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[photo:] Aharon and Heska Lashinsky

Aharon Lashinsky, known as “Areh Falk's” was born in Drohitchin. His father was named Falk, and R. Aharon was a person from the old generation, and was renown in Drohitchin.

        In his youth, R. Aharon taught a kheder and studied the weekly Torah portion and Rashi commentary with the children. Later he became the custodian of the Street House of Study and remained in that position his whole life.

        R. Aharon was no ordinary synagogue custodian. He was totally devoted to his religious duties, and was the cantor in the Street House of Study, Torah-reader and shofar-blower. Areh Falks' was the heart and soul of the Street House of Study, and was respected by everyone.

        When Areh Falks would lead the prayers during Rosh Hashanah and cry out “The King” during the prayers, the congregants in the synagogue would tremble. He would recite the prayers with loud wailing, and the same situation would occur during his recitation of the Ninth of Av eulogies commemorating the destruction of the Temple. Everyone felt the destruction in the synagogue. Areh Falks would also recite the midnight eulogies for the destruction of the Temple with the same intensity of feeling. In his private life R. Aharon was satisfied with little and happy with his portion.

        During World War II, when the Street House of Study was burned down, Areh Falks felt as if the Temple had been destroyed in his lifetime and that the source of his life's energy had run dry.

        Areh Falks died in 1921 at the age of 85 on the Ninth of Av [Aug. 13, 1921]. His wife Heska (a daughter of R. Gershon and Leiba) died in December 1913.

        The Lashinskys had four children:

        Leizer Lashinsky, Aharon's son, lived in Chicago for many years and was a community leader. He was an active member of the Kehilat Yaakov Synagogue and the Talmud Torah school and Drohitchin Aid Association. Leizer died on December 9, 1950. His wife Mina died on July 18, 1935.

[photo:] Leizer and Mina Lashinsky.

        Avraham Lashinsky, Aharon's son, also died in Chicago in 1947.

        Daughter Sirka died in Drohitchin in approximately April 1905.

        Daughter Esther-Yospa Drucker died in Drohitchin on December 27, 1917. Her husband Mordechai-Ber Drucker died in Drohitchin on September 30, 1928. The Druckers had 8 children:

        Tsalka (who perished with his family in Drohitchin);
        Falk (died in Drohitchin);
        Lana (died in Drohitchin. Her family perished);
        Chaytsha (perished with her family in Motele);
        Chaim Drucker and sisters Sirka (Resnick) and Lieba (Goldberg) and their families live in Chicago.

[photo:] Zeidel (Meir Yitzchak) and Henya Steinberg and children (from right): Mordechai, Feigel, Hershel and Menachem (Dr.). Zeidel's yahrzeit is on the second day of Rosh Hashanah (1943). The rest, besides Zvi, live in Chicago.

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[photo:] R. Ezriel Zelig and Sirka Hausman

        Ezriel Zelig Hausman, known as “Zelig the Preacher's” was born in 1858 in Drohitchin. His father was known as “Leibe the Preacher.”

        The Hausman family was renown in Drohitchin. Zelig's brother, Alter, the Preacher's was a scholar who owned a store (prior to World War I). Zelig's sister, Sarah Leah, was the wife of Meir Noach's (a brother of R. Binyamin Moshe the Ritual Slaughter's wife). Another sister, Hendl, lived in Yanova.

        R. Zelig studied in kheder and the House of Study. At the age of 19 he married Sirka, a daughter of the famous teacher, R. Motya Pinchas. Naftali Steinberg was R. Zelig's brother-in-law (see p. 177). R. Zelig, who was involved in business, was considered one of the esteemed businessmen at the Street House of Study and ran a dignified home.

        During the German occupation in World War I, when the Polish rabbi, R. Noach Kahn, and Rabbi Yehudah David Goldman ([today] in Chicago) decided to repair the eruv [ritual Sabbath boundary] in Drohitchin that had been destroyed in the fighting, R. Zelig anonymously contributed the entire sum himself. He was always interested in charitable causes and enjoyed doing favors for Jews.

        In 1922 R. Zelig and his family moved to Chicago, where he continued his membership in the Drohitchin community.

[photo:] Alter, son of Zelig, and Peshka Hausman with his children. From left: Freidel, Meir Motya, Pinya, Naftali, Nissel and Shmerl,. Sarah Leah, Meir Noach's wife (Lashinsky) is seated on right. They were all killed, may G-d avenge their blood!

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