Descendants of RABBI YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG

 

 

Generation No. 1
Parents of Yitzchak Meir

 

1.  RABBI YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG  (MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1765, and died 1827 in Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland.  He married CHAYA SARA HALEVI1, daughter of YA'ACOV HALEVI and DAUGHTER HIRZ.  She was born 1770, and died 8 February 1852.

 

Notes for RABBI YISRAEL ROTTENBERG:

Tracing his ancestry to the great scholar, Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg (the Mahara"m" m) of the thirteenth century

 

 Rabbi Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg was a Tosaphist (codifier and commentator on the Talmud), as well as a liturgical poet. He is more popularly called the Mahara"m, a title of honor derived from the lead letters MHRM of the Hebrew, Morenu Harav Rabi Meir (Our teacher, the rabbi, Rabbi Meir). He has also been bestowed the title of Me'or haGolah (Light of the Exile), along with Rash"i and Rabbenu Gershom. R. Meir was born in Worms around 1215, ultimately ending his life in prison at Ensisheim, Alsace beginning in 1286, remaining there until his death in 1293. Fourteen years later his body was ransomed and reburied in Worms

 

Alexander Susskind, gave his whole fortune as ransom for the body of Rabbi Meir of Rottenberg, died, 1307.

Meir ben Baruch Rothenburg

 

Notes for CHAYA SARA HALEVI:

An orphan who was raised by the Koznitzer Maggid

           

Children of YISRAEL ROTTENBERG and CHAYA HALEVI are:

2.                        i.      RABBI YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13 ALTER, b. 1799, MOGNUSZEW Poland; d. 10 March 1866, Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland.

3.                       ii.      MOSHE CHAYIM ROTENBERG, b. 1785; d. Chencin Poland.

                          iii.      YA'ACOV YOSEF ROTTENBERG.

 

More About YA'ACOV YOSEF ROTTENBERG:

Residence 1:  of Apt (Opatow) Poland

 

                          iv.      AAHARON ELIYOHU ROTTENBERG.

                           v.      YOCHEVED ROTTENBERG, m. CHANOCH STERLING.

                          vi.      RUCHL ROTTENBERG, m. YECHIEL MOSHE.

                         vii.      LEYA ROTTENBERG, m. YA'ACOV AYZENBERG.

 

More About YA'ACOV AYZENBERG:

Residence:  of Chentshin Poland

 

                       viii.      MOSHE YERUCHAM ROTENBERG2.

 

 


Generation No. 2

 

2.  RABBI YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13 ALTER (YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1799 in MOGNUSZEW Poland, and died 10 March 1866 in Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland.  He married FEIGELE LIPSCHITZ 19 October 1811 in WARSAW, daughter of MOSHE LIPSCHITZ and SARA TZINA.  She was born 1799.

 

Notes for RABBI YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG ALTER:

                      Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Rothenberg ( changed name to Alter) 

                                          Known as the Chiddushei HaRim

                                            the first Gerer Rebbe

                                                    (1799-1866)

Traced his lineage back to Rabbi Mier Ben Baruch of Rothenberg (1215 -  93)

 

Rabbi Itshe Meyer (Yitzchak Meir) of Warsaw was Born MOGNUSZEW 85 km from Warsaw and 30 km from Garwolin

 

Had 14 Children & outlived them all , a tremendous personal tragedy. His daughter Ester died just days after the birth of her ninth child. On hearing of her death, the rabbi said, "Only the Master of mercy can cause such pain." Master of mercy. This is the essence of the Jewish approach to suffering.

 

He published a tractate on Chullin and Tushuvas Ha-Rim (responsa on Shulchan Aruch)

 

He Forbade the baking of Mattos with Machines

He was also Strongly of the view that Jews should be distinguished in what they wear from the non-Jewish Population, a tradition which is carried on by Gerer Hassidim today.

 

He had a similar view on secular education vs. Torah True learning, that secular learning was a waste of time, which is another tradition carried on today in Gerer today in Israel.

 

The Chiddushei HaRim, (Rebbi Yitzchok Meir), was one of the most important disciples of Rebbi Simcha Bunem of Pryschicha and then the fiery R' Menachem Mendel of Kotzk. At the insistence of the Chassidim, the RIM became leader after the death of the Kotzker. At the first Chassi dic gathering over which he presided he declared, "Reb Simchah Bunem led with love, and R' Me nachem Mendel with fear. I will lead with Torah!"

 

He succeeded in establishing a precedent of excellence in Torah study which is still a hallmark of the Gerrer Chassidim today.

 

His grandson, R' Yehuda Leib, known as the Sfas Emes, became Gerrer Rebbe after his grandfather.

 

RABBI MEIR BEN BARUCH of ROTTENBURG (ROTHENBURG)

Tracing his ancestry to the great scholar, Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg (the Mahara"m" m) of the thirteenth century

 

Rabbi Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg was a Tosaphist (codifier and commentator on the Talmud), as well as a liturgical poet. He is more popularly called the Mahara"m, a title of honor derived from the lead letters MHRM of the Hebrew, Morenu Harav Rabi Meir (Our teacher, the rabbi, Rabbi Meir). He has also been bestowed the title of Me'or haGolah (Light of the Exile), along with Rash"i and Rabbenu Gershom. R. Meir was born in Worms around 1215, ultimately ending his life in prison at Ensisheim, Alsace beginning in 1286, remaining there until his death in 1293. Fourteen years later his body was ransomed and reburied in Worms

 

                                             Great Leaders of our People

                        Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Rothenberg Alter (The Chiddushei HaRim) (1799-1866)

 

Rabbi Yitzchak Meir was the founder and first rebbe of the Ger dynasty, which at one time counted over 100,000 Chasidim, and to this day remains one of the largest Chasidic groups. He was a child prodigy who was sought after by all the great Polish Chasidic leaders. The Rim’s mother Chaya Sara, was an orphan who was raised by the Koznitzer Maggid, and the Maggid played a great role in Yitzchak Meir’s early development. The Rim became a disciple of Rabbi Simcha Bunem of Pshischa and Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk. He once said that “according to Pshischa Chasidus a person does nothing with his external limbs, the main thing is the inner self, from which one is inspired to act”.

 

Ger emphasized the centrality of Torah and self-development, the externals of Chasidus were minimized or disdained.  Though Pshischa and Kotzk were elitist, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir showed how their principles could be embraced by all Jews. From Pshischa and Kotzk Ger absorbed a healthy skepticism of human motivation and the demands of the ego.

 

The Koznitzer admonished Rabbi Yitzchak Meir to propound chiddushim (new thoughts) every day and one notes a freshness and dynamism in the Rim as well as in other Polish rebbes. In his approbation to Rabbi Bunem’s Kol Simcha printed just 33 years after the latter’s death, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir expresses the hope that “probably even today his words will inspire the hearts”. Presumably he could only say “probably” because the new generation needed fresh inspiration. He interpreted Hillel’s “if not now when” to mean that each moment has its own fresh demands.

 

Rabbi Yitzchak Meir was a true leader and was deeply involved in all political events affecting his flock. His halachic writings are characterized by scintillating brilliance and his non-halachic thought by great depth and warmth. The custom to make siyyumim during the nine days was seen by Rabbi Yitzchak Meir as motivated by a desire to bring Jews together in a harmonious spirit and thus rectify the sin of sinas chinam which had caused the destruction of the Temple.

 

Rabbi Yitzchak Meir’s personal life was filled with tragedy. All his thirteen children died in his lifetime. His daughter Ester died just days after the birth of her ninth child. When he finally consented to assume leadership after the death of the Kotzker he remarked: “I am not a rebbe. I do not want money. I do not care for honor. All I want is to spend my years bringing the children of Israel nearer to their Father in Heaven”.

 

 

Death confirmed Polish State Archive (PSA), Akt 6 of 1866

 

More About RABBI YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG ALTER:

Bar Mitzvah: 23rd Adar Rishon 5639

Hebrew Name: Reb YITZCHAK MEIR ben Reb YISROEL

Occupation: Gerrer Rebbe 1859 - 1866

Yahrzeit: 23rd Adar Rishon 5626

           

Children of YITZCHAK ALTER and FEIGELE LIPSCHITZ are:

                             i.      CHAYYM14 ALTER.

4.                       ii.      LEAH HADDASA ALTER, b. Warszawa Poland.

                          iii.      RIVKA ALTER.

5.                     iv.      TZINA PESSEL ALTER, b. Warszawa Poland.

6.                       v.      ABRAHAM MORDKA ALTER, b. 19 February 1815, Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland; d. 11 August 1865, Warszawa Poland.

                          vi.      NECHEMYA ALTER, b. 2 December 1820.

7.                    vii.      ESTER ALTER, b. 23 February 1832.

8.                   viii.      MENACHIM MENDEL ALTER.

                          ix.      NACHMI ALTER, b. 1821.

 

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3.  MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG (YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1785, and died in Chencin Poland.  He married DVORA MATIL ZAYONC 1798 in Hencin Poland.  She was born 1782 in Poland, and died in Henchin Poland.

 

More About MOSHE CHAYIM ROTENBERG:

Individual Note:  of Chentshin (Checiny)

           

Children of MOSHE ROTENBERG and DVORA ZAYONC are:

9.                        i.      HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, b. 1812, Henchin Poland; d. April 1898, Warsaw Poland.

10.                    ii.      DAUGHTER OF MOSHE CHAYYN ROTTENBERG.

11.                   iii.      ? ROTTENBERG.

 

 

Generation No. 3

 

4.  LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER (YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born in Warszawa Poland.  She married SHMUEL ZINVIL BRODER. 

           

Children of LEAH ALTER and SHMUEL BRODER are:

12.                     i.      SIMCHA BUNIM15 BRODER, d. Y.

13.                    ii.      FEIGEL BRODER.

                          iii.      ESTER TSINA BRODER2, b. 18452; d. Y2.

                          iv.      ISRAEL YOSSEF BRODER2, b. 18462; d. Y2.

                           v.      CHANA BRODER2, b. 18472; d. Y2.

                          vi.      DAVID BRODER2, b. 18652; d. Y2.

 

 

5.  TZINA PESSEL14 ALTER (YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born in Warszawa Poland.  She married BENJAMIN ELIEZER YOSTMAN2.   died 2.

 

Notes for TZINA PESSEL ALTER:

YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG ALTER the Chiddushei HaRim on hearing of the death of his daughter Ester just days after the birth of her ninth child.  said, "Only the Master of mercy can cause such pain." Master of mercy. This is the essence of the Jewish approach to suffering.

 

Notes for BENJAMIN ELIEZER YOSTMAN:

Family name Justman or Yostman

           

Children of TZINA ALTER and BENJAMIN YOSTMAN are:

                             i.      PINCHAS MENACHEM15 YOSTMAN2, d. Y2; m. HINDEL LEAH ALTER2.

 

Notes for PINCHAS MENACHEM YOSTMAN:

[Broder Family Tree.FTW]

 

Admor of Filtz

 

                            ii.      ISRAEL MESHULAM YOSTMAN2, b. 18452; d. Y2.

                          iii.      SIMCHA BUNIM YOSTMAN2, b. 18462; d. Y2.

 

 

6.  ABRAHAM MORDKA14 ALTER (YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 19 February 1815 in Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland, and died 11 August 1865 in Warszawa Poland.  He married (1) ??? WARKA 1829.    He married (2) ESTER LANDSTEIN 1830 in Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland.  She died 17 December 1849.  He married (3) CHAVA 1849. 

 

More About ABRAHAM MORDKA ALTER:

Hebrew Name: ABRAHAM MORDECHAI ben YITZCHAK MEIR

Religion: Jewish - Gerrer Chosid

Yahrzeit: 27 Av 5615

 

More About ESTER LANDSTEIN:

Religion: Jewish

           

Child of ABRAHAM ALTER and ??? WARKA is:

                             i.      RAYTCHE15 ALTER, d. 12 May 1879; m. AHARON PINCHOS TEOMIM.

 

           

Children of ABRAHAM ALTER and ESTER LANDSTEIN are:

14.                    ii.      ELIYAHU15 ALTER.

15.                   iii.      HENDEL LEAH ALTER, d. 1920.

16.                  iv.      SHLOMO ALTER.

17.                    v.      DWORA LIBA ALTER, b. 4 February 1839, Gur Warsaw Poland; d. Abt. 1905.

                          vi.      FRYMET ALTER, b. 20 November 1840, WARSAW; d. 5 May 1902, Warsaw.

                         vii.      HADASSA ALTER, b. 16 February 1845, Warsaw.

18.                viii.      RABBI YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB ALTER, b. 15 April 1847, 28 Nissan 5607 Warszawa Poland; d. 11 January 1905, Gur Warsaw Poland.

                          ix.      YAACOV ALTER, b. 20 July 1848, WARSAW.

19.                    x.      ? ALTER.

20.                   xi.      REITZE ALTER.

                         xii.      PRIMTASHA ALTER, d. 1866; m. BENJAMIN.

 

Notes for PRIMTASHA ALTER:

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Children of ABRAHAM ALTER and CHAVA are:

                        xiii.      ELIYAHU YOSEF15 ALTER.

                       xiv.      SHLOMO ALTER, d. 22 October 1934.

21.                 xv.      SHIMON CHAIM ALTER.

 

 

7.  ESTER14 ALTER (YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 23 February 1832.  She married ISRAEL COHEN. 

 

Notes for ESTER ALTER:

 

All his thirteen children died in his lifetime. His daughter Ester died just days after the birth of her ninth child.

           

Child of ESTER ALTER and ISRAEL COHEN is:

                             i.      MOSHE MOTIL15 COHEN.

 

 

8.  MENACHIM MENDEL14 ALTER (YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)

 

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Child of MENACHIM MENDEL ALTER is:

                             i.      AVRAM ISCHAR BENJAMIN ELI15 ALTER.

 

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9.  HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG (MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1812 in Henchin Poland, and died April 1898 in Warsaw Poland.  She married REB YEHUDA ARYE HALEVI KAMINER 1830 in Henchin Poland, son of MEIR KAMINER and YOHEVED TEOMIM-FRENKEL.  He was born 1810 in Henchin Poland, and died 24 October 1894 in Henchin Poland.

 

Notes for REB YEHUDA ARYE HALEVI KAMINER:

Yudel was the Nephew of the Chiddushei HaRim and the Son in-Law of his Brother

 

More About REB YEHUDA ARYE HALEVI KAMINER:

Burial: Henchin Poland

Yahrzeit: 24 Tishre 5655

           

Children of HADASSA ROTTENBERG and YEHUDA KAMINER are:

                             i.      ESTER BEILE15 KAMINER, m. MR ROTHENBERG.

22.                    ii.      BARUCH HALEVI KAMINER, b. 1828, Henchin Poland; d. August 1936, Tel Aviv Israel.

                          iii.      MENACHIM MENDEL HALEVI KAMINER, b. 1830.

23.                  iv.      HANOCH SHIMSHON HALEVI KAMINER, b. 1831, Henchin Poland.

24.                    v.      ISRAEL ELAZAR HALEVI KAMINER, b. 1831, Henchin Poland.

25.                  vi.      YOCHEVED RIVKAH KAMINER, b. 1832, Henchin Poland; d. 18 December 1901, Gur Warsaw Poland.

26.                 vii.      YOM-TOV LIPPA KAMINER, b. 1832, Henchin Poland.

                       viii.      YITZCHAK HALEVI KAMINER, b. 1834; m. HINDA HURWITZ; b. 1838.

                          ix.      GITL KAMINER, b. 1835; m. MR BLASS.

                            x.      LEAH KAMINER, b. 1836; m. MR WEINBERGER.

27.                   xi.      MOISHE HAIM HALEVI KAMINER, b. 1840.

                         xii.      MORDECHAI FISHEL HALEVI KAMINER, b. 1853.

 

 

10.  DAUGHTER OF MOSHE CHAYYN14 ROTTENBERG (MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  She married HARAV MESHULAN HURWITZ. 

           

Child of DAUGHTER ROTTENBERG and MESHULAN HURWITZ is:

                             i.      HINDA15 HURWITZ, b. 1838; m. YITZCHAK HALEVI KAMINER; b. 1834.

 

 

11.  Unknown Name ? 14 ROTTENBERG (MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2.

           

Child of ? ROTTENBERG is:

                             i.      MENDEL15 ROTTENBERG2, d. Y2; m. DINA DVORA KOHN2, 18812; b. 18632; d. , Y2.

 

 

Generation No. 4

 

12.  SIMCHA BUNIM15 BRODER (LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 died  in Y2.  He married IDES ZYSKIND2.  She died  in Y2.

           

Children of SIMCHA BRODER and IDES ZYSKIND are:

28.                     i.      CHANA16 BRODER, d. Y.

29.                    ii.      YOSSEF BRODER, d. Y.

                          iii.      CHAYA SARA BRODER2, d. Y2; m. YACOV ARIE MORGENSTERN2.

30.                  iv.      LEAH BRODER, d. Y.

31.                    v.      HENOCH BRODER, b. 1882; d. 1942.

32.                  vi.      MENACHEM MENDEL BRODER, b. 1888; d. 1942.

 

 

13.  FEIGEL15 BRODER (LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 died 2.  She married ITZCHAK MEYER ERLICH2.   died 2.

           

Children of FEIGEL BRODER and ITZCHAK ERLICH are:

33.                     i.      CHANA16 ERLICH.

                            ii.      YOCHEVET ERLICH2, d. Y2; m. MOSHE CARMEL2; d. , Y2.

34.                   iii.      YONA ERLICH.

35.                  iv.      SARA ERLICH, d. Y.

 

 

14.  ELIYAHU15 ALTER (ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)

           

Child of ELIYAHU ALTER is:

                             i.      AYZIK16 ALTER.

 

 

15.  HENDEL LEAH15 ALTER (ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) died 1920.  She married PINCHAS MENACHEM YOSTMAN, son of <UNNAMED>. 

           

Child of HENDEL ALTER and PINCHAS YOSTMAN is:

36.                     i.      HENOCH GAD16 YOSTMAN.

 

 

16.  SHLOMO15 ALTER (ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)

           

Children of SHLOMO ALTER are:

37.                     i.      DAUGHTER16 ALTER.

                            ii.      ABRAHAM MORDECHAI ALTER, b. 1872.

                          iii.      ICYK MAJER ALTER, b. 1873.

                          iv.      MENDLE ALTER, b. 1876.

 

 

17.  DWORA LIBA15 ALTER (ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 4 February 1839 in Gur Warsaw Poland, and died Abt. 1905.  She married YITZCHAK BAUMGOLD, son of GAVRIEL BAUMGOLD and YUTA. 

 

Notes for DWORA LIBA ALTER:

Translation of Records also show Dvora Malcah Alter - I believe that this was a misreading of the script and her name should be Dvora Liba Alter

 

Notes for YITZCHAK BAUMGOLD:

also recorded as Itchke Ben-Yota

 

 

More About YITZCHAK BAUMGOLD:

Hebrew Name: Itchke Ben Yota

           

Children of DWORA ALTER and YITZCHAK BAUMGOLD are:

                             i.      CHANOCH HENICH16 BAUMGOLD.

                            ii.      NOACH BAUMGOLD.

                          iii.      VITL BAUMGOLD, m. CHANOKH VIDISLAVSKI.

 

 

18.  RABBI YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15 ALTER (ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 15 April 1847 in 28 Nissan 5607 Warszawa Poland, and died 11 January 1905 in Gur Warsaw Poland.  He married YOCHEVED RIVKAH KAMINER 5 March 1862 in GUR WARSAW POLAND, daughter of YEHUDA KAMINER and HADASSA ROTTENBERG.  She was born 1832 in Henchin Poland, and died 18 December 1901 in Gur Warsaw Poland.

