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My Machberes

In 1812, the first Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib was anointed Ozerover Rebbe. In 1827, as a disciple of Rabbi Meir Rotenberg, zt”l (1760-1827), Apta Rebbe and author of Ohr Lashamayim, Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib was chosen as successor Apta Rebbe by the Apta chassidim. He served his followers for ten years. He passed away in Ofalow and is buried there.

Skulener Chassunah

On Tuesday, March 13, Chaim Yitzchok Isaac Weiss married the daughter of Rabbi Meir Dovid Sekula; son of Rabbi Yitzchok Yaakov Sekula, Sadona Rav and former menahel, Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. Rabbi Meir Dovid is a son-in-law of Rabbi Chaim Dov Stern, Bnei Brak Skulener Rav; son of Rabbi Yitzchok Yehuda Stern zt”l, Bilitzer Rav. Rabbi Chaim Dov is a son-in-law of Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, Skulener Rebbe.

The Skulener Rebbe is the son of Rabbi Eliezer Zusha Portugal, zt”l (1898-1982), beloved Skulener Rebbe and author of Noam Eliezer: son of Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, zt”l (d. 1915), Skulener Rebbe. Years before World War II, the Noam Eliezer moved from Skulen, where he was rav, to Chernowitz, where he became chief rabbi and president of Agudath Israel. After the Holocaust he adopted hundreds of Jewish orphans. Communist Romania imprisoned the Skulener Rebbe in 1959, together with his son, the present Skulener Rebbe, but the government yielded to tremendous international pressure and released the Rebbe and his son after five grueling months. The Rebbe came to the United States in 1960.

Skulener Rebbe

The kallah is the daughter of Rabbi Meir Elazar Weisz, Spinka Rebbe (18th Avenue); son of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Weiss, zt”l (1916-1988), Spinka Rebbe who resided in Jerusalem and in Boro Park; son of Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac Weiss, zt”l hy”d (1875-1944), Spinka Rebbe and author of Chakal Yitzchok; son of Rabbi Yosef Mayer Weiss, zt”l (1838-1919), founding Spinka Rebbe. Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, in his second marriage, was the son-in-law of his uncle, Rabbi Avrohom Abish Horowitz, zt”l Hy”d (1897-1944), Kruler Rav and son-in-law of the Chakal Yitzchok.

Rabbi Meir Elazar is the son-in-law of Rabbi Mordecai Dovid Rubin, Sosreigener Rebbe in Flatbush; son of Rabbi Yaakov Yisroel Veshurun Rubin, zt”l Hy”d (1884-1944), Sosreigener Rebbe; son of Rabbi Boruch Rubin, zt”l (1864-1935), Gerla Rebbe and author of Sheiris Boruch; son of Rabbi Meir Rubin, zt”l (1829-1897), Glagover Rebbe; son-in-law of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Rubin, zt”l (1806-1873), Glagover Rebbe; son of Rabbi Asher Yeshaye Rubin, zt”l (d. 1845), Ropshitzer Rebbe and author of Ohr Yeshai; son-in-law of Rabbi Naftaly Zvi Horowitz, zt”l (1760-1827), revered Ropshitzer Rebbe and author of Zera Kodesh.

The aufruf took place in the Spinka Beis Medrash on 18th Avenue. Unfortunately, the Skulener Rebbe felt ill on Thursday evening and, on the advice of his doctors, was admitted for observation to Mount Sinai Hospital. Baruch Hashem, the Rebbe felt much better and was released on Motzaei Shabbos. At home, the Rebbe conducted a melaveh malkah with a limited number of participants.

Rabbi Yeshaya Yaakov Portugal, eldest son of the Skulener Rebbe and Montreal Skulener Rav, is recuperating in Brooklyn from a liver transplant that he underwent at the end of December. Rabbi Yeshaya Yaakov joined his father at the melaveh malkah.

Chilula Kadisha On Sefarim Bestseller List

Di Tzeitung is a Yiddish weekly published in Boro Park. A few years ago, the paper began a weekly sefarim bestseller list culled from information given by sefarim stores in Boro Park, Williamsburg, and elsewhere.

Last week’s list was topped by Chilula KadishaAdar, historical vignettes and rich Torah sayings of gedolim whose yahrzeits fall during the month of Adar. The 1,200-page tome presents comprehensive reviews of more than 100 gedolim. The volume is the third in a series. The first release was Tammuz, the second Shevat. The masterwork is the product of Rabbi Menachem Yitzchok Meir Schiff with approbations from the Holeiner Rav and others. The series is a must-have and available at all sefarim and Judaica stores.

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One Response to “My Machberes”

  1. michael pell says:

    Mazel tov on the Skulener Chassunah!! Here is one request for an English translation of
    the Chilula Kadisha books and of the writings of the Ozerover Rebbes.

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