69 Years Later, 4 Av: Matzeivah Placed at Bobover Rebbe’s Kever


bobover-rebbe-kever69 years after the murder of the Bobover Rebbe, Rav Bentzion Halberstam zt”l, a matzeivah was placed at his kever in Lemberg (Lvov).

Following intensive research conducted by Rabbi Menachem Bald, rov of Lemberg, the location where tens of thousands of Jews were slaughtered and buried by the Nazis in the Lemberg Forest was found.

From this location, one can still see the remains of the ghetto where thousands of Jews were murdered on 4 Av in 1942, among them the Bobover Rebbe, the Kedushas Tzion.

Following the discovery of the mass burial site, those working on preserving kvrei tzaddikim received governmental permission to erect a matzeivah at the site. They were given only 5 days to erect the monument, but, with dedication, the askanim saw the project to completion, paying a kavod acharon to the Kedushas Tzion.

Rav Benzion was born in 1874 in Bokovosk, Galicia, to his parents, Rav and Rebbetzin Shlomo Halberstam. In 1893, Rav Shlomo moved to Bobov and appointed his son, Rav Benzion, as rov of the town. Rav Shlomo’s life was sadly cut short when he passed away suddenly in 1905 at the age of 58. The following Shabbos, Rav Benzion was appointed as Bobover Rebbe. He was murdered with 20,000 Jews after being forced to dig a mass grave in a forest outside of Lvov/Lemberg. Rav Benzion was survived by two sons, Rav Shlomo Halberstam zt”l, the Bobover Rebbe, and Rav Yechezkel Dovid zt”l, as well as 7 daughters.

Hashem yinkom domov. Yehi zichro boruch.

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  1. My Mishpucha was from Lemberg and sadly those who did not immigrate to the USA met this sad end with the Rebbe, ZTZL HYD.

  2. R Yecheskel Dovid was a diamond merchant & lived on the West Side of Manhattan. His son R’ Yechiel a retired businessman has a BHM in Monsey. Harav Benzion leads an active Beth Midrash in Flatbush. Horav Chaim is a mental health professional.
    Of ???”? ? ?? ???? ??”? daughters I know of
    Mrs Lipshutz who lived in Antwerp. Mrs. Frishvasser & Mrs Stern of London and Rebetzin ? of NYC

  3. R’ chatkel Duvid has 4 sons the youngest R’ shlomom Ruv of pkshvenitz Lakewood.
    Daughter Rebetzen Twersky of Milwakee OB”M.
    Mrs Frischvasser OB”M London.
    Mrs Weitz London. Mrs Yakobee London. Mrs Halberstam I think was killed. I can’t remember the others now.
    There was another son the father of R Y”Y in NY. He died in jail in the USSR. I think there was also a bochur who was killed by the nazis.
    Somone else fill in the rest.

  4. 1) Rab Yecschkel Dovid’s 4th son is Rab Shlomo
    2) Mrs. Stern of London is Mrs Freshwasser’s daughter

    Here is a listing of Reb BenZion’s daughtres who survived the Churban

    1) Devorah Leah Halberstam married her cousin, Yaakov Yisrael Twerski from Hornistipol (1898-1973).( Milwaukee WI) They had the following children: Rabbi Shlomie Twerski, son-in-law of Rabbi Yoseph of Pittsburgh. Rabbi Mordchai Twerski CPA A”H , son-in-law of Rabbi Shulem of Brighton. Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski MD. Rabbi Dr. Aaron Twerski, son-in-law of Rabbi Alexander of Kolbisova (Professor of law). Rabbi Michel Twerski, son-in-law of Rabbi Stein of Foltichan

    2)Rivka Beila Halberstam married her mothers cousin, Yecheskel Shraga Halberstam, and later married Chaim Perlman. She had the following children: Esther and Yankush

    3)Nechama Golda Halberstam married Moshe Stempel. Moshe Stempel was murdered by the Nazis together with his father-in-law Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam. After World War II, Nechama Golda remarried to Yehosua Meir Freshwater of Sassov (London). She had the following children: Rabbi Leibel Stempel son-in-law of Rabbi Shlomo Dov Kleinman.
    Shoshana Stempel who married Zeev Wolf Stern. Benzion Sholom Eliezer Freshwater, son-in-law of the Turka Rov. Rabbi Shlomo Yisrael Freshwater, son-in-law of Rabbi Gedalia Schorr.

    4)Bracha Halberstam married her cousin, Shlomo Rubin who died in 1941. She later remarried to Rabbi Yehuda Lemberger of Serentch (NYC) . She had the following children: Tzvi Hersch Rubin Halberstam. Miriam who married Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Weinfeld.

    5)Gitsche Halberstam married Mordechai Shraga Lipschitz, (Antwerp) who died in 1984. They had the following children: Rabbi Benzion Lipschitz. Shulem Eliezer Lipschitz, son-in-law of Rabbi Mendel Brachfeld

    6) Shaindel Raatze Halberstam who married a disciple of her father, Yisrael Dov Weitz of Zator/Biale Bilitz. They have the following children: Mirel Sarah married to Sholem Chentov.
    Rabbi Benzion Yochanan Zev Weitz,son-in-law of Rabbi Refoel Duvid Auerbach.
    Devorah Leah married to Avrohom Yitzchok Zweigenhaft. Yechiel Mechal Avrohom Yosef Weitz son-in-law of R’Don Sterling

    7)Malka Halberstam married Yisrael Jacober. They have the following children: Miriam, Leah

  5. TO #4 “Mrs Halberstam I think was killed.”

    Were you referring to Reb Chaim Yehoshua ??”?’s wife? She survived and lived to see her 2 sons and their children ?????? ????? ???????