A new film documents the adventurous and altruistic life of Reb Moshe Zalman Feiglin Z”L, a devoted Lubavitcher Chossid who arrived in Australia in 1912 and has since steadfastly paved the way to the start of many of the Jewish educational initiatives in Australia.
The film documents Reb Moshe Zalman’s committed adherence to the directives of our Lubavitcher Rebbeim, and his resolute and valiant way of life that lead him in his youth to pioneer towns in northern Israel. Later in life, it lead him to establish a self-sufficient Jewish agricultural community in Shepparton, a rural Australian town, which became the home to the very first Yeshiva on the Australian continent.
This film was produced by the Australian documentary film maker, Chaim Mehlman together with Reb Moshe Zalman’s grandson, Mottel Feiglin, and their team who uncovered a vast collection of treasured film reels, olden day audio tapes and photographs that until now have never been released to the public. Many of those date from as far back as the early 1900’s and those captured from the early 1930’s were taken by Reb Moshe Zalman’s youngest son, Reb Shmuel Feiglin Z”L who was an enthusiastic photographer and compiled a huge collection of movies from the early days.
The film relays vast historical and present-day interviews and many documentary sources as well as it encapsulates the book ‘Avrohom Avinu of Australia’ which was written by one of Reb Moshe Zalman’s oldest eynikels; Reb Uri Kaploun.
The title ‘Avrohom Avinu of Australia’ is the title that The Rebbe once gave to Reb Moshe Zalman.
This film is a magnificent compilation of treasured historical events and thus, it is an educational platform from which we can all be inspired.