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Shomrei Emunim Rebbe Visits New York
Rabbi Rafael Aaron Roth, Shomrei Emunim Rebbe of Bnei Brak, will be participating in his son’s wedding on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in Monsey. The son will marry the daughter of Rabbi Yesochor Dov Rosenbaum, Stanislover Rebbe in Monsey.
The celebration will begin with a Shabbos Beshalach aufruf in Boro Park, January 25-26 at Beth Jacob Hall at 1371 46th Street. Minchah erev Shabbos is at 4:45 p.m. and the Friday night tisch will begin at 9:15. Shabbos Shacharis is at 9 a.m., followed by a grand kiddush and the Shabbos noon meal. Minchah and shalosh seudos is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.
The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe will be joined by hundreds of chassidim from Israel. In addition, chassidim in New York, including Stanislover chassidim, will join in the Shabbos aufruf events. For lodging and hospitality arrangements, hachnassas orchim committee leaders can be reached at 347-871-4768 and at 202-213-9921.
The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Roth, zt”l (1924-2012), late Shomrei Emunim Rebbe and author of Chukei Chaim, passed away last August at age 88. The Chukei Chaim was survived by four sons and four daughters. The daughters are rebbetzins of the rebbes of Deij, Radoshitz, Nechshiv, and Sambor.
In accordance with the instructions of the last will and testament, succession was announced at the end of the shiva period. Rabbi Eliezer Chanoun, the late rebbe’s gabbai, stepped outside to inform the waiting chassidim. The rebbe directed that until after the yomim tovim, which included the shloshim period and Sukkos, the sons were to remain together with all the chassidim in the Shomrei Emunim beis medrash in Meah Shearim. The beis medrash in Meah Shearim was inherited by the late rebbe as son and successor of Rabbi Aaron Roth, zt”l (1894-1947), author of Shomrei Emunim and Shulchan Hatahor.
After Sukkos, Rabbi Rafael Aaron, the eldest son, inherited the mantel of being Shomrei Emunim Rebbe in Bnei Brak; Rabbi Gedalya Moshe was crowned as the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe in Ashdon; and Rabbi Shlomo became the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. Rabbi Rafael Aaron is the son-in-law of Rabbi Mordechai Sproidlower, zt”l (1910-1981), Zhviler Rebbe and author of Mordechai B’shaar Hamelech; Rabbi Gedalya Moshe is the son-in-law of Rabbi Eliezer Zev Rosenbaum, Rachover Rebbe in Ramat Gan; and Rabbi Shlomo is the son-in-law of Rabbi Sholom Yehuda Gross, Holminer Rebbe in Beth Shemesh.
Skverer Group Visits Eastern Europe
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky is the sixth child and third son of Rabbi Dovid Twersky, Skverer Rebbe. Named after his paternal grandfather, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, zt”l (1899-1968), late Skverer Rebbe who established New Square, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef was married in 1992 to Rebbetzin Chana Yenty, daughter of Rabbi Yehshaye Twersky, Chernobler Rebbe in Boro Park.
As the number of Skverer chassidim grows dramatically, so do the number of events within the greater Skverer community. Ordinarily graced by the Skverer Rebbe, the number and frequency of events are at the point where the Skverer Rebbe is unable to attend and preside at all of them. In order to minister to his chassidim, the Rebbe has delegated his sons to act as his representatives.
On Tuesday, January 15, a large group of chassidim led by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef returned from a week long visit to holy sites in Eastern Europe. The trip began on Sunday, December 30. During their travels the group heard insights from Rabbi Elchonon Wosner, Skverer rosh beis din, and from rabbi Shmuel Chaim Yaakov Gruber, noted Jewish historian. Rabbi Yaakov Yosef led the recital of Tehillim and shared inspirational thoughts at gravesites.
The group was at Magnalitza, Koznitz, Kealtz, Cracow, Sanz, Rimanov, and at Dinov, where a night was spent at the hachnassas orchim facility and where, the following morning, the group prayed at the gravesite of the Bnei Yesoschor. In Rudnik they were at the gravesite of Rabbi Elimelech of Rudnik, zt”l, on the day of his yahrzeit. From Shiniva the group entered Ukraine, stopping in Belz, Ludmir, Trisk, Nechshiv, Malinov, Yampola, Ostrow, Anipoli, Shpetivka, Polna, Zhvil, Kuristan and Vilandek, where the group visited the gravesite of the Vilandeker Tzaddik on the day of his yahrzeit. From there, the group proceeded to Anatevka (of “Fiddler on the Roof” fame) and to Kiev, where they visited the ohel of Rabbi Dovid of Skver (1848-1919), zt”l.
