During Shabbos, the children davened in the Tasher Beis Medrash together with the Tasher Rebbe. Friday evening, at the conclusion of the tefillas, the children, each one individually, met the Rebbe, shaking hands and receiving Good Shabbos wishes. The Friday night meal was served in the yeshiva, after which the children joined the Rebbe’s tisch. Early on Shabbos morning the children assembled in the beis medrash, where their recital of Tehillim resounded and reverberated. At shalosh seudas, the children sang zemiros together with the Rebbe. At the melaveh malkah, the Rebbe gave berachos to the children and presented each with a blessed coin. With full hearts, the children returned overnight to their homes in New York.
On Tuesday, the first night of Chanukah, Dovid Labin was engaged to the daughter of Rabbi Alter Moshe Twersky, son-in-law of Rabbi Yehoshua Rokeach, Belz Machnovka Rebbe in Israel. The chassan is the son of Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac Labin, Zidichover Rav in Bnei Brak; son of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Labinz, zt”l (1916-2009), Zidichov Beregsaz Rebbe who survived the Holocaust and settled in London and later moved to Williamsburg; and son-in-law of Rabbi Chaim Eliezer Horonchik, son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Biderman, zt”l (1903-1987), Lelover Rebbe of Tel Aviv-Bnei Brak.
A large reception was held immediately after finalization of the shidduch with the participation of thousands of chassidim.
Rabbi Yehoshua Rokeach, Belz Machnovka Rebbe, is the son of Rabbi Yitzchok Dov Twersky, zt”l; son of Rabbi Yehoshua Twersky, zt”l; son-in-law of Rabbi Yosef Meir Twersky, zt”l (1860-1919), Machnovka Rebbe; son of Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel Twersky, zt”l (1827-1886), Skverer Rebbe; son of Rabbi Yitzchok Twersky, zt”l (1812-1845), Skverer Rebbe who only assumed the mantel of leadership several years after his father passed away; son of Rabbi Mordechai Twersky, zt”l (1770-1837), Chernobler Rebbe and author of Lekutei Torah; son of Rabbi Menachem Nochum Twersky, zt”l (1730-1787), founding Chernobler Rebbe and a disciple of Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov, zt”l (1688-1760), founder of the chassidic movement, and of Rabbi Dov Ber, zt”l (1704-1772), the Magid of Mezeritch and successor to the Baal Shem Tov.
Today’s Belz Machnovka Rebbe succeeded his great-uncle, Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel Twersky, zt”l (1895-1887), Machnovka Rebbe who heroically established his beis medrash in Moscow in 1932. After World War II, he was invited by Soviet authorities to serve as chief rabbi of the Soviet Union. His refusal to accept the position led to his banishment to Siberia. In 1964, he received permission to leave the Soviet Union and immigrated to Israel. He established his beis medrash in Bnei Brak and passed away among his chassidim on Yom Kippur eve. Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel was the son of Rabbi Yosef Meir Twersky, zt”l (1860-1919), Machnovka Rebbe.
On Monday evening Chaim Ben Zion Twersky was engaged to the daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Dovid Schlager, Mashgiach Gibbers Vishnitzer Yeshiva; son of Rabbi Avrohom Shlager, Bokashevitzer Rav; son-in-law of Rabbi Yisroel Eliezer Fish, Biksader Rebbe; son-in-law of Rabbi Mordechai Hager, Monsey Vishnitzer Rebbe. The chassan is the son of Rabbi Dovid Moshe Twersky, son of Rabbi Yitzchok Chai Twersky, Rachmestrivka Rebbe, and son-in-law of Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Unger, zt”l (1932-2002), Dombrover Rebbe.
The vort was celebrated that evening in the main Vishnitzer Beis Medrash in Monsey with the participation of thousands of chassidim. The Vishnitzer Rebbe, great-grandfather of the kallah, joined in the celebration.
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