Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal

Rabbi Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal was born in Hungary in 1885 from a family of well-known rabbis and Jewish leaders. In 1921 Teichtal became the head of the rabbinic court and Rabbi of Piešťany, Czechoslovakia (present-day Slovakia), where he established the Moriah yeshiva. Originally a staunch anti-Zionist chasid of the Munkatsher Rebbe, Teichtal changed his position on Zionism during the Holocaust. He described his new viewpoints in his book, Em HaBanim Semecha, in which he argued that only rebuilding the land of Israel could bring the ultimate redemption. Teichtal was murdered on a transport train during the closing days of World War II.
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