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Nadworna Authors

The transliterations of Hebrew and Yiddish words and names are based on the spellings found in the on-line library catalogues of Brandeis University , Harvard University , the Jewish Theological Seminary of America , and the Library of Congress .


R' Aron Aryeh Leib Leifer of Nadworna (1817 - 1897)

R' Aron Aryeh Leifer was the son of R' Issachar Dov Bertzi Leifer of Nadworna and Rachel Bloch. He succeeded his father as Rabbi in Nadworna.

Biographical information on R' Aron Aryeh Leib Leifer of Nadworna can be found in:

Books by R' Aron Aryeh Leib Leifer:

  1. Sefer Yad Aharon.  Bet ha-Defus Me'et H. Rohotin. Lemberg : 1899.
  2. Subject : Torah commentary.
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R' Issachar Ber ben Yitzhak Leifer of Nadworna (1790 - 1848)

R' Issachar Ber Leifer was the son of  R' Yitzhak Leifer of Kalusz and Feige bat R' Itamar haKohen. He was the father of R' Aron  Aryeh Leib Leifer and  R' Mordechai Leifer , both listed on this page.

Biographical information on R' Aron Aryeh Leib Leifer of Nadworna can be found in:

Books by R' Aron Aryeh Leib Leifer:

  1. Sitre Torah.  Bet ha-Defus Me'et H. Rohotin. Lemberg : 1899.
  2. Subject : Torah commentary.
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R' Mordechai Leifer of Nadworna (18 May 1835 - 15 October 1894)

R' Mordechai Leifer was the son of R' Issachar Dov Bertzi Leifer of Nadworna and Rachel Bloch, the daughter of R' Avraham Leib Bloch of Nadworna. The Bloch's were a family of scholars and rabbis from Nadworna and neighboring Delatyn, including R' Chayim Bloch of Delatyn. When R' Mordechai's father died in 1848, R' Mordechai was brought up by his great-uncle R' Meir of Przemyshlany. R' Mordechai lived an ascetic life. Known for his extreme piety, for his humility, and for his insight into human nature, and as a miracle worker, his presence in Nadworna attracted thousands of Jews wishing to receive his advice and his blessing. After leaving Nadworna, he lived in Huszt, and finally in Bustino. During this period he travelled through the Hasidic shtetls of Transcarpathia. The author of several prayers, his minhagim survive through the efforts of his decendents.

Biographical information on R' Mordechai of Nadworna can be found in:

Books by R' Mordechai of Nadworna:

  1. Sefer Gedulat Mordekhai : sipurim ve-sihot kodesh meha-rav Mordekhai me-Nadvorna-Boshtina. Ve-Sefer Kedushat Yisra'el : toldot ve-orhot hayim ve-`ovdin tovin mi-beno [z.o. shel beno] Yisra'el Ya`akov me-Hust .  Mosdot Hust. Yerushalayim : 1989.
  2. Notes: Originally published in Sighet in 1895.
    Subject : Sermons.
  3. Mahzor (Nadvorna). Sukkoth. Seder hakafot : ve-nilveh elav minhage Hag ha-Sukot : nusah Nadvorna / ha-nahug `a. pi minhag Mordekhai mi-Nadvorna-Bishtina. Mosdot Tif'eret Itamar de-Bishtina. Flatbush-Brooklyn, NY: c1986.
  4. Subject: Succot and Simhat Torah holiday prayer book following the custom of Mordekhai mi-Nadvorna-Bishtina.
  5. Or Mordekhai . New York : 1956.
  6. Subject : Sermons.
  7. Sefer Aspaklarya ha-me'irah : amarot tehorot, minhagim ve-hadrakhot, `uvdot ve-sipurim ... Mordekhai mi-Nadvorna / ne`erakh ve-nisdar `a. y. Shemu'el Aharon Daitsh. Tif'eret. Brooklyn, NY : 1996.
  8. Sefer Ma'amar Mordekhai he-hadash : `a. ha-T. u-mikra'e kodesh u-ma'amre Hazal, amarot tehorot. Bet ha-midrash Bet Shemu'el de-Hust. Brooklyn, N.Y. : 1964 and 1984.
  9. Finkel, Avraham Y. Contemporary Sages : The Great Chasidic Masters of the Twentieth Century. Jason Aronson Inc. Northvale, New Jersey : 1994. pages 3-6 contain English extracts from Ma'amar Mordekhai.
    Notes: Originally published in Sighet in 1860 and again in 1900.
    Subject : Sermons.
  10. Tiferet Mordekhai. Bergesacz : 1927.
  11. Subject : Sermons.
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Manfred J. Sakel (6 June 1900 - 2 December 1957)

Born in Nadworna, Dr. Sakel earned his degree in Vienna. Living in Berlin and Vienna, he fled the Nazis, arriving in New York in 1936. A neurophysiologist and psychiatrist, he was most noted for introducing insulin-shock therapy, which for many years was the standard therapy for schizophrenia.

