According to my grandmother's uncle,(Chaim Dov KANTOR of Karlin and
Zichron Yacov, Israel) in his diary, he mentions that the head of the
religious court in Karlin-around the middle of the 19th cent. was a
Rav Mordechai Ruzhiner , who was a "she'ar basar" (Hebrew for
relative). I presume that Ruzhiner was not his family name but his
place of origin. I am trying to identify this Rabbi and research this
mentioned family connection.
One of the rabbis who served in Karlin (or was it Pinsk) was R'
Mordechai ZACKHEIM who I understand came >from or also served at some
point in Ruzhin. (I know that there are two places with very similar
names Ruzhin and Raseinai. In my uncle's diary and other sources its
mentioned that Mordechai ZACKHEIM came >from Ruzhin.
If anyone is knowledgeable of the above Mordechai ZACKHEIM's how we
may be related. I've already tried through George ZACKHIEIM in
Chicago and saw his "Scattered Seeds" without having too much luck in
trying to make a family connection..
I received >from someone on this forum a family tree which mentions a
Rabbi Mordechai Leib (without a family name) who was the son-in-law
of R' Shmuel Avigdor (a.k.a. "Tana Tosfa'ah") one of the Rabbis of
Karlin during the first half of the 19th cent. If anyone knows details
about this Mordechai, his family name and if he did serve in Karlin
and if so when, I would be happy to hear about it.
An additional question: does anyone know if Mordechai ZACKHEIM (the
above) was related somehow to the Volozhin family?
I know the above is a "hodge-podge" of fact etc. but if someone can
fit the puzzles and help me make a connection I would appreciate it
Chodesh tov and shavua tov
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem