Memory Lane: Pharmacies of Boro Park - A “Then and Now” Journey in Time

by Yehuda AlterPharmacies in Boro Park of yesteryear are a relic of times gone by—when the scent of remedies wafted through the old apothecaries,.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Chaim Labovitz

Agudas Harabonim/Union of Orthodox Rabbis—the preeminent unifying organization of American orthodox Rabbonim in the last century, and major force.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Eliyahu Moshe Shisgal, zt”l

By: Yehuda Alter One of Boro Park’s greatest Ramim of all time was Rav Moshe Shisgal who molded and shaped talmidim in Yeshiva Be’er.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Moshe Liphshitz

Reb Moshe Liphshitz, a native of Lodz, was the longtime proprietor of Cutlers Cottages in Fallsburg. For fifty years, Reb Moshe infused his neighbors.... read more

Memory Lane : Rav Shepsel Friedman

The Southeast section of Boro Park—the area that sits between Bensonhurst and the center of Boro Park—is known as Mapleton, or Mapleton Park..... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Mordechai Aaron Hakohen Kaplan

In the small town of Medewitz, in the Minsk region lay a dying woman. Her parting words to her only 11-year-old son were; “go learn in the big.... read more

Memory Lane: The Lashkkovitzer Rebbe

On 45th Street in Boro Park in the 1960’s arrived the Lashkovitzer Rebbe, a seventh-generation descendant of the Ba’al Shem Tov—and he is.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Yosef Rosen, A Talmid of Rav Chaim Brisker

Rav Yosef was born in a town near Minsk in 1863 near Minsk to his father Rav Avraham Duber, who was a great lamdan and yarei Shamayim. At a very.... read more

Memory Lane: Yeshiva Eitz Chaim

Yehuda Alter In our last installment, we wrote about the founding of a fledgling Yeshiva Etz Chaim/Hebrew Institute of Boro Park in Boro Park of.... read more

Memory Lane: Yeshiva Etz Chaim/Hebrew Institute of Boro Park I

While the early residents of Boro Park sent their boys to afternoon Talmud Torah’s, in the 1920’s, the need for a full day yeshiva was evident,.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Chaim Shereshevsky

Boro Park’s Mirrer Minyan was a gathering place for “Alte Mirrer’s” who came to know each other in the glow of their great Rebbi, Rav.... read more

Memory Lane: Rabbi Zev (Wolf) Gold.

By: Yitzy FriedRav Gold was born in Szczuczyn, Poland (40 km north of Lomza), to his father Rav Yaakov Meir Kravchinsky—one of the prized talmidim.... read more

Memory Lane: The 66th Precinct

Boro Parkers of today have known the red brick building housing the 66 police precinct at 5822 16th Avenue as the local police station for decades..... read more

Memory Lane: The Banks of Boro Park (Vintage Gallery)

It is a common observation in Boro Park of today that nearly every retail store on 13th Avenue that closes due to the exorbitant rent is soon.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Yaakov Meir Kahana-Shapiro

By: Yehuda Alter The Kahana-Shapiro family traces its roots to Krakow of yore, where their famed ancestor and patriarch, Rav Nosson Nota Spira,.... read more

Memory Lane: The Chernobyler Rebbes of Boro Park

A regal presence in Boro Park of yesteryear—revered among the Rebbeim of his time—was the Chernobyler Rebbe, Rav Yaakov Yisroel, who arrived a.... read more

Rav Shamshon Rephael Weiss, zt”l

by Yehuda AlterRav Weiss was born in Emden, Germany, in 1910 to Rabbi Ahron and Yehudis Weiss. At the age of nineteen, he made his way east to Mir,.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Yehuda Leibish Glatt, zt”l, Titishiner Rebbe

Rav Leibish Glat, Titishiner Rebbe—a scion of great Rabbinic dynasties— saw the writing on the wall before the Holocaust, and tried to bring his.... read more