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50 years after Prof Chouchani passed away – Hazkara ceremony in Uruguay

Exactly 50 years after prof. Shoshani (Chouchani) passed away. On Sunday the 15th of January 2018, the Jewish community in Uruguay held a ceremony (Hazkara or Yortzeit) at the Jewish cemetery of La Paz (north to Montevideo) where prof Shoshani’s grave stands.

Here is an article about this ceremony that took place in the rain, in the national newspaper of Uruguay El Pais. They also mention the participation of filmmaker Michael Grynszpan who travelled from Israel to Uruguay to attend the event.

“La lluvia no detuvo homenaje de la comunidad israelita
Recuerdan al sabio Shoshani, inspirador de figuras mundiales.”


cimetiere - image El Pais 14 01 2018

(photo: Diego Moraes)

Lecture about M. Shoshani in Geneva on Sunday, 6th of November 2016 – in French or English

chouchani question mark

For all those in the world who are fascinated by the mysterious M. Shoshani. If you are curious to know more (and if you understand French!), you are invited to a lecture by Michael Grynszpan at the Kesherday in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday 6th of November 2016. The filmmaker will talk about his research and will show exclusive footage of his movie in process.
If you want to organize a similar lecture in English somewhere else, feel free to contact us.

Pour tous les passionnés par le mystérieux Monsieur Chouchani dans le monde. Vous voulez en savoir plus ? Rendez-vous en Suisse à Genève ! Michael Grynszpan y donnera une conférence sur Monsieur Chouchani lors du Kesherday le Dimanche 6 Novembre. Avec des extraits exclusifs de son film en cours. http://kesherday.org/agenda/creativite-et-judaisme/les-combats-des-femmes-juives-pour-leur-statut-au-xxe-et-xxie-siecles-avancees-et-regressions/

Le mystérieux Maître d’Elie Wiesel – article sur les rapports Chouchani-Wiesel

Elie Wiesel and Michael

The last filmed interview of Elie Wiesel was about his Mentor Shoshani – Chouchani

Filmmaker Michael Grynszpan and Elie Wiesel z.l.

Filmmaker Michael Grynszpan and Elie Wiesel z.l.

We’ve just learned the sad news: Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz Survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dies at 87. Baruch Dayan Emet (Blessed is the True Judge).

We had the privilege to meet him and to interview him last year in New York.
Elie Wiesel was happy to talk about his mentor and master Shoshani (Chouchani).

We believe this was his last filmed interview.

Elie Wiesel holds Shoshani / Chouchani’s letters in his private archives

Another fascinating article written by a talented journalist Ofer Aderet in Haaretz (same journalist who wrote the first article about our movie on Chouchani / Shoshani http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.553215)

Elie Wiesel and Joel Rappel - Picture : Dorit Rappel

Elie Wiesel and Joel Rappel – Picture : Dorit Rappel

This time it’s about the most famous book of Elie Wiesel, “Night”. We learn here that Dr Joel Rapel – who was the director of Elie Wiesel’s archives in Boston for years – found there this manuscript in Hebrew! Nobody knew until now that Wiesel wrote a version of “Night” in Hebrew because it has never been published. The text in Hebrew is different than the one in French.

Another interesting point in the article, though we knew it before from another source: Elie Wiesel holds letters that Chouchanu/Shoshani wrote him! Under what name did Chouchani sign his letters? good question… It’s important to stress the fact that Elie Wiesel has always maintained that Chouchani’s real name was Mordehai Rosenbaum.

Note: this mention of these letters doesn’t appear in the Hebrew translation of the original article of Aderet in Hebrew, one can say that Chouchani was lost in translation :)


Elie Wiesel holds letters of Shoshani in his private archives

עוד מאמר מרתק של העיתונאי המוכשר עופר אדרת (אותו עיתונאי שכתב את המאמר הראשון על הסרט שלנו על שושני בהארץ http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/education/.premium-1.2132317) הפעם הוא כותב על הספר המפורסם ביותר של אלי ויזל “הלילה” ומגלה לנו שד”ר יואל רפל, מנהל לשעבר של הארכיון אלי ויזל בבוסטון, מצא את הגרסא המקורית של כתב היד בעברית של אותו ספר.
הגרסא בעברית שונה מהטקסט בצרפתית, ולא פורסמה לעולם. עוד דבר מעניין במאמר (אך זה ידענו מקודם ממקור אחר): אלי ויזל מחזיק בכמה מכתבים שמר שושני כתב לו ! באזה שם שושני חתם על מכתבים אלו? חשוב לציין שאלי ויזל תמיד טען ששמו המקורי של שושני היה מרדכי רוזנבאום.

