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Rabbi Aaron Eskolsky

April 8th, 2010 · 13 Comments

Rav, Slonimer Shteeble
d. 24 Iyar, 1937 (5697)
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  • 1 YD Miller // Apr 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Sounds like he was a brother to the fanous Rabbi Yaakov Eskolsky

    Reb Menachem Risikov mentions him as a cousin of his (She’er Besori) in his Sefer Shaari Shomayim

  • 2 HaRav // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

    He was an older brother

  • 3 Ben Bee Zee // Apr 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

    The Iskolsky family descends from Kobriner Chasidim and were close to the Slonimer and Lechovitcher Chasidim in USA.

  • 4 Rabbi Stern // Apr 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    The Rav was also the mashgiach (along with his brother) at the Palestine Kosher Vorst Factory. As a side, being that they produced both Kosher and non-Kosher meat a major (sadly public) battle erupted between the Agudas HaRabbanim and the Degel HaRabbanim (along with the Knesses HaRabbanim) in 1928 regarding the certification.

  • 5 YD Miller // Apr 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    A nice biography on the Eskolsky Family including a Photo of Reb Ahron Eskolski.

    There was a third brother Morim (Miram) Eskolsky named after the famous Kobriner Chasid Rav Mier Marim Schoffit Z”l the author of Sefer HaNir in Yerushalmi, and uncle of Rabbi Yudelowitz.

  • 6 ישבב הסופר // Mar 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I found another brother Reb Avraham b”r Dov Ber Iskolsky, in Montefiore Cemetary, in the Stoliner Brownsville chelka. He was the Baal Korei in the Stoliner Shul on Watkins St.

  • 7 YD Miller // Mar 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

    In the link above, there is a photo of Avraham Eskolsky, and says that he passed away 1967 does this match with the Matzive in MC? if so you have a photo of him.

    I would like to see the matzieve, do you have a photo?

  • 8 Moshe Escott // Mar 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Avraham Eskolsky was born in Mir in late 1883. He was named after the first Slonimer Rebbe, Rav Avraham Weinberg, who had very recently passed away. He was a baker in Russia and in the USA. From late 1928 through early 1929 he made the journey with his family from Minsk to New York. He received much assistance from his brother Rav Yaakov in getting out of the Soviet Union. Of the eight sons and two daughters of Dov Ber Iskoldsky, Avraham was the last to arrive in the USA.

    He remained a staunch Slonimer chassid until the end of his life. While in Minsk, he davened in the local Slonimer shtibel. I’ve heard that when he first came to New York, he originally davened in the Slonimer shul in Manhattan. After moving to Brooklyn, he davened at Stoliner shtiblach since there weren’t any Slonimer shtiblach there. Additionally, Slonimer chassidus originally emerged from Karlin-Stoliner chassidus.

    Throughout his life, he was in contact with multiple generations of Slonimer Rebbes starting with the Divrei Shmuel and continuing all the way through the Nesivos Sholom (when he was still Rosh Yeshiva and not yet Rebbe). He was also very involved with fundraising for Yeshiva Bais Avraham (the Slonimer yeshiva in Mea Shearim).

    Avraham was niftar on erev Shavuos of 5727 (1967) and his wife Fruma passed away eight days later.

    His daughter, Blanche Rothstein (now deceased), was interviewed at length re: her family’s history and immigration experience at Ellis Island in 1991 by the National Parks Service. The transcript appeared online several years ago and I have a copy.

  • 9 Farshlufen // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Here is the interview of Blanche Rothstein:

  • 10 Moshe Escott // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

    There’s no way to view the document online these days without an account with Alexander Street Press.

  • 11 YD Miller // Mar 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Fascinating stuff Moshe, I would love to read the interview.

    Are there any observant descendants from Avraham?

  • 12 Moshe Escott // Mar 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Yes there are. You can email me at for the interview and for more info on descendants.

  • 13 ישבב הסופר // Mar 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    YD Miller: send me an email
    I have pics of his and his wife’s kevarim

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