- Alfasi, Yitskhak. Hahasidut (The Chassidim). Tel Aviv: Siforiat
A listing of Chassidic rebbes by town. In 1995, the first volume of a new edition appeared
under the title ha-Hasidut mi-dor le-dor (Chassidism from
Generation to Generation). Jerusalem: Makhon Da'at Yosef,
This is a genealogy of all the major Chassidic dynasties from about 1700 to World War II. It includes two chapters about the Lubavitch dynasty with 133 names. Its value lies in the possibility of finding links with other dynasties and individual rabbis.
[Comment by David Einsiedler]
Brandwein, Aharon Yaakov.
Tiferet Banim Avot. Jerusalem, 1978.(H)
- Genealogical information on selected Chassidic
dynasties. [Comment by Chaim
Tales of the Hasidim. New York, 1968.(E)
- Dubnow, Simon. The History of the Hasidic Movement. Tel Aviv, 1944.
3 Vols. (H)
ha-Hasidut. Jerusalem: Mosad ha-Rav Kook, 1980-1986.
Vol. 1-2. (H)
- Vol. 1 is a bibliography of books by Hasidic authors,
while Vol. 2 consists of brief but documented sketches of rebbes. Discontinued after reaching the Hebrew
letter Tet in the alphabetic order, which is by
first names. [F3]
Shem Veshe’erit. Jerusalem, 1949.(H)
- Detailed genealogical material arranged according to 79 Chassidic
dynasties. A second part appeared as Kuntrus
She’erit Leshe’erit. [Comment by Chaim
- Halevi, Itzhak. Pinu'ach
Raza (Decoder of the Mysteries). Reprinted in Jerusalem, 1965.
- Includes a genealogy of the Zbidachov-Komarno dynasty. It tells of descent from the Lurias, Rashi, and Judah Lowe the
Elder, leading both ways to King David. The family names of this
dynasty are Safrin and Eichenstein, with Klingberg a derivative family.
[Comment by David Einsiedler, F2]
Heilprin, Shmuel Eliezer. Sefer Hatze’etzaim.
- Descendants of the founder of
Chabad (Lubavitch) Chassidism, Rabbi Shneour Zalman of Liadi. Each
generation is presented with biographical material. Updated to current
generations. [Comment by Chaim
Lewin, Yehudah Leib.
Beit Kotsk. Jerusalem, 1990.(H)
- Biography of the Chassidic master, Rabbi Menakhem Mendel Morgenstern of Kotsk.
Includes details of many of rabbis who were his students and followers.
Typical of many similar books about Chassidic
rabbis and their followers. [Comment by Chaim
Rabinowicz, Rabbi Harry M. Hasidism: The Movement and Its Masters.
Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc., 1988. (E)
Rabinowicz, Rabbi Harry M. The World of Hasidism. London, 1970.(E)
authoritative yet concise introduction to the Chassidic
movement and its major rabbinical dynasties. [Comment by Chaim
- Rabinowicz, Rabbi Tsvi. Chassidic Rebbes: From the Baal Shem Tov
to Modern Times. Southfield, MI: Targum Press. Spring Valley,
NY: Feldheim, 1989. (E)
- Rabinowicz, Tzvi. The Encyclopedia of Hasidism. Northvale,
NJ: Jason Aronson Inc., 1996. (E)
- It is very comprehensive and contains a lot of information about many dynasties, such as
Alter, Eichenstein, Hager, Horowitz, Rabinowicz, Unger, Yolles, etc.
[Comment by Judy Wolkovitch]
Wolf Zeev. Hasidism in Pinsk and Karlin. (H,E)
- Manuscripts of the Stolin Genizah, pledge of allegiance by the
disciples of the Ari and Rabbi Hayyim Vital (1575), Sefer Ha-Tsoref,
by Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Tsoref, and a map of Lithuanian Chassidism.
Genealogical tables of the Karlin, Lishei, Berezna, and Horodok
dynasties, and musical scores of Hasidic melodies. Includes an
extensive bibliography. In the Hebrew section: rabbis of Karlin and
Pinsk, pp. 299-366, and additions to Jewish Halakha by the Pinsk
and Karlin rabbinic dynasties, pp. 367-406. [Comment by Ellen
- Rabinowitsch, Wolf Zeev.
Lithuanian Hasidism. London, 1970.(E)
- History of Lithuanian and Belarusian Chassidism
with some genealogical charts. [Comment by Chaim
- Rosenstein, Neil. The Unbroken Chain: Biographical Sketches and
Genealogy of Illustrious Jewish Families from the 15th-20th century.
New York: CIS Publishers, 1990. 2 Vols. (E)
- Schochet, J. Immanuel. The Great Maggid, Volume 1:
Life and Teachings of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezhirech. Brooklyn,
NY: Kehot Publication Soc., 1978. (E)
- Twersky, Rabbi Aaron D. Sefer Ha-Yikhus Mi-Chernobyl
ve-Ruzhin (The Genealogy of the Chernobyl and Ruzhin Dynasties).
Lublin, 1938. (H)
- Deals with the
Chassidic families Twersky and Friedman, and related families. It
mentions descent from King David of Nathan Nota Schapiro, ABD Grodno,
Aaron of Karlin, Abraham (Twersky) of Chernobyl, Isaac of Drohobycz, and
Abraham Joshua Heschel of Opatow. [Comment by David Einsiedler, F2]
- Zak, Reuben. Keren Shlomo
(The Vineyard of Solomon). Lublin, 1930. (H)
- Zak (of Ustila) tells
of the descent of Mordechai of Chernobyl (Twersky) and Israel of Ruzhin
(Friedman) from a number of great rabbis, like Moses Isserles and Samuel
Edels, who were themselves descendants of the Davidic line. [Comment by
David Einsiedler, F2]
See also: Family Genealogies.
For more titles, see:
4Information on rabbinical genealogy published on
the Internet may be found separately in the extensive Links section of the
Rav-SIG web site. See: Links Index.
1. All comments by Chaim
Freedman are used with permission from his book, Beit
Rabbanan: Sources of Rabbinic Genealogy.
Petah Tikva, Israel: self-published, 2001.
2. Einsiedler, David. "Are
You a Descendant of King David? A Look at Rabbinic Sources." Roots-Key:
Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. Spring, 1988.
3. Greenbaum, Avraham. A
look at Rabbinic biographical dictionaries published since 1950. 2000.
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