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Grand Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner of Kerestir (1851–1925), was the founder of the Kerestirer Hasidic dynasty.
He was born on Iyar 3, 1851 in the town of Zboró, Hungary, today Zborov, Slovakia. When he was 3 years old, his father died. At the age of 12, his mother sent him to study with to Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh of Liska, Hungary, the author of Ach Pri Tevua. When he died and his son-in-law Rabbi Chaim Friedlander author of Tal Chaim succeeded him, Yeshaya started travelling to Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz. After the death of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, he became a disciple of Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna. The Nadvorner Rebbe suggested that he move to the town of Kerestir, in Hungary,
His descendants have strong connections to Satmar:
- Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rubin, Grand Rabbi of Kerestir in Borough Park, Brooklyn
- Rabbi Naftali Grosz (1901–1987) Grand Rabbi of Kerestir-Berbesht,Son-in-Law of Rabbi Avraham Steiner. Brooklyn New York, Israel, Miami Beach.
After Rabbi Naftali died in 1988, his son, Rabbi Rafeal Grosz, (also known as Rabbi Armin Grosz), became the new Kerestir Rebbe in Miami Beach. Rabbi Grosz built an addition to his house to enable him to provide services to the community and ensure that needy members of the community had housing and support. Rabbi Grosz continued to provide prayer services, a learning center, and support for the community's needy and poor until his death in 2007. The house that Rabbi Rafeal Grosz built was sold to the Jewish Educational Leadership Institute (Communaute Francophone Miami ) which is expected to continue to provide similar community services at the same location.
Rabbi Yeshaya Gross, eldest son of Rabbi Naftali Grosz, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Grand Rabbi of Kerestir-Berbesht, Brooklyn NY, Desert Hot Springs California.
- Avraham Yaakov Finkel (1994). Contemporary Sages: The Great Chasidic Masters of the Twentieth Century. J. Aronson. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-56821-155-8.
Before long, Reb Yeshayahle gained fame as a miracle worker, a tzaddik whose prayers are answered, and a man of legendary generosity. From near and far people flocked to him, seeking his advice and help.
- Shaarei Tsadikim Website
- Levi Grossman (1943). שם ושארית Shem uSheirith. Jerusalem.
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