from SEFER WYSZKOW, ed. D. Shtokfish, 1964, Tel Aviv, pp. 32-33. Trans. Sheldon Clare
...began to cash in his “pension” - the weekly pay of 5-10 groshn. However, he looked bad. When someone asked what was the matter, he answered that every night, he heard a voice from Heaven: ”Hershl, Hershl, what have you done? What answer will you give the next world, when they will ask you why did you sell such a “mitzvah” (gave away such a mitzvah) for money?” Hershenkeh and Hinkeleh wept, screamed and the Vishkov Jews returned the 150 zlotys to the tailor. Hershenkeh took back his right to wake the Jews for services. But on Friday nights, Hershenkeh already did not go alone. His Hinkeleh went with him; she was afraid to leave him alone. His chanting became weaker and weaker. One Friday evening, Hershkeleh indeed fell (on his position?) during the awakening for services. Singing his song: ”Jews, Jews, arise...” He fell alone, collapsed…
The small synagogue on Starazhatzkeh Street was for the “Psalms Society”. Owning 6 Torahs and besides praying several times a day, they also studied a lot. They were called the “Synagogue of the Burial Society”. On Varshever Street, one found the A.G. Zionist Synagogue, that carried the name of its owner, the late Eli-Meier Goldman who wrote it over to (during his lifetime?) to the Zionist organization, under the names of Henekh Kaluski, Itche B’herev, Shmaia Rapoport.
From the study houses came unconditionally the seniority of the Gerer study-house (Shtibl) on Strazhatzkeh Street, it was built by the wealthy Hassid Reb Z’khariya Kopolovitch. There, praying and studying occurred during the whole day. Through the window, the beautiful voices of the young men carried out while they taught a page of Gemora with Tosefet. Every evening, about 60 Jews sat at a long table in the first room and studied the “Daf-Yomi- The daily page”. In the second house, ordinary older Hassidim sat. Gossiped (talked) about Torah, told stories about rabbis. I remember some of their names: Brukh Zeitog, Itche-Meier Tziviak, Hehoshua Sokol (my father-in-law), Motl B’herev (my father, a ritual slaughterer), Yakov Shokhet Blumshtayn, Izik M’lamed, Yitzkhok Mondry, Khaim-Henekh Shtelung - the Bal-musaf of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur (I cannot until this day forget his sweet and exalted praying), Yitzkhok-Hirsh Bialistok, Berish Tchervonogureh, Sholem Zissman, Khaim-Khaikl Hiller, Yitzkhok Epshteyn - the (President?) of the community.
In the second Gerer study home on Varshaver Street, prayed the supporters of “Mizrakhi” and many young people, who used to travel to the Gerer Rabbi. They then understood that they could travel to Ger and simultaneously love “Eretz Yisrael.” The trustees of the “Shtibl” were: Reb Moshe Oster, Khaim Kremer, Yakov Levin, Yitzkhok-Meier Visotski, and Leml Rubin.
In the Atvatzker study home, prayed the Vorker Hasids, who used to take advantage of every free moment to study Gemora and Tosefos. Reb Borukh-Mendl Burshteyn used to sit there day and night and study, while his wife Kreyndl was the “bread winner”. Borukh-Mendl for his whole life went only in one direction: From his home to the Atvatzker study home - and returned. He sneaked along the walls so that no one would look at him, or to touch him. He became a martyr as other worshippers of the Atvatzker study home: Reb Yitzkhok-Ber Rozenberg, Reb Pinieh Pienik, M’shhaleh Psheshchelinietz, Yakov-Yosef Plonchik, Yisroel-Yosef Krishtal, Yakov Markuskhamer, Morkhe-Mendl Halenberg, Khiel-Meier Rubin, and many others.
One should also recall the Alexander study home with the dear Hasids and wonderful Jews, where the Torah-expert and scholar Shimon Srebnik (Khatzkls). The wonderful (SHEYNEH-actually means beautiful) Jews and Hasids: Reb Yekhiel Shultz, Berish Volinski, Zishe Kaluski, Mordkheh Khanhas, Feivl Shron, who together with their families, became martyrs. Of the distinguished Hasids in Rodziminer study home, I remember: Simkhe Shnek, who every Saturday, used to walk on the bridge after eating and there, said 10 pages of Gemora by heart, Dovid-Leib Domb, B’nyomin Brodek, Yosef Vangazh, Shepsl Borenshteyn, and others. In the “Pshedmiehshcheh” was found the large minyan of Reb Yoske Lakher. There, the neighborhood Jews prayed. Also the Porendzher shoemakers had their minyan, where they prayed Minkhe-Meiriv and every morning. Besides this, the dear artisans studied Ein-Yakov. They had praying and studying on their minds, rather than earning a living....
I will end my survey of the worship houses in Vishkov with the Amshinover study home and its dear Hasids: G’dalyahu Shokhet Tentshe, Tzvi Rozenberg (now in Israel),...
...Moshe-Yosef Avramchik, Avromcheh Holland (FAR-SHTAT?)
I do not remember the name of the last teacher-instructor in Vishkov
- but also he - as all the pure and martyrs in town - all perished. I have
attempted to recall from my memory certain figures of our annihilated holy
community of Vishkov. I know that this is only a part: These are
only bits (crumbs) of what our town had and possessed. I recalled
the familiar, those who I knew. Those who I came together with them on
various occasions, to cooperate or to see their activities. I know
that I have omitted many names - they should not have a grudge against
me. The (SHOROT) of mine should be a modest mourner’s prayer to remember
all the martyrs and purified ones (T’horim), who, along with the sayer
of the mourner’s prayer “perished for the martyrdom of being a Jew”.
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