Spinka (Hasidic dynasty)

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Spinka is the name of a Hasidic group within Haredi Judaism. The group originated in a city called Szaplonca (Yiddish: Spinka‎), Máramaros County, Kingdom of Hungary (today Săpânţa, Romania).

Spinka rebbes[edit]

The first Spinka Rebbe was Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss, author of Imrei Yosef. He was succeeded by his son, Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Weiss, author of Chakal Yitzchak. The Chakal Yitzchak was murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.

After World War II, the group was divided among many Rebbes, descendants of the Imrei Yosef. Spinka Rebbes can be found in Williamsburg, Boro Park, Flatbush, Kiryas Joel, Queens, Monsey, Bnei Brak, London, Antwerp, throughout Israel, and Europe. All are offshoots of the original dynasty. Several Spinka Rebbes live in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn alone, and Israeli branches are found in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.

Among the surnames of the Spinka Rebbes are Weiss,Kahana, and Horowitz.

Lineage of Spinka rebbes[edit]

Isaac Weiss

Lineage of Spinka Rebbes (Horowitz branch)[edit]

  • Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss - (1838-1909 (ו' אייר תרס"ט)) - Author of Imrei Yosef
    • Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Weiss - (1875-1944) - Author of Chakal Yitzchak, son of the Imrei Yosef
      • Abraham Abish Horowitz of Kruly, son-in-law of the Chakal Yitzchak
        • Samuel Tzvi Horowitz - Spinka Rebbe of Williamsburg - affectionately known as "Reb Hershele Spinker", son of Rabbi Abish of Kruly
          • Issachar Dov Berish Horowitz, (d. 2007 (י"ט תשרי תשס"ח))- Spinka Rebbe in Williamsburg - Beth Samuel Tzvi Synagogue - the eldest son of Reb Hershele Spinker
            • Joseph Meir Horowitz - Spinka Rebbe in Williamsbug - Beth Samuel Tzvi Synagogue - eldest son of Reb Berish Spinker.
            • Moshe Yakov Horowitz - Spinka Rebbe in Airmont - Oholei Tzvi Synagogue - son Of Reb Berish Spinker.
            • Aron Duved Horowitz - Zabiltover Rebbe in Williamsburg - son Of Reb Berish Spinker.
          • Abraham Abish Horowitz - Spinka Rebbe in Williamsburg - Beth Isaac Synagogue - son of Reb Hershele Spinker
          • Isaac Horowitz - Spinka Rebbe in Williamsburg - Toldoth Tzvi Synagogue - son of Reb Hershele Spinker
          • Nuta Horowitz - Spinka Rebbe in Bor Park- Zichron Avraham Synagogue - son of Reb Hershele Spinker
          • Naphtali Horowitz - Kruly Rebbe of Williamsburg - the youngest son of Reb Hershele Spinker

Lineage of Spinka Rebbes (Kahana branch)[edit]

  • Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss (1838-1909 (ו' אייר תרס"ט)) - Author of Imrei Yosef
  • Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Weiss - (1875-1944) - Author of Chakal Yitzchak, son of the Imrei Yosef
  • Rabbi Nachman Kahana - Author of Orchos Chaim - son-in-law of the Imrei Yosef
      • Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Kahana of Spinka
        • Rabbi Nachman Kahana, (d. 1976) Spinka-Kahana Rebbe of Bnei Brak - son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch
          • [Rabbi [Moshe Elyakim Briah Kahana]], Spinka-Kahana Rebbe in Bnei Brak - son of Rabbi Nachman
          • [Rabbi [Asher Yeshayah Aryeh Kahana]], Spinka Rebbe in Kiryas Joel - son of Rabbi Nachman
          • Rabbi Elimelech Kahana, Rosh Kolel of Zidichov Kollel in Bnei Brak - son of Rabbi Nachman
          • [Rabbi [Menachem Mendel Kahana]], Spinka Rebbe of London - son of Rabbi Nachman
          • Rabbi Baruch Kahana, Spinka Rebbe of Antwerp - son of Rabbi Nachman
            • [Rabbi [Baruch Kahana]], karlesberg Rebbe in Williamsburg
        • Rabbi Avraham Kahana Shlit"a Spinka rebbe Beit shemesh
        • [Rabbi [Yosef Meir Kahana]], (d. 1978), Spinka Rebbe of Jerusalem - son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch
          • Rabbi [Mordecai Dovid Kahana]] (1932-2011), Spinka Rebbe of Jerusalem - son of Rabbi Joseph Meir
            • Rabbi Avraham Yitchak Kahana Shlita (son of Rabbi Mordechai David) spinka Rebbe of Jerusalem
            • Rabbi Alter Kahana Rav of Zidichov Spinka Jerusalem died 2009, Brother of Rabbi Mordecai Dovid Kahana zt"l
            • Rabbi Yitzchak Issac Kahana Zidichov Spinka Rebbe of Beit Shemesh Ztl(Son Of Rabbi Alter Zt"l)

Lineage of the Ulemer Rabbis of the Friedman family from the Spinka line[edit]

  • Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss, (1838-1909 (ו' אייר תרס"ט)) - Spinka Rebbe - Author of Imrei Yosef
    • Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Weiss, (1875-1944) - Spinka Rebbe - Author of Chakal Yitzchak, son of the Imrei Yosef
      • Israel Chaim Weiss, (d. 1944) - son of the Chakal Yitzchak
        • Shmuel Friedman, Chief Rabbi of Ulem - son of Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Friedman - son-in-law of Rabbi Israel Chaim Weiss

Financial fraud[edit]

In 2009, rabbi Naftali Tzi Weisz and five other Spinka members pleaded guilty to charges in what prosecutors called "a decade-long tax fraud and money laundering scheme".[1][2][3][4][5]

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