Rabbi Dr. Nathan David Rabinowich: a direct descendant of the “Holy Jew”

Although Rabbi Dr. Nathan David Rabinowich very proud of all his sacred ancestors, many of them of the greatest Hassidic Admourim in Jewish History 1,  (i.e., the “Sanzer Rebbe”, the “Bnei Yissachar”, the “Yishmech Moshe”, the “Shem Shloma”, Rebbe Moshe Leib Sassover”, “Rebbe Baruch of Gorlitz”, Rebbe Shmelke of Sassov”), he takes most pride in his direct lineage to the “Holy Jew”, Rebbe Yakov Yitchak Rabinowich of Pshischo, the prize pupil of the Seer of Lublin (d. 1814). Many various and fascinating explanations have been offered for this unique “nickname” that no other Hassidic Admor received2.  What is known for certain is that throughout his short life of forty-seven years he tried to conceal his “holiness” through various manipulations. Hashem, however, wanted the ‘world’ to appreciate his holiness and thati swhy of all the great Admourim/Tzaddkim, he is the only ??? to receive the appellation” “Holy Jew”.

As mentioned earlier, the “Yid” was not born a Hassid; he was introduced to Hassidut by Rebbe Moshe Leib Sassover (d.1807), another grand-father of Rabbi Rabinowich and Rebbe David of Lelov, the Yid’s in-law3.  It is extremely noteworthy that these two teachers of the “Yid”, giants in Hassidut, are most famous in Hassidic lore for their love of fellow Jews! This, naturally, was one of the Yid’s extraordinary personality traits; he had wonderful teachers4.

Another trait that made the “holy Jew” stand out among “Hassidic greats” was his tremendous scholarship. This, too, is not surprising as his grandfather Rebbe Elchanon Rabinowich (the first in the family with that name) was the grandson of Rebbe Yitzchok Ha’Levi, the famous brother of the famous Halachic authority, the “Tunei Zahav”.  In fact, some genealogical works claim that the “Holy Jew” was the tenth generation to Rebbe Bezalel Ashkenazi, the great scholar and author of the “Shita Mekubetzet”. His learning was awe-inspiring and many Hassidic masters and leading Talmidei Chochamim were in awe of his great erudition. Supposedly, the leading scholar of his generation, the holy Rebbe Akiva Eign said:

“It is impossible to understand the sharpness and depth of the ‘Yehudi’s’ brain”.

He was compared to the leading Medievalist, the Rabbeinu Tam (“the Fire of Strelisk”). The holy Rebbe Simcha Burim of Pschicha said:

“The World is not worth of the ‘Torah’ of the Rebbe R’Heschel5 and of the “Yehudi”.

Interestingly, his yartzheit, 19 Tishrei is the same as that of the Holy Gra of Vilna; nothing is coincidental.

Consistent with his service of Hashem done in the most concealed manner possible, the “Yid” or “Yehudi” never published any of his scholarship. A few books have been published which are collections of his novella in Tanach, Talmud and Shulchan Aruch, stories about him and his holiletics in Hassidut. They are:

  1. The Wonders of the Jew” (Pietrikov, 1908)
  2. Tiferes Ha’Yehudi” (“The Glory of the Jew”) Warsaw, 1912
  3. Keter Ha’Yehudi” (“The Crown of the Jew”), Jerusalem, 1929

More of his ‘divrei Torah” can be found in works associated with his descendants:

  1. “Tiferes Banim” (“Glory of Sons”), Pietrokov, 1925
  2. “Ma’aseh Nechemiah” (“The Works of Nechemiah”), Prompol,1913
  3. “Toras Rebbe Nosson Dovid ??? Shidlatze” (Heb.), Jerusalem, 1998

For more information about the life of the “Holy Jew” see:

Y.S. Weinstock, “Tiferes Banim Avotam (Heb.), Jerusalem, 1968 (An addition to: “Tiferes David”), and Elie Wiesel’s “Souls on Fire”. Rabbi Dr. Rabinowich is presently working on a comprehensive biography of his glorious grandfather, May He Rest in Peace.