Biographical information on Dr. Sakel can be found in:

Books by Dr. Manfred J. Sakel:

  1. Neue Behandlungsmethode der Schizophrenie. 1935.
  2. The Classical Sakel Shock Treatment : A Reappraisal. The Basic Principle of Sakel Treatment. New York : 1957.
  3. Epilepsy. Philosophical Library. New York : 1958.
  4. The Pharmacological Shock Treatment of Schizophrenia . Nervous and Mental Health Disease Pub. Co. New York, Washington : 1938.
  5. Schizophrenia. Philosophical Library. New York : 1958.


R' Avraham David Wahrman Buczacz (b. 1770, Nadworna - d. 1840, Buczacz)

Born in Nadworna, R' Avraham David was a child prodigy known for his Talmudic knowledge. As a result R' Zevi Hirsch chose R' Avraham David as his son-in-law when he was 10 years old.  When R' Avraham David was 20, he became the rabbi of Goslowitz. Later, under the influence of R' Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev, he became a Hasid. In 1813 he became the Rosh Bet Din of Buczacz  where he remained the rest of his life.

Biographical information on R' Avraham David can be found in:

Books by R' Avraham David Buczacz:

  1. Da'at Kedoshim. Lemberg : 1870. Lemberg : 1879, 2nd edition.
    Subject : Commentary on Shulchan Arukh, Yoreh De'ah.
  2. Divrei Avot. Lemberg : 1879.
    Subject : Commentary on Pirke Avot.
  3. Eshel Avraham.  Lemberg : 1885, Buczacz : 1906.
    Subject : Commentary on Shulchan Arukh, Orah Hayim.
  4. Ezer mi-Koddesh.
    Subject : Commentary on Shulchan Arukh, Even ha-Ezer.
  5. Kesef ha-Kodoshim.
    Subject : Commentary on Shulchan Arukh, Hoshen Mishpat.
  6. Birkat David.  Zolkiew : 1766. Lemberg : 1844.
    Subject : Kabbalistic Commentary on Genesis.
  7. Mahazeh Avraham. Lemberg : 1871.
    Subject : Commentary on Torah.
  8. Hozen David. Lemberg : 1871.
    Subject : Commentary on Ketuvim.
  9. Amarot Tehorot. Lemberg : 1878.
    Subject : Commentary on Purification. Both on Niddah and vessels.
  10. Tefilah le-David. Lemberg : 1886 and  Kolomea : 1897.
    Subject : Prayer.
  11. Tehila le-David. Kolomea : 1872.
    Subject : Commentary on Psalms.

R' Zevi Hirsch of Nadworna (d. 1802)

R' Zevi Hirsch of Nadworna was Av Bet Din (Head of the Rabbinical Court) of Nadworna. He was a disciple of Dov Ber of Mezeritch and Yechiel Michel, the Maggid of Zlotchov. R' Zevi Hirsch was known for his ethical writings.

Biographical information on R' Zevi Hirsch of Nadworna can be found in :

Books by R' Zevi Hirsch of Nadworna:

  1. Hagadah shel Pesah : 'im be'ur hadash Tsemah H. li-Tsevi . ve-nilveh elav Kuntres Divre Shalom me-Shalom Zelig. Brooklyn, N.Y. : 1977/8.
  2. Subject: Passover Haggadah.
  3. Alfa beta im mile de-avot. Bi-defus Pesah Levenzohn. Warsaw : 1877/8.
  4. Notes: Originally published in incomplete form in Breznitz in 1796. A second edition was published in Nowy Dwor in 1799.
    Subject: Jewish ethics.
  5. Sifte kedoshim : likute amarim...al seder ha-parashiyot. Makhon Otsar ha-hokhmah. London : 1962.
  6. Subject: Kabbala.
  7. Kol sifre ha-Magid ha-kadosh mi-Nadverna . Mekhon Tif'eret avot she-a. y. Yeshivat Or ha-Torah-Burshtin. Brooklyn, NY : 1990?.
  8. Subject: Commentaries on Torah, Mishnah. Avot, Haggadot, and Hasiim.
  9. Tsemah ha-Shem li-Tsevi. Berditshov : 1818, Lemberg : 1891.
    Subject: Hassidic commentary on Torah.

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