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Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch ha-Levi Horowitz, AB'D Zboriv, Chorkiv

Hebrew: רבי צבי הירש הירש הלוי הורוביץ (הורוויץ מטשורטקוב), אב"ד צ'ורטקוב
Also Known As: "הערשל"
Birthplace: Bolekhiv, Ukraine
Death: November 12, 1753 (68-77)
Chorkiv, Ukraine
Place of Burial: Chortkiv, Chortkivs'kyi district, Ternopil's'ka oblast, Ukraine
Immediate Family:

Son of Rabbi Meir Halevi Horowitz, [Maharam of Tiktin] and Leah Horowitz, 1st wife
Husband of Malka Horowitz, [of Chortkov]
Father of Raizel Heller-Kahana; R' Avraham Eliezer HaLevi Horowitz; Brandel Halpern; Rabbi Shmelke Horowitz of Nikolsburg; Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz, Baal HaHafla'ah, Chief Rabbi of Frankfurt am Main and 6 others
Brother of R' Jacob Jokel Horowitz; Wife of R' Asher Eizes, d. #10; Yocheved Bochner; R' Aryeh Leib Ha'Levi Horowitz, s. #3, ABD Tykocin; R' Naftali Ha'Levi Horowitz, s. #6, ABD Tykocin and 4 others
Half brother of R' DovBerish HaLevi Horowitz, s. 1(11); Wolf Ha'Levi Horowitz, s. #2(12) and R' Yeshaya Horowitz of Brody, s. #4

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About Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Horowitz of Chorkiv

from Chortkov; son Meir Horowitz & daughter Katz

R. Zvi Hirsch Horowitz, ABD Czortkow from 1726 until his death in 1754. He married the daughter of R. Mordecai, son of R. Zvi Hirsch, son of Zechariah Mendel.

They had eleven children.

He wrote an approbation to "Bracha Abraham".

He was greatly respected by the Best (Baal Shem Tov), his master, who declared that he was one of three families in Israel who gave more respected sons to the rabbinical calling than any other; namely Rabbi Samuel Shmelke of Nikolsburg and Rabbi Pinchas of Frankfurt who were disciples of Dov Ber, the successor of the Besht.

Once when the two sons returned home from their studies under the Maggid, their father inquired of them what they had learned.

"We have learned belief that the soul is the kernel and the body its shell," was their reply.

Although late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Germany was the hearland of Chassidic opposition, yet two Chassidic sons of this scholar were elected Av Beit Din of German cities - Frankfurt and Nikolsburg.

The story is related that these posts were due to the influence of Mayer Amschel Rothchild (father of the five famous brothers), who as a young man, had been a sexton in the study house of R. Zvi Hirsch Horowitz.


The young community of [http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/chortkov/cho031.html  Chortkov] earned a name for itself when [http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/chortkov/cho031.html  Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Horovitz], who is known even today by the name Rabbi Reb Hirsheli, was hired to be her rabbi and educator. He was considered, together with Rabbi Segal from Lvov ,and the Rabbi from Stanislave, to be the Gaon (genius) from Podolia. 

From Chortkov's religious school, came many genius rabbis who serve many large communities in the west. Among them were the two brothers, Rabbi Smuelike and Rabbi Pinchas, sons of the righteous rabbi, Rabbi Hirsheli from Chortkov. His students worked as teachers and instructors in the important communities of Nikelshborg in Moravia, and Frankfurt on Main, which was a very important and large Ashcenazi community of that time.

"Directory and Genealogy of the Horowitz-Margareten Family- from Generation to Generation" revised Edition 1994. -Chart no.1

Die Grabschriften des alten Judenfriedhofes in Eisenstadt- Dr. Bernhard Wachstein- page 83

SOURCE: R' Samuel Burstyn, A.B.D. Shatowa (from 1887) notes in his introduction to "Minchat Yom Tov" his mother's lineage to R' Tsvi Hersh Tchorkiver)-- Source is cited in Yichus papers prepared by Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen, Rav. Congregation Shaarei Tefila, Los Angeles, CA, 15 Av 5742

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Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Horowitz of Chorkiv's Timeline

Bolekhiv, Ukraine
Chortkiv, Chortkovskiy Rayon, Ternopil's'ka Oblast', Ukraine or Mikulov, Břeclav District, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
- November 12, 1753
Age 46
Chortkiv, Chortkivs'kyi district, Ternopil's'ka oblast, Ukraine
Chortkiv, Galicia
November 12, 1753
Age 73
Chorkiv, Ukraine