 

Notes for RABBI YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB ALTER:

                                                                                                Rebbe Yehudah Leib Alter, (1847-1905),

                                                                                                        grandson of the Chiddushei HaRim

                                                                                                   2nd    Gerrer Rebbe 1890 to 1910

                                                                                                        Known as Sfas Emes,

 

The title Sefat Emet , taken from the passage Sefat emet tikon la'ad, "Truthful speech abides forever" (Proverbs 12:19), was chosen by his children, who published his works, because it was the last verse on which he commented before his passing

 

 

The Sfas Emes, Rebbe Yehudah Leib Alter, (1847-1905), was the 2nd Gerrer Rebbe and the grandson of the Chiddushei HaRim. (See his biography in Parshas Vayakhel.) He orphaned at the age of one year and therefore raised by his grandfather. He was a prodigy at a very young age and studied without interuption for 18 hours at a time. When he was only nineteen, his grandfather, the Chiddushei HaRim passed away and pressure was put on Reb Yehudah Leib to become the new leader. He felt unworthy however, and instead went to Alexander giving his alliegence to Rebbe Chanoch Henoch. After only four years, Rebbe Chanoch Henoch passed away, and then Reb Yehudah Leib was left with no choice but to comply with the wishes of the Chassidim to beco me the leader of Ger. Until his guidance, Ger became the largest Chassidic group in Poland. T he Sfas Emes, named after his magnum opus, was a supporter of building up the chassidic commu nity in Eretz Yisrael, and greatly supported activities to that end. His son, the Emrei Emes , escaped the Nazis, came to Eretz Yisrael and rebuilt Ger, restoring it to it's former glory .

 

Famous Works: Sefat Emet al Hatorah: His commentary on the Torah in five volumes. His commentaries are geared towards stressing moral and ethical behavior, producing many kabalistic allusions. He wrote other books and commentaries, including his commentary on Tractate Kodashim studied by the entire spectrum of Torah scholars that show his vast knowledge of Torah and his devout dedication to Hashem and Judaism

 

THE SEFAS EMES

In honor of his yahrtzeit -- 5th Shevat

HaRav Hakodosh R' Yehuda Leib Alter was the son of R' Avrohom Mordechai zt"l, the eldest son of the Chidushei Harim of Gur.

He was born on erev rosh chodesh Iyar 5607 (1847) and as a boy of only two, he was orphaned of his mother. When he was about nine years old, his father too was niftar and he was brought up by his holy grandfather who treated him as a son, even rebuking him when necessary.

Once when the young boy came late to shiur, the Chidushei Harim rebuked him publicly which h e accepted in silence. His friends, who knew that he had been up all night learning asked hi m why he did not tell his grandfather so. "It wouldn't have been worth forfeiting my grandfat her's rebuke," replied the boy.

 

 

The Sefas Emes slept the bare minimum and ate very little throughout his youth, but when he b ecame weak in his later years he admitted. "I feel that my body is weak probably due to my mi nimal sleep and food when I was young. I don't regret the missing sleep because mi'ut sheino h is one of the ways with which Torah is acquired but I do regret not having eaten properly f or now I am suffering the consequences."

After his bar mitzva he married the granddaughter of R' Boruch Taam, and continued living i n Gur with the Chidushei Harim.

The latter was niftar on 23rd Adar 5626 (1866) and the young Yehuda Leib was appointed av bei s din. He refused to act as rebbe and travelled together with the chassidim to R' Chanoch Hen och of Alexander zy"o until the latter's passing in 5630. He turned to the Admor of Kotsk i n keeping with the advice of the Chidushei Harim who had told him before his death: "Buy trut h and do not sell -- as long as you can acquire truth do not sell."

On Shavuos, when he saw the massive crowd which had gathered around him, he agreed to join th e chassidim in "giving ourselves chizuk" but still did not say divrei Torah in public until S uccos the following year. Finally, when he started giving forth his pearls of Torah wisdom, t he world was astounded. These divrei Torah were printed in his famous sefer Sefas Emes al Hat orah. His seforim on Shas were also printed many times.

On Sunday 24th Teves 5665 (1905) a rare illness poisoned his body and at dawn of the 5th of S hevat he returned his pure soul to its Maker.

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Throughout our long and bitter exile, the times when young Jewish men and boys were conscript ed into the army of their host country was always an eis tzoro. It denoted fear of the unknow n, dread of what the future would bring and desperate efforts to bribe anyone who had a say i n the government.

The days of the Sefas Emes zt"l were no different. As soon as the conscription time began , a long queue would form outside his home in Gur and, like a caring shepherd, he would giv e each person in turn a brocho, comfort and chizuk. To the bnei Torah he would cite the mishn a in Pirkei Ovos: He who takes upon himself the yoke of Torah will be freed from the yoke o f the government!

The chassidim used to say that one could tell from the Rebbi's advice and blessing whether th e person standing before him would be sent to the army or not.

Once, two young men, one who barely made a living and the other a man of considerable means , came to ask the Sefas Emes if and how much they should bribe the officials in order to avoi d conscription. The rich man he advised, "It's a shame to waste your money on bribes as eve n a hundred rubles will be of no avail. Rather invest it so that your wife will have a good b usiness to live on (indicating that she would have to manage on her own, as indeed it turne d out)." Whereas the poor man he advised to scrape together twenty-five rubles and that wil l suffice to save him (as it did).

At one point the Russian government began to suspect that the Sefas Emes was preventing peopl e from joining the army, and sent a spy to confirm their suspicions. A Jewish meshumad of dra ftable age was chosen for the job. He entered the room of the holy Sefas Emes disguised a s a chassid, to request a brocho from the Rebbi and guidance in his inevitable enlistment. T o the wonder of all those present, the Rebbi shrugged, "Nu, the Russian army needs soldiers ; without fighters we cannot win wars."

The reply that evoked such astonishment among the chassidim was only later understood, when t hey heard that this "chassid" was just a spy planted by the Russian authorities.

In his later years war, broke out between Russia and Japan and this time all bribery and rans om was to no avail. Whoever was of age received a draft order to appear in the town square o n a certain date and from there they were despatched directly to the battlefront. Thousands o f young men and boys were torn away from the beis medrash and uprooted from their homes, leav ing behind terror-stricken parents, wives and children.

All through the war the Sefas Emes zt"l never slept on his bed at all. Instead when the hou r turned late he lay on the floor with only a thin garment spread underneath him. After he go t up in the morning, his assistants would find the garment soaked with the tears that he ha d cried all night for the young Jewish soldiers on the front lines.

In addition to the pain of being far from home, the chassidim were broken at being cut off fr om their spiritual world, the hallowed walls of the beis midrash and the court of their hol y Rebbe. Letters full of longing arrived to him, from one chassid describing how, having no s hofar on Rosh Hashonoh they just sat together discussing the shofar and its awakening power!

Another chassid wrote that during Succos while digging trenches, they somehow found the stren gth and will to set up three boards within the trench, forming a succah so that they could ea ch eat a kezayis inside! One talmid who excelled in Torah learning sent a lengthy explanatio n with his own chiddushim on the Rabbenu Yonah!

The Rebbe was so moved that he sent a letter back which later became world-famous. Quoting th e posuk from Ha'azinu: Ha'idosi bochem eis hashomayim ve'eis ho'oretz -- using ha'idosi to me an decorate as in "adi adoyim" --- the Rebbe wrote: "With heroic people like you my dear chas sidim, Hashem adorns the heaven and earth."

When the war intensified, a general order was given again for those who had remained behind , to fight for the mother country. Men and their wives, mothers and their sons gathered at th e entrance to the Rebbe's house, pleading with him to save them. Immediately, he instructed t hem to go to shul, light candles and start saying Tehillim. The Rebbe himself joined them an d their tearful prayers rising in loud cries that must surely have pierced the heavens.

Following this, the Rebbe turned to all those assembled and in a now calm tone assured them t hat be'ezras Hashem all would be well. A short while later news that the war had ended sprea d through the country, bringing home the soldiers and saving the rest from having to leave.

However the returning hordes of barbaric Russian soldiers from the front plundered and robbe d their way back home leaving a trail of havoc and sorrow in their wake. The sight of the ret urning Jewish soldiers, crushed in body and spirit, many of them wounded or with missing limb s, and the troubles that had been Klal Yisroel's lot in his times, broke the Sefas Emes. Hi s pure body, unable to bear the heavy burden it was carrying fell ill with a strange malady t hat no one could cure, slowly paralyzing his vital organs.

In a desperate attempt to heal him, Polish Jewry stormed the heavens, gathering all over to s ay Tehillim and fast. In Gur itself, prayers were said on his behalf around the clock withou t a break. But as dawn broke on the 5th of Shevat the angels won the battle over this pure so ldier, taking the aron hakodesh to the heavenly spheres.

The Avnei Nezer, who arrived the day before in Gur to visit the Rebbe, did not sleep all nigh t, keeping a constant vigil and tefillos at his bedside. At the levaya he revealed why the Se fas Emes zt"l had to be stricken with such a rare illness. "Chazal tell us one who prays fo r his friend while he himself is in need of that yeshuo is answered first. All his life our R ebbe the Sefas Emes bore the burden of all our illnesses, our pains and sorrows, pouring ou t his heart in prayer for Klal Yisroel-- that sick people be healed and the healthy not fal l ill. Had he become ill with a common illness, he would immediately have been answered. So , when the Creator wanted to take him away from this world, He struck him with an unknown ill ness for which the Rebbe had never davened for a fellow Jew and thus took him to Gan Eden.

 

More About RABBI YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB ALTER:

Hebrew Name: ARYEH LEIB ben ABRAHAM MORDKA

Occupation: Gerrer Rebbe 1890 to 1910

Yahrzeit: 5 Shevat 5665

 

Notes for YOCHEVED RIVKAH KAMINER:
Descended from Rashi & King David of Biblical Israel (Dovid HaMelech)

 

3  NOTE 18121901

ALTER   Lejbus 1874      M   KAMINER Jochwet Ryfka

           

Children of YEHUDA ALTER and YOCHEVED KAMINER are:

                             i.      CHANOCH16 ALTER.

38.                    ii.      ESTER ALTER, d. 1 October 1943.

                          iii.      NOACH ALTER.

                          iv.      YISRAEL ALTER.

                           v.      YITZCHAK MEIR ALTER, b. 1867.

 

Notes for YITZCHAK MEIR ALTER:

YITZCHAK MEIR ALTER or ITZCHAK MEIR ALTER

 

39.                  vi.      RABBI AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER, b. 25 December 1866, Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland; d. 3 June 1948, Jerusalem Israel.

40.                 vii.      FEIGELE ALTER, b. 1869, GUR WARSAW POLAND; d. 9 July 1938.

41.                viii.      MOSHE BETZALEL ALTER, b. 3 October 1869, Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland; d. 1943, Treblinka Poland.

                          ix.      NECHEMIA ALTER, b. August 1873, Gora Kalwaria / Gur Poland; d. 17 August 1941, Warsaw Poland; m. ESTER GLIKE MORGENSTERN.

 

Notes for NECHEMIA ALTER:

Born in 1873 in Gur, Nechemia Alter was the son of Yehuda Aryeh Leib, author of the religous work, Sfas Emes. At the age of fifteen, he married the daughter of the Rebbe (Hassidic leader) of Lomaz and lived for a period of time in her grandfather's "court, " until his father brought him back to Gur.

 

Career

Throughout his life, Alter rigidly adhered to the daily schedule established for him by his father. He rose at 3:00 AM, inaugerated the day with Torah study and continued studying, without appreciable interruption, the entire day. He lived first in Gur, then in Warsaw and later in Jerusalem, where he became Rosh Ha Yeshiva of Yeshiva Sfas Emes, which had been founded by his brother. Alter's daily lectures revealed his great scholarly ability.

Alter remained in Eretz Yisroel (then Palestine) only a few years, due to his children's desire to rejoin their extensive family in Poland. Returning to Lodz, he joined the Vaad Harabonim, (rabbinic council) and immersed himself in Torah-study. Refraining from involvement in communal affairs, Alter nonethless found time to offer counsel to those who came to him for help.

 

 

World War II Period

When the Germans invaded Poland, Alter was at a summer resort near Lodz and was unable to return to his home. Joining thousands of Jewish refugees enroute to Warsaw, Alter managed to reach Lodz, where he stayed for one and one-half years. Through the efforts of his Hassidim, he finally moved to Warsaw, where he became sick and died. Despite wartime difficulties, his Hassidm succeeded in burying Alter in the Jewish cemetery.

 

Background

Born in 1873 in Gur, Nechemia Alter was the son of Yehuda Aryeh Leib, author of the religous work, Sfas Emes. At the age of fifteen, he married the daughter of the Rebbe (Hassidic leader) of Lomaz and lived for a period of time in her grandfather's "court, " until his father brought him back to Gur.

 

Career

Throughout his life, Alter rigidly adhered to the daily schedule established for him by his father. He rose at 3:00 AM, inaugerated the day with Torah study and continued studying, without appreciable interruption, the entire day. He lived first in Gur, then in Warsaw and later in Jerusalem, where he became Rosh Hayeshiva of Yeshiva Sfas Emes, which had been founded by his brother. Alter's daily lectures revealed his great scholarly ability.

Alter remained in Eretz Yisroel (then Palestine) only a few years, due to his children's desire to rejoin their extensive family in Poland. Returning to Lodz, he joined the Vaad Harabonim, (rabbinic council) and immersed himself in Torah-study. Refraining from involvement in communal affairs, Alter nonethless found time to offer counsel to those who came to him for help.

 

 

World War II Period

When the Germans invaded Poland, Alter was at a summer resort near Lodz and was unable to return to his home. Joining thousands of Jewish refugees enroute to Warsaw, Alter managed to reach Lodz, where he stayed for one and one-half years. Through the efforts of his Hassidim, he finally moved to Warsaw, where he became sick and died. Despite wartime difficulties, his Hassidm succeeded in burying Alter in the Jewish cemetery.

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More About NECHEMIA ALTER:

Burial: 17 August 1941

Occupation: Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Sfas Emes in Jerusalem until 1929

 

42.                    x.      MENACHEM MENDEL ALTER, b. 2 October 1877, Goria Kalwaria / Gur Poland; d. 7 August 1942, Holocaust Treblinka Poland.

 

 

19.  ?15 ALTER (ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)

           

Child of ? ALTER is:

43.                     i.      DVORA16 ALTER, b. Warsaw, Poland; d. Abt. 7 May 1939, Warsaw Poland.

 

 

20.  REITZE15 ALTER (ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  She married AHARON PINCHAS ?. 

           

Child of REITZE ALTER and AHARON ? is:

                             i.      RACHEL16 ALTER, b. 1848.

 

 

21.  SHIMON CHAIM15 ALTER (ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  He married DEVORAH UNGER. 

           

Children of SHIMON ALTER and DEVORAH UNGER are:

44.                     i.      MOSHE16 ALTER.

                            ii.      AVRAHAM MORDECHAI ALTER.

                          iii.      DAUGHTER ALTER.

45.                  iv.      CHAYA SARAH ALTER, b. 1869; d. Holocaust - Treblinka Concentration Camp Poland.

 

 

22.  BARUCH HALEVI15 KAMINER (HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1828 in Henchin Poland, and died August 1936 in Tel Aviv Israel.  He married BLUMA ROTENBERG in Skritchin Poland, daughter of MORDEHAI ROTENBERG and ITTA RAPOPORT.  She was born 1830.

           

Children of BARUCH KAMINER and BLUMA ROTENBERG are:

                             i.      FEYGE16 KAMINER, d. 1943, SHOAH; m. YITZCHAK ALTER; b. 1888, Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland; d. 25 October 1934.

46.                    ii.      HAYA SARA KAMINER.

                          iii.      LEAH KAMINER.

47.                  iv.      HENIA RAEL KAMINER, b. 1852.

48.                    v.      MORDECHAI KALMAN HALEVI KAMINER, b. 1880.

49.                  vi.      YOM-TOV HALEVI KAMINER, d. SHOAH.

                         vii.      ADELA KAMINER.

                       viii.      YEHUDA HALEVI KAMINER.

 

 

23.  HANOCH SHIMSHON HALEVI15 KAMINER (HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1831 in Henchin Poland.  He married MALKA EIBESHITZ. 

           

Child of HANOCH KAMINER and MALKA EIBESHITZ is:

                             i.      YOHEVED RIVKA16 KAMINER, b. 1943, TASKENT USSR.

 

 

24.  ISRAEL ELAZAR HALEVI15 KAMINER (HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1831 in Henchin Poland.  He married MINDEL NATANSON in Brod Poland.  She was born in Brod Poland.

           

Children of ISRAEL KAMINER and MINDEL NATANSON are:

                             i.      RIKEL16 KAMINER, b. 1849, Brod Poland; m. MR GOLDRING.

                            ii.      DVORA MATIL KAMINER, b. 1851, Brod Poland; m. MR EIBESHITZ.

                          iii.      SARA KAMINER, b. 1854, Brod Poland; m. MR POPER.

 

 

25.  YOCHEVED RIVKAH15 KAMINER (HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1832 in Henchin Poland, and died 18 December 1901 in Gur Warsaw Poland.  She married RABBI YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB ALTER 5 March 1862 in GUR WARSAW POLAND, son of ABRAHAM ALTER and ESTER LANDSTEIN.  He was born 15 April 1847 in 28 Nissan 5607 Warszawa Poland, and died 11 January 1905 in Gur Warsaw Poland.

 

Notes for YOCHEVED RIVKAH KAMINER:

 

3  NOTE 18121901

ALTER   Lejbus 1874      M   KAMINER Jochwet Ryfka

 

Notes for RABBI YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB ALTER:

                                                                                                Rebbe Yehudah Leib Alter, (1847-1905),

                                                                                                        grandson of the Chiddushei HaRim

                                                                                                   2nd    Gerrer Rebbe 1890 to 1910

                                                                                                        Known as Sfas Emes,

 

The title Sefat Emet , taken from the passage Sefat emet tikon la'ad, "Truthful speech abides forever" (Proverbs 12:19), was chosen by his children, who published his works, because it was the last verse on which he commented before his passing

 

 

The Sfas Emes, Rebbe Yehudah Leib Alter, (1847-1905), was the 2nd Gerrer Rebbe and the grandson of the Chiddushei HaRim. (See his biography in Parshas Vayakhel.) He orphaned at the age of one year and therefore raised by his grandfather. He was a prodigy at a very young age and studied without interuption for 18 hours at a time. When he was only nineteen, his grandfather, the Chiddushei HaRim passed away and pressure was put on Reb Yehudah Leib to become the new leader. He felt unworthy however, and instead went to Alexander giving his alliegence to Rebbe Chanoch Henoch. After only four years, Rebbe Chanoch Henoch passed away, and then Reb Yehudah Leib was left with no choice but to comply with the wishes of the Chassidim to beco me the leader of Ger. Until his guidance, Ger became the largest Chassidic group in Poland. T he Sfas Emes, named after his magnum opus, was a supporter of building up the chassidic commu nity in Eretz Yisrael, and greatly supported activities to that end. His son, the Emrei Emes , escaped the Nazis, came to Eretz Yisrael and rebuilt Ger, restoring it to it's former glory .

 

Famous Works: Sefat Emet al Hatorah: His commentary on the Torah in five volumes. His commentaries are geared towards stressing moral and ethical behavior, producing many kabalistic allusions. He wrote other books and commentaries, including his commentary on Tractate Kodashim studied by the entire spectrum of Torah scholars that show his vast knowledge of Torah and his devout dedication to Hashem and Judaism

 

THE SEFAS EMES

In honor of his yahrtzeit -- 5th Shevat

HaRav Hakodosh R' Yehuda Leib Alter was the son of R' Avrohom Mordechai zt"l, the eldest son of the Chidushei Harim of Gur.

He was born on erev rosh chodesh Iyar 5607 (1847) and as a boy of only two, he was orphaned of his mother. When he was about nine years old, his father too was niftar and he was brought up by his holy grandfather who treated him as a son, even rebuking him when necessary.

