Living Legacy: Rebbe Yitzchok of Sadigura-Rimanov, zt”l

Living Legacy: Rebbe Yitzchok of Sadigura-Rimanov, zt”l

In 1924, there arrived in America a scion of the Ruziner dynasty, Rav Yitzchok Friedman of Sadiger-Riminow. He was the son of Rav Yisroel, the son of Rav Avrohom Yaakov of Sadiger, who was the son the Rebbe Yisroel of Ruzin.

It was following WWI, and he came in search of funds to support his young family. In his time in America, he rarely left his apartment on the Lower East Side, except to go to the mikvah. Tragedy struck on the eve of his return back to Europe, when he fell ill, and was niftar a short time later.

His yorhtzeit falls on 11 Kislev.

The Rebbe was born in Sadigura in 1886, to his father Rav Yisroel and his mother Bas Sheva, both grandchildren of the Heiliger Ruziner. He grew up in the holy court of Sadigura, surrounded by his holy father, uncles, and his grandfather, Rebbe Yisroel of Sadigura. In 1904, he married

He married the daughter of Rebbe Osher Yeshaya Horowitz, a scion of the court of Riminov. It is said that the wedding drew an astounding 20,000 people. He remained living in Sadigura, but after the passing of his grandfather, the townspeople of Riminov asked him to come and lead them, to which he acquiesced.

During WWI, he made his way to Vienna, like so many of the Ruziner dynasty. Despite pleas from chassidim in America starting in 1922, following the calamities of WWI—and their assurances that he will lack for nothing— he insisted on remaining in Europe. He finally agreed to come in 1924. A massive kabbolas ponim was held for him in the Clinton Street Shul, on the Lower East Side, in the presence of many rabbonim.

He remained in his apartment on Attorney Street, opposite the Sadigerer Kloiz. He rarely went out, and some of his visits were to his cousins, fellow Admorim of the Ruziner dynasty. The dire state of Yiddishkeit in America affected him to the core, and he fell ill. His condition deteriorated, and he was niftar on Friday night.

His petirah shocked the community, and tens of thousands packed the streets of New York City for the Levaya.

Upon his petirah, he was buried in the newly acquired Sadigerer Chelkah at Mt. Zion Cemetery. In the newspaper reports from that day, it is noted about the thousands of heartbroken men and women who crowded the cemetery, and how “the elder chossid and Talmid chochom, Rav Avigdor Regenbogen was honored to say the ‘Ma’avar Yabok’ and to eulogize the niftar.” In an index of those who were involved in raising funds for the Rebbe’s widow and orphans, Rav Avigdor is noted as “a landsman from Galicia, here widely known as a marbitz Torah and talmid chochom… primary advocate for the Chortkiver Rebbe shlit”a, and a friend to all Ruziner descendants.”

The Nazis murdered the Rebbetzin in the town of Rimanov in Elul 1941, but the Rebbe’s children were able to relocate to the United States after World War II.

The ohel was erected two years later, with the attendance of two famed men associated with the house of Ruzin, namely Chortkov: Rav Meir Shapiro and Chazzan Yossele Rosenblatt.

The resting place of the Rebbe in the Sadigerer Chelkah has remained a place for tefillos, 

Living Legacy explores the lives and legacies of tzaddikim of yore whose aura is felt to this day. It is a special project of Comments or suggestions may be emailed to [email protected]

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