Rabbi Aron HALBERSTAM of Sanz (1824-1903) #poland #rabbinic

Shaul Ceder

Rabbi Aron HALBERSTAM, the son of R. Chaim Yoel (the "Divrei Chaim" of Sanz-Nowy Sacz, Poland), married Chana Elka WEINBERGER (b. 1827), and the records I have checked in MyHeritage show that they had four children, including R. Aryeh Leibish, who was born in 1852. The problematic issue is that they were married in 1892 in Nowy Sacz (and this date was corroborated by JRI-Poland), when both were over 60 years old, and I have been unable to find any record of either of them having been married previously. Can anyone shed any light on this?

Shlomo Katz

It was very common for Jewish couples to have only a religious marriage. If they needed to have a civil ceremony for some practical reason, they might do it years or decades later. Of course, one can only speculate what happened here.

BTW, none of the volumes of Divrei Chaim mention the author having a middle name "Yoel." That is likely an error.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring, MD