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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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Aaron Menahem Mendel Guterman, the rebbe of Radzymin

Aaron Menahem Mendel Guterman, the rebbe of Radzymin

(p.62) Aaron Menahem Mendel Guterman, the rebbe of Radzymin
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Harry Rabinowicz

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Rabbi Aaron Menahem Mendel Guterman, the rebbe of Radzymin. Guterman is remembered for many things, not least among them the after-effects of his setting up a screen to separate men and women worshippers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. When his father died, Guterman succeeded him as rebbe of Radzymin near Warsaw, where Jews constituted 55 per cent of the population. Much of his life was spent in the public eye; he was an educator, organizer, and tireless worker for the community. Like the rebbe of Radomsk (Radomsko), Guterman became affluent when many of his hasidim named him their business ‘partner’. He also founded an organization called Shomrei Shabat Kodesh Vehadat, dedicated to the observance of the Sabbath, and became a familiar Friday afternoon figure, urging Warsaw's Jewish shopkeepers to close their shops for the Sabbath. His friendly, fatherly approach and affable manner won him a wide circle of admirers. No rebbe was so informal in his ways, so easily accessible, or less aware of the dignity of his status.

Keywords:   Aaron Menahem Mendel Guterman, Radzymin, Jewish worshippers, Western Wall, Jews, hasidim, Shomrei Shabat Kodesh Vehadat, Sabbath

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