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About Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam [of Stropkov, Shineva #8 son]

Jewish community of Stropkov

Jews first arrived in Stropkov, possibly fleeing Polish pogroms, in about 1650. About fifty years later, the Jews were exiled from Stropkov to Tisinec, a village just to the north. They did not return to Stropkov until about 1800. The Stropkov Jewish cemetery was dedicated in 1892, after which the Tisinec cemetery fell in to disuse.

In 1939 the antisemitic Hlinka Party gain control of the Stropkov Town Council. From May-October 1942 the Hlinka deported Jews from the Stropkov area to Auschwitz, Sobibor, Maidanek, and "unknown destinations". By the end of World War II, only 100 Jews remained in Stropkov out of 2000 in 1942.

Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam (1856–1940)

In 1897, Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam was appointed Rabbi of Stropkov, succeeding Rabbi Yitzhak Hersh Amsel (c1855–1934) who was appointed Rabbi of Zborov. Jews, learned and simple alike, sought the advice and blessing of this "miracle rabbi of Stropkov", revered as a living link in the chain of Chassidus of Sanz and Sienawa. Rabbi Halberstam served in Stropkov for some forty years, until the early 1930s, when he assumed a rabbinical post in the larger town of Košice. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Halberstam (1873–1954), the son of the aforementioned Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam was then appointed chief rabbi of Stropkov and head of the Talmud Torah till WWII.



About Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam [of Stropkov, Shineva #8 son] (עברית)

אדמו״ר מסטרופקוב הרה״צ ר׳ אברהם שלום האלברשטאם שליט״א נולד לאביו אדמו״ר הרה׳׳צ ר׳ יחזקאל שרגא זצ״ל בעיר שינאווי (גליציה) בשנת תרי״ח. נתחנך על ברכי אביו הגאון בעל ״דברי יחזקאל״ ואצל זקנו הגאון הצדיק בעל ״דברי חיים״ זצ״ל. בתרנ״ח רב בסטרופקוב. מתרנ״ט ממלא מקום אביו. רבים הסתופפו בצלו. מזקני האדמו״רים שבדורו. נצר מגזע הגאונים והאדמו״רים: ישמח משה, אריה דבי עילאי, ברוך טעם, צאנז ועוד.

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