A funeral in Brooklyn Apr 6, 2019 2:58:02 GMT -7
Post by pieter on Apr 6, 2019 2:58:02 GMT -7
In Brooklyn where Hasidic jews live, dress and behave like they are living in an 18th century Polish or Lithuanian Shtetl (a small town with a large Jewish population in Central and Eastern Europe) tens of thousands of tzaddikim went out to the street to mourn the passing of rebbe (Grand Rabbi) Yisroel Avrohom Portugal (June 2, 1923 – April 1, 2019), an important rabbi who was born in Moldova. The Rabbi was the head of the Skulen (or rarely Skolen) Hasidic dynasty. Skulen was headed by Rav Yisroel Avrohom Portugal until his death on 1st April 2019. Name is originated from Sculeni (Yiddish: סקולען Skulen), a town in Bessarabia where Rabbi Eliezer Zusia was born and served as rabbi.
Yisroel Avrohom's father Rabbi Eliezer Zusia succeeded his father as rabbi of Skulen at the age of 17 upon his father's death in 1915. Thereupon he became a disciple of the rebbe of Bohush (Buhusi, Romania), a scion of the Ruzhiner dynasty. Before the outbreak of World War II, the rebbe moved to Chernowitz. He survived the war and moved to Bucharest, the capital of Romania, where he opened an orphanage for the orphans left after the Holocaust. When the Communists took over Romania, it became dangerous for him to continue to educate the children in the ways of Judaism, yet the Rebbe continued unabashed. In 1959, the Communists arrested the rebbe and his son, the present rebbe, for teaching religion and for supporting and educating orphans. The Rebbes of Sadigura, Kopishnietz and Boyan led an international effort to free the Skulener Rebbe and his son, and eventually, Rabbi Eliezer Silver at the request of the Lubavitcher Rebbe succeeded in securing the release through his connections in Washington and the Rebbe and his son were freed and immediately immigrated to the United States in 1960. Upon moving to America the rebbe continued his works helping the underprivileged and began an international charity organization known as Chesed L'Avraham. The Rebbe authored Noam Eliezer and Kedushas Eliezer, and composed many popular Hasidic tunes. He died in 1982 and was buried in the Viznitzer Cemetery in Monsey, New York. He was succeeded by his son, Rebbe Yisroel Avrohom Portugal who continued his father's work by by running the Chesed L'Avraham organization to help the needy in the Holy Land and around the world, and wrote many Hasidic tunes. The Rebbe died on the 1st April 2019 in Johns Hopkins Hospital surrounded by his family. He was Succeeded by his son Reb Shaya Yakov Portugal Skulener Rebbe. also the other sons of the rebbe lead the skulener khilas in Williamsburg Monsey and Lakewood. The Skulener synagogue is located on 54th street in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn, New York, near 13th avenue.
Sources: Wikipedia/youtube www.britannica.com/topic/Hasidism-modern-Jewish-religious-movement / www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/hasidism