Leifer in October 2020

Avraham Abba Leifer was born in Nagykároly, Hungary (today Carei, Romania) to Rabbi Yosef Leifer, the grandson of Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna and a direct descendant of Grand Rabbi Meir the Great of Premishlan, a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov.

- Avraham Abba Leifer

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.

- Meshulam Eliezer Leifer

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

- Yosef Leifer

4) Meshulam Eliezer Leifer (2020– )

- Yosef Leifer

4) Meshulam Eliezer Leifer (2020– )

- Avraham Abba Leifer
Leifer in October 2020

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Pittsburgh (Hasidic dynasty)

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Pittsburgh is a 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.

4) Meshulam Eliezer Leifer (1979– )

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.

He was the son of Grand Rabbi Avraham Abba Leifer and the grandson of Grand Rabbi Yosef Leifer, a scion of the Nadvorna Hasidic dynasty who founded the Hasidut in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1924.

At the funeral, Leifer's eldest son Rabbi Meshulam Eliezer Leifer was announced as his successor.