Boston (Hasidic dynasty)

Haredi Judaism in New York City

Haredi Judaism in New York City (Photo credit: Alex E. Proimos)

Boston is a Hasidic sect, originally established in 1915 by Grand Rabbi Pinchas Duvid Horowitz. Following the custom of European Chassidic Courts, where the Rebbe was called after the name of his city, Bostoner Chassidus was named after Boston, Massachusetts. The most senior and well-known of the Bostoner Rebbes in contemporary times was Grand Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Horowitz, who died in December 2009.

Picture of the Bostoner Rebbe, Grand Rabbi May...

Picture of the Bostoner Rebbe, Grand Rabbi Mayer A. Horowitz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Amid a spectrum of notable accomplishments and „firsts in America,“ the Bostoner Chassidim are known for acts of kindness, the ability to apply ancient Jewish values in modern society, outreach to students, and tangible help for the sick and their families during crucial times of need. The Bostoner Chassidim also have a rich musical tradition with many unique songs sung in the Chassidic Courts of Boston in various locations around the world. In August 2010, the publishing house of the Bostoner Chassidim, Mechon Zichron Baruch, produced a four CD set of the Boston melodies of the Yomim Noraim (High Holy Days) as sung by the late Bostoner Rebbe.

The worldwide community of Bostoner Chassidim continues to be headquartered in Brookline, Massachusetts, with branches in Jerusalem, Beitar Illit, Monsey, New York and Highland Park, New Jersey.

Bostoner Rebbe

Bostoner Rebbe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the spiritual will of Grand Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Horowitz, the title of Grand Rabbi of Boston was bestowed upon all three surviving sons.

Origins

Grand Rabbi Pinchos Dovid Horowitz, The Boston...

Grand Rabbi Pinchos Dovid Horowitz, The Bostoner Rebbe of New York and Chuster Rebbe of Borough Park“ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grand Rabbi Pinchas Duvid Horowitz, the first Bostoner Rebbe, a scion of the Rebbe Reb Shmelke of Nikolsburg and the Lelov dynasty, first arrived in Boston in 1915 from the Land of Israel via Europe. Shortly after his arrival, Rabbi Pinchas David was accepted as Rebbe by the Jewish community of Boston. In 1939, the Bostoner Rebbe moved to Brooklyn, and opened the Bostoner Beis Medrash of Williamsburg. After his death in 1941, his son Rav Moshe succeeded him. In 1943, Rav Levi Yitzchok became another Bostoner Rebbe and built the New England Chassidic Center.

Reb Moshe later founded the Bostoner Bais Medrash of Crown Heights and the Bostoner Bais Medrash of Borough Park. In 1985, upon the passing of Reb Moshe, his sons Reb Avrohom Horowitz and Reb Pinchas Dovid succeeded their father. In 2006 the Bostoner Rebbe of Borough Park moved to Beit Shemesh in Israel to lead his sizeable community in that growing city. Reb Avrohom’s younger brother Reb Pinchas Dovid, moved to the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in 1989 and founded Yeshiva Darchei Noam and brought Bostoner Chassidus to his new Bais Medrash there.

Bostoner Rebbe Har Nof Israel

Bostoner Rebbe Har Nof Israel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are Bostoner communities in the Borough Park and Flatbush sections of Brooklyn, Lawrence, New York, Monsey, New York, Highland Park/Edison, New Jersey and Beitar Illit in Israel.

On Saturday December 5, 2009 the Bostoner Rebbe zt“l died in Jerusalem, Israel.

The three sons of the late Bostoner Rebbe, Rav Levi Yitzchok Horowitz zt”l, succeeding their venerated father in leading the Bostoner chassidus. Rav Pinchos Dovid Horowitz, the Chuster Rov of Boro Park, serves as Bostoner Rebbe in New York; Rav Mayer Alter Horowitz serves as Bostoner Rebbe in Har Nof, Yerushalayim; and Rav Naftali Horowitz is widely known as The Bostoner Rebbe. The great majority of the Chassidim of the late Bostoner Rebbe Levi Yitzchok Horowitz have become followers of Grand Rabbi Naftali Horowitz.

Lineage of the Boston dynasty

Two Hassidic Grand Rebbes with their entourage

Two Hassidic Grand Rebbes with their entourage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

L-to-R, Admor Grand Rabbi Pinchas Duvid Horowitz of New York, Admor Grand Rabbi Mayer Alter Horowitz of Jerusalem, Admor Grand Rabbi Naftali Yehudah Horowitz of Boston, MA

