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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Binyomin Paler, zt”l - Part II

Last week we began to profile Rav Paler who was born in Brisk, and was drawn close to the Brisker Rav, of whom he became a lifelong talmid. He.... read more

Memory Lane: Harav Binyamin Paler, zt”l

Boro Park was at one point home to numerous great men of the European yeshivah world; true Ge’onim whose depth and breadth in Torah was only.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Avrumche Geiger, z”l II

Last week we began to tell the story of this unique personality who was the right hand of the Bluzever Rebbe, and thus connected to the.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Avrumche Geiger, z”l

“The Halberstam’s”But possibly the first Chassidisher Rebbe and Shtiebel in Boro Park was the Bardiyover Rebbe, Rav.... read more

Memory Lane: Chazzan Yossele Rosenblatt, z”l II

In the previous installment of our profile on the legendary Chazzan, we noted his unique musical and vocal abilities—which remain unsurpassed to.... read more