A report on Avraham Abba Leifer

The second Rebbe of the Pittsburg Hasidic dynasty and the instigator for the relocation of the Hasidut from its original location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Israeli coastal city of Ashdod.

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Pittsburgh (Hasidic dynasty)

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Hasidic dynasty founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1924 by Rabbi Yosef Leifer, a Hungarian rabbi and descendant of Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna.

Hasidic dynasty founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1924 by Rabbi Yosef Leifer, a Hungarian rabbi and descendant of Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna.

After flourishing in America for 46 years, the Hasidut was relocated to the Israeli coastal city of Ashdod under the leadership of Rabbi Yosef Leifer's son and successor, Rabbi Avraham Abba Leifer.

Yosef Leifer

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The founder and first Rebbe of the Pittsburg Hasidic dynasty in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which he led for 42 years.

The founder and first Rebbe of the Pittsburg Hasidic dynasty in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which he led for 42 years.

The eldest, Avraham Abba, was the only one who survived him and acceded to the position of Pittsburger Rebbe after his death.

Grand Rabbi Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer (right) with Grand Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke Leifer of Chust (US), 2006

Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer

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The third Rebbe of the Pittsburgh Hasidic dynasty.

The third Rebbe of the Pittsburgh Hasidic dynasty.

Grand Rabbi Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer (right) with Grand Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke Leifer of Chust (US), 2006

Born in the United States, he joined his father, Grand Rabbi Avraham Abba Leifer, in Ashdod, Israel, to serve as rosh yeshiva of a new Pittsburgher yeshiva in that city in 1981.

Chassidim of Nadvorna in the Inauguration of a Torah scroll to the beit midrash

Nadvorna (Hasidic dynasty)

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Hasidic rabbinical dynasty within ultra-Orthodox Judaism.

Hasidic rabbinical dynasty within ultra-Orthodox Judaism.

Chassidim of Nadvorna in the Inauguration of a Torah scroll to the beit midrash
Tish in Nadvorna
Gravesite of the Admorim of Nadvorna on the Mount of Olives
Tish in Nadvorna
Chassidim of Nadvorna in the introduction of a Torah scroll to their Beit Midrash
The building of the Nadvorna Hassidic institutions, located in the center of Kiryat Nadvorna.
Rabbi Nathan David Rosenbaum, Rebbe of Zutschka

Grand Rabbi Avraham Abba Leifer (1916 -1990) Pittsburger Rebbe of Newark and later Ashdod, author of Emunas Avraham, son of Rabbi Yosef, and son-in-law of Rabbi Isamar of Nadvorna

Ashdod

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Sixth-largest city in Israel.

Sixth-largest city in Israel.

Ashdod from above
Egyptian ruler Psamtik I during the fall of Ashdod in 635 BCE, illustration by Patrick Gray, 1900.
Aerial view of Minat al-Qal'a
Isdud, c. 1914–1918
Isdud 1930 1:20,000
Isdud 1945 1:250,000
Courtyard of house in Isdud, about 1945
Ashdod in 1957
Isdud 1948
Menachem Begin Boulevard
Port of Ashdod
Ashdod Sea Mall
Assuta Ashdod Medical Center
Ashdod central bus station
Ashdod Marina
Ashdod Ad Halom Railway Station
Ashdod beach
LaMimunia Moroccan culture center
Orot Haim yeshiva
Ashdod city hall
Ashdod MonArt Arts Center
Amphi Ashdod - more than 6,400 seats
Outdoor sculpture of Samson in Ashdod
Maccabi Ashdod basketball game
Yud-Alef Stadium
Nir Bitton

About 100 families are affiliated with the Pittsburg Hasidic group, established there in 1969 by Grand Rabbi Avraham Abba Leifer and continued today by his son, Grand Rabbi Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer.

Leifer in October 2020

Meshulam Eliezer Leifer

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Fourth Rebbe of the Pittsburgh Hasidic dynasty.

Fourth Rebbe of the Pittsburgh Hasidic dynasty.

Leifer in October 2020

His paternal great-grandfather, Grand Rabbi Yosef Leifer, established the Pittsburgh Hasidic dynasty in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the late 1920s, and his grandfather, Grand Rabbi Avraham Abba Leifer, moved the Hasidut to Ashdod, Israel, in 1970.

Carei

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City in Satu Mare County, northwestern Romania, near the border with Hungary.

City in Satu Mare County, northwestern Romania, near the border with Hungary.

Kingdom of Hungary stamp, cancelled NAGY-KÁROLY in 1889
King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie of Romania departing Carei in 1919, during the Hungarian–Romanian War
Aerial view of the Károlyi Castle
Monument of the Romanian Soldier, by Gheza Vida
Count Sándor Károlyi de Nagykároly (1688–1743)
Margit Kaffka (1880–1918)
Saint Joseph Calasanctius Church
The Calvinist church
The synagogue
The Carei town hall
The Károlyi Castle
The Károlyi Castle
The castle's water tower
Coat of arms on the wall of the Károlyi Castle

Avraham Abba Leifer (1918–1990), second Rebbe of the Pittsburg Hasidic dynasty

Aerial view of Har HaMenuchot

Har HaMenuchot

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Largest cemetery in Jerusalem.

Largest cemetery in Jerusalem.

Aerial view of Har HaMenuchot
The names of family members killed in the Holocaust are engraved on the side of the grave of Chava Esther Wachtfogel (right), wife of Rabbi Nosson Meir Wachtfogel (grave at left).
A man prays at the grave of the Belzer Rebbe.
The burial place of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Malin on Har HaMenuchot
Grave of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.
Grave of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, with Hebrew and English inscriptions.

Avraham Abba Leifer, Pittsburger Rebbe