(December, 1952). He also made plans to produce a Yiddisher Gezelschaftelecher Lexicon about Jewish life in London; the war, however, interfered with his plans. From 1939 Warshavsky was a member of the Jewish Writers and Journalists Association of England.
In Chicago, Rabbi Warshavsky was the publisher and editor of the Chicager Zeitshrift (Chicago Periodical) (from September, 1950); editor of the Chicago Bulletin of the Rabbinical Center (1954); he prepared and edited the Drohitchin Yizkor Book; he was the author of the book, The Book of Eicha [Lamentations] of the Third Destruction (1952). He also prepared a book of essays [unpublished as of when the yizkor book was published]. Rabbi Warshavsky collaborated on and wrote poems, articles, treatises, literary portraits, memoirs, images and essays in the following newspapers: Dos Vort (Vilna), Grodner Moment (1929), Grodner Express (1930), Dos Yiddishe Tagblatt (Warsaw, 1931), Pinsker Vort (1931-32), Brisker Shtimma (1932), Der Moment (Warsaw, 1932-39), Radio (afternoon edition of Moment), Heint, and Heintike Nayes (Warsaw), Unzer Express (Warsaw), Religiezner Front and Yiddish Tribuna (Warsaw), Der Nayer Ruf (Rabbi S. Auerbach, 1939, Warsaw), Die Zeit (M. Meyer, London, England), Die Vachenzeitung (London), Kanader Adler (1941), Unzer Vort (Goldenberg, London, 1943), Lashon un Leben (poet stencils, London), Zion in Kampf (Paris, 1949), Shul Leben (A. Reichman, New York, 1955).
His work was reprinted in Die Yiddishe Velt (Philadelphia, Cleveland, 1941), Yeshurun, Unzer Velt (Munich, 1948), Moreh Derech (Salzburg, 1947), Unzer Zil (Linz).
His parents, David and Feigel Warshavsky, and his sister, Fruma Gittel, were killed, may G-d avenge their blood! The Warshavskys had three children, Yehudit-Gittel, Ze'ev-Zelig and David.
[Photo:] R. Eliyahu Mordechai Levinovitz
hear him murmur psalms as he banged his hammer on an anvil. A person could tell this wasn't just anybody, but rather a hidden and G-d fearing tsaddik. People started traveling to him to receive his blessings, and he was implored to reveal himself as a hidden tsaddik. R. Eliyahu was born in 1846 in the town of Utian, near Vilna. His father, Yaakov, was a contractor, and was highly regarded in town. At the age of 7, young Eliyahu lost his father, and his mother remarried. Her second husband was someone named David Bashes from Yakovlev, a Jewish colony near Drohitchin.
A few years later, Eliyahu went to learn to be a blacksmith in Drohitchin. Even as a youngster, he showed tremendous fear of G-d. When he got older, he married a girl from Pinsk, and settled in the village of Kholozhin, 17 kilometers from Pinsk, and the place that gave him the name, Kholozhiner. He opened his own blacksmith shop, and hired a teacher to study with him in his free time. He also used to fast frequently, immerse himself in the river (as a mikvah), and invited any guest who happened to come by. Soon there were rumors of marvelous events related to the blacksmith, and people started coming to him for blessings and advice.
This continued for 42 years, until the outbreak of World War I. Since his village was close to the war front, the rebbe had to move to the village of Horbacha, near Drohitchin. In 1920, he settled in Drohitchin, where he remained until his death. Of course, because of his age, the rebbe was no longer involved in blacksmithing, though his children continued it instead. He didn't even use the money that people gave him for his blessings and advice, but instead would give it away to yeshivas.
At the end of his life, he became very weak, and was almost totally deaf. However, he was still extremely sharp mentally, and even continued accepting requests just two hours before he passed away.
According to his will and testament, he was buried together with two bags of receipts for contributions he had sent to yeshivas and other worthy institutions.
We received a letter this week from the United States addressed to the Kholozhiner. The writer said that he was wanted to request the holy Rebbe to help find Charles Lindberg's kidnapped child. Here is what the letter said:13 Adar, 5692 [March 21, 1932]
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