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Rabbi Mordechai Liebowitz

August 17th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Rav in New Haven, CT
d. 25 Av, 1932 (5692)
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Tags: Connecticut · New Haven, CT · Unknown

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shmuel // Aug 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Was the Rav there before or after the city of New Haven was cursed? (this question should not undermine the greatness of Rabbi Mordechai Liebowitz ZT”L)

  • 2 YaakovShalom // Aug 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    What do you mean Cursed?

  • 3 Shmuel // Aug 18, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    The Jewish community of New Haven, many years ago lacked proper respect for one of its Rabbi’s and to this day the community is dysfunctional

  • 4 azi // Aug 18, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I don’t know of any Jewish community which is not dysfunctional, so I’m not sure about this story.

  • 5 Shmuel // Aug 19, 2009 at 10:23 am

    It’s known that there is a cruse – My brother-in-law was a rabbi there, he once mentioned had he known that there was a curse before he took the position he might not have taken it (unfortunately he was very unmatzleach there) – this pass year they tried getting a minyan together to daven by the rabbis kever to ask forgiveness and they couldt get ten people to come.

    From what I understand there is nothing over there that has mazel

  • 6 Ah Shtikle History // Aug 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    The Rav was Rav Yehuda Heschel Levenberg, who was mistreated (understatement) by his congregants in New Haven. A talmid of the yeshiva once told me that one Purim the community sent the Rav a dead rat wrapped is a mishloach manos basket.
    If it was Rav Levenberg who cursed the town or in hindsight it appears that town is cursed, is unknown. What I do know is that since Rav Levenberg’s passing New Haven has not had a Rav who lasted more than a few months nor had they had success in other communal endeavors.
    A few months ago members of the community consulted with Rav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv on how to break the curse. He suggested that ten men gather at Rav Levenberg’s kever and beg his forgiveness for the communal sins of many decades ago. They have yet to be successful in gathering 10 adults ………………………..you deicide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 7 gelt // Apr 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    you can barely get 10 yidden for a daily minyan. the 5 minyanim are always struggling [except for the lubab yeshiva]
    r’levenberg was never appointed the chief rabbi of NH by anyone other than himself.

  • 8 Ben Bee Zee // Apr 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Rabbi Levenberg moved later to Cleveland. Here is the Hapardes reporting the nice Kabolas Ponmim he received there from very prominent rebbis.

    http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=12057&st=&pgnum=7&hilite=

  • 9 Ben Bee Zee // Apr 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    http://kevarim.com/rav-yehuda-heschel-levenberg/

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