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Rabbi Pinhas was born to Rabbi Chaim Hirschprung in the city of Dukla, in Poland (Galicia) in 1912. He first studied with his grandfather, Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Zehmin (who was also the teacher of the Rebbe of Klausenburg, Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam), and later became one of the prime students of Rabbi Meir Shapiro, Dean of the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva and founder of the Daf Yomi movement. Rabbi Shapiro once said about him that already as a youth, he knew all 2,200 folio pages (4,400 column pages) of the Talmud by heart. After he reached the age of bar-mitzvah, he wrote his first book of Torah novellae[clarification needed], "Pri Pinchas", and then went on to write another book, "Ohel Torah", soon after. After Rabbi Shapiro died in 1933, Rabbi Hirschprung would test prospective students for admittance to the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva, where entry required the memorization 200 Talmudic folio pages (400 column pages). He was endowed with an eidetic memory which enabled him to memorize the hundreds of volumes of rabbinic literature verbatim. Only a few other known scholars of the post WWII generation attained such a level of vast Talmudic fluency: Rabbi Chaim Kreiswirth, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky.
Rabbi Hirschprung shared a very close relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Rabbi Hirschprung's name and legacy are associated with an Orthodox Jewish girls' school, Beth Jacob d'Rav Hirschprung, located in Montreal, and with an enrolment of nearly 600 students. The school was founded by Rabbi Hirschprung in 1953, and counts as its alumnae many teachers, professionals, and Jewish community leaders the world over.
Escape from Nazi Occupied Lublin
- Chevrah Lomdei Mishnah Closed
- Wolpo, SB. Shemen Sasson MeChavreicha.Cholon (1995) pg.173-178
- See, Rebbetzin Hirshprung.
- Shuchat, Wilfred (October 2000). The Gate of Heaven: The Story of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim of Montreal, 1846-1996. McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 156–157. ISBN 0-7735-2089-9.
- Canadian Jewish News