Memory Lane: The Bercher Rebbe, Rav Tzvi Elimelech Rokeach

By: Yehuda AlterThe Bercher Rebbe was born in the town of Lancut to his father Rav Yehuda Yosef Rokeach—who was known as a great tzaddik and oved.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Nissan Waxman, zt”l

During the 1950’s—most likely having succeeded Rav Mordechai Aaron Kaplan as the rov of Bnei Yehuda, the latter having been niftar.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher, zt”l

Rav Mendel was the son of Rav Yitzchok Peretz Kasher of Warsaw—who descended from generations upon generations of Rabbanim in Poland, all the way.... read more

Memory Lane: Rebbe Alter Yitzchok Safrin-Komarna Rebbe

On October 4, 1941, the Forverts published an overhead image of three pure-faced boys erecting a sukkah on East Third Street on the Lower East Side..... read more

Memory Lane: The Boro Park Mikvah

As we approach the day in which we are purified by the holiness of Yom Kippur, we recall the sacrifices and heroism of Boro Park’s early residents.... read more

Memory Lane: Chazzan Yaakov Rappaport, z”l

As Klal Yisroel heads into Shuls for the first night of Slichos, and the beginning of the season of praise and prayer, we profile a chazzan whose.... read more

Memory Lane: The Debrecener Rav, zt”l

In the previous article, we focused on the early life of this great posek in Boro Park of Yesteryear, who led and inspired all those around him with.... read more

Memory Lane: The Boro Park Y

Last week we chronicled the history of one of Boro Park’s landmarks, Menorah Masonic Temple, which has transformed from a house of frivolity to.... read more

Memory Lane: Menorah Masonic Temple

Bnos Zion of Bobov has been housed in what was once Menorah Temple, which has a storied history. While the cornerstone for this majestic edifice was.... read more

Memory Lane: Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schonfeld

In a radio studio somewhere in New York City, stands an elderly Rabbi, holding forth in Hungarian. He is not broadcasting to an American audience;.... read more

Memory Lane: Rabbi Zvi Tabory, z”l

Continuing our chronicle of the Rabbanim who served Congregation Anshei Sfard of Boro Park, we tell the story of Rabbi Tabory who assumed the pulpit.... read more

Memory Lane: Rabbi Isaac Swift, z”l

During the 1950’s, the Sfardishe shul was led by the dynamic Rabbi Yitzchok Yehuda Swift.He was born in England in the year 1911. His father,.... read more

Memory Lane: Rabbi Aaron Ben-Zion Shurin

A 36th-Generation Rov, Rabbi Shurin not only led congregations in New York over the years. More famously, he spent many decades as an Orthodox writer.... read more

Memory Lane: Rabbi Chaim Meir Braun, zt”l

A Hungarian Rav of the old school, he served as a Rav in Boro Park, and always gave of himself to others. He was one of the leaders of the Hungarian.... read more

Memory Lane: Chazzan Yossele Mandelbaum, z”l

In the Czestochowa Ghetto—in which the Nazis, ym”sh, herded together the Jews of the surrounding Polish towns, in 1942 and ’43, until their.... read more

Harav Yitzchok Horowitz, zt”l, Melitzer Rebbe.

The Melitzer Rebbe was born in the year 1896 in Melitz (Mielec in Polish) Galitzia Poland, to his father Rav Naftuli, the son of Rav Yehuda Horowitz,.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Yisroel Gutman, zt”l

Rav Yisroel Gutman arrived in America while already an elderly Rav, having served in the towns of Letitshov and Kamenitz-Podolsk for close to 25.... read more

Memory Lane: A Boy with Long Payos in 1927

As readers of this column know, the 1920’s found very few observant yidden in Boro Park of yore—which makes the following encounter on the train.... read more