Once when the young boy came late to shiur, the Chidushei Harim rebuked him publicly which h e accepted in silence. His friends, who knew that he had been up all night learning asked hi m why he did not tell his grandfather so. "It wouldn't have been worth forfeiting my grandfat her's rebuke," replied the boy.

 

 

The Sefas Emes slept the bare minimum and ate very little throughout his youth, but when he b ecame weak in his later years he admitted. "I feel that my body is weak probably due to my mi nimal sleep and food when I was young. I don't regret the missing sleep because mi'ut sheino h is one of the ways with which Torah is acquired but I do regret not having eaten properly f or now I am suffering the consequences."

After his bar mitzva he married the granddaughter of R' Boruch Taam, and continued living i n Gur with the Chidushei Harim.

The latter was niftar on 23rd Adar 5626 (1866) and the young Yehuda Leib was appointed av bei s din. He refused to act as rebbe and travelled together with the chassidim to R' Chanoch Hen och of Alexander zy"o until the latter's passing in 5630. He turned to the Admor of Kotsk i n keeping with the advice of the Chidushei Harim who had told him before his death: "Buy trut h and do not sell -- as long as you can acquire truth do not sell."

On Shavuos, when he saw the massive crowd which had gathered around him, he agreed to join th e chassidim in "giving ourselves chizuk" but still did not say divrei Torah in public until S uccos the following year. Finally, when he started giving forth his pearls of Torah wisdom, t he world was astounded. These divrei Torah were printed in his famous sefer Sefas Emes al Hat orah. His seforim on Shas were also printed many times.

On Sunday 24th Teves 5665 (1905) a rare illness poisoned his body and at dawn of the 5th of S hevat he returned his pure soul to its Maker.

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Throughout our long and bitter exile, the times when young Jewish men and boys were conscript ed into the army of their host country was always an eis tzoro. It denoted fear of the unknow n, dread of what the future would bring and desperate efforts to bribe anyone who had a say i n the government.

The days of the Sefas Emes zt"l were no different. As soon as the conscription time began , a long queue would form outside his home in Gur and, like a caring shepherd, he would giv e each person in turn a brocho, comfort and chizuk. To the bnei Torah he would cite the mishn a in Pirkei Ovos: He who takes upon himself the yoke of Torah will be freed from the yoke o f the government!

The chassidim used to say that one could tell from the Rebbi's advice and blessing whether th e person standing before him would be sent to the army or not.

Once, two young men, one who barely made a living and the other a man of considerable means , came to ask the Sefas Emes if and how much they should bribe the officials in order to avoi d conscription. The rich man he advised, "It's a shame to waste your money on bribes as eve n a hundred rubles will be of no avail. Rather invest it so that your wife will have a good b usiness to live on (indicating that she would have to manage on her own, as indeed it turne d out)." Whereas the poor man he advised to scrape together twenty-five rubles and that wil l suffice to save him (as it did).

At one point the Russian government began to suspect that the Sefas Emes was preventing peopl e from joining the army, and sent a spy to confirm their suspicions. A Jewish meshumad of dra ftable age was chosen for the job. He entered the room of the holy Sefas Emes disguised a s a chassid, to request a brocho from the Rebbi and guidance in his inevitable enlistment. T o the wonder of all those present, the Rebbi shrugged, "Nu, the Russian army needs soldiers ; without fighters we cannot win wars."

The reply that evoked such astonishment among the chassidim was only later understood, when t hey heard that this "chassid" was just a spy planted by the Russian authorities.

In his later years war, broke out between Russia and Japan and this time all bribery and rans om was to no avail. Whoever was of age received a draft order to appear in the town square o n a certain date and from there they were despatched directly to the battlefront. Thousands o f young men and boys were torn away from the beis medrash and uprooted from their homes, leav ing behind terror-stricken parents, wives and children.

All through the war the Sefas Emes zt"l never slept on his bed at all. Instead when the hou r turned late he lay on the floor with only a thin garment spread underneath him. After he go t up in the morning, his assistants would find the garment soaked with the tears that he ha d cried all night for the young Jewish soldiers on the front lines.

In addition to the pain of being far from home, the chassidim were broken at being cut off fr om their spiritual world, the hallowed walls of the beis midrash and the court of their hol y Rebbe. Letters full of longing arrived to him, from one chassid describing how, having no s hofar on Rosh Hashonoh they just sat together discussing the shofar and its awakening power!

Another chassid wrote that during Succos while digging trenches, they somehow found the stren gth and will to set up three boards within the trench, forming a succah so that they could ea ch eat a kezayis inside! One talmid who excelled in Torah learning sent a lengthy explanatio n with his own chiddushim on the Rabbenu Yonah!

The Rebbe was so moved that he sent a letter back which later became world-famous. Quoting th e posuk from Ha'azinu: Ha'idosi bochem eis hashomayim ve'eis ho'oretz -- using ha'idosi to me an decorate as in "adi adoyim" --- the Rebbe wrote: "With heroic people like you my dear chas sidim, Hashem adorns the heaven and earth."

When the war intensified, a general order was given again for those who had remained behind , to fight for the mother country. Men and their wives, mothers and their sons gathered at th e entrance to the Rebbe's house, pleading with him to save them. Immediately, he instructed t hem to go to shul, light candles and start saying Tehillim. The Rebbe himself joined them an d their tearful prayers rising in loud cries that must surely have pierced the heavens.

Following this, the Rebbe turned to all those assembled and in a now calm tone assured them t hat be'ezras Hashem all would be well. A short while later news that the war had ended sprea d through the country, bringing home the soldiers and saving the rest from having to leave.

However the returning hordes of barbaric Russian soldiers from the front plundered and robbe d their way back home leaving a trail of havoc and sorrow in their wake. The sight of the ret urning Jewish soldiers, crushed in body and spirit, many of them wounded or with missing limb s, and the troubles that had been Klal Yisroel's lot in his times, broke the Sefas Emes. Hi s pure body, unable to bear the heavy burden it was carrying fell ill with a strange malady t hat no one could cure, slowly paralyzing his vital organs.

In a desperate attempt to heal him, Polish Jewry stormed the heavens, gathering all over to s ay Tehillim and fast. In Gur itself, prayers were said on his behalf around the clock withou t a break. But as dawn broke on the 5th of Shevat the angels won the battle over this pure so ldier, taking the aron hakodesh to the heavenly spheres.

The Avnei Nezer, who arrived the day before in Gur to visit the Rebbe, did not sleep all nigh t, keeping a constant vigil and tefillos at his bedside. At the levaya he revealed why the Se fas Emes zt"l had to be stricken with such a rare illness. "Chazal tell us one who prays fo r his friend while he himself is in need of that yeshuo is answered first. All his life our R ebbe the Sefas Emes bore the burden of all our illnesses, our pains and sorrows, pouring ou t his heart in prayer for Klal Yisroel-- that sick people be healed and the healthy not fal l ill. Had he become ill with a common illness, he would immediately have been answered. So , when the Creator wanted to take him away from this world, He struck him with an unknown ill ness for which the Rebbe had never davened for a fellow Jew and thus took him to Gan Eden.

 

More About RABBI YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB ALTER:

Hebrew Name: ARYEH LEIB ben ABRAHAM MORDKA

Occupation: Gerrer Rebbe 1890 to 1910

Yahrzeit: 5 Shevat 5665

           

Children are listed above under (18) YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB ALTER.

 

26.  YOM-TOV LIPPA15 KAMINER (HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1832 in Henchin Poland.  He married HAYA SARA KAMINER, daughter of BARUCH KAMINER and BLUMA ROTENBERG. 

           

Children of YOM-TOV KAMINER and HAYA KAMINER are:

                             i.      YEHUDA16 KAMINER.

                            ii.      YITZHAK MEIR KAMINER.

                          iii.      PINCHAS ELIAHU KAMINER.

                          iv.      MENACHIM ZION KAMINER.

                           v.      YAACOV YOSEPH KAMINER.

                          vi.      HADDASSA KAMINER.

                         vii.      BLUMA SILMA KAMINER.

 

 

27.  MOISHE HAIM HALEVI15 KAMINER (HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1840.  He married (1) SARA GOLDBERG 1858.  She was born 1830, and died 1862.  He married (2) LEA KLEIN 1865 in Kielce Poland. 

           

Children of MOISHE KAMINER and SARA GOLDBERG are:

                             i.      YITZHAK TZVI16 KAMINER.

                            ii.      HANOCH KAMINER.

                          iii.      YEHIEL KAMINER.

                          iv.      YOSEPH KAMINER.

50.                    v.      YEHUDA KAMINER, b. 1898, Kielce, Poland; d. 1978, Bnai Brak Israel.

 

           

Children of MOISHE KAMINER and LEA KLEIN are:

                          vi.      HANNA RASHA16 KAMINER, d. SHOAH; m. MR ELBINGER; d. SHOAH.

                         vii.      LIBBA KAMINER, d. SHOAH; m. MR GOLDMAN; d. SHOAH.

                       viii.      YOHEVED RIVKA KAMINER, d. SHOAH; m. MR GEFFEN; d. SHOAH.

                          ix.      DAVID KAMINER.

                            x.      ARI KAMINER.

                          xi.      ESTHER BEILE KAMINER, d. SHOAH; m. MR PIETREKOVSKI; d. SHOAH.

 

 

Generation No. 5

 

28.  CHANA16 BRODER (SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 died  in Y2.  She married YECHIEL KIRSHTEIN2. 

           

Children of CHANA BRODER and YECHIEL KIRSHTEIN are:

                             i.      ?17 KIRSHTEIN2, d. Y2.

                            ii.      HADASSA KIRSHTEIN2, m. ? ?2.

 

 

29.  YOSSEF16 BRODER (SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 died  in Y2.  He married ? ZECHARIASH2.  She died  in Y2.

           

Children of YOSSEF BRODER and ? ZECHARIASH are:

                             i.      ELI17 BRODER2.

                            ii.      MOSHE BRODER2.

                          iii.      MIRIAM BRODER2.

                          iv.      FELLA BRODER2.

                           v.      ? BRODER2.

                          vi.      ? BRODER2.

 

 

30.  LEAH16 BRODER (SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 died  in Y2.  She married SHMUEL ZELIG KVIATKOVSKI2. 

           

Children of LEAH BRODER and SHMUEL KVIATKOVSKI are:

                             i.      MOSHE17 KVIATKOVSKI2.

                            ii.      HANNA KVIATKOVSKI2.

                          iii.      ? KVIATKOVSKI2, d. Y2.

                          iv.      ? KVIATKOVSKI2.

                           v.      ? KVIATKOVSKI2.

                          vi.      ? KVIATKOVSKI2.

 

 

31.  HENOCH16 BRODER (SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 was born 18822, and died 19422.  He married ITA UNGER2.  She was born 18852, and died 19422.

           

Children of HENOCH BRODER and ITA UNGER are:

51.                     i.      MOSHE ELIYAHU17 BRODER, b. 1902, Poland; d. 1942, Poland.

52.                    ii.      SHMUEL ZIENVIL BRODER, b. 1904; d. 1997, Kiriat-Ono, Israel.

53.                   iii.      ITZCHAK MEYER BRODER, b. 1906, Poland; d. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

54.                  iv.      ANNA BRODER, b. 1911.

 

 

32.  MENACHEM MENDEL16 BRODER (SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 was born 18882, and died 19422.  He married FEIGE ERLICH2.  She was born 18902, and died 19422.

           

Children of MENACHEM BRODER and FEIGE ERLICH are:

                             i.      YEHUDIT17 BRODER2.

                            ii.      HENOCH BRODER2.

                          iii.      LEIB BRODER2.

                          iv.      BRONKA BRODER2, m. MEYER COHN2.

                           v.      HADASSA BRODER2, m. ? SHLEZINGER2.

55.                  vi.      ELI BRODER, b. 1915.

 

 

33.  CHANA16 ERLICH (FEIGEL15 BRODER, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 died 2.  She married AVRAM NOIFELD2.   died 2.

           

Children of CHANA ERLICH and AVRAM NOIFELD are:

                             i.      ISRAEL17 NOIFELD2.

                            ii.      YESHAYAHU NOIFELD2.

 

 

34.  YONA16 ERLICH (FEIGEL15 BRODER, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 died 2.

           

Children of YONA ERLICH are:

                             i.      ITSCHAK MEYER17 ERLICH2.

                            ii.      DAVID ERLICH2.

 

 

35.  SARA16 ERLICH (FEIGEL15 BRODER, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)2 died  in Y2.  She married DAVID SKOTCHILAS2.  He died  in Y2.

           

Child of SARA ERLICH and DAVID SKOTCHILAS is:

                             i.      ?17 SKOTCHILAS2.

 

 

36.  HENOCH GAD16 YOSTMAN (HENDEL LEAH15 ALTER, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)

           

Child of HENOCH GAD YOSTMAN is:

56.                     i.      YEHOSHUA ISRAEL HESHEL17 YOSTMAN.

 

 

37.  DAUGHTER16 ALTER (SHLOMO15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  She married YAACOV MORDECHE SZWIRC. 

           

Child of DAUGHTER ALTER and YAACOV SZWIRC is:

                             i.      SON17 SZWIRC.

 

 

38.  ESTER16 ALTER (YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) died 1 October 1943.  She married RABBI YAACOV MEIR BIDERMAN 1884, son of BEZALEL BIEDERMAN.  He was born 6 September 1869 in Yazrov Poland, and died 8 June 1941 in Warsaw Ghetto Poland.

 

Notes for ESTER ALTER:

MArried her Cousin The Imrei Emes

He was also his Sister-in-Law

 

Notes for RABBI YAACOV MEIR BIDERMAN:

RABBI YAAKOV MEIR BIDERMAN: born in 1869 in Yazrov. He studied in Gur and was reputed to be a genius. Although a businessman, he spent the whole day learning. As the head of the secretariat of Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah, he led a delegation on a visit to the Land of Israel. He died in the Warsaw ghetto in 1941.

 

More About RABBI YAACOV MEIR BIDERMAN:

Occupation: Businessman

           

Child of ESTER ALTER and YAACOV BIDERMAN is:

57.                     i.      FEIGE MINTCHE17 BIDERMAN, b. 28 January 1890; d. 7 March 1996.

 

 

39.  RABBI AVROHOM MORDECHAI16 ALTER (YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 25 December 1866 in Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland, and died 3 June 1948 in Jerusalem Israel.  He married (1) CHAYAH RADA YEHUDIS SHACHOR 16 February 1881 in Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland, daughter of NOACH SHACHOR.  She died 11 February 1922 in Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland.  He married (2) FEIGE MINTCHE BIDERMAN 1922, daughter of YAACOV BIDERMAN and ESTER ALTER.  She was born 28 January 1890, and died 7 March 1996.

 

Notes for RABBI AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER:

a close friend of the Gerer Rebbe, Reb Abraham Mordekhai Alter

Reb Yitzhak Meir Eibeszic (Reb Yitzhak Meir Kotsker) Reb Yitzhak Meir Eibeszic was – like Reb Lipman's son Mendel – of Rabbinical lineage. A grandson of the Pilcer Rebbe, Reb Pinhas Menakham Yustman, while still young he was a close friend of the Gerer Rebbe, Reb Abraham Mordekhai Alter, of blessed memory. They ate on kest together and studied together.

 

The Gerer Rebbe, who was one of the founders and leaders of Agudas Yisroel

The intention of this change was to strengthen true Hasidism, which suffered greatly with the First World War and in the first year after it. The “Agudas Yisroel” was created in order to strengthen Yiddishkeit.

 

Radomsker-Gerer Shtibl

The Gerer Rebbe, first of all, began to strengthen his own camp and, first, in accordance with the precept that if there are no kids, there will be no goats, groups of young men created “settlements” in Ger. They were supported by the Gerer community, spent the whole year in Ger, studied and devoted themselves to Hasidism. This was supposed to be the vanguard in the struggle, so as to preserve and invigorate the original Gerer Hasidism, which drew its nourishment from Kock. The communities were recruited from the young men, who originated in areas of Poland where Gerer Hasidism had reached. They returned home only once a year, while the Rebbe went for a cure in the baths. These communities made an effort to draw their members, the Gerer young men, to their path. Thus at one time, in all Gerer shtiblekh in all corners of Poland, came the cry, “Back to the source.” Where a community appeared, a group of young men was created, who were distinguished by the clothing and behavior of Hasidic young men. It was not enough that until then the young men wore peyes behind the ear and a black Hasidic necktie with a white shirt. It was necessary to wear peyes hanging down and a cravat. As matter of fact, a Hasidic [necktie] was forbidden. These young men wore silk hats with a skullcap underneath, the pants were tucked into the socks and they wore a large talis-kotn (undergarment with tassels at four corners worn by Orthodox men) according to the law that one should be able to make a brukhe every day.

 

The private life was almost communal. Every opportunity was used to eat together, both during the week and on Shabbos. In general, an effort was made that more time be spent together than at home, so that the influence of an undesirable home would be lessened. At first, the behavior of these young men was repugnant. In fact, the older generation of the Gerer Hasidim were simple towns people. In every shtetl, the young men lived in their own world and, in general, they did not spend time with anyone, not even with the older Hasidim. The fathers of these young men, even Hasidim, also were not very pleased with the demeanor and clothing of their children. First of all, the communities brought new customs with them to the house; they did not eat with any women at the table, even if it was their own sisters or mother. They were very fastidious that the sleeve or dress, even of small children, should not be too short and, in general, were much stricter then their own fathers that everything in the home should be carried out according to their version of Hasidism. Moreover, the fathers were very worried about where they would find brides for these bearded young men with their peyes, whose clothing and appearance were new at that time, even in the Hasidic circles. This fear of the parents was unnecessary, because Ger foresaw everything and created a remedy for the [problem]. With the organization of the Beis-Yakov Shuln (schools) and later the Daughters of Agudas Yisroel, these questions were all resolved. The older Hasidim made peace with the new style of Bukher Hasidism, because only Ger had indeed, of late, befriended the young men.

 

The founder and first head of the group of this movement in Radomsk was Yekhezeil Litmanowicz, the son of Reb Lipman's son Reb Shlomoh. In the Gerer group, Yekhezeil was considered one of the first and most respected Hasids. Once, coming home to Radomsk, he called together all of the young men who were Talmudic students at the Gerer shtibl, and created a group. Understandably, they first had to wear their peyes hanging, not [hidden] behind the ears and their pants stuffed into their socks. Moreover, all had to wear silk hats. On yom-tov, the whole group traveled to Ger and there they were strengthened on the new path. When finally they were finished with their own, they made an effort to attract new young men, and even ordinary Jewish boys from the street. The first such boy who fell under the influence of the community and remained with them was Hershel, the son of Zalman Zilberszatz, the owner of a food store on Sw. Rozalia Street. This young man, who grew up in a purely Christian neighborhood and himself looked like a young Christian with his flaxen colored hair, once passed Yosel Najkron's courtyard. There he saw young men and their elders standing around with such long peyes and gartlen, some sprouting little beards and making strange grimaces. Hershel Zilberszatz with amazed eyes approached them in order to look at them more closely. The young men took him for a non-Jew and in Polish asked what he wanted. Hershel laughed and answered them in Yiddish. The young men did not chase him but, on the contrary, they spoke to him politely. When Hershel passed the second time, he was greeted in a friendly manner. After a long conversation, they asked him if he would like to study with them. When Hershel told about this in his home and explained that they want him to study with them, his father, who was a religious Jew and could not engage a malamed for his son, was very happy and in a short time, Hershel Zilberszatz became part of the community.

 

A second case occurred with Mendel Waksman, the son of Mikhal Waksman, for many years the treasurer of the Radomsker Yiddish Bank. Here, however, they had a hard bit of work.

