Hornosteipel (Hasidic dynasty)

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Hornosteipel (or Hornisteipol[1]) is the name of a Hasidic dynasty founded by Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twerski. Hornosteipel (Yiddish: הארנאסטייפל ) is the Yiddish name of Hornostaypil, a town in present-day Ukraine.

It is a branch of the Chernobyl and Anipoli dynasties dating back to the 19th century.

Lineage of the Hornosteipel dynasty[edit]

Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twerski, founder of the Hornosteipel dynasty, was the third son of the Chernobler Maggid - Rebbe Mordechai Twersky. Rebbe Mordechai's father, Rebbe Menachem Nachum Twersky of Chernobyl (author of Meor Einayim and founder of The Chernobyl Hasidic dynasty), was a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism. Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twerski later moved to city of Cherkasy, Ukraine, leaving the leadership of the city of Hornostaypil with his grandson, Rebbe Mordechai Dov. The main bases of Hornosteipel Hasidim are in Midwood ("Flatbush"), Brooklyn, and Milwaukee, with a branch in Jerusalem. There are also communities with direct ties to Hornosteipel in Chicago, Toronto, Baltimore, and Beit Shemesh, Israel. There was formerly a Hornosteipel community in Denver.

Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel had four daughters and no sons.

  • Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twerski of Cherkas (1794–13 Elul 1876) – son of the Maggid of Chernobyl
      • Rebbe Mordechai Dov Twerski of Hornosteipel (1839– 23 Elul 1903), author of "Emek Sheilah" – grandson of the Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twerski and great-great-grandson of Rebbe Zishe of Anipoli.
        • Rebbe Chaim Moshe Tzvi Twerski of Hornosteipel-Rachmastrivka (1866– 1933) - son of the Rebbe Mordechai Dov. Son-in-law of Rebbe Nuchum of Rachmastrivka of the Chernobal dynasty
        • Rebbe Ben Tzion Yehuda Leib Twerski of Hornosteipel-USA (1867–28 Shevat 1951) – son and successor of Rebbe Mordechai Dov. He later lived in Antwerp, in Israel, and in Chicago.
          • Rabbi Menachem Nuchim Twerski son of Rebbe Ben Tzion Yehuda Leib (d. 19 Kislev) – son of Rebbe Ben Tzion Yehuda Leib - son-in-law of Rebbe Yosef Zvi Kalish of Skernovitz-Bnei Braq (Vorka dynasty) was very knowledgeable in Torah and chassidus. Young and old would flock to his shul in Tel-Aviv and hear words of Torah and stories of tzadddikim. He wrote a sefer called "Medor L'dor" documenting his pedigree charts, Yichus book and the biography of his ancestors.
          • Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Twerski of Hornosteipel-Milwaukee (1898–1973) - son of Rebbe Ben Tzion Yehuda Leib - son-in-law of Rebbe Ben Zion Halberstam of Bobov.
            • Rebbe Ben-Tzion Chaim Shloime Meshulam Zusia Twerski Rebbe of Hornosteipel-Denver (1923–1981) - son of Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel of Milwaukee
              • Rebbe Mordechai Dov Ber Twerski Rebbe of Hornosteipel-Denver (b. 1949), in Flatbush, Brooklyn - only son and successor of Rebbe Shloime of Denver
              • Rebbe Shalom Shachna Friedman, youngest son-in-law of Rebbe Shlomo of Denver. Rebbe of the growing Hornosteipol community and Shul[1] in Beitar Illit (formerly in Yerushalayim/Jerusalem). Known for his "Hachanasas Orchim" (guestfriendship) and teaching Chassidus of many varieties in both Yiddish and English, as well as helping to bring passion, inspiration, and dedication into the religious lives of his Chasidic followers.
            • Rebbe Mordechai Dov Ber Twerski (1924–1998), son of Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel of Milwaukee
            • Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, M.D., son of Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel of Milwaukee
            • Rabbi Aaron Twerski, son of Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel of Milwaukee (b. 1939), the Irwin and Jill Cohen Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, as well as a former Dean and professor of tort law at Hofstra University School of Law
            • Rebbe Yechiel Michel Twerski of Hornosteipel- Rebbe in Milwaukee (b. 1939) - son of Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel of Milwaukee -He has a devoted following of Chasidim. He and his Rebitzin Feigy have brought hundreds of Jews back to Judaism. The Rabbi also composed over seventy songs and many can be found on records in Music stores or on twerskitorah.org
        • Rabbi Chaim Aharon Twerski – son of Rebbe Ben Tzion Yehuda Leib - son-in-law of Rebbe Yaakov Yisroel Dovid Hager of Strozhnits

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