June 27, 2020 All the Kings Men: Great Leaders in the Court of Ger
In the Ger empire of Chassidic Poland, the Rebbes of the Alter family - the Chiddushei Harim, Sfas Emes & Imrei Emes - achieved renown for their leadership. Other members of the family served in crucial roles in the chassidus, the Rabbinate and general leadership of Polish Jewry through stable as well as challenging times. Their names haven't been enshrined on the pages of history as much as their more famous family members. Their achievements however, were no less significant.
The Chiddushei Harim's son - and father of the Sfas Emes - was a unique individual Rav Avraham Mordechai Alter who passed away in his father's lifetime. The sons of the Sfas Emes - Rav Nechemia Alter a Rosh Yeshiva in Yerushalayim & Rabbi in Lodz, Rav Mendel Alter of Pabianice as Rosh Yeshiva in Ger and later one of the leading Rabbis in Poland & the immortal Rav Moshe Betzalel who was one of the leading lights of the Ger court.
Then comes the sons in law, Rav Chanoch Tzvi Levin - the Bendiner Rov - a primary leader of interwar Polish Jewry, along with his son the famed Agudah politician Itche Meir Levin, and Rav Yaakov Meir Biderman of the Warsaw Rabbinate. And of course there are more, as we explore this most aristocratic family of pre war European Jewry.
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