Notes

It is noteworthy that the “Yid” as he was fondly called, was not born to a Hassidic family. His father, the Rebbe Ashes, the “rav” of Pshedloz, was not Hassidic at all. In fact, legend has it that Rebbe Aryeh Leib, the Rosh Yeshivah and Rebbe of the “Yid” in Pshedborz filled an entire cup with the tears he shed when pleading with his leading student not to become drawn to Hassidut!

He himself would collect charity for the poor on the market day and did not worry about his honor. A penny would never spend the night in his home. It was always given away by midnight. He would not go to bed until he prayed for all his “pursuers”.

The Yehudis daughter Rivka Rachel married Rebbe Moshe, the son of Rebbe David of Lelov. She was buried on the Mount of Olives. Interestingly, my aunt, Frima Rivka, the wife of my uncle, Grand Rabbi Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowich, who died in 1045 was miraculously buried next to her, although she was personally not of Lelov descent.

He was the leading Talmid Chocham of his generation (d. 1664) and the Rebbe of the great Halachic authorizes, the “Turei Zohav” and the “Shach”. He, like the Yehudi, refused to publish his ‘writings’ during his lifetime.

Nathan David Rabinowich

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The Commemoration of the Yartzheit of the Partzeva Rebbe (OBM), Rebbe Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, ( 7 Shevat 5777/February 2, 2017)

Nathan David Rabinowich

This past Thursday evening ,7 Shevat, 5777 (2/2/17), at 8:30 pm, the yarzheit of the Partzeve Rebbe was commemorated by his grandchildren and sponsored by his grandsons, the Dinover Rebbe, shlita and Rabbi Dr. Nathan David Rabinowich at a “tish” in the Dinover Beis Medrash at 77 Wallabout Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

It is now eighty-seven years since his passing and B”H he has even merited a fifth generation of religious grandchildren! Although many of his children, Dr. Rabinowich’s uncles and aunts, perished in the Holocaust, five of them miraculously survived those terrible years and have left a few generations of descendants, some of them who are still Shomer Shabbat! It is not very known but the Partzever Rebbe zt”l was probably led the third or fourth leading Hassidic Court in Poland. Of course, Ger was #1 , followed closely by Alexander .

Those that perished in the holocaust ( May Hashem avenge their deaths) :
1)From his first wife, Leah Raizel, daughter of Rebbe Yechiel Yaakov of Koznitz

a.Faige Gittel, her husband, R’ Aaron of Stolin ( Warsaw Ghetto;11 Menachem Av ,1942)
b.Reb Moshe Yechiel Elimelech Rabinowich,Admor of Lebertov and his wife Chaya Miriam and children Yitzchok, Chaim and Raizel (Shabbat Kodesh, 27 Sivan 1941)
2)From his second wife, Yuta , of blessed memory, the daughter of Rebbe Moshe Yehuda Leib Shapira of Strizow(d. 2 Marcheshvan, 1918)
a.Yaakov Yitzchak , Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943
b.Reb Yerachmiel Yisrael Yoseph Danziger ,son of the last Alexander Rebbe, the “Akeidas Yitzchak” ,his wife Tova Chava and three children (Treblinka; 23 Elul, 1942)

The Partzeva Rebbe left his “Divrei Torah” in manuscript and were first published in 1983, fifty-three (= Gan Eden) years after his death by Rabbi Dr. Nathan David Rabinowich. In 2012 , Dr. Rabinowich published a second edition with many additions including one of the most complete genealogical works dealing with Polish rabbis and Admorim. It also includes a fascinating essay entitled: “Partzeva of Below and Partzeva of Above” by his son, the Munkatcher Rebbe, Rebbe Baruch Y.Y. Rabinowich, ZT”L. This new edition, published with the enthusiastic support of Reb Tzvi Ysrael Snider Esq., of Baltimore, includes a beautiful introduction to the genealogical section, elaborating on the importance of ‘holy lineage, ’ by the Munkatcher Rebbe, mentioned earlier.

