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Rav Shlomo Zalman sender Kahana Shapira

Birthplace: Nesvhiz, Minsk, Belarus
Death: Died in Jerusalem, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Moshe Shapira-Kamenitsky and Chaya Elka Kahana-Shapira
Husband of Ester Gittel Kahana Shapira
Father of Rabbi Avraham Duber Kahana Shapira; Rachel Blidstein; Rabbi Yehuda Kahana-Shapira and Haim Kahana-Shapira
Brother of ?? Shapira

Managed by: Eilat Gordin Levitan
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About Rav Shlomo Zalman sender Kahana Shapira

Rav Zalman Sender Kahana-Shapira was born in Nisowiz, in the Minsk region, to Rav

Moshe Shapira Kamenetzky, Av Beit Din of Lida and son in of-law of Rav

Chaim of Volozhin. Zalman Sender Kahana

Shapira was both the grandson and the

great-grandson of the rabbi Chaim of Volozhin- Rav Zalman sender learned under the Beis HaLevi and his son,

Rav Chaim Brisker, in Volozhin. He married and lived in Kobrin, where

he raised 5 children (4 boys and a girl). When his wife tragically

passed away, he married the widow of Rav Binyamin Wolf Hayahalomstein,

Rav of Maltsch, and moved to that city. He eventually became Rav of

Maltsch and started a yeshiva there, Anaf Eitz Chaim, modeling it

after Eitz Chaim of Volozhin. In 1902, he moved the yeshiva to Kriniki

where he became Rav. Among his students there were Rav Yaakov

Kamenetzky and Rav Aharon Kotler. In 1921 he moved to the Shaarei

Chesed section of Yerushalayaim.


(1851-1923) the Yeshiva of the

city of Krynki t was under the direction and supervision of the

Gaon Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Sender Kahana Shapira of holy blessed memory,

who served as the rabbi of Krynki for many years.

Rabbi Zalmen Sender Kahane Shapiro and his yeshiva

Rabbi Zalmen Sender, son of Rabbi Yakov Kahane Shapiro, rabbi of

Krinki between 1903-and 1915, was the great grandson of Rabbi Chaim

Volozhiner and came from Niesvizh. He was a child prodigy and later

acquired the reputation of a prominent man, a sagacious scholar well

versed in the Talmud. In 1885 he was appointed rabbi of Maltsh and he

founded and was head of a yeshiva there, which became one of the best

and most respected yeshivas in Lithuania. His educational method was

based on inspiring the students to grasp each Talmudic topic according

to its content and root. Among the rabbis who studied in the yeshiva

of Maltsh, Rabbi Yisroel Iser Unterman, chief rabbi of Palestine, must

be remembered.

After the death of Rabbi Baruch Lavski, the Jewish community of Krinki

offered the rabbinical chair to Rabbi Zalmen Sender and he accepted

the office on condition that he could continue to devote himself to

his yeshiva, a part of which was to come over to Krinki. Established

in Krinki, the yeshiva, called 'Anaf Etz ha-Chaim', with Rabbi Zalmen

Sender as its head, kept its reputation as one of the most outstanding

yeshivas and it attracted as many as 80 students from near and far.

As the rabbi of the town Rabbi Zalmen Sender was widely accepted,

respected and liked by the Krinki public. However, "he did not find

favor in the eyes of the Krinki manufacturers because he associated

too closely with the workers", tells us A. B. Miller. Once his

attention was called to this and he was asked: "Is it not written:

Rabbi, honor the rich?" Rabbi Zalmen Sender answered at once, "The

rabbi knew who was rich but I don't know…". Rabbi Zalmen Sender, as

Yosl Kohn and B.Patchebutzki tell us, would often stand up for the

craftsmen and reprimand the manufacturers. He even refused to pray in

the bes-medresh of the wealthy and preferred to pray in the

'Caucasian' prayer house together with the common people and the


As an accepted authority, Rabbi Zalmen Sender used to influence the

sick and the weak and even order them to eat on Yom Kippur. He would

even send a doctor to examine the sick and if it turned out that a

person would not be able to survive a fast day, Rabbi Zalmen Sender

would go himself to him and force him to eat, even before his very

eyes. In 1915 when the front was approaching Krinki Rabbi Zalmen

Sender moved to Tule (Central Russia) with a group of his students and

after the war he made aliya and settled in Jerusalem where he spent

his last years and died in 1923.

Rabbi Eliezer Atlas son-in-law included Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman,[2], Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski and Rabbi Yehudel Kahana Shapiro, the son of Rabbi Zalman Sender Kahana Shapiro..

Rabbi Meir Atlas was born in 1848 in Baisagola, Lithuania. In 1875, together with Rabbi Zvi Yaakov Oppenheim, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Abel and the help of a German Jewish layman, Ovadyah Lachman, Atlas founded the Telz Yeshiva in Telz, Poland. He later served as rabbi and spiritual leader in a number of cities, including Libau in Latvia, Salant in Lithuania and Kobryn in Belarus. In 1904, Rabbi Atlas was appointed rabbi to the community of Shavel.

His son was Professor Shmuel Atlas of the Hebrew Union College. Rabbi Meir died in 1926

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Rav Shlomo Zalman sender Kahana Shapira's Timeline

Nesvhiz, Minsk, Belarus
Age 19
Kobrin ( now Belarus) on Yom Kipur
Age 72
Jerusalem, Israel