Chanokh Heynekh HaKohen Levin

Chanokh Heynekh HaKohen Levin
Rebbe Reb Heynekh of Aleksander
Term June 1866 – 21 March 1870
Full name Chanokh Heynekh Lewin
Main work Chashovoh leToivo
Born 1798
Lutomiersk, South Prussia, Prussia
Died 21 March 1870(1870-03-21) (aged 71–72)
Aleksandrów Łódzki, Poland
Buried Aleksandrów Łódzki
Predecessor Yitzchak Meir Alter
Successor Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter
Father Pinchas Lewin (1765 Lutomiersk – 1837 Lutomiersk)
Mother Soro Chano Szatan (about 1779 Kalisz – 22 April 1863 Przasnysz)
Wife 1 Chana Hentshe Feyge Pachter of Przysucha
Children 1
  • Yechiel Efraim Fishel (1822 Przysucha – 1894 Ruda Maleniecka)
  • Bracha Szyfra Miryam (before 1820 Przysucha – 1886 Lodz)
  • Chaya Tsipora (before 1822 Przysucha – ?)
Wife 2 Chaia Basia (daughter of Rabbi Yehoshua Usher Rabinowicz of Parysow d. Przasnysz, 27 Feb 1864)[1]

Chanokh Heynekh HaKohen Levin (1798 – 21 March 1870[2]) of Aleksander served as the rebbe of a community of thousands of Hasidim during the "interregnum" between the Chidushei HaRim of Ger and the Sfas Emes.[3]


The grave of Chanokh Heynekh HaKohen Levin in Aleksandrow Lodzki

Chanokh Heynekh was one of the leading students of the Rebbe Reb Simcha Bunim of Peshischa. After the latter's death he became one of the most prominent followers of Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Kotzk and the senior disciple of Chidushei haRim.[4][5] Following the death of the Chidushei haRim in 1866, the bulk of his numerous chasidim chose Rabbi Chanokh Heynekh as the next rebbe.

Chanokh Heynekh served as the Rabbi in the Jewish communities of Aleksander from 1837 (or earlier) till 1853, Nowy Dwór from 1853 to 1859,[6] and Przasnysz from 1859 to 1864 (or 1866).[7] After his tenure In Przasnysz he retired from the rabbinate and settled in Aleksander,[7] where he lived during his period of leadership as rebbe.

His teachings are collected in Chashovoh leToivo (first published in 1929[8]), and are quoted widely.[9][10]

Rebbes of Ger

  1. Yitzchak Meir Alter (1799–1866)
  2. Chanokh Heynekh HaKohen Levin|Chanoch Henoch of Aleksander (1798–1870)
  3. Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter (1847–1905)
  4. Avraham Mordechai Alter (1866–1948)
  5. Yisrael Alter (1895–1977)
  6. Simcha Bunim Alter (1898–1992)
  7. Pinchas Menachem Alter (1926–1996)
  8. Yaakov Aryeh Alter (b. 1939)


  1. The State Archive of Warszawa Record Pultusk Branch Archived August 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.: "Jewish Civil Registry of Przasnysz ", 1864, Akt #: 9, registration Date: Feb 28, 1864, Location: Przasnysz, Death Date: Feb 27, 1864, Surname: Lewin, Given Name: Chaia Basia, Maiden Name: Rabinowicz, age 46, Father: Uszer, Mother: Laja, Husband: Henoch Lewin, Rabin (Rabbi) and daughter Elka Hudes Walberg.
  2. The State Archive in Lodz /Archiwum Państwowe w Łodzi: "Jewish Civil Registry of Aleksandrow Lodzki", 1870, death (akt) #10, age 76, marital status widower, date March 21.
  3. Menashe Shif, צדיקי עולם Everlasting Saints pp. 27-35, Ashdod (2004).
  4. Yartzeits in Shvat Archived October 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine..
  5. Yehuda Leyb Levin (1980). בית קוצק Bais Kotsk (The House of Kotsk). Jerusalem, Israel: Rim Levin Institute. OCLC 24068091.
  6. Aryeh Smari; Dov Berish First (1965). Pinkas Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki (Yizkor Book). Tel Aviv: Former Residents of Nowy-Dwor in Israel, USA, Argentina. pp. 36–37. OCLC 123248186.
  7. 1 2 Shlomo Bachrach (1974). Sefer zikaron kehilat Proshnits (Yizkor Book). Tel Aviv: Proshnitz Society. pp. 128–130. OCLC 40705034.
  8. Chanoch Henoch Hakohen Levine (1929). Chashava Letova חשבה לטובה. Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland: A. Levine and N. Alter. OCLC 122775698.
  9. Chasidic insights.
  10. Chasidic insights Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine..

Jewish titles
Preceded by
Yitzchak Meir Alter
Gerrer Rebbe
Succeeded by
Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter

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