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areas. Therefore he served as an example for everyone, and had an impact on everyone in town. This is the way the Kobriner dynasty existed and continued from generation to generation. It seemed that the chassidim would always live and share the joys of their rebbe, and shed tears with him too, to always be able to find comfort, and forget their trouble while they sat at the Rebbe's table. However, as the saying goes: Man thinks, and G-d laughs. The horrific and murderous hands arrived and completely uprooted the tree, destroying everything.

From Sefer Kobrin


[Photo:] R. Nachum Shevinsky

        R. Nachum Shevinsky was born in Kobrin at Large Zamukhovitz [street name?]. His father, R. Shlomo Zalman, an eminent chassid was a tanner and involved in business. His mother, Fruma Mindel, was descended from a family of businessmen and scholars.

        R. Nachum obtained his education in the cheder and under various teachers. When he was a teenager, he would help his father in the business. In 1887, R. Nachum married Bodya Shederovsky, who was part of the Volevelsky family and the famous Katzenelbogen family, and he went into the leather business. Throughout the years he lived in Drohitchin he was in the tanning business, in which he processed various types of leather that was then sold throughout the country.

        At the same time, R. Nachum was involved in community affairs. He was the founder of the only Kobrin chassidic shtibel in Drohitchin, and was also its custodian for many years. He was also very close to the rabbi of Drohitchin, R. Eliyahu Mordechai Yudovsky, who he assisted in word and deed.

        In 1912, R. Nachum Shevinsky emigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago, where he went into business. He was also one of the founders of the Kobrin-Karlin chassidic shtibel on Washburn Ave., and later on Trumbell Ave. The Shevinskys had six children: Zelig, Zalman, Sheina Tsippa, Sarah Rachel, Toiba Gittel and Yaakov Mendel.

        R. Nachum died on Kislev 13 [Dec. 9], 1935 in Chicago, and was buried in Waldheim at the Makarov Cemetery. R. Nachum's father, R. Shlomo Zalman, died on 26 Tevet, 5649 [Dec. 30, 1888 – the Hebrew year corresponds to 1888, not 1889] in Kobrin. R. Nachum's mother, Fruma Mindel, died in 1907 in Kobrin.

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A bill of sale for two seats in the in the New House of Study on Great Zamakhovitz in Kobrin. The bill of sale was from R. Yitzchak Yaakov, great-grandfather of Zalman Shevinsky.

[Photo:] Gravestone of Zalman, son of Yitzchak Yaakov (father of R. Nachum, and grandfather of Zalman Shevinsky) at the Kobrin Cemetery. He died on 26 Tevet, 5649. Near the gravestone is beautiful Zelda Goldberg (Nachum's sister) of Kobrin. She lived in Zhelekhov and died in Palestine.

[Gravestone inscription:] An honest and just man, Zalman, son of R. Yitzchak Yaakov, died 26 Tevet, 5649.

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