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This project seeks to increase cooperative research concerning past residents of the town of Stolin, Belarus (formerly part of the Russian and Polish Empires).
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Karlin-Stolin Chasidim

 Rabbi Aharon the Great of Karlin (1736-1772), the founder of the Karlin-Stolin Chassidic dynasty was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritch, successor to Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism. His grandson, Rabbi Aharon Perlov of Karlin (1802-1872), moved the center of the dynasty to Stolin following an altercation with a rich family of Mitnagdim in Karlin. Aharon II was also the author of the Sefer Beit Aharon, a great work of commentary on Torah, festivals and ethical teachings.

In 1870, when Rabbi Yisrael Perlov [1870-1921], the future Rebbe of Stolin-Karlin, was born, his grandfather, Rabbi Aharon, was the Rebbe, and his father, Rabbi Asher, was a young man with the promise of a bright future. When the infant Yisrael was only 3 years old, his grandfather and then his father died. Thousands of Stolin-Karlin Chassidim were orphaned of their leaders. It seemed as if an end had come to the Chassidic dynasty that had begun with Rabbi Aharon of Karlin, one of the illustrious disciples of the Maggid of Mezeritch.

The senior Chassidim then made a risky decision—they accepted the 3-year-old Yisrael as their leader. Not surprisingly, he was called the “Yenuka” (Child), a name that remained with him all his life. Although he played like other children, he was different. He studied intensely and even then gained respect for his sage advice. The great Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor once visited Stolin and, after spending two hours with the 12-year-old Yenuka, described him as a gaon. When he was 52 years old he traveled to Frankfurt for medical treatment and it was there that he died. He had left a will in which he stated that there should be no eulogies at his funeral and that he should be buried in the city where he died. Thus it was that he was buried in Frankfurt, and the Stolin-Karlin Chassidim refer to him as ‘the Frankfurter.’ 1

  • 1 Rabbi Nachman Zakon, The Jewish Experience: 2,000 Years, A Collection of Significant Events, Brooklyn, New York: Shaar Press, 2002
  • Karlin-Stolin Hasidic Dynasty Wikipedia

Rabbinical Dynasty

The founder of the dynasty, Rebbe Aharon the Great, was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch, who was a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism.

  • Rebbe Aaron HaGadol (The Great) of Karlin (1736–1772) - author of the Sabbath hymn Kah Ekhsof
    • (Rebbe Shlomo HaLevi of Karlin (1738–1792) - son of Rabbi Meir HaLevi - disciple of the Maggid and of Rebbe Aaron HaGadol)
      • Rebbe Asher Perlow (the first) of Stolin (1760–1826) - son of Rebbe Aaron HaGadol and disciple of Rebbe Shlomo of Karlin.
        • Rebbe Aaron (the second) Perlow of Karlin (1802–1872) - author of Beis Aharon - son of Rebbe Asher, he was the son-in-law of Rabbi Mordechai of Kremnitz.
          • Rebbe Asher (the second) Perlow of Stolin (d. 1873) - son of the Beis Aharon; by his third marriage he was the son-in-law of Rabbi Elimelech of Grodzhisk.
            • Rebbe Yisrael Perlow of Stolin, "The Frankfurter" (because he is buried in Frankfurt) a.k.a. the Yenuka of Stolin (1868–1921) - son of Rebbe Asher the second; he was the son-in-law of Rabbi Dovid of Zlatipola.
              • * Rebbe Moshe Perlow of Stolin (d. 1942) - son of the Yenuka; son-in-law of Rabbi Pinchos of Kantikuziva.
                • * Rebbe Avrohom Elimelech Perlow of Karlin (was rebbe in Israel and went back to Europe) (killed 1942) - son of the Yenuka; he was the son-in-law of Rabbi Mordechai Yoseph of Zlatipola.
                  • * Rebbe Yaakov Chaim Perlow of Stolin ("The Detroiter") (d. 1946) - rebbe in New York and would frequent the Stoliner community in Detroit; buried in Detroit - son of the Yenuka; he was the son-in-law of Rabbi Avrohom Yehoshua Heshel Of Chernobyl Tchidonov.
                    • Rabbi Aaron Perlow of Stolin (d. 1942) - son of the Yenuka; he was the son-in-law of Rabbi Nosson Dovid Rabbinowitz of Partzev.
                      • Rabbi Asher Perlow of Stolin (d. 1942) - son of the Yenuka.
                        • * Rebbe Yochanan Perlow (1900–1956) of Stolin Loitzk - later the Grand Rebbe of Karlin-Stolin in America - author of the Karliner Prayer Book Siddur Beis Aharon V'Yisrael - youngest son of the Yenuka; he was the son in law of Rabbi Shimon Shloima of Olyka, he was survived by his daughter Rebitzen Feiga who was married to Rabbi Ezra Shochet, they were the parents of the present day Rebbe.
                          • * Rebbe Baruch Meir Yaakov Shochet (born 1955) - grandson of Rebbe Yochanan Perlow - present Karlin-Stolin Rebbe in Givat Ze'ev. Rebbe Baruch Meir Yaakov Shochet is the son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe David Steinwurtzel - Rosh Yeshiva of the Bobover Yeshiva in N.Y.
                            • * Rebbe Yochanan Shochet - grandson of Rebbe Yochanan - present Loitzker Rebbe in Jerusalem, son-in-law of Rabbi Yisrael Yair Danziger of Aleksander.