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Grand Rabbi Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer (right) with Grand Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke Leifer of Chust (USA), 2006
TitleThird Pittsburgher Rebbe
Personal
Born
Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer

1955
DiedOctober 4, 2020 (age 64)
Netanya, Israel
ReligionJudaism
SpouseMiriam Liebes
Parents
Jewish leader
PredecessorAvraham Abba Leifer
Main workPisgamei Oraisa
Yahrtzeit17 Tishrei 5781
BuriedOctober 5, 2020
DynastyPittsburgh
Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer (Hebrew: מרדכי לייפר‎; 1955 – October 4, 2020) was an American rabbi, Torah scholar, and musical composer who served as the third rebbe of the Pittsburgh Hasidic dynasty. After succeeding his father, Grand Rabbi Avraham Abba Leifer, as Rebbe in 1990, he expanded the Hasidic presence in Ashdod, Israel, with new schools and institutions, and increased the number of Pittsburgher families to nearly 200 in Ashdod. He also shepherded Pittsburgher Hasidim in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Beit Hilkia, New York City, and California. Leifer led the Hasidut for three decades until his death in 2020.
Contents
1 Early life and family
2 Activities as Rebbe
3 Personal life and death
4 Published works
5 References
6 External links
Early life and family
Mordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1955. He was the son of Grand Rabbi Avraham Abba Leifer and the grandson of Grand Rabbi Yosef Leifer, a scion of the Nadvorna Hasidic dynasty who founded the Hasidut in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1924. His mother Rachel Rosenbaum was the daughter of Rabbi Itamar Rosenbaum, Admor of Nadvorna. Leifer traced his paternal ancestry to Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna, the founder of the Nadvorna dynasty, who was the great-grandson of Grand Rabbi Meir the Great of Premishlan, a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov.
At the time of his birth, his father was teaching Torah and Hasidut and eventually founded a Hasidic yeshiva in Newark.
In 1966, after the death of his grandfather, who served the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, religious community for more than four decades, Leifer's father accepted the invitation of the Pittsburgh congregation to succeed his father as Rebbe. In 1970, his father moved to Ashdod, Israel. Leifer studied in the Grodno yeshiva in Ashdod and the Tchebin yeshiva in Jerusalem. He also studied in the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1981, his father opened a yeshiva in Ashdod and asked Leifer to come to Israel and serve as rosh yeshiva. When his father died on January 6, 1990 (10 Tevet 5750), Leifer acceded to the leadership of the Pittsburgher Hasidim. He was 34 years old when he accepted the mantle of leadership.
Activities as Rebbe
Leifer presided over the Pittsburgh educational system which includes a cheder with over 300 students, two yeshivas with 90 students, and kollels for halakha, Gemara, early-morning learning, and a night kollel for married men. He also established charitable institutions in the city, which earned him a special commendation as "Worthy Citizen of Ashdod" from Mayor Yehiel Lasri.
By the time of his death, Leifer had increased the number of Pittsburgher families in Ashdod to nearly 200. The Hasidut attracted formerly non-observant Jews through Leifer's shiurim (classes), tishen and personal interaction.
Personal life and death
Leifer married Miriam Aviva Liebes, the daughter of Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Liebes, av beis din of the Iggud Harabbanim (Rabbinical Alliance) of America. The couple had three sons and six daughters; one of their daughters died at a young age shortly after their arrival in Israel.
For the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Israel, Leifer stayed close to home and strictly adhered to Ministry of Health guidelines. He contracted the virus after leaving his home for the first time in August. He was admitted to Laniado Hospital in Netanya on August 15. He died on October 4, aged 64. His burial took place in Ashdod on October 5. The funeral was attended by thousands of mourners, a larger total than organizers had given to police who were sent to enforce compliance with Ministry of Health regulations during the coronavirus pandemic. Attempting to set up barricades to disperse the large crowd, police were videoed shoving and wrestling with mourners.
Leifer was succeeded as Rebbe by his eldest son, Rabbi Meshulam Eliezer Zev Leifer.
Published works
The Rebbe's Torah discourses have been published in two volumes, covering the years 1990 through 2010, under the title Pisgamei Oraisa–Shabbos (Hebrew: פתגמי אורייתא-שבת‎). This series also includes ten volumes of Leifer's discourses on the weekly Torah portion and Jewish holidays.
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