Balak: Bobov: Growing in the Service of God
The 1st of Tammuz is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Shlomo (ben Meir Nosson) Halberstam (1847 or 1848-1906). the first Bobover Rebbe, grandson of Rav Chaim of Sanz. He married in 1861, and moved to Sanz in 1863, where he became a close disciple of the Sanzer Rav. In 1866, at the age of 19, he was appointed Rav of Bukovsk. He was appointed Av Beis Din in Ushpitzin in 1879, then in 1880 Chief Rabbi of Wisnicz, near Krakow for 13 years. In 1893, due to a heart condition, he was obliged to leave the city and move to the city of Bobowa, near Tarnow, a city endowed with fresh air, and there he founded the Hasidic dynasty of Bobova. After his petira, his son, Rav Benzion, succeeded him as the leader of thousands of Bobover Chasidim.
“So he did not go as every other time toward divination – nichashim (Numbers 24:1).” One who is not rising in his service of God from on level to the next, “he did not go,” up, but continued his service as it was yesterday and the day before, “as every other time,” is falling into the trap of the Nachash, the serpent, the root of all sin. (Kedushat Tzion, Balak)