.

For many years, Halevi ran a fish store, and in recent years, transitioned to the diamond industry. But it wasn’t in his professional career where he left his legacy, but rather his devotion to the Sadigura court, to which he dedicated his life.

As a young man, he developed a personal relationship with the rebbe—Rabbi Mordechai Sholom Yosef Friedman—known for his book Knesset Mordechai, which became a familiar sight in Halevi’s hands. Friedman served as Halevi’s matchmaker, and upon the former’s passing, Halevi remained a loyal Chassid of his son, Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Friedman, and grandson and eventual successor Rabbi Tzvi Yisroel Moshe Friedman.

Halevi, who had a notably beautiful voice, served as the gabbai of the main synagogue in Bnei Brak. Chosen to lead the services on the High Holidays, he would prepare weeks in advance, fully appreciating the honor and responsibility being bestowed upon him.

Eager to be of service, when the current leader was hospitalized in Los Angeles in 2019, Halevi traveled to California to be available to attend to the rebbe’s needs, reprising the role thousands of Chassidim witnessed him perform in his native Israel.

He leaves behind extended family and his beloved community.

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