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Shmuel Levitin

Hebrew: הרב שמואל Levitin
Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Rokiškis, Rokiškis district municipality, Panevėžys County, Lithuania
Death: circa September 1974 (83-99)
New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Zeev Volf (Vele) Levitin and Tema Levitin
Husband of Shaina Levitin (Margolis)
Father of Chaya Sara Gorodetsky (Levitin); Asher Velvel Levitin; Avrohom Yankel Levitin; Binyomin Levitin; Gershon Ber Levitin and 1 other
Brother of Devorah Hodeh Chodosh

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About Shmuel Levitin

"Rabbi Shmuel Levitin, distinguished Chassidic scholar, was born in Rokiskis in about 1883.. In the years right before and during World War I, the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Sholom Dober Schneersohn, sent Rabbi Levitin to the Caucasus to set up institutions to bring the Jews of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and area closer to traditional Judaism. He founded religious schools and Talmudic seminaries there.

After serving a prison term in Siberia for his Jewish activities, he came to the United States in 1938, where he became a teacher in the Chabad movement. He was the provost of the Central Chabad Lubavitch Yeshiva in New York from its inception in 1940 until his death at age 91 in 1974 and was a well-know mashpia, or "person of influence" or spiritual mentor in the Chabad movement.

Rokiskis SIG member Shirley Saunders writes ' ... Shmuel Levitan, known as Shmuel Rakishker .... Rabbi Itzik Shneerson, Menachem Mendel Shneerson's father-in-law, met Shmuel Levitan in Rokishok when he stayed on the third floor of Pesach Ruch's house during his visit to Rokishok in the 1930s. Shneerson brought Levitan to the United States as his personal secretary when he was able to leave Europe during World War II. Levitan's name is recorded on my aunt's Birth Record from 1898.' "


Shmuel Levitin's Hebrew birthday is on the 13th day of the Hebrew month of (חשון) cheshvon. Exactly the 30th day (שלושים) of the passing of the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe (רבינו שמואל). It is interesting to note; the only day in the Hebrew calendar whose numerical value is equal to this name, is that day.

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Shmuel Levitin's Timeline

Rokiškis, Rokiškis district municipality, Panevėžys County, Lithuania
May 1907
Age 24
September 1974
Age 91
New York, NY, USA