|Rabbi Ephraim Fishel Hershkowitz|
|Birth name||Ephraim Fishel Hershkowitz|
October 2, 1922 |
|Residence||Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York|
Ephraim Fishel Hershkowitz (Hebrew: אפרים פישל הערשקאוויטש) (born 2 October 1922, Mukačevo, Czechoslovakia (present-day Ukraine)), the Haleiner Rav, is the senior Klausenburger dayan in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. He is a respected elder in the American Orthodox community.
Ephraim Fishel was born on Yom Kippur 1922 (10 Tishrei 5683) in the city of Mukačevo, Czechoslovakia (present-day Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine). His father, Rabbi Shlomo Hershkowitz, and his grandfather, Rabbi Avraham Hershkowitz (author of Birkas Avraham al HaTorah) were loyal Spinka Hasidim. When he was older, Ephraim Fishel would accompany them to visit the Spinka Rebbe, Grand Rabbi Isaac Weiss (1875–1944) on every Yom Tov.
As a boy, Ephraim Fishel learned in the local Talmud Torah in Munkacs. When he was ready to attend yeshiva, his father did not want to send him to one of the large, Ashkenazi yeshivas of the time for fear that he would lose his Hasidic fervor. Thus, he remained in Munkacs, learning with other bachurim in the Spinka kloiz (synagogue) without a Rav or rosh yeshiva. Occasionally he would ask questions of his uncle, Rabbi Dovid Schlussel, who was a dayan in the rabbinical court of Rabbi Chaim Elazar Spira in Munkacs.
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