Israel Yitzhak Kalish

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Ohel of Israel Yitzhak Kalish

Israel Yitzhak Kalish of Warka (Yitzchok of Vurka) (1779–1848) was the first hasidic rebbe of Warka.

In 1829 he was moved to Przysucha, where his master tzadik Simcha Bunim of Peshischa was teaching. Eventually he was settled in Warka. With rebbe Yitzchak Meir Alter from Góra Kalwaria he was coping with Russian ukases (decrees), prohibiting wearing traditional Jewish clothes.

Personal life[edit]

His sons were Yaakov David Baruch Kalish, founder of the Amshinov hasidic dynasty in Mszczonów, and Menachem Mendel Kalish his successor in Warka.


He died in 1848. An ohel (small prayerhouse-like structure built over the grave) was constructed in 1990 in honor of the Rabbi in the Polish town of Vurka, where he is buried.