May the Partzeva Rebbe’s holy memory be blessed.

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Newest Publication from Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

This past Thursday, on the 20th anniversary of the passing of his beloved  father, Rebbe Yehudah Leib, of blessed memory, Dr. Rabinowich‘s latest work was published. The title actually says it all: “A Refutation of the Chapter Division of the Torah; A Renewed Call for its Removal.”

Newest Publication from Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

This much- acclaimed work proves that the chapter division of the Bible (=all three sections) is of Christian origin and is based upon ignorance, intentional or unintentional , of the Talmud’s interpretation of the Biblical text, an attempt to introduce Christian beliefs and ,sometimes, a simple misunderstanding of the text.

Visit Nosson Dovid Rabinowich’s website to read the complete article.

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Hachnasat Sefer Torah by Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich in memory of his Father, Rebbe Yehudah Leib Rabinowich

Rabbi Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

Part of the procession: holding the two posts one can see Rabbi Rabinowich’s beloved Mechutan, Rafael Marciano of Mosey(right) and on the left, Rabbi Rabinowich’s beloved cousin, Rebbe Chaim Elozor Rabinowich, the Rosh Yeshiva of Mosdos Dinov. To the left of Mr. Marciano, Rabbi Rabinowich’s beloved nephew, Eli Rabinowich, can be seen.​Behind Rebbe Chaim Elozor, one can see Rabbi Rabinowich’s dear friend and cousin, Eliezer Fixler , while the esteemed Talmid Chacham and Professor of Physics,Yaakov Neuberger of Boro Park,  is right behind him. And ,finally, to the right of Mr. Fixler, one can see the Executive Director of the Dinov Institutions, Rabbi Moshe Refael Horowitz, a very close friend and cousin of Rabbi Dr.Rabinowich and to his left, Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Rabinowich, the Grand Rabbi  of Dinov.

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Munkatcher Rebbe at wedding of his beloved nephew, Rabbi Dr. Nathan David Rabinowich

Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

Munkatcher Rebbe,zt”l, at wedding of his beloved nephew, Rabbi Dr. Nathan David Rabinowich. To Dr.Rabinowich’s left sits a very dear friend, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Vogel of Baltimore, the Ketuba illustrator. Behind them stands Rabbi Nechemiah Strobel, a devoted Munkatcher Chassid.

See also: Nosson Dovid Rabinowich with Ms. Marcy Katz

Two Grandfathers of Groom (Nosson Dovid Rabinowich) Dancing Together

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The Munkatcher Rebbe, Uncle of Rabbi Dr. Nathan David Rabinowich

The picture below was given to Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich in 2010 by Reb Mordechai Ha’Kohain Frankel of Jerusalem, son of Reb Leibish Frankel of Tel-Aviv and son-in-law of Reb Yosef Chaim Frankel. It is a rare family picture (1945 ,in Tel-Aviv) of the previous Munkatcher Rebbe zt”l, Rebbe Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowich, with his five children. The present Munkatcher Rebbe shlita, Rebbe Moshe Leib , can be seen  on the far right and the present Dinover Rebbe shlita, Rebbe Ya’akov Yitzchak, is right in front of his father.

Uncle of Rabbi Dr.Nathan David Rabinowich

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Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich visits Florida January 21 – 26, 2016

Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, Dean, Ahavath Torah Institute, will be in Miami, Florida from January 21-26, 2016. He is available for historical, inspirational and Biblical lectures.

Available historical topics include:
A) The Early Printing of the Talmud
B) The Early History of Reform Judaism
C) The Strange Personal Life of the Chasam Sofer
D) Jewish History of Morocco

Biblical topics now available:
1) Order or lack of order in the Biblical narrative
2) The Jewish division of the Bible versus the Christian division

Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich can be reached at 347-309-8485 throughout the day and evening.

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