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Grand Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam [1st Bobover Rebbe]

Hebrew: Grand Rabbi Shlomo עטרת שלמה
Nicknames: "First Sanz-Bobover Rebbe - Poland", "Ateret Shlomo"
Birthplace: Poland
Death: Died in Bobowa (Bobov), נפטר א בתמוז ה'תרס"ה, Poland
Place of Burial: Bobowa (Bobov), Poland
Immediate Family:

Son of Meir Nathan (#6) Halberstam of Sanz and Beila Halberstam
Husband of Rivka Henna Halberstam (Rosenfeld) [1st Bobover Rbzn] and Mrs. Shlomo Halberstam, [2nd Bobover wife]
Father of Grand Rabbi Benzion Halberstam [2nd Bobover Rebbe] and Chaya Sheindel Teitelbaum-Limanov
Brother of Yehidis Horowitz

Occupation: ADMOR of Bobov (Poland)
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About Grand Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam

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Bobov is a Hasidic group within Judaism with its headquarters in the neighborhood of Borough Park in Brooklyn, New York. It has branches in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Monsey, New York, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Antwerp, and London. In Israel Bobov has its headquarters in Bat Yam, and branches in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, and Ashdod.

Bobov originated with Rabbi Solomon Halberstam in the Galician village of Bobowa, where the bulk of his Hasidim were originally followers of his grandfather, Rabbi Chaim Halberstam, known as the Rabbi of Sanz, or by the name of his books the Divrei Chaim.

Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam (1847-1905) the founder of the Hasidic dynasty of Bobov was the son of Rabbi Myer Noson Halberstam (1827-1855) and grandson of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz (1793-1876), a Hasidic sage of the 19th century whose influence established the groundwork for many other Galician Hasidic movements.

Shlomo Halberstam became an orphan at age eight, and lived with his grandfather, the Divrei Chaim, for most of his early life. He married the daughter of Rabbi Yehoshua of Kaminka. In later life he re-married; his second wife was the daughter of Rabbi Menashe of Drohobycz. His mentors in chasidus were his two grandfathers, the Divrei Chaim of Sanz and Rabbi Eliezer of Dzikov.

He became the rabbi of Bukowsko in 1864, Oświęcim in 1879, Vishnitsa in 1880, where he set up a large yeshiva in 1881 and began to serve as a rebbe (Admor) there. He left Vishnitsa and re-established his Yeshiva in Bobov where he was appointed rabbi in 1892.

He died in the summer of 1905 (1 Tamuz 5765 on the Hebrew calendar).

While most of the early yeshivos ("Talmudical academies") originated in Lithuania, the 19th century saw the opening of similar institutions in Poland. The first yeshiva in Poland was established by the first Bobover Rebbe in 1881 in Vishnitsa where he was rabbi then; and it later moved with him to Bobov.

With Rabbi Shlomo's passing, his son Rabbi Benzion Halberstam took the lead as the Bobover Poland.


Outline of Bobov's Hasidic rabbinical lineage

  • i. Grand Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), founder of Hasidism.
  • ii. Grand Rabbi Dov Ber (1710-1772), the Maggid of Mezritch; disciple of the Baal Shem Tov.
  • iii. Grand Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk (1717-1786), author of Noam Elimelech; disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch.
  • iv. Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Horowitz of Ropshitz (1760-1827), author of Zera Kodesh; disciple of the Noam Elimelech.
  • v. Grand Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz (1793-1876), author of Divrei Chaim; disciple of Rebbe Naftali Tzvi of Ropshitz.
  • vi. Rabbi Meir Nathan Halberstam (1827-1855); son of the Divrei Chaim.
  • 1. Grand Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam (1847-1905), first Bobover Rebbe, author of Ateres Shlomo; son of Rabbi Meir Nathan. Rebbe Shlomo was the eldest grandson of the Divrei Chaim.
    • 2. Grand Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam (1874-1941), Second Bobover Rebbe, author of Kedushas Tzion, murdered by the Nazis; son of Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam.
      • 3. Grand Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam (1907-2000), Third Bobover Rebbe, son of the Kedushas Tzion.
        • 4. Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Halberstam (1931-2005), Fourth Bobover Rebbe; son of Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam.
          • 5. Grand Rabbi Mordechai David Unger (b. 1954), present Bobover Rebbe (contested); son-in-law of Rebbe Naftali Tzvi Halberstam.
            • Rabbi Yosef Unger, Ruv of Beth Medresh Apirion Shel Shlome; son of Rebbe Mordechai David Unger.
          • 5. Rabbi Yehoshua Rubin (b. 1952), present Bobover Ruv, son-in-law of Rebbe Naftali Tzvi Halberstam.
            • Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Rabinowitz, Bobover Ruv of Monsey; son-in-law of Rabbi Yehoshua Rubin.
            • Rabbi Meyer Yosef Eichenstein, Bobover Rosh Hakolel; son-in-law of Rabbi Yehoshua Rubin.
        • 5. Grand Rabbi Ben Zion Aryeh Leibish Halberstam (b. 1955), present Bobover Rebbe (contested); son of Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam.
        • Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Tauber, Bobover Dayen; son-in-law of Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam.
        • Grand Rabbi Yonasan Binyamin Goldberger, Rebbe of Bikovsk; son-in-law of Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam.
        • Rabbi Ben Zion Blum, Bobover Ruv of London; son-in-law of Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam.
        • Rabbi Yaakov Yisroel Meisles, Bobover Ruv of Kiryath Bobov in Bat Yam; son-in-law of Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam.
        • Rabbi Boruch Avraham Horowitz, Bobover Rosh Yeshiva; son-in-law of Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam.
      • Rabbi Chaim Yehoshua Halberstam; son of the Kedushas Tzion.
        • Rabbi Baruch David Halberstam, Sorvosher Ruv; son of Rabbi Chaim Yehoshua Halberstam.
        • Grand Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Halberstam, Ruv of Beth Medresh Zichroin Chaim Yehoshua; son of Rabbi Chaim Yehoshua Halberstam.
          • Grand Rabbi Chaim Yehoshua Halberstam, Rebbe of Satmar in Monsey; son of Rabbi Yakov Yosef Halberstam.
      • Grand Rabbi Yechezkel David Halberstam Pokshivnitzer Rebbe; son of the Kedushas Tzion.
        • Grand Rabbi Yechiel Halberstam, Pokshivnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, NY; son of Rebbe Yechezkel David Halberstam.
        • Grand Rabbi Ben Zion Avraham Halberstam, Pokshivnitzer Rebbe of the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY; son of Rebbe Yechezkel David Halberstam.


See Halberstam Dynasty chart.


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Grand Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam's Timeline

- 1879
Age 17
Bukowsko, Poland
April 27, 1874
Age 27
Bikofsk, Poland
- 1880
Age 32
Oświęcim, Poland
- 1892
Age 33
Vishnitsa, Poland
- 1905
Age 45
Bobowa, Poland
July 4, 1905
Age 58
Bobowa (Bobov), נפטר א בתמוז ה'תרס"ה, Poland
July 1905
Age 58
Bobowa (Bobov), Poland
unknown, Poland