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

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

- Yosef Leifer

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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.

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.

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.

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 Yosef Leifer of Pittsburg (1891–1966), author of Tzidkas Yosef, son of Rabbi Yissachar Dov Ber (Bertche) of Nadvorna-Satmar

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

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

Yosef Leifer (1891–1966), founder and first Rebbe of the Pittsburg Hasidic dynasty

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