Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam

Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam

Born Jan 10, 1905

Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam was an Orthodox rabbi and the founding rebbe of the Sanz-Klausenburg Hasidic dynasty. Halberstam became one of the youngest rebbes in Europe, leading thousands of followers in the town of Klausenburg, Romania, before World War II. His wife, eleven children and most of his followers were murdered by the Nazis while he was incarcerated in several concentration camps.… Read More

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1905 Birth Born on January 10, 1905.


1921 16 Years Old In 1921, Halberstam married his second cousin, Chana Teitelbaum, the daughter of Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Teitelbaum, the Rav of Sighet, Romania. … Read More


1927 22 Years Old In 1927, at the age of 22 and at the behest of his remote uncle Joel Teitelbaum, Halberstam accepted the post of Rav of the "Sefardi congregation" in Klausenburg, Romania. … Read More


1941 36 Years Old …  Between 1941 and 1944, the Rebbe never stopped studying Torah and praying for the Jewish people. On March 19, 1944 the Germans invaded Hungary and Gestapo chief Adolf Eichmann immediately organized the round-up, ghettoization, and deportation of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz. The Klausenberg ghetto was established on May 1, 1944, and was liquidated via six transports to Auschwitz between late May and early June. … Read More


1945 40 Years Old In fall 1945, Halberstam moved to the new DP camp of Föhrenwald, a larger location in Munich which he turned into the center of religious Jewish life for all the DP camps. … Read More
1946 41 Years Old In spring 1946 the Rebbe made a special fund-raising trip to New York on behalf of She'eris HaPleita, raising $100,000, a huge sum in those days. … Read More
1947 42 Years Old 1 More Event
He established his court in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, in 1947.


1958 53 Years Old The Rebbe's decision to move to the United States was not a permanent one. Throughout his travails in the Holocaust, he always had in mind the goal of settling in Israel. Toward that end, he established the Kiryat Sanz neighborhood in the beachside city of Netanya in 1958. … Read More
1960 55 Years Old The Rebbe moved permanently to Israel in 1960, settling in Netanya and directing both the community there and in Williamsburg. … Read More
1962 57 Years Old …  He petitioned the authorities for a building permit, but was not granted one until the left-wing Minister of Health left office in 1962 and the Health Ministry was given to a religious party. … Read More


1968 63 Years Old In 1968 he founded another Sanz community in Union City, New Jersey, and afterwards divided his time between that community and his residence in Netanya. … Read More
1980 75 Years Old The vision for establishing the hospital originated during the Holocaust. At the cornerstone-laying for the second building in 1980, he told the assemblage in Yiddish: … Read More
1981 76 Years Old After the 2008 Mumbai attacks it had become very widely discussed among Orthodox Jews that the event was propheciesed by the Rebbe in 1981 in an audio-recorded lecture.
1982 77 Years Old In addition to his achievements in rebuilding the Sanz-Klausenberg dynasty and establishing many communal institutions, one of the Rebbe's most far-reaching accomplishments was his establishment of "Mifal HaShas" ("Talmud Factory") in 1982. … Read More
1994 89 Years Old 1 More Event
Halberstam died on June 18, 1994, and was buried in Netanya. … Read More
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