David Twersky (Skverer Rebbe)

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David Twersky (Skverer Rebbe)
Skverer Rebbe
Skverer Rebbe With Torah.jpg
Skverer Rebbe dancing with Torah (2005)
Term April 1968 – present
Full name David Twersky
Born October 28, 1940
Iaşi, Romania
Dynasty Skver
Predecessor Yakov Yosef Twersky
Wife Chana Hager

Rabbi David Twersky (born October 28, 1940[1]), originally spelled Twerski, is the Grand Rabbi and spiritual leader of the village of New Square, New York and of Skverer Hasidism worldwide.

Early life[edit]

Twersky was born in Iaşi, Romania in 1940. In 1945, at the end of World War II, his family moved to Bucharest. In 1947 they emigrated to the United States, where they settled in Borough Park, Brooklyn and later in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Twersky's father, Rabbi Yakov Yosef Twersky established the all-Hasidic village of New Square, New York in Rockland County in 1954.


At the age of 18, Twersky married Chana Hager, the elder daughter of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Bnei Brak, Israel, Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager.

Rabbi Aaron Menachem Mendel Twersky is the eldest son of skverer rebbe, and he is seen as the continuing of skvere leadership, even now, does his father send, his eldest son, on several mission and tasks, in his name.


Twersky claims to be the nearest living descendant of the Ba'al Shem Tov and of the Ba'al Shem Tov's disciple Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl.[citation needed]

Lineage from Ba'al Shem Tov[edit]

  • Ba'al Shem Tov
    • Rabbi Tzvi
      • Rabbi Aaron of Tituv
        • Rabbi Tzvi of Tituv (Hershele Skverer)
          • Chana Sima (married Rabbi Yitzchak Twerski of Skvira)
            • Rabbi David Twersky of Skvira
              • Rabbi Yakov Yosef Twersky, previous Rebbe of Skver
                • Rabbi David Twersky

Lineage from Rabbi Menachem Nachum Twerski of Chernobyl[edit]

  • Rabbi Menachem Nachum Twerski of Chernobyl
    • Rabbi Mordechai Twersky of Chernobyl
      • Rabbi Yitzchak Twersky of Skvira
        • Rabbi David Twersky of Skvira
          • Rabbi Yakov Yosef Twersky, previous Rebbe of Skver
            • Rabbi David Twersky

As Grand Rabbi[edit]

In April 1968, following his father's death, Twersky assumed the leadership of New Square and of Skverer Hasidim worldwide.[2] According to the Jewish Daily Forward, most New Square residents “revere their rebbe as a saint and look to him for guidance on all issues”, showing their devotion singing and praying at his weekly “tish” while he eats, “ritualistically partaking in morsels from his meal.”[3] The Forward also reports, that Twersky “eats his meals on silver platters with golden utensils, owns a number of latest model Cadillacs for himself and his family, and lights his Hanukkah candles on a massive six-foot-tall sterling silver menorah that ... cost tens of thousands of dollars.”[4] Twersky's word is considered law in New Square. He rarely speaks publicly, and exerts authority through a body of about 15 persons appointed by him known as “the kehillah”.[3] There are reports that a group of New Square thugs are acting violently and criminally against persons who do not accept his dictates.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Grand Rabbi David Twersky, Geni.com
  2. ^ "Arson attack exposes New York shtetl". Arizona Jewish Post. June 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Andrew Tobin (June 8, 2011). "New Square: Where Tradition and the Rebbe Rule". The Jewish Daily Forward. 
  4. ^ Shulem Deen (May 30, 2011). "What Is Really Happening in New Square?". The Jewish Daily Forward. 
  5. ^ Shawn Cohen; Steve Lieberman (June 5, 2011). "Group of devotees enforces obedience to grand rebbe in New Square, residents say". loHud.com. 

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