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Yechiel Meir Schapiro, Admor of Będzin

Also Known As: "Berkiwer Rebbe", "Admor od Bedzin"
Death: 1924 (60-61)
Immediate Family:

Son of R' Shalom Szapiro, A.B.D. Frysztak and Nechama Szapiro
Father of David Shapira (Juda Yafet) הי״ד
Brother of R' Avigdor Shapiro; שרה ברכה Shapiro; R' Chaim Shapiro of Plock; Aryeh Leibish Schapiro; The Admur of Blendov and 2 others

Occupation: Rebbe of Bendyn
Managed by: Yigal Burstein
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About Admor Yehiel Meir Szapira Admor of Będzin]

Rabbi Jechiel-Majer Szapira the admor from Będzin, whose brother was

Chaim Szapira, May God revenge his blood, the tzadik [righteous] from Plock, who was murdered by the Polish government and the The “Endekes” (“Endecja” – “Narodowa Demokraczja”) [extreme right wing Polish political party] in 5680 (1920) for the crime of “spying” for the Soviet Army,

son of Rabbi Szalom from Przytyk

son of Rabbi Jakob the tzadik from Blendów (brother of the tzadik Rabbi Elimelech from Grodzisk),

son of Rabbi Chaim Majer Jechiel the “Seraph” [angel] from Mogielnica,

son of the Judge in Granica, Aviezer Zelig's wife Perla renowned as the daughter of

Rabbi Israel the “Maggid” [the preacher] from Kozienice.


On his mother's side, Yehile Meir Szapira was the great grandson of Rabbi Chaim the tzadik from Sącz (Sanz) and related to all the greatest righteous men in Poland and Galicia.


The Yehiel Meir Szapira, admor from Będzin, was called “Berkiwer Rabbi” by the townspeople because he lived nearby the bridge over the Przemsza River that passed through the town.

The majority of prayer houses in the city Bedzin, Poland were the Hasidic shtiblech. With the exception of several small houses of study, as for example the Bet-haMidrash of the Admor Rebbe Jechiel Majer Szapiro, called the “brikewer Rebbe” in the city because he lived near the water bridge [brik is the Yiddish word for bridge], and to whom Hasidim and those educated in Torah would come to pray.



The Gerer Rebbe, Admor Rabbi Abram Mordechai Alter of Gur, of blessed memory, visited Będzin several times. On every visit he was enthusiastically welcomed by the crowds of the Jews who would unleash the horses of his carriage and leash themselves instead and carry him – so great was their admiration for him. Thousands of Hassidim worshipped him, including leaders of “Agudat Israel”, and Heads of the Council of the Torah Greats.

Photo: Rebbe's visit to Będzin, in Elul 5683 – August/September 1923. The whole town poured out to welcome him like a king.

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