Rebbe Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, the grandfather of Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

The Upcoming Yartzheit of the Partzeva Rebbe (OBM), Rebbe Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, the grandfather of Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich (on 7 Shevat 5776/January 16, 2016), Motzei Shabbat, Parshat Bo.

Rebbe Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

On 7 Shevat, 5776, the yartzheit of the Partzeve Rebbe will be commemorated by his grandsons, the Dinover Rebbe, shlita, and Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich at a “tish” in the Dinover Beis Medresh at 77 Wallabout Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.

It is now eighty-six 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!

Those that perished in the holocaust:

  1. From his first wife, Leah Raizel, daughter of Rebbe Yechiel Yaakov of Koznitz
    • Faige Gittel, her husband, R’Aaron of Stolin and their children ( 11 Menachem Av ,1942)
    • Reb Moshe Yechiel Elimelech Admor of Lebertov and his wife Chaya Miriam and children Yitzchok, Chaim and Raizel (d. 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)
    • Yitzchak Yaakov, Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1043

 The Partzeva Rebbe left his “Divrei Torah” in manuscript and were first published in 1983 fifty-three years after his death by Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid 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 Admonim. It also includes a fascinating essay entitled: “Partzeva of Belov and Partzeva of Abore” by his son, the Munkatcher Rebbe, Rebbe Baruch Y.Y. Rabinowich, OBM. 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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Beautiful wedding of Rabbi Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

Beautiful wedding of Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, grandson of the Grand Admor of Dinov, Rebbe Yaakov Yitzchok Rabinowich, shlita, celebrated in Wiliamsburg, New York, Wednesday​,​ 18 Teves 5776

The D​i​nover Rebbe’s grandson, Nosson Dovid, of the same name as Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, got married last night to Miss ​E​iche​n​stein, the daughter of the Admor of Bertch from Monsey. The first “Nosson Dovid” in the family was Rebbe Nosson Dovid Rabinowich of Sydlowce, Poland (d. 7 Marchesvan, 1866), the grandson of the “Holy Jew”.

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Two Grandfathers of Groom (Nosson Dovid Rabinowich) Dancing Together

The Two Grandfathers of Groom Dancing Together: The Dinover Rebbe,Rebbe Yaakov Yitzchak Rabinowich,shlita and the Strizover Rebbe, Rebbe Hershel Horowitz,shlita.

Grandfathers of Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

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Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

The following two “divrei torah” were said by  the Munkatcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, Rabbi Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowich, at a “tish” on Parshas Mikaitz (later on, the shabbat of his death, 27 kislev, 5758 ) and were recently published by his nephew,Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich.

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Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich’s Latest Publications and what is Forthcoming

The Responsa and Talmudic Novellae of Rav Sherira ben Rav Chanina Gaon, Two volumes, Jerusalem, 2012 (Hebrew) The first-ever collection of all the known writings of Rav Sherira Gaon, the Gadol Ha’Dor of the 10th- 11th centuries, of Baghdad.

Binat Nevonim, fascinating ground-breaking essays on the lessons of the Holocaust by the Munkatcher Rebbe, zt”l, Rebbe Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowich; incl. a long introduction about the Rebbe’s life and his amazing “hatzalah” work ,saving thousands of Jewish lives in Budapest, Jerusalem, 2013

Chidushei Bais Av : A remarkable and original 3 part work, based on manuscript, from Ha’Gaon Rebbe Avraham Aaron Yudelevich, one of the greatest & most prolific Rabbanim in America(d.1930) and the first rabbi to ever visit the White House(1924), Jerusalem, 2013 (published by Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich with a long essay about Rav Yudelevich’s controversial life)

Upcoming :

  • An oversize , two volume collector’s edition of all the responsa of Ha’Gaon Rebbe Avraham Aaron Yudelevich dealing with all sections of the Shulchan Aruch.
  • A collection of all of the biographical monographs of the great scholar, Ha’Gaon Rebbe Reuvain Margolies.
  • A collection of all Rabbi Margolies’ notes on the four sections of Shulchan Aruch,on Rambam and some other important Medievalists (all from mss.)