  • Grand Rabbi Pinchos Duvid Horowitz(1876–1941) first Bostoner Rebbe
    • Grand Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Horowitz, (1921–2009) the Bostoner Rebbe in Brookline and Har Nof – son of Rabbi Pinchas David Horowitz
      • Rabbi Pinchas Duvid Horowitz – Chuster Ruv – eldest son of Grand Rabbi Leivi Yitzchok – successor to his father as Bostoner-Chuster Rebbe of New York, and Chuster-Bostoner Rebbe of Betar Illit
        • Rabbi Moshe Shimon Horowitz, Bostoner Ruv of Betar Illit – eldest son of the Chuster-Bostoner Rebbe
        • Rabbi Yisroel Aharon Horowitz – son of the Chuster-Bostoner Rebbe and son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchok Arie Weiss, Horodonka Rebbe of Manchester, England
        • Reb Shia’le Horowitz, Bostoner Ruv of Monsey – son of the Chuster-Bostoner Rebbe
        • Rabbi Yechiel Mechel Horowitz, Bostoner Ruv of Highland Park, New Jersey – son of the Chuster-Bostoner Rebbe
      • The Zidichover Rebbe praying

        The Zidichover Rebbe praying (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

        Rabbi Mayer Horowitz, of Jerusalem – middle son of Grand Rabbi Levi Yitzchok, successor to his father as Bostoner Rebbe in the Har Nof section of Jerusalem.

      • Rabbi Naftuli Horowitz, The Bostoner Rebbe (Boston, MA) – youngest son of Grand Rabbi Levi Yitzchok, successor to his father as The Bostoner Rebbe
        • Rabbi Alter Weinberger of New York – son-in-law of the Bostoner Rebbe and son of the Turka Rov (Rabbi Dovid Weinberger Shlita) of Jamaica Estates, New York
        • Rabbi Mordechai Berezovski of Jerusalem – son-in-law of the Bostoner Rebbe and son of the Slonimer Rebbe of Jerusalem
        • Hachnasat Sefer Torah to the Boston synagogue ...

          Hachnasat Sefer Torah to the Boston synagogue in Beitar Illit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

          Rabbi Mordechai Shulem Yoisef Friedman of Jerusalem – son-in-law of the Bostoner Rebbe and grandson of the Sadigura Rebbe

        • Rabbi Avrohom Horowitz of New York, – son-in-law of the Bostoner Rebbe and grandson of the Unsdorfer and Mattesdorfer Rebbes
        • Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Horowitz – son of the Bostoner Rebbe
        • Pinchos Dovid Horowitz – son of the Bostoner Rebbe
      • English: Duhuri Rebbe used with permission Cat...

        English: Duhuri Rebbe used with permission Category:Images of Hasidic rebbes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

        Rabbi Yosef Frankel Vyelipoler Rov of Flatbush, New York – son-in-law of Grand Rabbi Levi Yitzchok

      • Rabbi Moshe Chaim Geldzahler of Har Nof, Rabbi of Cong. Beis Shlomo and Dayan – son-in-law of Grand Rabbi Levi Yitzchok
    • Grand Rabbi Moshe Horowitz (died 1985) Bostoner Rebbe of New York– son of Rabbi Pinchas Duvid Horowitz.
      • Grand Rabbi Chaim Avrohom Horowitz, present Bostoner Rebbe of Borough Park and Ramat Beit Shemesh – son of Grand Rabbi Moshe
        • Rabbi Yankel Horowitz of Lawrence, NY – son of Grand Rabbi Chaim Avrohom
        • English: Zvhil-Mezbuz Rebbe of Boston, Grand R...

          English: Zvhil-Mezbuz Rebbe of Boston, Grand Rabbi Y. A. Korff (center), and Rabbi Yitzhak (Isadore)Twersky, Tolna Rebbe of Boston (left). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

          Rabbi Yisroel Yona Horowitz of Boro Park – son of Grand Rabbi Chaim Avrohom

      • Grand Rabbi Pinchas Duvid Horowitz, present Bostoner Rebbe of Flatbush – son of Grand Rabbi Moshe Horowitz
        • Rabbi Mordechai Horowitz R“M of Darchei Noam – son of Grand Rabbi Pinchos Dovid of Flatbush
        • Rabbi Chaim Avrohom Horowitz of Monsey – son of Grand Rabbi Pinchos Duvid of Flatbush
Rabbi Moshe Leib Rabinovich, Munkacser Rebbe, ...

Rabbi Moshe Leib Rabinovich, Munkacser Rebbe, wearing a kolpik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

References

  1. ^ „Three Sons to Succeed Bostoner Rebbe as Admorim“. Matzav.com (Israel). 13 December 2009.
  2. The present rebbe, Naftoli Tzvi Labin of Ziditshov

    The present rebbe, Naftoli Tzvi Labin of Ziditshov (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    ^ „The Bostoner Chassidus Accepts New Admorim“. Yeshiva World News (Israel). 14 December 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2009. „all three of his sons were crowned with the title of “Adoneinu Moreinu v’Rabeinu” [Admor]“

External links

  • Bostoner Rebbes
  • Moshe D. Sherman Orthodox Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook pp 94–96
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