Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Re: Viznitz-Chotkov-Breslav Chasidut #rabbinic


On 2002.12.23, Yoni Ben-Ari <yonatan@religions.gov.il> writes:

How is it that three generations of very active Chassidim would each
be connected to another chassidut. Was identity with a certain
Admor done more on an individual basis that family tradition? were
these three chassiduot connected somehow (geographically?).
Dear Yoni:

It is not usual for different family members to be associated with
different Rebbes. To begin with, many of the Rebbes are related to
each other through marriage. Many of the subsequent Rebbes are
descendant >from the Ruzhiner Rebbe. Just to give you an idea, the
following is >from the wonderful book, "Golden Dynasty" by Yisroel
Friedman, 1997, on the descendants of Yisroel Friedman, the

"The Rebbe's derech was carried on through his six sons [...] The
Rebbe's oldest son, Reb Sholom Yosef, was niftar less than a year
after his father and was succeeded by his son Reb Yitzchok, who
became the first Bohusher Rebbe.

The Ruzhiner's second son, Reb Avrohom Yaakov, took his father's
place in Sadiger. He had two sons, the eldest, Reb Yitzchok, was
the first Boyaner Rebbe and the younger son, Reb Yisroel, was rebbe
in Sadiger.

The third son of the Ruzhiner was Reb Dov Ber who was rebbe in Lieov
and the fourth son, Reb Menachem Nachum, was rebbe in Sthefanesht.
Reb Dovid Moshe, the Chortkover Rebbe, was the fifth son and Reb
Mordechai Shraga, the Husyatiner Rebbe, was the sixth son.

In addition to his sons, the Ruzhiner also had four daughters. The
eldest daughter - Chaya Malka, was married to Reb Yitzchok of Skver.
The next daughter - Gitel, was married to Reb Yosef Mansohn. Their
elder son Reb Levi Yitzchok was rebbe in Ozeranah and their second
son Reb Chaim Dov was rebbe in Brod. The third daughter - Miriam,
was married to Reb Menachem Mendel of Vishnitz, founder of the
famous Vishnitzer dynasty. The last daughter - Leah, was married to
Reb Dovid Halpern. Their son, Reb Sholom Halpern, was the founder of
the Vasloier dynasty.

Through his six sons the Ruzhiner Chassidus spread far and wide,
bringing Yidden closer to their Father in Heaven ad bi'as go'el
tzedek. Amen."

That should give you some idea.

Arye Gordon
Los Angeles

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