[Photos:] R. Binyamin Moshe Hoffman, the Ritual Slaughterer
Sarah Beila Hoffman
[Photo:] R. Moshe Prager
R. Moshe Prager
R. Moshe Prager was born in Brisk into a chassidic family. He received his education in the House of Study, and then became the son-in-law of R. Binyamin Moshe, the Ritual Slaughterer. After the death of his father-in-law, R. Moshe Prager became the ritual slaughterer of Drohitchin. As a strict chassid, R. Moshe Prager prayed at the chassidic synagogue, where he was one of the people who led songs, and was one of the distinguished members of the congregation.
In general, R. Moshe was one of the most respected people in town, and was involved in community affairs. For a number of years he was a director of the Co-op Bank (Volksbank) and other institutions. In 1937, his beloved wife, Devorah, died and left him with three children: Beiltsha, Berl and Chayale. Unfortunately, none of his children survived. They were all killed may G-d avenge their blood!
R. Avraham Asher Kravetz-Kohn
R. Avraham Asher Kravetz-Kohn was born in approximately 1885 in Drohitchin to his parents, R. Yisrael and Esther Rachel. His father, a wealthy businessman, was involved in the masonry business. Avraham Asher studied in the yeshivas of Pohost, Antapolia, Vilna, Slobodka and others. He received certification as a slaughterer from the eminent scholar, Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik, and then married Sarah, the daughter of Pinya the Merchant.
In 1907, R. Avraham Asher and his family left for the United States, where he was a slaughterer for a number of years in a town somewhere in Minnesota.
[Photo:] Rabbi Yosef David Schub standing at the grave of his wife, Miriam (daughter of R. Binyamin Moshe), who died on the second day of Shavuot, 1920 in Otvotsk at the age of 33. She was buried there. [Gravestone:] Here is buried the refined, modest and respected woman, whose hand was always extended to the poor, MRS. MIRIAM, daughter of Binyamin Moshe, and wife of Yosef David SCHUB, from the town of Drohitchin, Polesia. She died in the flower of her youth on the second day of Shavuot, 1920. [rest illegible, then:] May her soul be bound up among the living.
R. Matityahu Warshavsky R. Shmuel Reichman
R. Velvele the Ritual Slaughterer was involved as a distinguished cantor in local Houses of Study. His son, Matityahu Warshavsky, replaced his father as ritual slaughterer as well as cantor in the New House of Study until 1907, when he left for the United States.
For a short time, R. Shmuel also served as ritual slaughterer. He was the son of R. Menachem Reichman. R. Shmuel was the son-in-law of a man in Bereza, and lived there for a while, until left for the United States, where he changed his name to Richman, and spent the rest of his life in Chicago.
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