- Pshevorsk (Hasidic dynasty)
Pshevorsk is a small Hasidic movement based in
Antwerp, Belgium, led by the Leiser rabbinical dynasty, originating in the Polish town of Przeworsk.
The first Rebbe, Moshe Yitzchak, was a son of Rabbi Naftoli Elimelech, son of Rabbi Avrohom of
Gorlice, who was a son of the Rebbe Reb Mylekh of Lizhensk. After his marriage he settled in Przeworsk, Poland. He survived the Holocaustand moved to Paris. In 1956 he settled in Antwerp, where he lived until he died on Yom Kippurin 1976 (year 5737 in the Hebrew calendar). His son-in-law Rebbe Yaakov Leiser succeeded him. Rebbe Yaakov served as Pshevorsker Rebbe until 1998, when he died and was succeeded by his son Leibish Leiser, the current Rebber of Pshevorsk.
Reb Yankele and Reb Yitzchak are buried in Putte, in
the Netherlands, because a Belgian law makes it possible to reuse or build on top of gravesites. As such, the Jews of Antwerp have traditionally been buried in Putte, where the sanctity of gravesites is assured.
Reb Yaakov's grandson became engaged on the
February 24th, 2006to a member of the HalberstamRabbinical family.
Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashanah("new year"), hundreds of Pshevorsker Hasidim and also other Hasidim such as Viznitz and Satmar come to Antwerp to pray at the Pshevorsker prayer gatherings, which are usually held in a large wedding hall.
The Pshevorsker's headquarters is the
beis midrash(or, "study hall") known as "Beis Yitzchok" at Mercatorstraat 56 in Antwerp.
Outside of Belgium
There are organized groups of Pshevorsk Hasidim in London and also in Manchester, and smaller groups in the
United Statesand Israel.
Ideologically, Pshevorsk is a combination of four different offshoots of Tsanz and it is currently affiliated with Satmar.
*Rebbe Moshe Yitzchak (Reb Itzikl) Gevirzman of Pshevorsk (1881-1976)
**Rebbe Yaakov (Reb Yankele) Leiser of Pshevorsk (1907-1998), son-in-law of Reb Itzikl
***Rebbe Leibish Leiser of Pshevorsk, present Pshevorsker Rebbe, son of Reb Yankele
The Pshevorsker Rebbes
Jewish Community of Antwerp
* [http://chareidi.shemayisrael.com/archives5760/chaysoro/features.htm Extensive article about Rebbe Itzikel, lot of background on Pshevorsk]
* [http://www.famousrabbis.com/rebitz.htm Obituary of Rebbe Itzikl Pshevorsker]
* [http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/rabbinicalcourts/crc/statements/nytimes093082.cfm Declaration against Zionism, signed by Reb Yankele (Rabbi Jacob Leiser)]
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