 

Mikhal Waksman was a Maskil Jew (follower of the Enlightenment), a little progressive and a member of Mizrakhi. He was interested in giving his son a nationalist-religious education; in no way would he agree that his child should wear a silk hat, long peyes hanging down, “krikhn oyf di vent” (running mad) and practicing Gerer Hasidism according to the style of the community. At first, the father tried to convince his son amicably and turn him from the new path. However, when this did not help, he started to forbid Mendel from meeting with his new friends. But this had no effect. Mendel was drawn to the community. In the end, the father simply confined his son to the home so that he would not be able to go to the Gerer shtibl. The community, however, was not sleeping either. On a certain day, they sneaked Mendel out of the house and sent him to Ger. Perforce, the father had to end the struggle.

 

Years later, Mendel was forced to leave the community because of the difficult financial situation his parents were in when his father lost his post at the bank. Mendel was forced to work. However, until the end, he remained a religious Hasidic young man.

 

Wolf, Yakov Fajerman's youngest son, was drawn to the above-mentioned group, too. Reb Yakov, himself, was then no longer alive and the home was unable to exert influence on Welwele. The community sent him to Ger and tried to make him a Gerer Hasid.

 

Sending new young men to Ger became very expensive; the cost of travel alone from Radomsk to Ger was then very expensive. The community did not receive any money from the outside, they did not have their own. Where would young men who are studying the whole day get money? However, they found a simple method. Every day two young men would go out to the House of Prayer to collect donations. When two Hasidic young men came together to a Jew in the middle of davening for a needed contribution, no one refused them. One was certain that, of course, the collection was for a poor sick person. It did not occur to anyone that they were collecting for themselves, that the money was being collected to send away to Ger a “gekhapte nshume” (a captured soul), as the opponents referred to them. The community, it should be understood, had their justification for these activities. According to them, saving a soul was as important as saving a body.

 

The leaders of the group would constantly change. When a leader got married, another was chosen in his place. The last leader and head of the group was Ber Grunis, a son of Meir Grunis, the iron dealer. This Ber Grunis did not leave the group even in the Ghetto. In those times of hunger and typhus, when the largest part of the Jewish homes were already destroyed and everyone was concerned with saving their own life, a special strength was required in order to fulfil the mitzvah of unity and brotherliness. Ber Grunis with his group hid in an apartment in the Shul Street in Berish Landa's house. There were then pious women, who took pains to assist these young Hasidic men, of which the greatest number no longer had their own homes, that they would not die of hunger and could continue to sit and study and protect themselves from the Nazis.

 

Ber and his group were taken together during the general expulsion to Treblinka.

 

Among the first who emigrated to Palestine from the Gerer shtibl between the First and Second World Wars were the brothers Yitzhak and Izrael Ejlbert, Yekheiel Tron, Yosef Borzykowski, Moishe Kirsz and Moishe Binyamin Lakhman and his family.

 

 

Teflin

The Gerer Rebbe, R' Avraham Mordechai Alter (1866-1948), who was rebbe for more than forty years, owned a pair of R' Moshe P'shevorsker's tefillin. He treasured them, and had a custom of using them only once a year, on erev Yom Kippur.

 

Once, a poor young boy came to the Gerer Rebbe and told him that he couldn't afford a pair of tefillin. "Stay here a moment," said the rebbe, "and I'll see what I can do." Soon, the rebbe returned with a pair of tefillin in his hands. They were his own treasured pair, the ones with the parshios of R' Moshe P'shevorsker. "Here," he said, "I rarely use these tefillin. Take them, and use them in the best of health."

 

When the rebbe's family found out that he had given away his priceless tefillin, they were aghast. They protested and complained. "I don't understand," said the rebbe, "the Torah says kol cheilev le-Hashem ž one should give the very best that he has for Hashem's mitzvos." For the mitzvah of tzedakah, he had given away his very best

 

 

More About RABBI AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER:

Burial: 3 June 1948, Courtyard Sfas Emes Yeshiva Jerusalem Israel

Emigration: Jerusalem Israel

Hebrew Name: AVROHOM MORDECHAI ben YEHUDA LEIB

Immigration: 1940, Poland

Occupation: 1905, Gerrer Rebbe; 1905-1948

Yahrzeit: 25 Iyar 5708

 

Notes for CHAYAH RADA YEHUDIS SHACHOR:

Rooda CZARNA, daughter Noiach CZARNY. The "Shachor" bit appears in

all the books, but was only used in Hebrew and Yiddish letters, where

CZARNY (meaning black) was translated into Hebrew. In documents

written in Roman script the name is always CZARNY.

           

Children of AVROHOM ALTER and CHAYAH SHACHOR are:

                             i.      BREINDEL17 ALTER, d. Holocaust; m. SHLOMO YUSKEVITZ; d. 1956, Jerusalem Israel.

                            ii.      ESTER ALTER, d. 23 April 1943, Holocaust; m. YITZCHOK AHARON EFRAIM FISCHEL HEINO; d. 1944, Jerusalem Israel.

                          iii.      DAUGHTER AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER, m. YITZCHAK MEIR ALTER; d. 1939, Warsaw Poland.

 

Notes for YITZCHAK MEIR ALTER:

Son in Law of Imrei Emes

i.e. he married his cousin ( ? )

Was killed by a Bomb in the Nazi bombardment hitting the Rebbes house a few days prior to Sukkot 1939

 

                          iv.      MEIR ALTER, b. 12 April 1883, Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland; d. Holocaust Treblinka Concerntation Camp Poland; m. TOVA EIDEL BERLINER.

 

Notes for MEIR ALTER:

RABBI MEIR ALTER: born in 1882, he was the eldest son of Rebbe Avraham. Despite his Talmudic brilliance he shunned the rabbinate and combined business pursuits with Torah study. In the Warsaw ghetto he served as a tower of faith to persecuted Jews. After the liquidation of the ghetto he was killed in a death camp.

 

                           v.      FEIGE ALTER, b. 13 October 1884, Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland; d. 4 October 1923.

                          vi.      YITZCHAK ALTER, b. 1888, Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland; d. 25 October 1934; m. FEYGE KAMINER; d. 1943, SHOAH.

                         vii.      DEVORA MATTEL ALTER, b. 11 January 1892, GUR WARSAW POLAND; d. 1924; m. YITZCHAK MEIR HACOHEN LEVIN; d. 1971, Jerusalem Israel.

 

Notes for YITZCHAK MEIR HACOHEN LEVIN:

the leader of Agudas Yisrael

 

58.                viii.      RABBI YISRAEL ALTER, b. 12 October 1895, GUR WARSAW POLAND; d. 20 February 1977, Jerusalem Israel.

59.                   ix.      RABBI LEV SIMCHAH BUNEM ALTER, b. 6 April 1898, Poland; d. 6 August 1992, Courtyard Sfas Emes Yeshiva Jerusalem Israel.

60.                    x.      RABBI PINCHAS MENACHEM ALTER, b. 9 June 1926, Polinitz Poland; d. 15 March 1996, Jerusalem Israel.

 

           

Child of AVROHOM ALTER and FEIGE BIDERMAN is:

                          xi.      REBBE PINCHAS MENACHEM17 ALTER, b. 3 July 1926, Polinitz WARSAW POLAND; d. 7 March 1996, Jerusalem Israel; m. 1946, Jerusalem Israel.

 

Notes for REBBE PINCHAS MENACHEM ALTER:

Jews in Israel and all over the world reacted with shock and anguish on Thursday, the 16th of Adar, as the tragic news was announced that the Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter , of blessed memory, had passed away suddenly. The Gerrer Rebbe was 69 years old.

The Admor of Gur was born on the 21st of Tammuz, 5686, in the town of Polinitz. At the time of his birth his parents, the saintly "Imrei Emes" and his wife Rebbetzin Feige Mintche, were already well advanced in years. Even as a young child his exceptional mind and outstanding intellectual capacities were already in evidence.

Escaping the clutches of the Holocaust the Gerrer Rebbe and his father emigrated to Eretz Yisroel, reaching the shores of the holy land in Iyar of 5700 (1940). It was there that he stead ily climbed the ladder of Torah and yiras Hashem, first in yeshivah Chayei Olam and afterwar d in the famed Sefas Emes yeshivah founded by his father, which he himself later headed. In a ddition to serving as rosh yeshivah, the Gerrer Rebbe was also a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah (Council of Torah Sages) of Agudas Yisroel.

Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter assumed the nesiyus of Gur in Tammuz 5752 after the histalkus of his brother, the author of the Lev Simchah. He was renowned for his deep and profound shiur im in all of the Talmud's tractates, providing a link to the wondrous age of the geonim of Ko tzk. Of all the leaders of the chareidi world the Rebbe of Gur's voice rang out the loudest . After his ascension to the throne of Gur the Gerrer Rebbe served as head of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, fighting with the strength of a lion against those bent on destroying the relig ious character of the holy land.

The Gerrer Rebbe was particularly vocal in his struggle to avert the evil decrees of the Isra eli government. Time and time again he expressed his support of the Rebbe, Melech Hamoshiach' s view that it is forbidden to cede even one inch of our holy land to non-Jews. Most recently he issued several letters denouncing the actions of the government, calling for a strengthe ning of ahavas Yisroel, an increase in prayer for the salvation of the Jewish people living i n Zion, and an intensification of faith in the imminent Redemption.

The Gerrer Rebbe was an ardent champion of all the Rebbe MH"M's holy mivtzoyim. Whenever he was in New York he always made it a point to visit 770, and his yechiduses with the Rebbe woul d last for many hours.

After his first meeting with the Rebbe in Adar of 5726 (1966) he stated, "Since my father passed away I never met a Jew who possessed the power to take on the world. Now, however, I hav e merited to meet the second person in the world who can do so." (The Previous Gerrer Rebbe , the "Lev Simchah," also once likened the Rebbe MH"M to his father, saying, "Father was a Re bbe, and so is he.")

The Gerrer Rebbe's love and appreciation for the Rebbe MH"M were expressed on many differen t occasions. When the Rebbe MH"M first instituted the yearly cycle of learning Rambam, the Ge rrer Rebbe publicly announced that he was accepting the Rebbe's innovation and would be learn ing three chapters of Rambam each day. During the second cycle, he studied one chapter per da y.

The esteem in which he held the Rebbe MH"M was obviously reciprocal. One time during a visi t to 770 the Rebbe MH"M instructed that a chair for the Gerrer Rebbe be placed near the easte rn wall next to the aron kodesh, right next to his own seat.

In an interview with Kfar Chabad magazine (issue #97, Iyar 5743) he stated: "On my very firs t visit to the Rebbe some 17 years ago he spoke to me about the need to learn Chasidus in th e yeshivos (not necessarily Tanya) in addition to Gemara with Rashi and Tosefos. On this visi t [the 4th of Iyar, 5743] I informed him that ever since then we've been learning Chasidus i n our yeshivos the Sefas Emes, the Tanya, as well as other works. The Rebbe Shlita spoke abou t this and was interested in the details of our learning.

"I have now personally seen demonstrated that nothing escapes the Rebbe's attention, even th e simplest thing I've written in a sefer. I was also surprised to note that he knew all abou t matters that were strictly personal: I was slated to make a trip to Los Angeles for persona l reasons, and never imagined that there was a need to bring it up in conversation. But to m y surprise the Rebbe knew about it, and discussed my trip. (Later, in Los Angeles...I was stu nned to see Torah-true, Chasidic Judaism flourishing in such a spiritual wasteland, sheddin g its light on the entire area.)" The Rebbe's shluchim were graciously received by the Gerre r Rebbe, and he always offered them his assistance and support in all matters.

Thousands of Jews began to arrive at the Gerrer beis midrash in Jerusalem early on Thursday m orning, to recite Tehillim and pass before the Rebbe's mitah. When the Rebbe was brought insi de at 9:00 a.m. their cries of anguish and grief filled the air. For the next few hours a ste ady stream of Admorim and Torah greats came to pay their respects, after which the taharah wa s performed in the Rebbe's special mikvah in the shul.

At 3:30 in the afternoon the aron left the beis midrash, and thousands of Gerrer Chasidim ren t their garments and recited the blessing "Boruch Dayan Ha'emes" ("Blessed is the Judge of Tr uth"). Before the funeral the Rebbe's sons recited the Kaddish; in accordance with the custo m in Jerusalem that children do not accompany their parents' casket, Kaddish was then said b y the Rebbe's nephew and successor, Rabbi Yaakov Alter.

The funeral took place in a pouring rain. When the aron reached the Sefas Emes yeshivah wher e the Rebbe had disseminated Torah for over 40 years, the throng erupted in renewed wails o f grief. The Rebbe was then laid to rest in the Ohel of his father, the "Imrei Emes," on th e grounds of the yeshivah.

A large contingent of Lubavitcher Chasidim and Chabad yeshivah students attended the funeral , and a special notice of condolence was placed in the newspapers by the Israeli branch of Ag udas Chasidei Chabad.

The Gerrer Rebbe was a true friend of the Rebbe MH"M and Chabad. May his virtue stand us in g ood stead in the World of Truth.

 

More About REBBE PINCHAS MENACHEM ALTER:

Burial: Jerusalem Israel

Occupation: Gerrer Rebbe

Yahrzeit: 7 March 1996, 16th of Adar

 

 

40.  FEIGELE16 ALTER (YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1869 in GUR WARSAW POLAND, and died 9 July 1938.  She married ZVI HEINICH HACOHEN LEVIN.  He was born in Poland.

 

Notes for ZVI HEINICH HACOHEN LEVIN:

Brother in Law Of the Imrei Emes Reb Avraham Mordechai Alter

Rabbi of Zendin Poland

Visited Ertez Yisrael & Hebron With The Rebbe in 1927

           

Children of FEIGELE ALTER and ZVI LEVIN are:

                             i.      PINCHAS YAACOV HACOHEN17 LEVIN.

                            ii.      YITZCHAK MEIR HACOHEN LEVIN, d. 1971, Jerusalem Israel; m. DEVORA MATTEL ALTER; b. 11 January 1892, GUR WARSAW POLAND; d. 1924.

 

Notes for YITZCHAK MEIR HACOHEN LEVIN:

the leader of Agudas Yisrael

 

 

41.  MOSHE BETZALEL16 ALTER (YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 3 October 1869 in Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland, and died 1943 in Treblinka Poland.  He married CHAYA SARAH ALTER January 1888, daughter of SHIMON ALTER and DEVORAH UNGER.  She was born 1869, and died in Holocaust - Treblinka Concentration Camp Poland.

 

Notes for MOSHE BETZALEL ALTER:

RABBI MOSHE BEZALEL ALTER: born in 1861 in Gur, son of the Sfat Emet (Aryeh Leib). Suffered greatly in Warsaw ghetto. His followers, Gerrer Hasidim viewed him as their supreme guide and mentor. He learned Torah while he "worked" in the Schultz shoe factory. He was deported to Treblinka and murdered in 1943.

 

Bialobrzeg 72 km from Warsaw

Rabbi R. Chaim Sholom Sholom Yekusiel  son-in-law by his first marriage of R. Moshe Betzalel Alter of Gur, son of the Sfas Emes'. He died in the holocaust on the twelfth of Tishrei, 5703 (1943), may G-d avenge his blood.

Murdered by the in the Shoah -  Holocaust Treblinka Poland

 

More About MOSHE BETZALEL ALTER:

Yahrzeit: 12 Tishrei, 5703

           

Children of MOSHE ALTER and CHAYA ALTER are:

                             i.      YITZCHAK MEIR17 ALTER, d. 1939, Warsaw Poland; m. DAUGHTER AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER.

 

Notes for YITZCHAK MEIR ALTER:

Son in Law of Imrei Emes

i.e. he married his cousin ( ? )

Was killed by a Bomb in the Nazi bombardment hitting the Rebbes house a few days prior to Sukkot 1939

 

61.                    ii.      RABBI AVRAHAM MORDECAI ALTER.

                          iii.      DAUGHTER BAS MOSHE BEZALEL ALTER, m. RABBI AVRAHAM YISSACHAR ALTER; b. 1897, Radomsk; d. 1942, Holocaust Treblinka Concerntation Camp Poland.

 

Notes for RABBI AVRAHAM YISSACHAR ALTER:

RABBI AVRAHAM YISSACHAR ALTER: born in 1897 in Radomsk. He was an eminent example of Gur Hasidism. He succeeded his father as rabbi of Pavianitz, and appealed to all elements in his community. From the Warsaw ghetto, he was deported to Treblinka, where he was killed in 1942.

 

Preparing the Manuscripts of the Sefat Emet

 

Born in 1897 in Radomsk. Avraham's father Menachem Mendel was the youngest son of the Gerrer Rebbe, the author of the" Sefat Emet." However, he was raised in the home of his grandfather, and under his guidance he excelled in his studies. Avraham Yissachar grew into a Torah scholar and dedicated Hassid, and married the daughter of his great uncle, Rabbi Moshe Bezalel. After World War l he settled in Pavianitz, where his father served as rabbi. He was entrusted with the publication of his grandfather's manuscripts "Likkute Sfat Emet," on Torah, Psalms, and Ethics of the Fathers. He also prepared a biography of the originator of the Gur dynasty, the author of the "Hidushei H'Rim."

 

A Talented Rabbi

 

When his father left to assume the rabbinate of Kalish, he was selected to succeed him as rabbi of Pavianitz. The community was apprehensive about his appointment because he had lived such a protected life, without contact with ordinary people, and those who rejected the religious tradition. However Rabbi Alter managed to win the hearts of everybody in his community, by his sincerity and personal interest. Indeed a brilliant career was predicted for this talented rabbi, who was an exemplary scholar and an activist in the community.

 

Fleeing to Warsaw

 

At the outbreak of World War ll the many Germans who resided in the industrial town of Pavianitz openly joined the Nazi forces that stormed Poland, and caused many to flee the town. Rabbi Avraham Yissacher and his family, reached Warsaw after much wandering. When the ghetto was liquidated, he was registered by his followers as a factory worker, giving him time to continue learning. In the winter of 1942 he was deported to Treblinka, where he was murdered.

Courtesy of:

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Los Angeles, CA 90035

http://motlc.wiesenthal.com/text/x25/xm2544.html

 

 

42.  MENACHEM MENDEL16 ALTER (YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 2 October 1877 in Goria Kalwaria / Gur Poland, and died 7 August 1942 in Holocaust Treblinka Poland.  He married ESTER LEAH RABINOWITZ, daughter of AVRAHAM RABINOWITZ and DAUGHTER LANDEBERG. 

 

Notes for MENACHEM MENDEL ALTER:

MENACHEM MENDEL of Kalisch the youngest son of the Gerrer Rebbe, the " Sefat Emet."

Rav Of Pabiance for a while (Pabianice is located in Wojewodztwo Lodzkie)

 

RABBI MENACHEM MENDEL ALTER: born in 1877 to the Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Alter..

 

He opened the Yeshiva Darchei Noam in Gur, and founded a Hebrew and a Yiddish daily to counteract the irreligious press. He was a businessman until 1921, when he became the Rabbi of Pabyanitz, and then later Rabbi of Kalish. He was deported to Treblinka in 1942.

 

 Two years prior to the war, R' Mendele became Rav of Kalish. During his brief tenure, he wielded great influence on the entire kehillah. When war erupted, the Rav and his kehillah escaped to Warsaw, where they were confined with many others in the ghetto. R' Mendele secretly sent letters to all Gerrer chassidim to organize public shiurim. In his letters he stated that his father, the Sfas Emes, appeared to him in a dream and told him: " 'Eis Tzarah Hi L'Yakov' - it is a time of tragedy for Bnei Yisroel. Dark days are coming upon Klal Yisroel and we must strengthen ourselves in Limud HaTorah."

