Reb Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld and his wife came to Jerusalem as a penniless young couple. All they wanted was to live quietly and simply, absorb the Torah and spiritual riches of the Holy City. He wanted to be a student rather than a teacher, a follower rather than a leader — but it was not to be. Jerusalem's greatest people soon realized that the modest young man was their colleague, and that he was destined to be Jerusalem's leader of the future.
This is a warm and inspiring story of a great life. Reb Yosef Chaim was the kind of man who drew water from a well for a little girl and who endangered himself to save the life a man who hated him. He was a great talmid chacham, a great leader, a great treasurer of charity funds. Only one thing he could never do — accept honors or favors.
Reb Yosef Chaim was one of the most important people who shaped the history of the Holy City and the Holy Land in this century. No one can read his story without becoming a better person, without absorbing his love for Torah and his fellow Jews. He is a man who will live on in your memory and in your dreams about the wonderful city to which he devoted his life.
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