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Rabbi Dr. Nathan David Rabinowich: a Direct Descendant of the “Holy Jew”

Although Rabbi Dr. Rabinowich is very proud of all his sacred ancestors, many of them of the greatest Hassidic Admorim 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 Yaakov Yitchak Rabinowich of Pshischa(d. 1814), the prize pupil of the Seer of Lublin . Many various and fascinating explanations have been offered for this unique “nickname” that no other Hassidic Admor received.  What is known for certain is that throughout his short life of forty-seven years he tried to conceal this “holiness” through various manipulations. Hashem, however, wanted the ‘world’ to appreciate his holiness and that is why of all the great Admorim/Tzaddkim, he is the only one to have received 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 Dr. Rabinowich. and Rebbe Dovid of Lelov, the Yid’s in-law2.  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 such wonderful teachers3.

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 family 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 Chachamim were in awe of his great erudition. Supposedly, the leading scholar of his generation, the holy Rebbe Akiva Eiger  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  by  the” Fire of Strelisk” and his leading pupil, the holy Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Pschicha said of him:
“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 one of the the greatest scholars of the last five hundred years, the leading opponent of Hassidut, the Holy Gaon 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, however,  which are collections of his novellae in Tanach, Talmud and Shulchan Aruch, stories about him and his homiletics in Hassidut. They are:

  • “The Wonders of the Jew” (Pietrikov, 1908)
  • “Tiferes Ha’Yehudi” (=“The Glory of the Jew”) Warsaw, 1912
  • “Keter Ha’Yehudi” (=“The Crown of the Jew”), Jerusalem, 1929

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

  • “Tiferes Banim” (“Glory of Sons”), Pietrokov, 1925
  • “Ma’aseh Nechemiah” (“The Works of Nechemiah”), Prompol, 1913
  • “Toras Rebbe Nosson Dovid , Shidlovtze”, Jerusalem, 1998

For more information about the life of the “Holy Jew” see, in particular, : Y.S. Weinstock, “Tiferes Banim Avotam (Heb.), Jerusalem, 1968 (An addition to his : “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.


1) It is certainly noteworthy that the “Yid” as he was fondly called, was not born to a Hassidic family. His father,  Rebbe Asher ben Elchanan, the “rav” of Pshedborz , 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!

2) The Yehudi’s 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, the Munkatcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, who died in 1945,  was miraculously buried next to her, although she was personally not of Lelov descent !

3) 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”.

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

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Nosson Dovid Rabinowich Gets Engaged with Ms. Marcy Katz


It is with great happiness that Ahavath Torah Institute proudly announces that its dean, Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich, celebrated his recent engagement to Ms. Marcy Katz of Toronto at a Chanukah gathering on Monday, December 7, 2015. Ms. Katz, CEO and Founder of Binah Consulting, Inc, based in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, is a very active member of the Chabad Flamingo community headed by its esteemed spiritual leader, Rav Mendel Kaplan, shlita.

Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

The Chanukah gathering took place in Williamsburg, New York, the Hassidic enclave of Brooklyn, in the Nitra Hall, the former home of the founder of the Satmar Hassidut, the largest Hassidic sect in New York City, Grand Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, of blessed memory. Rabbi Rabinowich felt blessed to celebrate in this location as he felt particularly close to the Grand Rabbi who was his relative.

At this happy event, “words” of support, love, holiday insights and marriage reflections were offered by four distinguished speakers (in speaking order):

  1. Rav Meir Fund, a prominent rabbi in Flatbush and a very close friend of Dr. Rabinowich.
  2. Rav Pesach Korb, the distinguished rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel where Rabbi Rabinowich prays every day, and is a close friend.
  3. Rav Yakov Yitzchak Rabinowich, the esteemed Grand Rabbi of Dinov, the beloved first cousing of Dr. Rabinowich.
  4. Rav Menachem Mark, Rosh Yeshiva Ruach Ha’Torah in Flatbush and Rabbi Rabinowich’s best friend.

Chaim Karpin, an acclaimed violinist provided musical entertainment while Micky Montal, the popular chef and caterer, and the long-time food manager for Jewish Heritage Tours to Spain and Morocco, set up a gorgeous buffet including fresh handmade latkas that were enjoyed by all.

Although Ms. Katz is from Toronto, her family from Manhattan and her close friends from Crown Heights and New Jersey attended the L’Chaim to show their love and support for the very popular Ms. Katz.

We are all looking forward to the wedding, Amen.

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