Rabbis and Admorim of Ostrowiec

Last Chief Rabbis of Ostrowiec:

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Rabbi Shmuel Shmarya Heine

Rabbi Shmuel Shmaryahu Heine -  was chief rabbi of the rabbinical tribunal of Ostrowce, Poland, and the author of the book "Zichron Shmuel".

He was grand-son of the RAMA ( Rav Moshe Isserlis, chief rabbi of Cracow and co-author of the Shulchan Aruch_

Other Rabbis and Admorim of Ostrowiec

The following translation is an excerpt of the article Rabbis and Admorim of Ostrowiec by M. Sh. Geshuri from the Ostrowiec Yizkor Book, 1971

Lacking historical records, we unfortunately know nothing about Ostrowiec’s rabbis during its first period of settlement in the 16th to 17th centuries. The Chmielnicki massacres of 1648-9, as well as the Swedish invasion that followed shortly after, left their mark on the Ostrowiec community. Although its Jews were not massacred as badly as those in present-day Ukraine, many of them were forced to flee Chmielnicki’s hordes and joined the mass of Jewish refugees that flooded the country’s thoroughfares. The town was laid to waste and with it the Jewish community records that contained a list of the town’s rabbis and the years of their service.

All we have are the names of those rabbis who served after the community was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century. Even these were not culled from community records, which are missing from that period as well, but from various sources, mainly rabbinic works that mentioned Ostrowiec rabbis and the period of their activity.

Rabbi Naftali

The first rabbi of Ostrowiec whose name is known to us is Rabbi Naftali (alternatively, Rabbi Meir), the son-in-law of R. Hertzke. According to details that appear in Sefer HaChassidim, he was the son of R. Aryeh Leibush of Przytyk, a disciple of R. Yitzchak Yaakov Horowitz, the Seer of Lublin, and R. Yechiel Michel, the Maggid of Zloczow. He was among the pioneers of the Chassidic movement in Poland and responsible for its spreading to Ostrowiec.

Rabbi Yechezkel, son of the Gaon Avigdor Yosef
Rabbi Eliezer, son of R. Shlomo Zalman Lipshitz
Rabbi Shmuel Shmariah, son of R. Yaakov of Zwolen
The Gaon, Rabbi Yosef Teomim
Rabbi Shaul Yehoshua Yechezkel Faivel Teomim-Frankel
Rabbi Uziel Meiselish, AB”D of Ostrowiec and Neustadt
Rabbi Yechezkel Margolies

Rabbi Yechezkel Margulies was the son-in-law of R. Berish, the renowned rabbi of Brest-Litovsk (Brisk). He was among the most illustrious of Ostrowiec’s rabbis, wielding great influence over broad areas of Poland and Russia. He died in 1890.

Rabbi Chaim, son of R. Yosef Hochgelerenter
Rabbi Gershon Chanoch Leiner
Rabbi Yerachmiel Frimer, the Ostrovtzer Tzaddik
Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Breiah Frimer, the Ostrovtzer Tzaddik
Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Halevi Rozhani