Thursday, February 5, 2009

לוח ראשי תיבות

A list for those who may not yet know. In no particular order. I'll also post a short biography of each name. Please let me know if I omitted anybody.

FR = The Frierdige Rebbe, Admor Rav Yosef Yitzchok of Lubavitch, Nishmoso Eden. Born 12 Tammuz 5640, passed away Shabbos 10 Shvat, 5710. Succeeded by the current Rebbe. Also known as the Rebbe RaYaTZ.

RCL = Reb Chaim Lieberman, Secretary of the Rebbe RaYaTZ of Lubavitch.

RSAK = Reb Shlomo Aron Kazarnovsky. Talmid of Tomchei Tmimim in Lubavitch, Rav in Brooklyn, and distinguished chossid of the last 3 Rebbeyim of Lubavitch.

RSG = Reb Shmaryahu Gurary, eldest son in law of the Rebbe RaYaTZ of Lubavitch and Executive Director of the Lubavitcher Yeshivah Tomchei Tmimim in New York. Passed away on 6 Adar Rishon 5749.

RYH = Rav Yitzchok Hutner, Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin and author of the Pachad Yitzchok series. Died 20 Kislev 5740.

RSC = Reb Shlomo Carlebach, former Mashgiach of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin. Not to be confused with his cousin the entertainer.

RSF = Reb Shlomo Freifeld. Talmid of RYH and founder of Sho'or Yoshuv institutions in Queens.

RAK = Rav Aron Kotler. Rosh Yeshivas Kletzk and Beis Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, New Jersey. Active in many different important Jewish causes in America as well as abroad. Passed away 3 Kislev, 1962.

RMF = Rav Moshe Feinstein. Noted Posek in New York and author of the responsa Igros Moshe. Rav in Lyuban, Russia, passed on in 1986.

RAS = Reb Aron Schechter, Product of East New York, Brooklyn. Rosh Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin.

RJBS = Rav Yoseph Ber Soloveitchik, prince of Brisk. "The Rav." Rav in Boston and Rosh Yeshivah of RIETS, Rav Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary. Died 1994.

RASol = Rav Aron Soloveitchik. Brother of RJBS, son of Rav Moshe, son of Rav Chaim, and Rosh Yeshivah of Brisk - Chicago.

REW = Reb Elchonon Wasserman, HY"D. Talmid of Rav Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk and the Choftez Chaim, and Rosh Yeshivah in Baranovitch. Killed by the Nazis in Kovno, 1941.

BG (SBG) = Bere, Ber'ke Barry Gurary. Only grandchild of the FR. 1923-2005.

RSG = Rav Shimon Groner. Succeeded RSC as Mashgiach in YRCB.

RYD = Rav Yonoson David. Son in Law of RYH, Rosh Yeshivah (RY) of Yeshivas Pachad Yitzchok, Jerusalem.

RAM = Rav Avigdor Miller. noted author and thinker. former Mashgiach of YRCB (Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin.)

RSK = Rav Shmuel Kamenecki. son of Rav Yaakov Kamenecki, and Rosh Yeshivah of the Philadelphia Talmudical Academy.


Anonymous said...

Nitpick #1: The official english spelling is Kamenetsky.

Controversial tought #1: How about connecting each person with his wikipedia entry (if available)?

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

you mean the AMERICAN spelling. Also, I doubt they all spell it like that.

I can never please you all. Now I have to link to Wiki?


Anonymous said...

"you mean the AMERICAN spelling. Also, I doubt they all spell it like that."

Well, I mean the letterhead spelling of at least RYK (at least after the war) RSK and RNK and the grandkinds...

"I can never please you all. Now I have to link to Wiki?"

We cannot reach perfection but I think we should strive getting there. :-)

Anonymous said...

"Succeeded by the current Rebbe"

What on earth are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

"BG (SBG) = Bere, Ber'ke Barry Gurary. Only grandchild of the FR. 1923-2005."

That should be RBG.

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

says you.

Anonymous said...

harav hachosid.

Anonymous said...

Are you denying he received Semicha?

Anonymous said...

Looks like your blog is more about CB than CH.

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

not denying, just being realistic.

More about CB, good point!

Anonymous said...

You haven't addressed the 'current Rebbe' solecism.

Anonymous said...

In correct Litvishe Yiddish its der Freierdiker Rebbe meaning the previous rebbe, the freyedike (without the r at the end) may mean the happy rebbe .
In Chabad one is not makpid on titles so I for one could care less if Bere Gourary is called rabbi, Reb, or just plain Bere or Berke or Berel. In Toldos levi Yitzchok we read that Anash called the Rebbe's father a Rav and yoshev al Midin by his first name with no titles.

Anonymous said...

Why did everyone on the list die but FR passed away. And what happened to BG in 2005? He went to the happy hunting grounds?

Anonymous said...

I take it from your two day failure to answer that you are embarrassed by your reference to the 'current Rebbe'.

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

embarrassed? sure, sure. whatever makes you happy.

Anonymous said...


RSG should be RASHAG, keyodua, that the sons and sons-in-law of the Rabeim were not called by their name but by their initials. Hence Rashag Ramash etc. as it was spoken.

Anonymous said...

huh... thank you for this thoughts ))