About Shlomo Binyamin Ashlag
Rebbe Shlomo was the son and successor of the Ba’al Hasulam, Admor Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag. Already as a child he excelled in Torah and chassidut and the Gerrer Rebbe of the day, the Beit Yisrael, remarked, “The Alter Kotzke Rebbe would have been proud to have a chassid like him because there’s hardly been anyone like him in recent generations.”
In 5695, Rebbe Shlomo Binyamin married Marat Ahuva Liba, the daughter of Rebbe David Aharon Haza, one of the important chassidim of Sochatchov.
After marrying, Rebbe Shlomo Binyamin, at the behest of his father, began to give public shiurim in Zohar and the writings of the Ari z”l. While the war was going on, crowds flocked to attend. At one point, a delegation from the community of Haifa approached the Ba’al Hasulam and asked him to send his son to Haifa where he would become a guiding light.
The Ba’al Hasulam agreed. Son and father went together and the Ba’al Hasulam in the presence of his son, delivered a shiur to a welcoming audience. After the shiur, the Ba’al Hasulam told his audience: “Although my son acts like a ‘simple Jew’ and hides himself completely, all the same he is a colossal genius in every area of the Torah. And no secret is hidden from him. And the place where my son teaches Torah will have great blessing and his positive influence will not go without results.”
The audience then pronounced Rebbe Shlomo Binyamin a Rebbe, and the Ba’al Hasulam added that the community should regard the shiurim and guidance of Rebbe Shlomo Binyamin as his personally, and finally that his son is more capable than he is.
Assisting The Ba’al Hasulam
The Ba’al Hasulam soon commenced his Sulam commentary, asking Rebbe Shlomo Binyamin to see to the costs of the printing. Despite the poverty in Israel at this time, he succeeded in printing and distributing an edition with the latest layout and printing techniques. The Ba’al Hasulam said that when the first edition comes out, the holocaust will come to an end; and the day copies were bound by Bookbinders, Tel Aviv, holocaust activity stopped.
Rebbe Shlomo Binyamin presented himself as a simple person with no airs and graces whatever, and treated every Jew with equal love.
Ashlag (Hasidic dynasty)
Ashlag is the name of a Hasidic dynasty founded by Rebbe Yehuda Leib Haleivi Ashlag from Warsaw, Poland. Although Hasidic dynasties are most often named for their town of origin, this dynasty is known by the surname of its rebbes.
- Rebbe Yehuda Leib Haleivi Ashlag (1885-1954) – disciple of the rebbes of Porisov
o Rebbe Shlomo Binyomin Haleivi Ashlag (1906-1983) – son of Rebbe Yehuda Leib
+ Rebbe Yechezkel Yosef Haleivi Ashlag, present rebbe – son of Rebbe Shlomo Binyomin
+ Rebbe Simcha Avrohom Haleivi Ashlag,(1948- ) present rebbe – son of Rebbe Shlomo Binyomin
o Rebbe Boruch Sholom Haleivi Ashlag (1907-1991) – son of Rebbe Yehuda Leib