Yitzhak Aharon Korff
Grand Rabbi Yitzhak Aharon Korff is the
Rebbeof Zvhil – Mezhbizh. He serves as chaplain of the City of Bostonand spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Jacob, Zvhil–Mezhbizh Beis Medrash of Boston and Newton, Massachusetts. He is a " dayan" (judge of Jewish law) of Boston’s " Beth din" (rabbinical court) and "Vaad HaRabbonim" (council of rabbis). He is also Consul General to the government of Austria and publisher of the Boston-based Jewish newspaper " The Jewish Advocate".
Rabbi Korff is a direct descendant of the
Baal Shem Tov, the 18th century founder of the Hasidic movement, through the Baal Shem Tov’s grandson Rabbi Boruch of Medzhybizh, founder of the Mezhbizh Hasidic dynasty. Rabbi Korff also descended from numerous other Hasidic dynasties, including Zlotshev, Chernobyl, Apt, Yampol and Karlin, as well as Zvhil.
He is also a descendant of the
Chabadchasidic dynasty through the Chabad Mitler Rebbe's daughter and son-in-law Rabbi Yaakov Yisroel of Cherkass, son of Grand Rabbi Mordechai (Magid of Chernobyl). The students of the Maggid of Mezeritch had a tradition that Moshiach would decend either from the Maggid's eldest student- Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl or from the Maggid's youngest student- the Alter Rebbe of Chabad. The two dynasties were merged through this marriage to produce a line that would satisfy both possibilities within the tradition. His first wife, Shari Redstonewhom he divorced, is the daughter of Sumner RedstoneChairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of the Viacomand CBS Corporationmedia conglomerates, and is also the majority owner of Midway Gamesand is the owner of the National Amusementstheater chain.
The Rebbe's second wife, the
Rebbetzin, is a native of Jerusalemand a descendant of the Baal Shem Tov and the Hasidic dynasties of Zvhil, Zlotshev, and Tshernobl. She is the daughter of the Shomer EmunimRebbe, Grand Rabbi Avrohom Chayim Roth of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, who is the son of Reb Arele. Her mother, the Shomrei Emunim Rebbetzin, Rabbi Korff's third cousin, is the daughter of the previous Zvhiler Rebbe of Jerusalem, Rabbi Mordechai.
He was educated at
Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Yeshivas Beis Mordechai (Zvhil) of Jerusalem, and was tutored privately by masters of Hasidismand Kabbalah.
In addition, the Rebbe has a Ph.D., two law degrees, and several Masters degrees, from
Columbia University, Harvard University, Boston University, The Fletcher Schoolof Law and Diplomacy and other institutions.
Rabbi Korff simultaneously combined careers as a rabbi, chaplain, lawyer, diplomat, businessman and entrepreneur, and subsequently also inherited his grandfather's position as a Hasidic
= Works = Rabbi Korff is also the author of "Meshivas Nefesh Yitzchok: Insights of a Contemporary Chassidic Master," published (2001) in the original Hebrew/Yiddish/Aramaic and in English translation.
Mezhbizh (Hasidic dynasty)
Zhvil (Hasidic dynasty)
* [http://www.rebbe.org Zvhil-Mezbuz Beis Medrash]
*"Toldos Anshei Shem", Rand and Greenblat, New York, 1950
*"Sefer Meshivas Nefesh Yitzhak", New York, 2000, 2001, second Revised Edition ISBN 0-9645367-1-4
*"HaHasidut", Prof. Yizhak Alfasi, Jerusalem.
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