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Meir Brandsdorfer

Hebrew: Meir Brandsdorfer, ‎הרב ברנדסדורפר
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
Death: May 13, 2009 (74)
Jerusalem, Israel (דום לב פתאומי)
Immediate Family:

Son of Shlomo Bransdorfer and Frumet Bransdorfer
Husband of Bracha Bransdorfer
Father of <private> סאמעט; <private> בראנדסדארפער; <private> Bransdorfer; <private> Bransdorfer; <private> בראנדסדארפער and 3 others
Brother of Gitle Frenkel; <private> Samet (Brandesdorfer); יעקב יוסף בראנדסדרפער; <private> רוכמן (ברנסדרפער); <private> Bransdorfer and 1 other
Half brother of <private> ברנסדורפר; <private> ברנסדורפר and <private> ברנסדורפר

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Immediate Family

    • <private> סאמעט
    • <private> בראנדסדארפער
    • <private> Bransdorfer
    • <private> Bransdorfer
    • <private> בראנדסדארפער
    • <private> Kahan (Bransdorfer)
    • <private> סטריק
    • <private> Bransdorfer
    • sister

About R' Meir Bransdorfer

Rav Meir Brandsdorfer, spiritual leader and Halachic authority 1934 - 2009) was a member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, the Haredi Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem, and was in charge of their Kashrut operations, especially matters of Shechita. He was a proclaimed mohel. His responsa have been published under the title Knei Bosem.

He was born on 7 September 1934 in Antwerp, Belgium to his parents Shlomo and Frumt. After surviving World War II while hiding out in France he moved to Palestine together with his family.

He became the rabbinical leader of Toldos Aharon movement of Hasidim, based in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Meah Shearim; when Toldos Aharon's previous Rebbe died, he joined the split-off named Toldos Avraham Yitzchok.

He was highly respected and eulogized by both groups upon his death.

The position of rabbinical leader in a Hasidic dynasty is not identical to that of Rebbe: the Rebbe is the spiritual leader, while the rabbinical leader - Rabbi - is the Halachic expert, who leads the group in questions of Jewish law.

While in some Hasidic groups the Rebbe also fulfills the position of rabbinical leader, in other groups this position is separate.

He suddenly died at home on 13 May 2009 at the age of 74 from cardiovascular disease.

As of 15 May 2009, it is still unknown who will replace him as a member of the rabbinical court (Badatz) of the Edah HaChareidis.


  • ▪ Knei Bosem Volume 1
  • ▪ Knei Bosem Volume 2
  • ▪ Knei Bosem Volume 3
  • ▪ Knei Bosem Niddah Volume 1
  • ▪ Knei Bosem Niddah Volume 2


  • ▪ YWN.com report on petira of Rav Meir Brandsdorfer
  • ▪ Arutz Sheva on passing away of Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer
  • ▪ Ynetnews.com (Yedioth Ahronoth): "Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer dies in home"
  • ▪ Pictures of funeral procession, attended by thousands

About ר' מאיר ברנדסדרפער זצ"ל בעל קנה בושם (עברית)

הרב ברנדסדורפר כיהן כיהן שנים רבות כדיין בבית הדין של העדה החרדית. ורב של חסידות תולדות אברהם יצחק חיבר סדרת ספרים בהלכה 'קנה בושם' ונחשב לאחד מגדולי הפוסקים בדורנו בכל מקצועות התורה.

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R' Meir Bransdorfer's Timeline

September 7, 1934
Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
May 13, 2009
Age 74
Jerusalem, Israel