I am trying to confirm a family written story which states that my
great grandmother , Bracha KANTOR/SCHECHTER was a descendant of Reb.
Chaim of Volozhin (or at least another member of his family).
Bracha's mother, Sarah Hinde KANTOR married to Reb. Shlomo KANTOR, a
Chazan in Karlin (Pinsk) during the second half of the 19th cent. The
above "story" includes a comment that Reb. Itzaleh, Reb. Chaim's son
took Sarah Hinde or her mother to her chupa (wedding canopy) as her
parents had died before her wedding.
Researching the published trees of Reb. Chaim, the closest similarity
that I found was that Reb. Itzaleh in fact had buried his own daughter
and her husband (LANDAU) and that in fact they had an unmarried
daughter. Unfortunately I do not find my ancestress in any of the
trees. I know that many rabbinical family trees often do not included
children who were not Rabbis or married to one. In fact a member of
the SOLOVEITCHIK family,(descendants of Reb. Chaim) wrote me that his
branch was not included since they did not go into the rabbinate.
Well known descendants of my great great grandmother are Chaim Dov
KANTOR, who was the mashgiach (kosher supervisor) of the yekev
(winery) in Zichron Yaacov (Israel) and Rabbi Yacov Meir SCHECHTER of
Chassidut Breslev. I had asked R' Yacov Meir as to the reliability of
his father's above story and unfortunately he could confirm or not
confirm it. Chaim Dov's (who died in the 1940s) descendants also
couldn't confirm the above story.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a complete listing of
Reb. Chaim's descendants if he can confirm the connection between our
Yoni Ben-Ari, Jerusalem <yonibenari@...>