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Submitted by Amoz Chernoff

Information Picture Question
Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 5/18/2014 5:52 PM
Family Surname: Tcernichovsky/Shraga Feitel
Country: Belarus
Town: Sloim
Date of Image: 1880s
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The first footnote (ayin, seen in the third Viewmate) talks about Shraga Feitel, saying that he was the Chamiv (?son-in-law) of Mordechai and was Matz for about 50 years in Slonim. Nowhere have I been able to find any reference to daughters of Mordechai other than those married to other men.

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5/18/2014 11:31 PM Chamav means his father in law
5/19/2014 9:47 PM It clearly says that Mordechai was the father-in-law of Shrage Feitel rabbi of Slonim for 55 years, and he was the father of Reb Yitzchok and Reb Mordechai rabbi of NoviAlexandroski and Rabbi Chaim Yehoshua of Slonim
5/21/2014 7:52 PM Translation [my comments in brackets]

This Rabbi was a "Moreh Tsedek" to his congregation for close to 50 years. [Moreh Tsedek is an ordained rabbi with persmision to give his congregation halakhik instructions] (died there on Monday the 23 of Elul 5589) and he was the father in law of our esteemed teacher Shraga Feitel who was a Moreh Tsedek in Slonim for 55 years (died there on Monday 18th of Shvat 5639 father of the Rav Yitskhak and the illustrious teacher Mordechai head of the rabbinical court of NoviAlexanderski and the famous Rabbi Khayim Yehoshua a Moreh Tsedek of the congregation of Slonim.

[Further Comment]
The Hebrew word I translated as "esteemed" also has a connotation of "exceptionally knowledgeable, splendid" and in contemporary Hebrew is used for "genius".

Moreh Tsedek is abbreviated in this text to M"Ts.

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