Reb David L Rokeiach of Kosow

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Rabbi David L Rokeach

Hebrew: דוד לייב Rokeach
Birthplace: Vilna, Lithuania
Death: circa 1857 (44-60)
Vilna, Lithuania
Immediate Family:

Son of R' Eliezer Levi Rokeach of Vilna and Rachel Rokeach
Husband of Shprinze Bloch Rokeach and Sara Tsiril Rokeach (Wolpert)
Father of Rachel Wasserzug; Jacob Noah Bloch; Charlotte Behrmann; Moshe Leib Rokeach and Leo Rokeach
Brother of Feigel Zakheim and R' Aryey Lieb Rokeach of Walkavisk

Occupation: Rabbi
Managed by: Yaakov Moshe Schatz
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About Reb David L Rokeiach of Kosow

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A year later, Moses Selig was ordained as a rabbi. The oldest daughter, Chaia Sarah, died. Again they began to propose matches for Moses Selig. A “Walkwishker” came to Reb Leibel Rokeach, who had a niece, Rachel, the daughter of David Rokeach by his first wife, Shprinzi.

The family Rokeach was in direct descent from the Reb Eliezer Rokeach, chief rabbi of Holland, who was a descendant of the first Ha Rokeach Reb Eliezer of Spain, one of the masters of the Kabbala in the twelfth century. Another famous member of the family was the Ha Teres Rosh, so called from the name of his book, as the first Rokeach had been.

A favorite family legend tells how the family fortunes were established. A priest to whom his parishioners were in the habit of bringing many gifts sold to his merchant friend, David Rokeach, a quantity of flax for 300 ruble, sight unseen. It did not matter. When he began to take it away, load after load emerged from the barn without cessation. People said it was a miracle, a Mazel Broche. David Rokeach was known as a private banker. He had an iron safe and considerable amounts were often entrusted to him. Unlike the usual banker, he was paid a certain percentage for keeping money or jewelry in security.

His second wife, Tsirel, a sister of his first wife who had died, and a hardware business in Wilna. In addition to his daughter Rachel, David Rokeach had five children by the second wife - - two daughters and three sons.

David loved his eldest daughter, Rachel, dearly for her nobility, her kindness and her zeal for study. He secured for her the best tutors from many lands to instruct her correctly in various languages, also in the Holy Tongue and the Bible. She became, too, an excellent mathematician.

When Rachel grew up, she kept the books of the hardware business. She knew nothing of housework as it was not the fashion in large cities for daughter of wealthy households to concern themselves with housework.

David Rokeach was so proud of his daughter that no match proposed seemed suitable and the sort of match that would suit him did not appear. Unfortunately, David died before a suitable match could be found for his daughter. The safe with the funds which had been in Reb David’s charge, his brothers-in-law, the Wolperts, took over. They became regular bankers and paid interest to their depositors and prospered well. They saw to it that their niece, Rachel, was well provided for from the legacy and granted her a regular income.

Two months after the death of Reb David, the widow Tsirel married her uncle Berel Wolpert, who had five children by a former marriage. Rachel Rokeach saw no future for herself in Wilna, so she took her patrimony and her wardrobe and came to her uncle Reb Leib Rokeach, in Walkawisk, three miles from Werbelow. Reb Eliezer, the rabbi of Walkawisk, negotiated for a match between Moses Selig and Rachel Rokeach, and the match was happily arrange.

When Rachel Rokeach visited her uncle Isaac Elijah and imparted to him the news of her engagement to the Werbelower Rabbi’s son, her uncle made no reply. Rachel asked: “Uncle, what do you think? Have I made a good match?” Her uncle replied, “First one does, then one asks? The match does not please me.” Further her maternal uncle would not say.

Rachel came to the house of Reb Gushe, met her fiancé and told him what her uncle had said and she asked his advice as a man of education. “I am an orphan, have neither father nor mother. You tell me then - - it is well for me that I marry you?”

Moses Selig looked at her and answered. “You do right to question it. And I myself do not know if it is a suitable match for me. So long as we are both in doubt, it is better not to be.”

As Rachel looked at the handsome learned young man, with his great black eyes, she already regretted her question and at once announced, “Never mind what I said. Let it be. The match is agreeable to me and please God we shall be happy.”

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Reb David L Rokeiach of Kosow's Timeline

Vilna, Lithuania
Age 26
October 5, 1836
Age 31
Vilna, Lithuania
July 26, 1846
Age 41
Vilna, Lithuania
Age 52
Vilna, Lithuania