Elie Wiesel and Joel Rappel - Picture : Dorit Rappel

Elie Wiesel and Joel Rappel – Picture : Dorit Rappel

“ויזל שומר בביתו הפרטי חומרים נוספים, שלא רצה לחלוק עם העולם, בהם התכתבויות עם אנשי רוח ומנהיגים רבים כמו הרבי מלובביץ’, ג’ימי קרטר, ביל קלינטון, ברק אובמה, ג’ורג’ בוש, רונלד רייגן, יצחק רבין, משה דיין, מנחם בגין ואחרים. גם מכתבים מ”מר שושני”, כינויו של גאון יהודי מסתורי, שמת לפני 50 שנה וזהותו נותרה עלומה, מוחזקים שם.”

Pearls of Chouchani – Pearl number 1

Pearls of Chouchani – Pearl number 1
Pniney Chouchani 01

Read Proverbs 3,29 “Do not plow (plot) harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you”
and Job 4,8 “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.”

The Thought = Plowing

Action = Sowing

The Result  = Harvest
Perles de Chouchani – perle numéro 1

Lire Proverbes 3,29 “Ne laboure (médite) pas le mal contre ton prochain, Lorsqu’il demeure tranquillement près de toi.”
et Job 4,8 “Selon ce que j’ai vu, ceux qui labourent l’iniquité et qui sèment la misère, la moissonnent”

La pensée = labourer

L’action = semer

Le résultat = la récolte

On Instruction and Knowledge

“Préférez mes instructions à l’argent, Et la science à l’or le plus précieux; Car la sagesse vaut mieux que les perles, Elle a plus de valeur que tous les objets de prix.” (Proverbes 8,10-11)

(קְחוּ מוּסָרִי וְאַל כָּסֶף וְדַעַת מֵחָרוּץ נִבְחָר. כִּי טוֹבָה חָכְמָה מִפְּנִינִים וְכָל חֲפָצִים לֹא יִשְׁווּ בָהּ” (משלי ח י-יא”

“Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
(Proverbs 8,10-11)

מר שושני והרבי

מר שושני ביקש וקיבל טלית מהרבי מליובביץ. עוד מאמר על “הגאון המסתורי”.
Monsieur Chouchani a demandé et a reçu un Talith du Rabbi de Loubavitch. Voici un nouvel article sur le “génie mystérieux”.03-12-2015-16-07-10-Beis-Moshiach-998-36-758x496
Mister Shoshani requested and received a Talith from the Lubavitch Rabbi. Here is a new article on the “the Mysterious Genius”.ha Rabbi


“Shushani and the Problem of Humiliation”

“Shushani and the Problem of HumiliationIMG_3013

Not every teacher thus honored performed their task with equanimity of spirit. Many were angry, some morose. But Mordechai Rosenbaum (aka Harav Mordechai Shushani) presents a special case. His brilliance, erudition, and devotion to study are legendary, as experienced by Wiesel, Emmanuel Levinas, Shalom Rosenberg, and other members of an elite group of students. He was eccentric in appearance, behavior, and method, dressing poorly, maintaining secrecy in his comings and goings, saying little about his past, and holding marathon classes some days and disappearing for long stretches on others. (…) Wiesel also characterizes Harav Shushani as rude and abrupt, stooping so low as to mock, humiliate, and and torment his students. (…)
Harav Shushani did everything, in other words, that his student wouldn’t think of doing. Wiesel’s way is not to humiliate but to humanize.
Indeed, the relationship between Rav Shushani and his admiring student – humiliation on the one hand, loyalty on the other – replays how Wiesel some years later described the relationship between the renegade talmudic master, Elisha ben Abuya, and his lone remaining disciple, Rabbi Meir.(…) Wiesel never refers to Shushani as an apostate (though others apparently did). The question was more the effect of his teaching on the faith of others rather than on his own. Nevertheless, what thy shared was a pedagogy that had room for the humiliation of their closest disciples.
What then did our teacher learn from his own about teaching ? Perhaps he learned what NOT to do; perhaps WE learn, indirectly and paradoxically, that sometimes one chooses a master (or a master chooses a student) from whom one eventually diverges 180 degrees. But then again, it may be that Wiesel’s classroom teaching draws on Shushani’s, while filtering away its excesses.”

from ELIE WIESEL Jewish, Literary and Moral Perspectives. Alan Rosen.