 

l When R' Mendele was transported in a cattle car to the Treblinka death camp, he spoke heartrendingly to those with him, telling them to prepare to die "Al Kiddush Hashem." Suddenly the train stopped before reaching Teblinka. R' Mendele called out, "I hereby promise that whoever will bring me some water will merit Olam Habba." One Jew jumped out of the car, and at great risk, brought R' Mendele some water, as he thought the Rav was thirsty. However, R' Mendel did not drink. He washed "netilas yadayim" and called out to those around him, "Yidden, let us say viduy before our deaths." R' Mendele said viduy with great kavanah and all the Jews repeated after him. In this way he went to his death - with kedusha and tahara. The yahrzeit of R' Menachem Mendel Alter z"tl is on 16 Menachem Av (1942). He was 65 years old when he was killed by the Nazis y"s. May his merit protect us and may Hashem avenge his blood. (Olomeinu -Mador Ivri)

 

 

He grew up in the court of his father, a place that was overflowing with Torah and Hassidut. After his marriage he opened the Yeshiva Darchei Noam, where he delivered learned discourses, and invited great Torah scholars as guest lecturers. The yeshiva functioned until the outbreak of World War l in 1914, at which time he left Gur and settled in Vitebsk. To counteract the negative influences of the non-religious Hebrew and Yiddish press, Rabbi Alter founded the Hebrew daily Hakol and the Yiddish Daily Dos Warshaver Tageblatt. Although after a short while these newspapers could no longer be printed, because of financial reasons, they paved the way for the emergence of the Jewish religious press.

 

Improving Religious Standards

Never interested in a rabbinic career, Rabbi Alter tried his hand at business, with the assistance of his father-in-law, a steel magnate. In 1921 the leaders of the Pabyanitz community invited him to become their rabbi. He contributed much to the improvement of religious life by raising the standards of Kashrut, and forbidding ostentatious celebrations in the community. The number of guests and the amount of money allowed to be spent were limited. He never subordinated himself to the whims of the lay leaders in the community. In 1934 he was elected Rabbi of Kalish. For a short period, in 1935, he became chairman of the executive committee, and president of the Union of Rabbis. His image was also enhanced by the fact that his peers felt his opinions reflected those of the Rebbe of Gur. One of his chief interests was Agudas Yisroel, which he served as a member of its Council of Sages, and played a prominent role in its involvement at the Knessiot Gedolot.

 

Outbreak of War

 

At the outbreak of World War ll he left Kalish and went to Warsaw with his family. He lived in the ghetto, where he bore the anguish of his brethren. He and his family were deported to Treblinka on August 7, 1942, where they were murdered.

 

More About MENACHEM MENDEL ALTER:

Occupation: Opened Yeshiva Darchei Noam then Rabbi of Pabyanitz and then Kalish

Yahrzeit: 16 Menachem Av

           

Children of MENACHEM ALTER and ESTER RABINOWITZ are:

                             i.      YITZCHAK MEIR17 ALTER.

                            ii.      MATIL ALTER.

                          iii.      RABBI AVRAHAM YISSACHAR ALTER, b. 1897, Radomsk; d. 1942, Holocaust Treblinka Concerntation Camp Poland; m. DAUGHTER BAS MOSHE BEZALEL ALTER.

 

Notes for RABBI AVRAHAM YISSACHAR ALTER:

RABBI AVRAHAM YISSACHAR ALTER: born in 1897 in Radomsk. He was an eminent example of Gur Hasidism. He succeeded his father as rabbi of Pavianitz, and appealed to all elements in his community. From the Warsaw ghetto, he was deported to Treblinka, where he was killed in 1942.

 

Preparing the Manuscripts of the Sefat Emet

 

Born in 1897 in Radomsk. Avraham's father Menachem Mendel was the youngest son of the Gerrer Rebbe, the author of the" Sefat Emet." However, he was raised in the home of his grandfather, and under his guidance he excelled in his studies. Avraham Yissachar grew into a Torah scholar and dedicated Hassid, and married the daughter of his great uncle, Rabbi Moshe Bezalel. After World War l he settled in Pavianitz, where his father served as rabbi. He was entrusted with the publication of his grandfather's manuscripts "Likkute Sfat Emet," on Torah, Psalms, and Ethics of the Fathers. He also prepared a biography of the originator of the Gur dynasty, the author of the "Hidushei H'Rim."

 

A Talented Rabbi

 

When his father left to assume the rabbinate of Kalish, he was selected to succeed him as rabbi of Pavianitz. The community was apprehensive about his appointment because he had lived such a protected life, without contact with ordinary people, and those who rejected the religious tradition. However Rabbi Alter managed to win the hearts of everybody in his community, by his sincerity and personal interest. Indeed a brilliant career was predicted for this talented rabbi, who was an exemplary scholar and an activist in the community.

 

Fleeing to Warsaw

 

At the outbreak of World War ll the many Germans who resided in the industrial town of Pavianitz openly joined the Nazi forces that stormed Poland, and caused many to flee the town. Rabbi Avraham Yissacher and his family, reached Warsaw after much wandering. When the ghetto was liquidated, he was registered by his followers as a factory worker, giving him time to continue learning. In the winter of 1942 he was deported to Treblinka, where he was murdered.

Courtesy of:

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Los Angeles, CA 90035

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                          iv.      FEIGE ALTER.

                           v.      JOCHABED ITA ALTER.

                          vi.      REBECCA BEILA ALTER.

                         vii.      HAIM ELIEZER ALTER.

                       viii.      MORDECHAI ALTER.

 

 

43.  DVORA16 ALTER (unknown name ? son 15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born in Warsaw, Poland, and died Abt. 7 May 1939 ? in Warsaw Poland.  She married EFRAIM FISCHEL HACOHEN LINDWASSER, son of MR HACOHEN LINDWASSER.  He was born in Warsaw Poland, and died in Holocaust Poland.

 

Notes for DVORA ALTER:

We know that D'vora Alter was the Great Grand Daughter of the Chiddushei HaRim (Yitchak Meir Rottenberg who changed his family name to Alter

The exact link is at this point lost with the dead  or some where in the archives

 

This information is confirmed by family member who knew her and the family prior to the Shoah.

MICHAEL HALEVI SZCZYRYK (who escaped to the Soviet Union during the War) the son of ITA GITTEL LINDWASSER and the Paris Lindwasser families reported this fact

 Abraham Stypior son of ITA LINDWASSER (daughter of D'vora) remember playing with his Alter cousins and knew of their relationship to he Chiddushei HaRim (Yitchak Meir Rottenberg )

 AVRAHAM ZIGMUND LINDWASSER (Grand Son of D'vora Alter -) son of MOISHE HACOHEN LINDWASSER (son of D'vora) was a witness in the trial of Adolf Eichmann was a witness that he saw one of his cousins Alter's corpse when he was removing gold teeth at Treblinka Concerntration camp.

 

More About DVORA ALTER:

Religion: Jewish

 

Notes for EFRAIM FISCHEL HACOHEN LINDWASSER:

Was in Partnership with the Weber family who moved to Paris in Flour Mills

 

There were 13 Children all but Leo were murdered by the Nazis

Leo NEVER talked of the family so his daughters never ever knew all their names or the names of the grandparents\sibling or great grand parents.

May be the pain of such memories was just to great too traumatic so he just could not talk of it.

Leo was the youngest of the 13 Children

 

All was lost in the Shoah - gradually and slowly we are finding information that will help piece this lost history together

 

We do know from other members of the family that Devorah was the Great Grand Daughter of the Chiddusi HaRim

 

More About EFRAIM FISCHEL HACOHEN LINDWASSER:

Occupation: Warsaw Poland; Occupation: OWNER OF LINDWASSER /  FLOUR MILL

Religion: Jewish

           

Children of DVORA ALTER and EFRAIM LINDWASSER are:

62.                     i.      MOISHE HACOHEN17 LINDWASSER, b. WARSAW.

                            ii.      PAULA LINDWASSER, d. Holocaust Poland; m. MEIR; d. Holocaust Poland.

                          iii.      AVRAHAM MORDKA LINDWASSER, d. Holocaust Poland.

                          iv.      SIMA LINDWASSER, d. Holocaust Poland; m. MOISHE GOLDMAN; d. Holocaust Poland.

                           v.      SARA LINDWASSER, d. Holocaust Poland; m. YOSEF GOLDENHAR; d. Holocaust Poland.

                          vi.      PESE LINDWASSER, b. Warsaw Poland; d. Holocaust Poland; m. HERSCHEL FRIEDMAN; b. Warsaw Poland; d. Holocaust Poland.

 

Notes for HERSCHEL FRIEDMAN:

DIED IN GERMAN BOMBING OF WARSAW 1939

 

63.                 vii.      ITA LINDWASSER, b. Abt. 1900, Warsaw Poland; d. 1942, Holocaust Treblinka Concentation Camp Poland.

64.                viii.      LEO(ARIEH LEIB) LINDWASSER, b. 26 October 1912, Warsaw Poland; d. 6 May 1984, Melbourne Australia.

 

 

44.  MOSHE16 ALTER (SHIMON CHAIM15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  He married MIRIAM JACHET KLEPFISH3,4,5, daughter of YOSSEF KLEPFISH and FREIDA LANDAU.  She died 1940 in Holocaust.

 

Notes for MIRIAM JACHET KLEPFISH:

aLSO RECORDED AS Sarah Miriam KLEPFISH

           

Children of MOSHE ALTER and MIRIAM KLEPFISH are:

65.                     i.      NAFTALI17 ALTER, d. January 1953, Brooklyn, NY USA.

66.                    ii.      SHIMON ALTER.

                          iii.      AVRAM ALTER6, d. Holocaust.

67.                  iv.      CHAVA ALTER.

 

 

45.  CHAYA SARAH16 ALTER (SHIMON CHAIM15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1869, and died in Holocaust - Treblinka Concentration Camp Poland.  She married MOSHE BETZALEL ALTER January 1888, son of YEHUDA ALTER and YOCHEVED KAMINER.  He was born 3 October 1869 in Goria Kalwaria "Gur" Poland, and died 1943 in Treblinka Poland.

 

Notes for MOSHE BETZALEL ALTER:

RABBI MOSHE BEZALEL ALTER: born in 1861 in Gur, son of the Sfat Emet (Aryeh Leib). Suffered greatly in Warsaw ghetto. His followers, Gerrer Hasidim viewed him as their supreme guide and mentor. He learned Torah while he "worked" in the Schultz shoe factory. He was deported to Treblinka and murdered in 1943.

 

Bialobrzeg 72 km from Warsaw

Rabbi R. Chaim Sholom Sholom Yekusiel  son-in-law by his first marriage of R. Moshe Betzalel Alter of Gur, son of the Sfas Emes'. He died in the holocaust on the twelfth of Tishrei, 5703 (1943), may G-d avenge his blood.

Murdered by the in the Shoah -  Holocaust Treblinka Poland

 

More About MOSHE BETZALEL ALTER:

Yahrzeit: 12 Tishrei, 5703

           

Children are listed above under (41) MOSHE BETZALEL ALTER.

 

46.  HAYA SARA16 KAMINER (BARUCH HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  She married YOM-TOV LIPPA KAMINER, son of YEHUDA KAMINER and HADASSA ROTTENBERG.  He was born 1832 in Henchin Poland.

           

Children are listed above under (26) YOM-TOV LIPPA KAMINER.

 

47.  HENIA RAEL16 KAMINER (BARUCH HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1852.  She married GERSHON EISENBERG.  He was born 1852.

           

Child of HENIA KAMINER and GERSHON EISENBERG is:

                             i.      HENIA RAHEL17 EISENBERG, d. SHOAH.

 

 

48.  MORDECHAI KALMAN HALEVI16 KAMINER (BARUCH HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1880.  He married BRACHA MINC.  She was born August 1881 in Losice Poland, and died August 1935 in Tel Aviv Israel.

           

Children of MORDECHAI KAMINER and BRACHA MINC are:

                             i.      PINCHAS17 KAMINER, b. 1899.

68.                    ii.      YOSEPH KAMINER, b. August 1881, Losice Poland; d. August 1935, Tel-Aviv Israel.

                          iii.      BLUMA KAMINER, b. 1900.

                          iv.      MOISHE HAIIM KAMINER, b. 1902.

                           v.      ESTHER KAMINER, b. 1908.

                          vi.      ISRAEL SRUIKE KAMINER, b. 1910.

                         vii.      YITZHAK ITCIE KAMINER, b. 1912.

                       viii.      HENIA KAMINER.

                          ix.      SIMCHA BUNIM KAMINER, b. 1922.

 

 

49.  YOM-TOV HALEVI16 KAMINER (BARUCH HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) died in SHOAH.  He married RIVKA FRENKEL.  She died in SHOAH.

           

Children of YOM-TOV KAMINER and RIVKA FRENKEL are:

                             i.      LEA17 KAMINER, b. 1900; d. 1980, Paris France.

                            ii.      BLUMA KAMINER, d. SHOAH.

69.                   iii.      IDA KAMINER, b. 1905; d. 1987.

                          iv.      BRACHA KAMINER.

70.                    v.      SONIA KAMINER, b. 1915; d. 1975.

                          vi.      YOHEVED KAMINER.

                         vii.      AREIH LEIB KAMINER.

 

 

50.  YEHUDA16 KAMINER (MOISHE HAIM HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1898 in Kielce, Poland, and died 1978 in Bnai Brak Israel.  He married DVORA ITTA KAMINER 1916 in Subkov Poland.  She was born 1898 in Kielce Poland, and died 1975 in Bnai Brak Israel.

 

More About YEHUDA KAMINER:

Burial: Bnai Brak Israel

 

More About DVORA ITTA KAMINER:

Burial: Bnai Brak Israel

           

Children of YEHUDA KAMINER and DVORA KAMINER are:

                             i.      HADDASSA17 KAMINER, m. MR GLEVINSKI.

71.                    ii.      ARIE LEIB KAMINER.

                          iii.      MOISHE HAIM KAMINER.

                          iv.      ESTHER BEILE KAMINER, m. MR ROTE.

                           v.      BARUCH KAMINER.

                          vi.      MORDECHAI SHMUEL KAMINER.

 

 

Generation No. 6

 

51.  MOSHE ELIYAHU17 BRODER (HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)7 was born 1902 in Poland7, and died 1942 in Poland7.  He married FREIDA UNGER7.  She died 19427.

 

Notes for FREIDA UNGER:

[Broder Family Tree.FTW]

 

Cousin of her Husband

Niece of Itta Unger (b: 1885)

           

Children of MOSHE BRODER and FREIDA UNGER are:

                             i.      YAACOV18 BRODER7, d. 19427.

                            ii.      REUVEN BRODER7, d. 19427.

                          iii.      YEHUDIT BRODER7, d. 19427.

                          iv.      ? BRODER7.

                           v.      ? BRODER7.

 

 

52.  SHMUEL ZIENVIL17 BRODER (HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)7 was born 19047, and died 1997 in Kiriat-Ono, Israel7.  He married ZOSHA SZOTTEN7.  She was born 19097, and died 2001 in Kiriat-Ono, Israel7.

           

Children of SHMUEL BRODER and ZOSHA SZOTTEN are:

72.                     i.      SONIA18 BRODER, b. 17 January 1937, Wielun, Poland.

                            ii.      YA'ACOV BRODER7, b. 1939, Wielun, Poland7; d. 1940, Wielun, Poland7.

 

 

53.  ITZCHAK MEYER17 BRODER (HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)7 was born 1906 in Poland7, and died  in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA7.  He married (1) IDA STEIN7.  She was born 19037, and died  in Y7.  He married (2) EDNA ?7.  She died  in Y7.  He married (3) JOANNE ?7. 

           

Children of ITZCHAK BRODER and IDA STEIN are:

73.                     i.      JUDITH18 BRODER, b. 1932.

74.                    ii.      MARTIN BRODER, b. 1936.

75.                   iii.      ROSLYN BRODER, b. 1939.

 

           

Child of ITZCHAK BRODER and EDNA ? is:

76.                  iv.      BENJAMIN18 BRODER, b. 1948.

 

           

Child of ITZCHAK BRODER and JOANNE ? is:

                           v.      MICHAEL18 BRODER7, b. 19747; m. ? ?7.

 

 

54.  ANNA17 BRODER (HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)7 was born 19117.  She married JOE SHENHEIT7.  He died  in New York, NY, USA7.

           

Children of ANNA BRODER and JOE SHENHEIT are:

77.                     i.      STEVEN18 SHENHEIT, b. 1940, NY, USA.

                            ii.      IRIS SHENHEIT7, b. 19467.

 

 

55.  ELI17 BRODER (MENACHEM MENDEL16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)7 was born 19157.  He married FELA ESTER STEM7.  She was born 19177.

           

Children of ELI BRODER and FELA STEM are:

78.                     i.      TELLA18 BRODER.

79.                    ii.      SHMUEL BRODER, b. 1944.

 

 

56.  YEHOSHUA ISRAEL HESHEL17 YOSTMAN (HENOCH GAD16, HENDEL LEAH15 ALTER, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)

           

Child of YEHOSHUA ISRAEL HESHEL YOSTMAN is:

                             i.      ITZCHAK MEYER18 YOSTMAN.

 

 

57.  FEIGE MINTCHE17 BIDERMAN (ESTER16 ALTER, YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 28 January 1890, and died 7 March 1996.  She married RABBI AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER 1922, son of YEHUDA ALTER and YOCHEVED KAMINER.  He was born 25 December 1866 in Gora Kalwaria "Gur" Poland, and died 3 June 1948 in Jerusalem Israel.

 

Notes for RABBI AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER:

a close friend of the Gerer Rebbe, Reb Abraham Mordekhai Alter

Reb Yitzhak Meir Eibeszic (Reb Yitzhak Meir Kotsker) Reb Yitzhak Meir Eibeszic was – like Reb Lipman's son Mendel – of Rabbinical lineage. A grandson of the Pilcer Rebbe, Reb Pinhas Menakham Yustman, while still young he was a close friend of the Gerer Rebbe, Reb Abraham Mordekhai Alter, of blessed memory. They ate on kest together and studied together.

 

The Gerer Rebbe, who was one of the founders and leaders of Agudas Yisroel

The intention of this change was to strengthen true Hasidism, which suffered greatly with the First World War and in the first year after it. The “Agudas Yisroel” was created in order to strengthen Yiddishkeit.

 

Radomsker-Gerer Shtibl

The Gerer Rebbe, first of all, began to strengthen his own camp and, first, in accordance with the precept that if there are no kids, there will be no goats, groups of young men created “settlements” in Ger. They were supported by the Gerer community, spent the whole year in Ger, studied and devoted themselves to Hasidism. This was supposed to be the vanguard in the struggle, so as to preserve and invigorate the original Gerer Hasidism, which drew its nourishment from Kock. The communities were recruited from the young men, who originated in areas of Poland where Gerer Hasidism had reached. They returned home only once a year, while the Rebbe went for a cure in the baths. These communities made an effort to draw their members, the Gerer young men, to their path. Thus at one time, in all Gerer shtiblekh in all corners of Poland, came the cry, “Back to the source.” Where a community appeared, a group of young men was created, who were distinguished by the clothing and behavior of Hasidic young men. It was not enough that until then the young men wore peyes behind the ear and a black Hasidic necktie with a white shirt. It was necessary to wear peyes hanging down and a cravat. As matter of fact, a Hasidic [necktie] was forbidden. These young men wore silk hats with a skullcap underneath, the pants were tucked into the socks and they wore a large talis-kotn (undergarment with tassels at four corners worn by Orthodox men) according to the law that one should be able to make a brukhe every day.