For Shabbos Shemos, January 4-5, the group originally planned to stay in Kiev. However, the sub-freezing weather overburdened the snowbound city, causing the intended hotel’s heating systems to systematically fail. So the group traveled on to Berditchev, where Shabbos was celebrated in the beis medrash of Rabbi Shlomo Yom-Tov Breier.
After Shabbos the group moved on to Skver, where Rabbi Yaakov Yosef was privileged to place tefillin on a boy who was bar mitzvah that day. After Shacharis on Sunday, the group stopped at the ohel of Rabbi Yitzchok (Reb Itzikel) of Skver, zt”l (1812-1885), and his sons.
On the final leg of the trip, stops were made at gravesites in Rachmestrivka, Shpola, Tolna, Chitchelnik and Mezubish.
Lutzker Rebbe Coming To Williamsburg
Rabbi Yochanon Shochet, Lutzker Rebbe in Jerusalem, is expected in Williamsburg for Shabbos Mishpatim, February 8-9. The Lutzker Rebbe is the son of Rabbi Ezra Shochet; son-in-law of Rabbi Yochanon Perlow, zt”l (1900-1956), Karlin-Stoliner Rebbe; youngest son of Rabbi Yisroel Perlow, zt”l (1868-1921), Karlin-Stoliner Rebbe who succeeded his father, Rabbi Asher Perlow, zt”l (d. 1873), Karlin-Stoliner Rebbe. Rabbi Yochanan (d. 1921) was four years old when his father passed away, and is known as the Frankfurter because he died in Frankfurt and is buried there. Rabbi Asher (d. 1873) was the son of Rabbi Aaron Perlow, zt”l (1802-1872), Karlin-Stoliner Rebbe and author of Beis Aaron; son of Rabbi Asher Perlow, zt”l (1765-1826), Karlin-Stolin Rebbe; son of Rabbi Aaron Perlow, zt”l (1736-1772), founding Karlin-Stoliner Rebbe and known as Rebbe Aaron Hagadol. Rabbi Boruch Meir Yaakov Shochet, older brother of the Lutzker Rebbe, is today’s Karlin-Stoliner Rebbe. Today’s Lutzker Rebbe is a son-in-law of Rabbi Yisroel Zvi Yair Danziger, Aleksander Rebbe.
Rabbi Yochanon Perlow served as the Stolin-Lutzker Rebbe. He was in Russia during the Holocaust. After the war he returned to Germany but did not reveal his identity. In 1946 he immigrated to Palestine where he was declared Karlin-Stoliner Rebbe. After a short stay in Haifa he immigrated to the United States and was accepted as the leader of the Stoliner Beis Medrash in Williamsburg. His brother, Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Perlow, zt”l (d. 1946), had preceded him and established the Stoliner Beis Medrash in Williamsburg. Rabbi Yaakov Chaim lived mostly in Detroit, where he was known as the Detroit Rebbe, and is buried there. One year after Rabbi Yochanon Perlow passed away in 1956, his body was brought from America and re-interred in Teverya.
Lodging and hospitality arrangements for the rebbe’s visit are being organized by hachnassas orchim committees here and in Israel. The committee can be reached at 917-805-4844.
Tolna Rebbe In America
Rabbi Yitzchok Menachem Weinberg, Tolna Rebbe of Jerusalem, arrived in the United States on Sunday, January 14 for a short visit. The Rebbe stayed first in Boro Park, at the family home of Moshe Diamond. For Shabbos Bo, January 18-19, the Tolna Rebbe conducted tefillas and tisch in Lakewood. After Shabbos the rebbe proceeded to Monsey, where he was hosted at the home of Meir Yechiel Knobloch.
The Tolna Rebbe of Jerusalem is a dynamic speaker and a recognized authority on Torah education who speaks to all audiences. He was an intimate and disciple of Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter, zt”l (1927-1996), Gerer Rebbe and author of Pnei Menachem.
Today’s Tolna Rebbe of Jerusalem is the grandson of Rabbi Yochanon Twersky, zt”l (1906-1998), fourth Tolna Rebbe who moved to Montreal in 1934 and later settled in Bayit Vegan; son of Rabbi Dovid Mordechai Twersky, zt”l (1888-1956), third Tolna Rebbe who immigrated to America in 1913, escaping persecution and thus becoming one of the first chassidishe rebbes here; eldest son of Rabbi Menachem Nochum Twersky, zt”l (1869-1915), second Tolna Rebbe; son of Rabbi Mordechai Twerskey, zt”l (1847-1876); son of Rabbi Dovid Twersky, zt”l (1808-1882), first Tolna Rebbe and author of Birkas Dovid; son of Rabbi Mordechai Twersky, zt”l (1770-1837), Chernobler Rebbe and author of Lekutei Torah; son of Rabbi Menachem Nochum Twersky, zt”l (1730-1797), founding Chernobler Rebbe and author of Meor Einayim.
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