The life’s work of Rav Meir Shapiro, notably his Daf Yomi program and his model Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, continues to inspire and to effect virtually all of k’lal Yisroel with its innovation and love. But no seminal film had been made to celebrate his life and work.

That has now changed. Better World Productions has just completed the production of a feature documentary based on the life and works of one of our most beloved gedolim. The film was decades in the making: Twenty-five years ago, interviews were filmed with Rav Meir’s talmidim that capture their first-hand accounts of Rav Meir’s love and inspiration. Those interviews form a key element of the film.

With this film, Rav Meir’s biography, his projects, and his legacy will have a renewed impact on the world. Whether you are a musician interested in his inspiring nigunim, a funder who wants to help bring stories of achdus and chizuk to the public, or a viewer who wants to better understand recent Jewish history and one of it’s stars… we invite you to join us on this remarkable journey.

Only With Joy: Full Film

See What Everyone is Saying About Only With Joy

In this production, the target audience is Rav Meir Shapiro’s own spiritual inheritors who are ready for a sophisticated, professionally-produced glimpse into the life of this Torah giant.

Mishpacha Magazine

It should be shown worldwide to educate Jews and others what dedication and vision it took to insure that the study of Torah would survive the dark years and flourish with an ever glowing light into the twenty first century.

Rabbi Herbert Silverberg

I am so glad this film was produced. It is so moving; we can see what a great man Rabbi Shapiro was. Just fabulously done!!

Ruchie Glad

Don’t generally spend an hour glued to my cell phone so I started watching it with some skepticism. It was definitely worth every minute of my time and I’d probably watch it again with friends who probably would otherwise not see it.

Robert Eissenberg

This was quite unbelievable & emotional. You did a fantastic job of conveying what a special person he was.

Mina Azrikan

אשרינו מה טוב חלקינו ומה נעים גורלינו
Thank you for your great effort to make this beautiful historic picture come alive.

Miriam Blau

I was extremely impressed and inspired by this beautiful film. The narration, the acting, the animation, the footage… breathtaking, touching, and well-matched to the dialogue!

CD Urbach

I’ve just finished watching this film, and I am absolutely blown away at the talent and skill that have been contributed here to produce such an unbelievably beautiful, thought provoking and inspiring documentary of this legendary tzaddik. This is a superb portrayal of the life and achievements of Rabbi Shapiro.

S Rabinowitz

My only question is how were you able to produce such an unbelievably powerful and engaging production – this a magnificent masterpiece of a work.

Yeshai Koenigsberg

It was very meaningful and really touched our neshama. I recommended it to our children and friends.

Mordechai and Jenny Kurant

About the Film

Project Background: About OWJ

Short Preview

Other BWP Productions

Only with Joy

the life and legacy of Rabbi Meir Shapiro zt”l

is presented by…

The Rabbi Leib Geliebter Memorial Foundation.  The RLGMF  was founded in 1989 in memory of Rabbi Leib Geliebter zt”l, a scholar whose deep and abiding faith and love for every Jew were manifest in his spiritual heroism in the bleakest hour of the Holocaust and in his decades of rebuilding.


Of all Rav Meir Shapiro’s great accomplishments, perhaps least known today is his music. He composed scores of nigunim at every phase of his short life, nigunim that gave him and his talmidim strength in the face of their challenges, and joy in their celebrations. Our film is inviting contemporary Jewish musicians to interpret, and perform these timeless melodies. Their performances will become part of our film, and the recordings are being compiled as a unique and inspiring CD.

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Original Nigunim

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Contemporary versions produced by SIMPLY TSFAT special for the film.

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Dedications for the film are available to honor or memorialize loved ones.

Only With Joy is dedicated to the memory of R’Michoel by his son, Motel Tenebaum, and family.

Also Dedicated in honor of the Lomdei Hadaf 
By Shmuel Yosef Rieder

לזכות רפו”ש

לברוך יחיאל בנציון בן מירל שליט”א

From the Fishoff Family Foundation

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