 

The private life was almost communal. Every opportunity was used to eat together, both during the week and on Shabbos. In general, an effort was made that more time be spent together than at home, so that the influence of an undesirable home would be lessened. At first, the behavior of these young men was repugnant. In fact, the older generation of the Gerer Hasidim were simple towns people. In every shtetl, the young men lived in their own world and, in general, they did not spend time with anyone, not even with the older Hasidim. The fathers of these young men, even Hasidim, also were not very pleased with the demeanor and clothing of their children. First of all, the communities brought new customs with them to the house; they did not eat with any women at the table, even if it was their own sisters or mother. They were very fastidious that the sleeve or dress, even of small children, should not be too short and, in general, were much stricter then their own fathers that everything in the home should be carried out according to their version of Hasidism. Moreover, the fathers were very worried about where they would find brides for these bearded young men with their peyes, whose clothing and appearance were new at that time, even in the Hasidic circles. This fear of the parents was unnecessary, because Ger foresaw everything and created a remedy for the [problem]. With the organization of the Beis-Yakov Shuln (schools) and later the Daughters of Agudas Yisroel, these questions were all resolved. The older Hasidim made peace with the new style of Bukher Hasidism, because only Ger had indeed, of late, befriended the young men.

 

The founder and first head of the group of this movement in Radomsk was Yekhezeil Litmanowicz, the son of Reb Lipman's son Reb Shlomoh. In the Gerer group, Yekhezeil was considered one of the first and most respected Hasids. Once, coming home to Radomsk, he called together all of the young men who were Talmudic students at the Gerer shtibl, and created a group. Understandably, they first had to wear their peyes hanging, not [hidden] behind the ears and their pants stuffed into their socks. Moreover, all had to wear silk hats. On yom-tov, the whole group traveled to Ger and there they were strengthened on the new path. When finally they were finished with their own, they made an effort to attract new young men, and even ordinary Jewish boys from the street. The first such boy who fell under the influence of the community and remained with them was Hershel, the son of Zalman Zilberszatz, the owner of a food store on Sw. Rozalia Street. This young man, who grew up in a purely Christian neighborhood and himself looked like a young Christian with his flaxen colored hair, once passed Yosel Najkron's courtyard. There he saw young men and their elders standing around with such long peyes and gartlen, some sprouting little beards and making strange grimaces. Hershel Zilberszatz with amazed eyes approached them in order to look at them more closely. The young men took him for a non-Jew and in Polish asked what he wanted. Hershel laughed and answered them in Yiddish. The young men did not chase him but, on the contrary, they spoke to him politely. When Hershel passed the second time, he was greeted in a friendly manner. After a long conversation, they asked him if he would like to study with them. When Hershel told about this in his home and explained that they want him to study with them, his father, who was a religious Jew and could not engage a malamed for his son, was very happy and in a short time, Hershel Zilberszatz became part of the community.

 

A second case occurred with Mendel Waksman, the son of Mikhal Waksman, for many years the treasurer of the Radomsker Yiddish Bank. Here, however, they had a hard bit of work.

 

Mikhal Waksman was a Maskil Jew (follower of the Enlightenment), a little progressive and a member of Mizrakhi. He was interested in giving his son a nationalist-religious education; in no way would he agree that his child should wear a silk hat, long peyes hanging down, “krikhn oyf di vent” (running mad) and practicing Gerer Hasidism according to the style of the community. At first, the father tried to convince his son amicably and turn him from the new path. However, when this did not help, he started to forbid Mendel from meeting with his new friends. But this had no effect. Mendel was drawn to the community. In the end, the father simply confined his son to the home so that he would not be able to go to the Gerer shtibl. The community, however, was not sleeping either. On a certain day, they sneaked Mendel out of the house and sent him to Ger. Perforce, the father had to end the struggle.

 

Years later, Mendel was forced to leave the community because of the difficult financial situation his parents were in when his father lost his post at the bank. Mendel was forced to work. However, until the end, he remained a religious Hasidic young man.

 

Wolf, Yakov Fajerman's youngest son, was drawn to the above-mentioned group, too. Reb Yakov, himself, was then no longer alive and the home was unable to exert influence on Welwele. The community sent him to Ger and tried to make him a Gerer Hasid.

 

Sending new young men to Ger became very expensive; the cost of travel alone from Radomsk to Ger was then very expensive. The community did not receive any money from the outside, they did not have their own. Where would young men who are studying the whole day get money? However, they found a simple method. Every day two young men would go out to the House of Prayer to collect donations. When two Hasidic young men came together to a Jew in the middle of davening for a needed contribution, no one refused them. One was certain that, of course, the collection was for a poor sick person. It did not occur to anyone that they were collecting for themselves, that the money was being collected to send away to Ger a “gekhapte nshume” (a captured soul), as the opponents referred to them. The community, it should be understood, had their justification for these activities. According to them, saving a soul was as important as saving a body.

 

The leaders of the group would constantly change. When a leader got married, another was chosen in his place. The last leader and head of the group was Ber Grunis, a son of Meir Grunis, the iron dealer. This Ber Grunis did not leave the group even in the Ghetto. In those times of hunger and typhus, when the largest part of the Jewish homes were already destroyed and everyone was concerned with saving their own life, a special strength was required in order to fulfil the mitzvah of unity and brotherliness. Ber Grunis with his group hid in an apartment in the Shul Street in Berish Landa's house. There were then pious women, who took pains to assist these young Hasidic men, of which the greatest number no longer had their own homes, that they would not die of hunger and could continue to sit and study and protect themselves from the Nazis.

 

Ber and his group were taken together during the general expulsion to Treblinka.

 

Among the first who emigrated to Palestine from the Gerer shtibl between the First and Second World Wars were the brothers Yitzhak and Izrael Ejlbert, Yekheiel Tron, Yosef Borzykowski, Moishe Kirsz and Moishe Binyamin Lakhman and his family.

 

 

Teflin

The Gerer Rebbe, R' Avraham Mordechai Alter (1866-1948), who was rebbe for more than forty years, owned a pair of R' Moshe P'shevorsker's tefillin. He treasured them, and had a custom of using them only once a year, on erev Yom Kippur.

 

Once, a poor young boy came to the Gerer Rebbe and told him that he couldn't afford a pair of tefillin. "Stay here a moment," said the rebbe, "and I'll see what I can do." Soon, the rebbe returned with a pair of tefillin in his hands. They were his own treasured pair, the ones with the parshios of R' Moshe P'shevorsker. "Here," he said, "I rarely use these tefillin. Take them, and use them in the best of health."

 

When the rebbe's family found out that he had given away his priceless tefillin, they were aghast. They protested and complained. "I don't understand," said the rebbe, "the Torah says kol cheilev le-Hashem ž one should give the very best that he has for Hashem's mitzvos." For the mitzvah of tzedakah, he had given away his very best

 

 

More About RABBI AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER:

Burial: 3 June 1948, Courtyard Sfas Emes Yeshiva Jerusalem Israel

Emigration: Jerusalem Israel

Hebrew Name: AVROHOM MORDECHAI ben YEHUDA LEIB

Immigration: 1940, Poland

Occupation: 1905, Gerrer Rebbe; 1905-1948

Yahrzeit: 25 Iyar 5708

           

Child is listed above under (39) AVROHOM MORDECHAI ALTER.

 

58.  RABBI YISRAEL17 ALTER (AVROHOM MORDECHAI16, YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 12 October 1895 in GUR WARSAW POLAND, and died 20 February 1977 in Jerusalem Israel.  He married (1) PERL WEIDENFELD in Jerusalem Israel, daughter of DAVID WEIDENFELD.    He married (2) FEIGE KAMINER. 

 

More About RABBI YISRAEL ALTER:

Emigration: Jerusalem Israel

Immigration: 1940, Poland

Occupation: Gerrer Rebbe 1948 - 1977

           

Children of YISRAEL ALTER and PERL WEIDENFELD are:

                             i.      RIVKAH YOCHEVED18 ALTER, m. AHARON RAPOPOORT, 4 April 1938, Warsaw Poland.

                            ii.      ARYEH LEIB ALTER, d. Holocaust.

 

 

59.  RABBI LEV SIMCHAH BUNEM17 ALTER (AVROHOM MORDECHAI16, YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 6 April 1898 in Poland, and died 6 August 1992 in Courtyard Sfas Emes Yeshiva Jerusalem Israel.

 

More About RABBI LEV SIMCHAH BUNEM ALTER:

Occupation: Gerrer Rebbe

Yahrzeit: 7 Tammuz

           

Children of RABBI LEV SIMCHAH BUNEM ALTER are:

                             i.      YA'AKOV ARYEH18 ALTER, b. 1936, B'nei Brak Israel; m. SHOSHANAH WIETZ.

 

Notes for YA'AKOV ARYEH ALTER:

he is renowned in the ultra-Orthodox world for disapproving of compromise and for disregarding political interests. Indeed, part of his popularity is his famed refusal to meet with anyone who does not keep Shabbat, meaning that the entire secular leadership of the Israeli political community will need go-betweens in order to conduct any form of dialogue with him...

 

More About YA'AKOV ARYEH ALTER:

Occupation: 15 March 1996, Gerrer Rebbe 1996 -

 

80.                    ii.      RIVKA ALTER, b. 1925.

 

 

60.  RABBI PINCHAS MENACHEM17 ALTER (AVROHOM MORDECHAI16, YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 9 June 1926 in Polinitz Poland, and died 15 March 1996 in Jerusalem Israel.  He married ZIPORAH ALTER, daughter of AVRAHAM ALTER and DAUGHER SILBERMAN. 

 

Notes for RABBI PINCHAS MENACHEM ALTER:

Leader of Ger sect dies at 69DAVID LANDAU

Jewish Telegraphic Agency   March 15, 1996

Sudden Passing of Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter, z.t.l.

 

More than 150,000 attend Jerusalem funeral in pouring rain. * Gerrer Rebbe laid to rest near his saintly father, the "Imrei Emes."

 

JERUSALEM -- The largest Chassidic sect in Israel and the second largest in the world has lost its leader.

Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter, the 69-year-old leader of the Ger sect, was laid to rest March 7 at a huge funeral here after he died in his sleep the night before.

His nephew, Rabbi Ya'acov Alter, 60, of B'nei Brak, was widely expected to take over the spiritual leadership of the community.

Some 150,000 people followed Alter's bier in heavy rain through the streets of Jerusalem's fervently Orthodox Geula district to a tomb site close to the capital's Machane Yehuda market.

The rabbi was laid to rest alongside his father, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, who died during the siege of Jerusalem in 1948 and was buried in the courtyard of his home.

Minister of Health Ephraim Sneh issued a special permit to bury Alter in the tomb because of its close location to the city center.

The Ger dynasty of rabbis reaches back to the middle of the 19th century, when it was founded near Warsaw.

The political community in Jerusalem is still assessing the potential electoral fallout from the rabbi's sudden demise.

The Gerrer rabbi has traditionally held the chairmanship of Agudat Yisrael's Council of Torah Sages and has wielded the most influence within the fervently Orthodox party over the composition of its Knesset representation and over its policy positions.

Alter, considered right-wing in his politics, was believed to be leaning toward Likud over Labor in the current political campaign.

Rabbi Ya'acov Alter, his presumed successor, is something of an unknown quantity in political terms.

Ya'acov Alter, the son of the previous Gerrer rabbi, who died four years ago, has led a sheltered, almost reclusive life far from the world of power politics.

 

Jews in Israel and all over the world reacted with shock and anguish on Thursday, the 16th of Adar, as the tragic news was announced that the Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter, of blessed memory, had passed away suddenly. The Gerrer Rebbe was 69 years old.

 

The Admor of Gur was born on the 21st of Tammuz, 5686, in the town of Polinitz. At the time of his birth his parents, the saintly "Imrei Emes" and his wife Rebbetzin Feige Mintche, were already well advanced in years. Even as a young child his exceptional mind and outstanding intellectual capacities were already in evidence.

 

Escaping the clutches of the Holocaust the Gerrer Rebbe and his father emigrated to Eretz Yisroel, reaching the shores of the holy land in Iyar of 5700 (1940). It was there that he steadily climbed the ladder of Torah and yiras Hashem, first in yeshivah Chayei Olam and afterward in the famed Sefas Emes yeshivah founded by his father, which he himself later headed. In addition to serving as rosh yeshivah, the Gerrer Rebbe was also a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah (Council of Torah Sages) of Agudas Yisroel.

 

Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter assumed the nesiyus of Gur in Tammuz 5752 after the histalkus of his brother, the author of the Lev Simchah. He was renowned for his deep and profound shiurim in all of the Talmud's tractates, providing a link to the wondrous age of the geonim of Kotzk. Of all the leaders of the chareidi world the Rebbe of Gur's voice rang out the loudest. After his ascension to the throne of Gur the Gerrer Rebbe served as head of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, fighting with the strength of a lion against those bent on destroying the religious character of the holy land.

 

The Gerrer Rebbe was particularly vocal in his struggle to avert the evil decrees of the Israeli government. Time and time again he expressed his support of the Rebbe, Melech Hamoshiach's view that it is forbidden to cede even one inch of our holy land to non-Jews. Most recently he issued several letters denouncing the actions of the government, calling for a strengthening of ahavas Yisroel, an increase in prayer for the salvation of the Jewish people living in Zion, and an intensification of faith in the imminent Redemption.

 

The Gerrer Rebbe was an ardent champion of all the Rebbe MH"M's holy mivtzoyim. Whenever he was in New York he always made it a point to visit 770, and his yechiduses with the Rebbe would last for many hours.

 

After his first meeting with the Rebbe in Adar of 5726 (1966) he stated, "Since my father passed away I never met a Jew who possessed the power to take on the world. Now, however, I have merited to meet the second person in the world who can do so." (The Previous Gerrer Rebbe, the "Lev Simchah," also once likened the Rebbe MH"M to his father, saying, "Father was a Rebbe, and so is he.")

 

The Gerrer Rebbe's love and appreciation for the Rebbe MH"M were expressed on many different occasions. When the Rebbe MH"M first instituted the yearly cycle of learning Rambam, the Gerrer Rebbe publicly announced that he was accepting the Rebbe's innovation and would be learning three chapters of Rambam each day. During the second cycle, he studied one chapter per day.

 

The esteem in which he held the Rebbe MH"M was obviously reciprocal. One time during a visit to 770 the Rebbe MH"M instructed that a chair for the Gerrer Rebbe be placed near the eastern wall next to the aron kodesh, right next to his own seat.

 

In an interview with Kfar Chabad magazine (issue #97, Iyar 5743) he stated: "On my very first visit to the Rebbe some 17 years ago he spoke to me about the need to learn Chasidus in the yeshivos (not necessarily Tanya) in addition to Gemara with Rashi and Tosefos. On this visit [the 4th of Iyar, 5743] I informed him that ever since then we've been learning Chasidus in our yeshivos the Sefas Emes, the Tanya, as well as other works. The Rebbe Shlita spoke about this and was interested in the details of our learning.

 

"I have now personally seen demonstrated that nothing escapes the Rebbe's attention, even the simplest thing I've written in a sefer. I was also surprised to note that he knew all about matters that were strictly personal: I was slated to make a trip to Los Angeles for personal reasons, and never imagined that there was a need to bring it up in conversation. But to my surprise the Rebbe knew about it, and discussed my trip. (Later, in Los Angeles...I was stunned to see Torah-true, Chasidic Judaism flourishing in such a spiritual wasteland, shedding its light on the entire area.)" The Rebbe's shluchim were graciously received by the Gerrer Rebbe, and he always offered them his assistance and support in all matters.

 

 

 

Thousands of Jews began to arrive at the Gerrer beis midrash in Jerusalem early on Thursday morning, to recite Tehillim and pass before the Rebbe's mitah. When the Rebbe was brought inside at 9:00 a.m. their cries of anguish and grief filled the air. For the next few hours a steady stream of Admorim and Torah greats came to pay their respects, after which the taharah was performed in the Rebbe's special mikvah in the shul.

 

At 3:30 in the afternoon the aron left the beis midrash, and thousands of Gerrer Chasidim rent their garments and recited the blessing "Boruch Dayan Ha'emes" ("Blessed is the Judge of Truth"). Before the funeral the Rebbe's sons recited the Kaddish; in accordance with the custom in Jerusalem that children do not accompany their parents' casket, Kaddish was then said by the Rebbe's nephew and successor, Rabbi Ya'acov Alter.

 

The funeral took place in a pouring rain. When the aron reached the Sefas Emes yeshivah where the Rebbe had disseminated Torah for over 40 years, the throng erupted in renewed wails of grief. The Rebbe was then laid to rest in the Ohel of his father, the "Imrei Emes," on the grounds of the yeshivah.

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Rav Pinchos Menachem Alter The Gerrer Rebbe zt"l

by R. Chosid

 

The Gerrer Rebbe, Rav Pinchas Menachem Alter is no longer with us. The heartrending message sent shockwaves throughout Torah Jewry, plunging the entire Torah world into deep mourning. Slowly the bitter realization is beginning to sink in, that overnight, Klal Yisrael has lost it's guide and leader, that suddenly we have become orphans. Mere words cannot portray the shock and anguish that have gripped us all.

 

Mere words cannot describe the agonizing scene in Yerushalayim when the Rebbe's aron was brought into the large Gerrer Beis Midrash amid the painful wails of woe of grieving Chasidim, talmidim and simple Yiden who loved the Rebbe. To think that only hours earlier the Rebbe had b een standing here giving his shmooz and delivering a lengthy d'var Torah©•and now he had bee n taken to his heavenly abode!

 

Mere words cannot describe the grief of the 160,000 people who bid him farewell on his way to his final resting place. Braving a heavy downpour and an occasional hailstorm they cried wi th tear-choked voices as they escorted the aron to the beis midrash of Yeshivas S'fas Emes. It was the Yeshivah where, for decades, the Gerrer Rebbe had disseminated Torah as Rosh Yeshivah to thousands of talmidim.

 

The mournful levayah then made its way to the "Ohel" in the courtyard of the Gerrer Yeshiva h where the kevurah took plac. It was there that the Rebbe was laid to rest alongside his saintly father, Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter, the "Imrei Emes." In keeping with the minhag of Yerushalayim, hakafos were made around the kever, amid the tearful recitation of the Shelosh Esrei Middos (the Thirteen Attributes, Shemos 34:6,7). When the kever was being closed, the thousands of mourners broke anew into bitter weeping and sobbing. Many hours after the levayah ended, huge throngs could be seen surging to the ohel, to pour our their hearts in tefillah and supplication, pleading for help for Klal Yisrael and relief from their personal troubles.

 

The late Gerrer Rebbe was only 69 years old when he suddenly passed away on Motza'ei Purim, as it is celebrated in Yerushalayim (on the 15th of Adar). He was born on Shabbos, Parashas Pinchas, 21 Tammuz 5686/1926, in Pavyanitz, Poland, the youngest son of Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter (the Imrei Emes). After the passing of Rebbetzin Chayah Rada Yehudis, the Imrei Emes remarried Rebbetzin Feigah Mintche, the daughter of his brother-in-law Rav Ya'akov Meir Biederman (a son-in-law of the S'fas Emes.) She was the late Gerrer Rebbe's mother.

 

The Imrei Emes kept a close eye on his young son, paying keen attention to his progress in Torah studies, and when he traveled to Eretz Yisrael he took his young son along with him. A child prodigy, young Pinchas Menachem exhibited an insatiable desire to advance in Torah and Chasidus and a strong determination to emulate the deep avodas Hashem he witnessed in his father's house.

 

He became bar mitzvah toward the end of the summer of 1939, a time when ominous dark clouds were gathering over Europe. A few weeks later World War II broke out.

 

One day, during the frightful early days of the German occupation, he went to study with one of his cousins, Rav Chanoch Tzvi Hakohen Levin, the rav of Bendin. On the way there he was grabbed by the Germans and pressed into a forced labor unit. In the last moment, just as ev erything seemed to be lost, a Chasid who happened to passing by, saw what was about to happe n and managed to save him from certain death.

 

On Chanukah of 1940, his brother, the Lev Simchah, arrived from Lodz to join his sister Rebbetzin Matil Levin in Warsaw. It was then that plans were devised to smuggle the Imrei Emes ou t of German-occupied Europe along with a small number of close relatives, including the lat e Rebbe. Miraculously, the escape succeeded, and after a harrowing journey, the Imrei Emes an d his family arrived safely in Eretz Yisrael.

