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His eldest son, Moshe, was a yeshiva student. None of their children survived.
May G-d avenge their deaths! R. Eliyahu Velvel's father, R. Chaim Ber, was
killed by the Germans near his house, and a gentile neighbor buried him in the
neighbor's courtyard. May G-d avenge his death!
RABBIS YOSEF DAVID SCHUB, YAAKOV AND HERSHEL SHUSTER
[Photo:] Rabbi Yosef David Schub
Rabbi Yosef David Schub (R. Yossel David, the ritual slaughterer [the letters of the name Schub are an acronym for Shochet ve-Bodek Slaughterer and Examiner ]) was descended from a good scholarly family in Drohitchin. R. Yossel David and his brothers, R. Yekef (Yaakov) and R. Hershel, learned for years in yeshiva and were ordained rabbis. His sister's husband was the son of the rabbi of Ovel, and was a scholar who died young.
R. Yossel David's father, R. Sender Shuster (this was his family name), who sold second-hand boots to the peasants, was an ordinary synagogue-attending person. R. Sender and his wife experienced misfortune in their youth: Zissel, R. Sender's wife, had broken her foot and remained crippled for the rest of her life. Women used to say that because of this misfortune, G-d repaid Zissel with good children. Everyone envied Sender and Zissel's scholarly children.
In 1912, R. Yossel married Mar-Yasha Hoffman, the daughter of R. Binyamin Moshe, the ritual slaughterer of Drohitchin. When his father-in-law died, R. Yossel David became the ritual slaughterer of Drohitchin, and then changed his last name from Shuster to Schub (Slaughterer-Examiner). R. Yossel David was extremely active in Drohitchin community life. His talent as a speaker helped him significantly in his community activities. He was always the lead speaker at community meetings, and taught Talmud in the Old House of Study.
In 1920, his wife, Mar-yasha, passed away, leaving him with two small children, a boy and a girl. He later remarried and had another daughter. His son, Binyamin Moshe, studied in yeshivas, and his daughter, Nechama, eventually married and moved to Kamin-Kashirsk.
R. Yossel David second brother, R. Yekef, married a woman from Kovel, and his youngest brother, R. Hershel, married a woman from Ruzhinoy. Both remained in those towns. No one of that large family survived they were all killed, may G-d avenge their blood! (See pp. 149-150).
RABBI ASHER BERZOVSKY
Rabbi Asher Berzovsky was born in Drohitchin. His father, Yitzchak Berzovsky owned a house near the bridge on Kobrin Street. We have almost no information about Rabbi Berzovsky. We only know that he was a rabbi (after World War I) in some town near Lomza, and I don't remember him ever having visited Drohitchin. Rabbi Berzovsky and his family and community were killed. May G-d avenge their blood!
RABBI YITZCHAK SIDDUR (SIDOROV)
At the beginning of the 19th century there lived in Drohitchin a cantor/ritual slaughterer named R. Yitzchak, son of R. Avraham. We don't know where R. Yitzchak came from, or when he came to Drohitchin. Apparently, one of his sons, Yoel Moshe (born in Kislev, 1818) inherited his position in Drohitchin.
R. Yoel Moshe's position was taken over by his son, R. Yitzchak Siddur (Sidorov) or the old cantor, the name R. Yitzchak was known by. He was a son-in-law of a distinguished Grodno family. R. Yitzchak was a gifted cantor who was known throughout the region. He died at an advanced age in approximately 1910, and must have been around 90 years old.
His wife, Chaya-Gittel, was known as the cantor's wife, and was a modest woman who was active in community life and very popular in town. (See page 110).
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