Memory Lane: Reb Meshulam Tzvi Gross Torah Brilliance and Sweetness in Early Boro Park

Between the World Wars, the Jewish community of Boro Park was very small. But, like the rest of America, there were giants of Torah and avodah that.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Avraham Miller, zt”l

In November of the year 1925, a delegation of Rabbanim traveled to Washington  on a mission of gratitude.On October 6, 1925, the president.... read more

Memory Lane: Rev. Moshe Gershon (Morris) Finkelstein, Z”l

Heating the Sfardishe Shul with Coal and KindnessAs we inch closer to the Yomim Nora’im, the unsung heroes are our Shul gabo’im who accommodate.... read more

Memory Lane: Chazzan Yaakov Rappaport, z”l

As we head into the Days of Awe, and the eve of selichos, we turn our attention to Chazzan Rappaport.In 1916 Chazzan Yaakov Rappaport came to.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Moshe Yehuda Gleicher, z”l

It was Boro Park of the 1930’s, and Zeirei Agudas Yisroel was renting space from Cong. Shomrei Shabbos. Among those young Agudists was a prolific.... read more

Memory Lane: Abels & Gold Realty Co.

It is a grand structure, built with detail and in a distinct style, the way homes used to be built. 1281 39th street, at the corner of 39th street.... read more

Memory Lane: Khal Mincha Chadashah Viznitz

Last week, we profiled the Shabbos that Harav Mottele Chodorov, the Tolna-Viznitzer Rebbe who arrived on these shores in the year 1921, spent in Boro.... read more

Memory Lane: A Chassidishe Shabbos in Boro Park of 1922

It was in the aftermath of the first wave of Eastern European immigration to the Unites States (between the World Wars), and the New York area was.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Hershel (Hashy) Fisher’s Mesirus Nefesh

In the Nitra Kehillah of Boro Park, there was a legendary ba’al tefillah by the name of R’ ‘Hashy’ Fischer. His incredible heart,.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Chaim Pinchos Lubinsky; Churban and Rebuilding

As we rise off the ground in mourning for the Beis Hamikdosh, we focus our memory lane on Rav Lubinsky, who experienced the worst imaginable.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Pesach Dovid Miller

Sometime in the 1880’s, a young bachur, Pesach Duvid Miller from Zborov, in Galica, jostled his way under the Shiniever Rav’s tisch. In the.... read more

Memory Lane: Stewart McDougall’s First House in Boro Park

It is a well-known fact that Boro Park started out as farmland—and it wasn’t all that long ago. The bustling shtetl that we know as such a center.... read more

Memory Lane: Boro Park and Politics, an old story

Although our readers may be exhausted from politics by now, we return once again to the relationship between Boro Parkers and their elected.... read more

Memory Lane: The Apsha Rav, Rav Moshe Yaakov Beck, zt”l

Apsha is a small hamlet in Rumania, divided into the sections Oiber Apsha, Mittel Apsha, and Unter Apsha (Upper, middle, and lower Apsha), in the.... read more

Memory Lane: When President Ford Came to Boro Park

Boro Park has in recent years had a voting problem—which has made it even less of an attraction for political candidates. But there was a time when.... read more

Memory Lane: Fort Hamilton Parkway

Fort Hamilton, situated at the other end of the Parkway which is named for it, has served the U. S. Army in a major way during every war beginning.... read more

Memory Lane: Kaplan Brothers Fish Market

For fifty years—from about 1920-1970—Kaplan Bros. Fish Market stood at the same spot that Ossie’s Fish occupied in later years (the current.... read more

Memory Lane: Candy Store “When Boro Parkers Could Get By Selling Cigars”

Time was when seemingly every block in Boro Park featured a candy store. And a candy story—especially a kosher one—was not lined with candy on.... read more