 

Upon his arrival in Eretz Yisrael, the late Rebbe studied in the Yeshivah Chayei Olam, and af terwards in Yeshivas S'fas Emes. He married Rebbetzin Ziporah, the granddaughter of his broth er Rav Moshe Betzalel Alter and a granddaughter of Rav Shaul Moshe Silberman of Virshov. A tr ue tzadekes, the Rebbetzin is a learned woman, well-versed in Torah and the meforshim.

 

All his life the Rebbe lived in the apartment that was formerly occupied by his father, situa ted in the building of Yeshivas S'fas Emes. With the passing years this house became a beaco n of Torah, Chasidus and yiras Shamayim. It was in this house that his sons grew up to becom e outstanding talmidei chachamim: Rav Yaakov Meir, Rav Shaul, currently Rosh Yeshivah of Yesh ivas S'fas Emes, Rav Yitzchak David, a maggid shiur in Yeshivas Ohr Simchah in Haifa, Rav Dan iel Chaim, maggid shiur in Yeshivas S'fas Emes, and his son-in-law, Rav Dov Berl Lippel.

 

During his life, the Rebbe endured much anguish and suffering, but he accepted it all as yesu rim shel ahavah, "afflictions of love." As a young man he lost a little son, and he was deal t a dreadful blow when when his son, Rav Yehudah Aryeh was killed in a tragic traffic acciden t. A budding gaon, Rav Yehudah Aryeh was the son-in-law of Rav Menashe Klein, the Ungvarer Ra v of Brooklyn, and held the position of Rosh Kollelei Chasidei Gur in Yerushalayim and wa s a rav and poseik at the young age of twenty-seven. The Rebbe's personal misfortunes served as a source of consolation for others. He would comfort families from all circles who had lost children, either by visiting the bereaved in person or writing them words of solace, shar ing their grief as a father who himself had lost two of his children. At the same time, he pa id close attention to the development and the education of his late son's only son who will become bar mitzvah in two weeks.

 

Aside from being the Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas S'fas Emes and the founder of a number of Gerr er Torah institutions, he was a member of Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudas Yisrael. His pron ouncements were considered expressions of genuine, pure and unadulterated daas Torah, and wer e treated with the greatest deference. A visionary, he marched in the vanguard. He was a man saw things before others perceived them, who viewed events from a broad perspective and ana lyzed them with keen insight. These tasks he fulfilled even before assuming the leadership o f Gerrer Chasidus.

 

In 1971, after the passing of his brother-in-law, Rav Yitzchak Meir Levin, the leader of Agud as Yisrael, he was asked by his brother the Beis Yisrael to become the head of the movement . For the next 25 years his voice resounded from the rostrum of that organization. Tempestuou s times they were. Alien ideologies were threatening to undermine the very foundations of Tor ah and emunah. It was during this critical period that the Rebbe was undaunted, inspiring cha reidi Jews with fiery speeches laced with profound Torah insights to do battle against the fo es of Yiddishkeit.

 

Less than four years ago, after the petirah of his brother, the Lev Simchah, Reb Pinchos Mena chem yielded to the pleadings of the chasidim, agreed to accept the leadership of Gerrer Chasidus.

 

On one occasion, the Rebbe defined the meaning of leadership. It happened during a conversati on with Rav Shlomoh Zalman Auerbach (whose yahrzeit occurs this week) who had come to visit t he Rebbe shortly after his installation.

 

"I am sure," said the Rebbe, "that the late Rav Simchah Bunam Leizerson (Rav Shlomoh Zalman Auerbach's brother-in-law) rejoices in Gan Eden over the fact that I have assumed the leadership of the Gerrer Chassidus."

 

"I quite agree," replied Rav Shlomoh Zalman. "After all, Chazal teach us that if a talmid is condemned to go into galus, his rebbe is sent into galus along with him. Then surely, if a talmid rises to prominence, his rebbi rejoices along with him."

 

"What you say is right, up top a point," retorted the Rebbe. "Galus is what I took upon mysel f. To my mind, leadership does not mean not honor and prestige. I see leadership as subservie nce. And that's not all. Whenever I consider whose seat I am occupying I find myself trembling with fear and trepidation. But what can I do? The people need chizuk. May Hashem Yisbarach help us!"

 

That's what his leadership was like. No power, no glory. Total service to Klal Yisrael. He ga ve his life for others, demanding nothing for himself-nothing but toil and hard work for th e sake of Hashem, His Torah and His people.

 

Like Moshe Rabbeinu he carried the burdens of Klal Yisrael, "as a nurse carries an infant" (B amidbar 11:12), with total dedication, compassion, worrying about the troubles of each and ev eryone. He did not restrict his love to the circle of Gerrer chasidim. He once said: "Befor e accepting the leadership of Gerrer Chasidus I worked on myself to reach the point that I lo ve every Jew as though he were my own child."

 

And so he was totally devoted to the advancement of Torah in its multifaceted variety. Ther e was his involvement in Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah as whose president he served. Then there wa s his personal supervision of the operation of the numerous Gerrer yeshivahs, offering consta nt encouragement to teachers and rebbe'im to raise the standards of learning, not to mentio n his strenuous efforts to enlarge existing apartment complexes and erect new residential nei ghborhoods in towns throughout Eretz Yisrael, like the ones in Kiriat Gat and Bet Shemesh tha t were built under his leadership. Above all, the Rebbe's heart was filled with boundless lov e. Day after day, for hours on end, his door was open to petitioners who poured out their wou nded hearts to him. With infinite patience he listened to their tales of woe, smiling compass ionately. With incredible astuteness and concentration he listened to the story of each visit or, to the point that each petitioner was fully convinced that his problem was uppermost on t he Rebbe's mind. He had total recall, and could describe in minute detail incidents that happ ened to the petitioner's father or grandfather. He spoke the language of the heart, a languag e everyone understood, no matter what was his background. Whether the visitor lived in Eret z Yisrael or abroad, the Rebbe always knew how to reach a person's soul, how to ignite the sp ark of love in his heart, how to solve his problem.

 

What about the many orphans who cherished him as their father. He cared for them, took part i n their weddings. Now they are heartsick and distraught having become orphans for the secon d time.

 

And what about the "special" children toward whom the Rebbe displayed such exceptional love a nd affection. Now they are left without the hand that guided them, the heart that felt for th em.

 

And what about the thousands of depressed souls, Chasidim, Ashkenazim, Sefardim, traditiona l Jews, and what have you? They knew how to get to the Rebbe's house, they knew the door, an d above all, they knew the heart. And now that heart is stilled!

 

The Rebbe once said, "I'm not like my brothers. I'm not like my father either. I have only on e ability: the ability of tefillah. Look, I am named after the Rebbe of Piltz, and it was kno wn that all his tefillos were answered."

 

And so, the Gerrer Rebbe davened a great deal for the salvation of Klal Yisrael. In this conn ection, mention should be made of a awe-inspiring incident that happened a short time befor e the Rebbe's petirah.

 

The name of a gravely ill woman was mentioned to the Rebbe. The Rebbe pronounced a heartfel t berachah for a speedy recovery and then added the mysterious words, "This berachah will las t as long as the one who gave it will live."©•The woman's condition changed for the better, bu t on last Thursday-precisely the day of the Rebbe's petirah-the woman passed away.

 

The Torah thoughts the Rebbe delivered at the tischen of Shalosh Seudos and at the closing ho urs of Yom Tov were suffused with a wealth of lofty insights. As his fervent words were reach ing a crescendo he would demand from his Chasidim-young and old alike-to strive relentlessl y for higher levels of kedushah, taharah and improvement of middos. Over and over he would me ntion the quality of ayin tovah, kindness and generosity, that is lacking so much today. He h ighlighted his Torah thoughts with poignant quotations from the Gemara, Midrashim, sifrei Kab balah and the Zohar.

 

Excerpts from the Torah insights he delivered during the four years of his leadership have be en assembled. They are a treasure of profound wisdom, in which he stresses the overriding imp ortance of ahavas Hashem, of kindness to our fellow man. From the pages of his divrei Torah h e emerges as an towering gaon in nigleh and nistar, (the revealed and hidden aspects of the T orah), as a genius of sublime intellect.

 

In the final weeks of his life, he often expressed his deep concern about the general situati on in Eretz Yisrael. The appalling suicide bombings in Yerushalayim and Tel Aviv shredded hi s heart. The pronouncements he made in his final hours show that he had an uncanny feeling o f his impending end.

 

On the day before the Rebbe's petirah, a chasid approached the Rebbe, asking him to be the sa ndek at the bris of his newborn son, a request he rarely turned down.

 

"A zeideh iz oichet gut," replied the Rebbe. "Why don't you give the honor to the grandfather . He can do it just as well." The chasid then asked what name he should give his son.

 

"Tomorrow you'll know the name," was the Rebbe's cryptic answer. The next day, the chasid knew .

 

In his final letter, published last Monday, Taanis Esther, he writes, "'It is a time of distress for Ya'akov.' That which we have feared and against which we have warned has come true. Let us set aside all calculations and conjectures. Chazal tell us, 'Once the Destroyer has been given a free hand he does not distinguish between tzaddikim and resha'im' (Bava Kamma 60a).

 

"Let us remember, 'All Jews are responsible for one another.' Let's eliminate from our hearts the hatred of our fellow Jews. Let us have more kindness and goodness. Let us strengthen ourselves through Torah"

 

The Gemara he metioned in his letter, "Once the Destroyer has been given" he reiterated on t he night of Purim, when his son the Rosh Yeshivah, Rav Shaul told him about the most recent t errorist suicide bombings. Replying to Reb Shaul, he added the rest of the saying in the Gemara, "'and that is not all; the Destroyer starts with the tzaddikim.'" The Rebbe continued t o quote the Gemara, "'Rav Yosef wept when he heard this, saying, 'Are the tzaddikim then comp ared to nothing [that they are punished together with the resha'im]?' But Abaye consoled him , saying, 'This is for the tzaddik's benefit, as it says, 'The tzaddik is taken away from th e impending evil.' (Yeshayah 57:1).

 

On the tisch, on the night before his petirah, he gave an unusually long speech. Afterwards h e said, "Tonight I spoke above and beyond my physical strength. It is mesiras nefesh for Yidd ishkeit. This Purim is a time for mesiras nefesh©•" As he spoke he digressed to the subject of David and Shaul. Both were great men, and both of them acted LeShaim Shomayim, in the inter est of Hashem. But Shaul was puzzled. He wondered, "If both of us are acting leshem Shamayim , why is there a need for a new leader?" Came the answer, "A poorer generation requires a dif ferent leadership."

 

When the Gabbai asked him after the tisch to remember names of loved ones in his tefillos h e replied, "There is no need to remember names. Everyone is remembered. It says in the Megill ah, 'These days are rememberd and observed' (Esther 9:28)." With a sigh he concluded, "Ever y generation has its own peckel (pack of troubles)."

 

One of the most important manhigim of Klal Yisrael has left us. In an unguarded moment, whil e we were all asleep, unable to daven and to implore Hashem to let us keep him, he was torn f rom us and ascended in a whirlwind to Shamayim. We have lost a defender, the guide who led o n the path of Chasidus and ahavas Yisrael. And we know full well that "the tzaddik is taken a way because of the evil to come." Time and again he warned and hinted at the things that la y ahead, but we refused to heed the writing on the wall. Let us wake up before chalilah it i s too late. Let us now fulfill wholeheartedly the words he wrote with his last ounce of stren gth,

 

"It is a time of distress for Yaakov. Let us set aside all calculations and conjectures." The n, and only then will the nevuah come true, "For Hashem will not forsake His people, He wil l not abandon His inheritance" (Tehillim 113:2). And may Hashem help us.

 

Zechuso yagein aleinu.

 

More About RABBI PINCHAS MENACHEM ALTER:

Burial: 15 March 1996, Courtyard Sfas Emes Yeshiva Jerusalem Israel

Emigration: 1940, Poland

Immigration: 1940, Jerusalem Israel Iyar of 5700

Occupation: Gerrer Rebbe 1992 - 1996

Yahrzeit: 15 March 1996, 16th of Adar

 

Notes for ZIPORAH ALTER:

the granddaughter of his brother Rav Moshe Betzalel Alter and a granddaughter of Rav Shaul Mo she Silberman of Virshov

           

Children of PINCHAS ALTER and ZIPORAH ALTER are:

                             i.      YAAKOV MEIR18 ALTER, b. Jerusalem Israel.

                            ii.      SHAUL ALTER.

 

Notes for SHAUL ALTER:

Currently Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas S'fas Emes

 

                          iii.      YITZCHAK DAVID ALTER.

 

Notes for YITZCHAK DAVID ALTER:

, a maggid shiur in Yeshivas Ohr Simchah in Haifa

 

                          iv.      DANIEL CHAIM ALTER.

 

Notes for DANIEL CHAIM ALTER:

, maggid shiur in Yeshivas S'fas Emes

 

                           v.      RABBI YEHUDAH ARYEH ALTER, m. DAUGHTER OF MENASHE KLEIN.

 

Notes for RABBI YEHUDAH ARYEH ALTER:

Rav Yehudah Aryeh was killed in a tragic traffic accident. A budding gaon, Rav Yehudah Arye h was the son-in-law of Rav Menashe Klein, the Ungvarer Rav of Brooklyn, and held the position of Rosh Kollelei Chasidei Gur in Yerushalayim and was a rav and poseik at the young age of twenty-seven

 

                          vi.      ALTER, m. DOV BERL LIPPEL.

 

 

61.  RABBI AVRAHAM MORDECAI17 ALTER (MOSHE BETZALEL16, YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  He married DAUGHER SILBERMAN, daughter of SHAUL MOSHE SILBERMAN. 

           

Child of AVRAHAM ALTER and DAUGHER SILBERMAN is:

81.                     i.      ZIPORAH18 ALTER.

 

 

62.  MOISHE HACOHEN17 LINDWASSER (DVORA16 ALTER, ?15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born in WARSAW.  He married SHINDEL. 

           

Children of MOISHE LINDWASSER and SHINDEL are:

82.                     i.      AVRAHAM ZIGMUND18 LINDWASSER, b. Warsaw Poland; d. Israel.

83.                    ii.      MOISHE LINDWASSER.

 

 

63.  ITA17 LINDWASSER (DVORA16 ALTER, ?15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born Abt. 1900 in Warsaw Poland, and died 1942 in Holocaust Treblinka Concentation Camp Poland.  She married YECHIEL MEYER STIPIOR in WARSAW.  He was born in Warsaw Poland, and died in Holocaust Treblinka Concerntation Camp.

 

Notes for ITA LINDWASSER:

Murdered in Shoah HOLOCAUST  Treblinka Concentration Camp Poland

 

Notes for YECHIEL MEYER STIPIOR:

1

           

Children of ITA LINDWASSER and YECHIEL STIPIOR are:

                             i.      MOISHE18 STIPIOR, d. Holocaust Treblinka Concerntation Camp Poland.

                            ii.      CHAVA STIPIOR, d. Holocaust Treblinka Concerntation Camp Poland.

 

More About CHAVA STIPIOR:

Burial: TREHolocaust Treblinka Concerntation Camp Poland

 

84.                   iii.      AVRAHAM YAACOV STIPIOR, b. Warsaw Poland.

 

 

64.  LEO(ARIEH LEIB)17 LINDWASSER (DVORA16 ALTER, ?15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 26 October 1912 in Warsaw Poland, and died 6 May 1984 in Melbourne Australia.  He married DORKA (DEVORAH) EIZENBERG Abt. 17 March 1938 in WARSAW, daughter of MENASHE EIZENBERG and GOLDA DICKSTEIN.  She was born 4 September 1919 in Warsaw Poland, and died 25 August 1983 in Melbourne Australia.

 

Notes for LEO(ARIEH LEIB) LINDWASSER:

Was born into an Ultra Orthodox Charedi Family of Gerrer Hassidim.

He gave up his orthodox practice during the war.

 

He had a great mathematical & business mind was very good at Chess & Bridge

 

Changed the family name from Lindwasser to Lind in the 1950s

 

Escaped the Nazi by going to Vilna Lithuania then getting a Visa to Japan from the Dutch They were in Japan for  9 months then went to Shanghai

Spent World War II (1940 to 1945) in Shanghai

 

Came to Australia in 1948 by boat a Mr Sokol sponsored them)

First lived in Palm Court St Kilda before purchasing land and building a house on Dandenong Road (near Kooyong Rd) Caulfield.

 

He first puchased land on Inkerman St - which he gave to Caulfield  Hebrew Congregation.

 

First worked the son- in law of Mr Sokol (Helen Wjeisbrum's Husband) in the clothing business

 

After he learned the English language he went into business with Mr Light (Mr Litchenstein)

 

Then started Linds Wholesale Textiles Pty Ltd importing and distributing textiles - based in Little Flinders Lane (Famous as the Jewish rag area of Melbourne). The business inteligence/ goodwill & furniture was sold to Mr Max New and his son in law Rabbi Yossel Gutnick (Yossel & Leo often learn Torah together - before Yossel became wealthy)

 

Collapsed with a Heart Attack whilst playing Bridge.

Buried in the Cheva Kadisha Cementary Springvale Melbourne Australia

 

 

More About LEO(ARIEH LEIB) LINDWASSER:

Bar Mitzvah: 7 Cheshvan 5686 Warsaw Poland

Burial: 7 May 1984, Springvale Melbourne Australia

Emigration: Warsaw Poland

Hebrew Name: Arieh Leib Ben Efraim Fischel HaCohen

Occupation: Businessman Textile Wholesaler

Religion: Jewish

Yahrzeit: 4 Iyar 5744

 

Notes for DORKA (DEVORAH) EIZENBERG:

Her husband Leo changed his name to Lind in the 1950s

Buried in the Cheva Kadisha Cementary Springvale Melbourne Australia

 

Died of Cancer of the Pancreas

 

 

Escaped the Nazi by getting a Visa to Japan then went to Shanghai

Spent World War II in Shanghai

 

More About DORKA (DEVORAH) EIZENBERG:

Burial: Springvale Melbourne Australia

Cause of Death: Cancer of Pancreas

Hebrew Name: DEVORAH bas MENASHE

Religion: Jewish

           

Children of LEO(ARIEH LINDWASSER and DORKA EIZENBERG are:

85.                     i.      MARGARET PAULETTE18 LINDWASSER, b. 31 October 1951, Melbourne Australia; d. 16 May 2002, Gold Coast Australia.

86.                    ii.      NAOMI ESTHER LINDWASSER, b. 18 February 1950, Melbourne Australia.

 

 

65.  NAFTALI17 ALTER (MOSHE16, SHIMON CHAIM15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) died January 1953 in Brooklyn, NY USA.  He married CEIL BIENENFELD 10 February 1922 in Prushnitz, Poland8.  She was born 11 November 19119, and died 26 February 1994 in Monsey, NY USA.

 

Notes for NAFTALI ALTER:

1  _MEDICAL Rheumatic Heart

 

More About NAFTALI ALTER:

Burial: Beth David Cemetery, Elmont Queens

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

Yahrzeit: 5 Shevat

           

Children of NAFTALI ALTER and CEIL BIENENFELD are:

87.                     i.      DORIS18 ALTER, b. 5 September 1933, Prushnitz, Poland.

88.                    ii.      FLORENCE ALTER, b. 25 July 1938, WARSAW, POLAND.

89.                   iii.      SALLY ALTER, b. 31 August 1945, Brooklyn, NY USA.

 

 

66.  SHIMON17 ALTER (MOSHE16, SHIMON CHAIM15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)10.  He married CHAVA SARAH in Warsaw, Poland.  She was born 9 September 191011, and died November 1994 in Tel Aviv / Jaffa, Israel.

           

Children of SHIMON ALTER and CHAVA SARAH are:

90.                     i.      FREIDA18 ALTER.

                            ii.      DEVORAH ALTER, b. 24 March 193812.

