KAHANAs of Hungary and Galicia #rabbinic


Norbert Weinberg <norofra@...>
 

I am in the midst of writing an account of my family's experience
before during and after the Shoah. My father, Rabbi Dr. Wilhelm
Weinberg, served as the first State Rabbi of Hesse, Germany, after
WWII, and my mother, Irene Weinberg,( herself a descendant of R.
Akiba Eger) survived as an Aryan in Lwow and Warsaw. Their account
is posted on the blog referenced below.
I am trying to determine the exact connection between my maternal
grandmother and three noted dayyanim in the cities of Sighet, Teczo
and Huszt.
This is the information I have.
My father's grandmother, Devorah Kahana,(born c 1840) was daughter
of a Benjamin KAHANA( born c 1810) and his wife, of whom we only
have the last name, Kurtz.
My uncle left me notes about his grandmother and her claims to
" yichus" >from the leading Jewish family of Hungary, as I can tell,
descendants of R. Yom Tov Lipman Heller through his daughter, Reziel,
married to Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Heller-Kahana. She referred to
relatives who were dayyanim of the cities of Sighet, Teczo, and
Huszt. She had an uncle who was Rabbi of Kalusz , a town to the east
of Dolyna( Dolina, Galicia); she claimed he was revered by the local
Christian peasants for his wisdom and his blessings , as "maly bozek"
-a little god. After the Holocaust, my uncle met a Dayan Friedman
from Teczo who assured him the she was indeed correct. She was
referring to three brothers, Rabbis Hayyim Aryeh, Joseph Mordecai,
and Jacob Gedaliah Kahana, contemporaries of my great-grandmother,
and >from that very same region; they may have been her cousins,once
or twice removed. My father kept a copy of one book, a fragment >from
the work by R.Joseph Mordecai, " Divrei Tzadikim"(Sayings of the
Righteous)and I can only guess that his father had kept it as a
reminder of the family conection.( She also made mention of another
book," Revid Hazahav"( Golden Chain), attributed in other sources
to one R. Israel Dov Ber Gelernter, a work on transmigration of the
soul, which I found quoted in hand-written notes of my grandfather.)
If anyone has any leads for me, I would appreciate it greatly,
Todah in advance,

Rabbi Dr. Norbert Weinberg
Encino, CA
email: norofra@...

Karmi Sheli-My Vineyard
The Courage of the Spirit:The story of Europe's Jewry in the 20 th
Century >from family accounts and documents
http://karmisheli.blogspot.com

Reasearching Family Records of WEINBERG( Dolyna/Ukraine, Vienna/Austria,
Frankfurt AM, Germany),ZARWANITZER ( Dolyna/Ukraine),IGER( Lviv,
Podwolochisk/Ukraine)GOTTDENKER ( Lviv, Bolekhiv/Ulraine).

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