 

 

67.  CHAVA17 ALTER (MOSHE16, SHIMON CHAIM15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  She married GELFISH.  He died in Holocaust.

           

Child of CHAVA ALTER and GELFISH is:

                             i.      GELFISH1813, d. Holocaust.

 

 

68.  YOSEPH17 KAMINER (MORDECHAI KALMAN HALEVI16, BARUCH HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born August 1881 in Losice Poland, and died August 1935 in Tel-Aviv Israel.  He married SARA HANNA MINC.  She was born 1901 in Warsaw Poland, and died 1926 in Warsaw Poland.

           

Children of YOSEPH KAMINER and SARA MINC are:

                             i.      ESTHER18 KAMINER, m. MR NUSDORF.

                            ii.      TIRZA TELCE KAMINER, b. 1922, Warsaw Poland; d. 5 February 1971, Tel-Aviv, Israel..

 

 

69.  IDA17 KAMINER (YOM-TOV HALEVI16, BARUCH HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1905, and died 1987.  She married MR SALAMON. 

           

Children of IDA KAMINER and MR SALAMON are:

                             i.      GEORGE18 SALAMON.

                            ii.      MAGUY SALAMON.

                          iii.      YVONNE SALAMON.

91.                  iv.      ROGER SALAMON.

 

 

70.  SONIA17 KAMINER (YOM-TOV HALEVI16, BARUCH HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born 1915, and died 1975.  She married MR SCHILDBERG. 

           

Child of SONIA KAMINER and MR SCHILDBERG is:

                             i.      JEAN PIERE18 SCHILDBERG.

 

 

71.  ARIE LEIB17 KAMINER (YEHUDA16, MOISHE HAIM HALEVI15, HADASSA14 ROTTENBERG, MOSHE CHAYIM13 ROTENBERG, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  He married NEHAMA BRACHA WAGSHALL. 

           

Children of ARIE KAMINER and NEHAMA WAGSHALL are:

92.                     i.      YOM-TOV18 KAMINER.

93.                    ii.      AVRAHAM MORDECHAI KAMINER.

94.                   iii.      MINA MATHILDA KAMINER.

95.                  iv.      ELAZAR KAMINER.

96.                    v.      AHARON KAMINER.

97.                  vi.      HAYA SARA KAMINER.

 

 

Generation No. 7

 

72.  SONIA18 BRODER (SHMUEL ZIENVIL17, HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)14 was born 17 January 1937 in Wielun, Poland14.  She married YEHESKEL ISRAEL CHEN-ZION14 22 December 1958 in Tel-Aviv, Israel14.  He was born 5 June 1937 in Tel-Aviv, Israel14, and died 27 November 2000 in Tel-Aviv, Israel14.

           

Children of SONIA BRODER and YEHESKEL CHEN-ZION are:

98.                     i.      ORI DOV19 CHEN-ZION, b. 9 October 1960, Melbourne, Australia.

99.                    ii.      RON CHEN-ZION, b. 14 October 1964, Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

73.  JUDITH18 BRODER (ITZCHAK MEYER17, HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)14 was born 193214.  She married JERRY STONE14.  He was born 193114.

           

Children of JUDITH BRODER and JERRY STONE are:

100.                  i.      ARTHUR19 STONE, b. 1953.

101.                 ii.      ROBYN STONE, b. 1960.

 

 

74.  MARTIN18 BRODER (ITZCHAK MEYER17, HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)14 was born 193614.  He married SHERRY ROATBERG14.  She was born 193914.

           

Children of MARTIN BRODER and SHERRY ROATBERG are:

102.                  i.      KENNETH19 BRODER, b. 1968.

                            ii.      KIMBERLY BRODER14, b. 197214.

                          iii.      KEVIN BRODER14, b. 197414.

 

 

75.  ROSLYN18 BRODER (ITZCHAK MEYER17, HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)14 was born 193914.  She married (1) ERVIN BORK14.    She married (2) FRED BAEHR14. 

           

Children of ROSLYN BRODER and ERVIN BORK are:

103.                  i.      FRANCINE19 BORK, b. 1960.

                            ii.      STACY BORK14, b. 196214.

 

           

Children of ROSLYN BRODER and FRED BAEHR are:

104.                iii.      MYRNA19 BAEHR, b. 1966.

                          iv.      JEFFERY BAEHR14, b. 196714.

 

 

76.  BENJAMIN18 BRODER (ITZCHAK MEYER17, HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)14 was born 194814.  He married (1) LISA ?14.    He married (2) NANCY ?14. 

           

Children of BENJAMIN BRODER and LISA ? are:

                             i.      CAREY19 BRODER14, b. 197514.

                            ii.      ANDREW BRODER14, b. 197814.

 

 

77.  STEVEN18 SHENHEIT (ANNA17 BRODER, HENOCH16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)14 was born 1940 in NY, USA14.  He married ?14. 

           

Child of STEVEN SHENHEIT and ? is:

                             i.      STACY19 SHENHEIT14, b. 197914; m. ?14.

 

 

78.  TELLA18 BRODER (ELI17, MENACHEM MENDEL16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)14.  She married SHLOMO MENASHE14. 

           

Children of TELLA BRODER and SHLOMO MENASHE are:

                             i.      ARIE19 MENASHE14.

                            ii.      RON MENASHE14.

                          iii.      CHEN MENASHE14.

 

 

79.  SHMUEL18 BRODER (ELI17, MENACHEM MENDEL16, SIMCHA BUNIM15, LEAH HADDASA14 ALTER, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)14 was born 194414.  He married ANIA BURGSTEIN14.  She was born 194414.

           

Children of SHMUEL BRODER and ANIA BURGSTEIN are:

                             i.      LIOR19 BRODER14.

                            ii.      YANIV BRODER14.

                          iii.      MAAYAN BRODER14.

 

 

80.  RIVKA18 ALTER (LEV SIMCHAH BUNEM17, AVROHOM MORDECHAI16, YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1) was born in 1925.  She married MEIR MENDEL. 

           

Child of RIVKA ALTER and MEIR MENDEL is:

                             i.      NEHEMIAH19 MENDEL.

 

More About NEHEMIAH MENDEL:

Residence: ASHDOD ISRAEL

 

 

81.  ZIPORAH18 ALTER (AVRAHAM MORDECAI17, MOSHE BETZALEL16, YEHUDA (ARYEH) LEIB15, ABRAHAM MORDKA14, YITZCHAK MEIR ROTTENBERG13, YISRAEL12 ROTTENBERG, MORDECHAI11, SHLOMO10, MORDECHAI ZYSKIND9, EJAKIM BEN ABRAHAM8 ROTHENBERG, ABRAHAM BEN MORDECHAI7, MORDECHAI BEN MEIR6, MEIR BEN GETSCHLIK5, GETSCHLIK BEN SUESSKIND4, SUESSKIND BEN MEIR3, MEIR BEN BARUCH2 ROTHENBURG, BARUCH1)  She married RABBI PINCHAS MENACHEM ALTER, son of AVROHOM ALTER and CHAYAH SHACHOR.  He was born 9 June 1926 in Polinitz Poland, and died 15 March 1996 in Jerusalem Israel.

 

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the granddaughter of his brother Rav Moshe Betzalel Alter and a granddaughter of Rav Shaul Mo she Silberman of Virshov

 

Notes for RABBI PINCHAS MENACHEM ALTER:

Leader of Ger sect dies at 69DAVID LANDAU

Jewish Telegraphic Agency   March 15, 1996

Sudden Passing of Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter, z.t.l.

 

More than 150,000 attend Jerusalem funeral in pouring rain. * Gerrer Rebbe laid to rest near his saintly father, the "Imrei Emes."

 

JERUSALEM -- The largest Chassidic sect in Israel and the second largest in the world has lost its leader.

Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter, the 69-year-old leader of the Ger sect, was laid to rest March 7 at a huge funeral here after he died in his sleep the night before.

His nephew, Rabbi Ya'acov Alter, 60, of B'nei Brak, was widely expected to take over the spiritual leadership of the community.

Some 150,000 people followed Alter's bier in heavy rain through the streets of Jerusalem's fervently Orthodox Geula district to a tomb site close to the capital's Machane Yehuda market.

The rabbi was laid to rest alongside his father, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, who died during the siege of Jerusalem in 1948 and was buried in the courtyard of his home.

Minister of Health Ephraim Sneh issued a special permit to bury Alter in the tomb because of its close location to the city center.

The Ger dynasty of rabbis reaches back to the middle of the 19th century, when it was founded near Warsaw.

The political community in Jerusalem is still assessing the potential electoral fallout from the rabbi's sudden demise.

The Gerrer rabbi has traditionally held the chairmanship of Agudat Yisrael's Council of Torah Sages and has wielded the most influence within the fervently Orthodox party over the composition of its Knesset representation and over its policy positions.

Alter, considered right-wing in his politics, was believed to be leaning toward Likud over Labor in the current political campaign.

Rabbi Ya'acov Alter, his presumed successor, is something of an unknown quantity in political terms.

Ya'acov Alter, the son of the previous Gerrer rabbi, who died four years ago, has led a sheltered, almost reclusive life far from the world of power politics.

 

Jews in Israel and all over the world reacted with shock and anguish on Thursday, the 16th of Adar, as the tragic news was announced that the Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter, of blessed memory, had passed away suddenly. The Gerrer Rebbe was 69 years old.

 

The Admor of Gur was born on the 21st of Tammuz, 5686, in the town of Polinitz. At the time of his birth his parents, the saintly "Imrei Emes" and his wife Rebbetzin Feige Mintche, were already well advanced in years. Even as a young child his exceptional mind and outstanding intellectual capacities were already in evidence.

 

Escaping the clutches of the Holocaust the Gerrer Rebbe and his father emigrated to Eretz Yisroel, reaching the shores of the holy land in Iyar of 5700 (1940). It was there that he steadily climbed the ladder of Torah and yiras Hashem, first in yeshivah Chayei Olam and afterward in the famed Sefas Emes yeshivah founded by his father, which he himself later headed. In addition to serving as rosh yeshivah, the Gerrer Rebbe was also a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah (Council of Torah Sages) of Agudas Yisroel.

 

Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter assumed the nesiyus of Gur in Tammuz 5752 after the histalkus of his brother, the author of the Lev Simchah. He was renowned for his deep and profound shiurim in all of the Talmud's tractates, providing a link to the wondrous age of the geonim of Kotzk. Of all the leaders of the chareidi world the Rebbe of Gur's voice rang out the loudest. After his ascension to the throne of Gur the Gerrer Rebbe served as head of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, fighting with the strength of a lion against those bent on destroying the religious character of the holy land.

 

The Gerrer Rebbe was particularly vocal in his struggle to avert the evil decrees of the Israeli government. Time and time again he expressed his support of the Rebbe, Melech Hamoshiach's view that it is forbidden to cede even one inch of our holy land to non-Jews. Most recently he issued several letters denouncing the actions of the government, calling for a strengthening of ahavas Yisroel, an increase in prayer for the salvation of the Jewish people living in Zion, and an intensification of faith in the imminent Redemption.

 

The Gerrer Rebbe was an ardent champion of all the Rebbe MH"M's holy mivtzoyim. Whenever he was in New York he always made it a point to visit 770, and his yechiduses with the Rebbe would last for many hours.

 

After his first meeting with the Rebbe in Adar of 5726 (1966) he stated, "Since my father passed away I never met a Jew who possessed the power to take on the world. Now, however, I have merited to meet the second person in the world who can do so." (The Previous Gerrer Rebbe, the "Lev Simchah," also once likened the Rebbe MH"M to his father, saying, "Father was a Rebbe, and so is he.")

 

The Gerrer Rebbe's love and appreciation for the Rebbe MH"M were expressed on many different occasions. When the Rebbe MH"M first instituted the yearly cycle of learning Rambam, the Gerrer Rebbe publicly announced that he was accepting the Rebbe's innovation and would be learning three chapters of Rambam each day. During the second cycle, he studied one chapter per day.

 

The esteem in which he held the Rebbe MH"M was obviously reciprocal. One time during a visit to 770 the Rebbe MH"M instructed that a chair for the Gerrer Rebbe be placed near the eastern wall next to the aron kodesh, right next to his own seat.

 

In an interview with Kfar Chabad magazine (issue #97, Iyar 5743) he stated: "On my very first visit to the Rebbe some 17 years ago he spoke to me about the need to learn Chasidus in the yeshivos (not necessarily Tanya) in addition to Gemara with Rashi and Tosefos. On this visit [the 4th of Iyar, 5743] I informed him that ever since then we've been learning Chasidus in our yeshivos the Sefas Emes, the Tanya, as well as other works. The Rebbe Shlita spoke about this and was interested in the details of our learning.

 

"I have now personally seen demonstrated that nothing escapes the Rebbe's attention, even the simplest thing I've written in a sefer. I was also surprised to note that he knew all about matters that were strictly personal: I was slated to make a trip to Los Angeles for personal reasons, and never imagined that there was a need to bring it up in conversation. But to my surprise the Rebbe knew about it, and discussed my trip. (Later, in Los Angeles...I was stunned to see Torah-true, Chasidic Judaism flourishing in such a spiritual wasteland, shedding its light on the entire area.)" The Rebbe's shluchim were graciously received by the Gerrer Rebbe, and he always offered them his assistance and support in all matters.

 

 

 

Thousands of Jews began to arrive at the Gerrer beis midrash in Jerusalem early on Thursday morning, to recite Tehillim and pass before the Rebbe's mitah. When the Rebbe was brought inside at 9:00 a.m. their cries of anguish and grief filled the air. For the next few hours a steady stream of Admorim and Torah greats came to pay their respects, after which the taharah was performed in the Rebbe's special mikvah in the shul.

 

At 3:30 in the afternoon the aron left the beis midrash, and thousands of Gerrer Chasidim rent their garments and recited the blessing "Boruch Dayan Ha'emes" ("Blessed is the Judge of Truth"). Before the funeral the Rebbe's sons recited the Kaddish; in accordance with the custom in Jerusalem that children do not accompany their parents' casket, Kaddish was then said by the Rebbe's nephew and successor, Rabbi Ya'acov Alter.

 

The funeral took place in a pouring rain. When the aron reached the Sefas Emes yeshivah where the Rebbe had disseminated Torah for over 40 years, the throng erupted in renewed wails of grief. The Rebbe was then laid to rest in the Ohel of his father, the "Imrei Emes," on the grounds of the yeshivah.

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Rav Pinchos Menachem Alter The Gerrer Rebbe zt"l

by R. Chosid

 

The Gerrer Rebbe, Rav Pinchas Menachem Alter is no longer with us. The heartrending message sent shockwaves throughout Torah Jewry, plunging the entire Torah world into deep mourning. Slowly the bitter realization is beginning to sink in, that overnight, Klal Yisrael has lost it's guide and leader, that suddenly we have become orphans. Mere words cannot portray the shock and anguish that have gripped us all.

 

Mere words cannot describe the agonizing scene in Yerushalayim when the Rebbe's aron was brought into the large Gerrer Beis Midrash amid the painful wails of woe of grieving Chasidim, talmidim and simple Yiden who loved the Rebbe. To think that only hours earlier the Rebbe had b een standing here giving his shmooz and delivering a lengthy d'var Torah©•and now he had bee n taken to his heavenly abode!

 

Mere words cannot describe the grief of the 160,000 people who bid him farewell on his way to his final resting place. Braving a heavy downpour and an occasional hailstorm they cried wi th tear-choked voices as they escorted the aron to the beis midrash of Yeshivas S'fas Emes. It was the Yeshivah where, for decades, the Gerrer Rebbe had disseminated Torah as Rosh Yeshivah to thousands of talmidim.

 

The mournful levayah then made its way to the "Ohel" in the courtyard of the Gerrer Yeshiva h where the kevurah took plac. It was there that the Rebbe was laid to rest alongside his saintly father, Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter, the "Imrei Emes." In keeping with the minhag of Yerushalayim, hakafos were made around the kever, amid the tearful recitation of the Shelosh Esrei Middos (the Thirteen Attributes, Shemos 34:6,7). When the kever was being closed, the thousands of mourners broke anew into bitter weeping and sobbing. Many hours after the levayah ended, huge throngs could be seen surging to the ohel, to pour our their hearts in tefillah and supplication, pleading for help for Klal Yisrael and relief from their personal troubles.

 

The late Gerrer Rebbe was only 69 years old when he suddenly passed away on Motza'ei Purim, as it is celebrated in Yerushalayim (on the 15th of Adar). He was born on Shabbos, Parashas Pinchas, 21 Tammuz 5686/1926, in Pavyanitz, Poland, the youngest son of Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter (the Imrei Emes). After the passing of Rebbetzin Chayah Rada Yehudis, the Imrei Emes remarried Rebbetzin Feigah Mintche, the daughter of his brother-in-law Rav Ya'akov Meir Biederman (a son-in-law of the S'fas Emes.) She was the late Gerrer Rebbe's mother.

 

The Imrei Emes kept a close eye on his young son, paying keen attention to his progress in Torah studies, and when he traveled to Eretz Yisrael he took his young son along with him. A child prodigy, young Pinchas Menachem exhibited an insatiable desire to advance in Torah and Chasidus and a strong determination to emulate the deep avodas Hashem he witnessed in his father's house.

 

He became bar mitzvah toward the end of the summer of 1939, a time when ominous dark clouds were gathering over Europe. A few weeks later World War II broke out.

 

One day, during the frightful early days of the German occupation, he went to study with one of his cousins, Rav Chanoch Tzvi Hakohen Levin, the rav of Bendin. On the way there he was grabbed by the Germans and pressed into a forced labor unit. In the last moment, just as ev erything seemed to be lost, a Chasid who happened to passing by, saw what was about to happe n and managed to save him from certain death.

 

On Chanukah of 1940, his brother, the Lev Simchah, arrived from Lodz to join his sister Rebbetzin Matil Levin in Warsaw. It was then that plans were devised to smuggle the Imrei Emes ou t of German-occupied Europe along with a small number of close relatives, including the lat e Rebbe. Miraculously, the escape succeeded, and after a harrowing journey, the Imrei Emes an d his family arrived safely in Eretz Yisrael.

 

Upon his arrival in Eretz Yisrael, the late Rebbe studied in the Yeshivah Chayei Olam, and af terwards in Yeshivas S'fas Emes. He married Rebbetzin Ziporah, the granddaughter of his broth er Rav Moshe Betzalel Alter and a granddaughter of Rav Shaul Moshe Silberman of Virshov. A tr ue tzadekes, the Rebbetzin is a learned woman, well-versed in Torah and the meforshim.

 

All his life the Rebbe lived in the apartment that was formerly occupied by his father, situa ted in the building of Yeshivas S'fas Emes. With the passing years this house became a beaco n of Torah, Chasidus and yiras Shamayim. It was in this house that his sons grew up to becom e outstanding talmidei chachamim: Rav Yaakov Meir, Rav Shaul, currently Rosh Yeshivah of Yesh ivas S'fas Emes, Rav Yitzchak David, a maggid shiur in Yeshivas Ohr Simchah in Haifa, Rav Dan iel Chaim, maggid shiur in Yeshivas S'fas Emes, and his son-in-law, Rav Dov Berl Lippel.

 

During his life, the Rebbe endured much anguish and suffering, but he accepted it all as yesu rim shel ahavah, "afflictions of love." As a young man he lost a little son, and he was deal t a dreadful blow when when his son, Rav Yehudah Aryeh was killed in a tragic traffic acciden t. A budding gaon, Rav Yehudah Aryeh was the son-in-law of Rav Menashe Klein, the Ungvarer Ra v of Brooklyn, and held the position of Rosh Kollelei Chasidei Gur in Yerushalayim and wa s a rav and poseik at the young age of twenty-seven. The Rebbe's personal misfortunes served as a source of consolation for others. He would comfort families from all circles who had lost children, either by visiting the bereaved in person or writing th