Bobov (Hasidic dynasty)

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Bobov (or Bobover Hasidism) is a Hasidic community within Haredi Judaism, originating in Bobowa, Galicia, in southern Poland,[1] and now headquartered in the neighborhood of Borough Park, in Brooklyn, New York.[2]

Bobov developed into a leading Hasidic dynasty through the leadership of Shlomo Halberstam, a Holocaust survivor.

There are currently two independent Bobov communities, each with their own rebbes and institutions. The first, which carries the name Bobov and inherited all Bobov institutions, is led by Benzion Halberstam. The second one, named Bobov-45, broke away from the main group in 2005, and established their own institutions; they are led by Rabbi Mordechai Dovid Unger Shlita.

Bobov communities are found in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn; in Monsey, New York; Los Angeles; Lakewood, New Jersey; Montreal; Toronto; Antwerp; and London.[1] In Israel, Bobov has large branches in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Ashdod, Elad, an enclave, "Kiryas Bobov", in Bat Yam and in the illegal settlement of Beitar Illit.[3]

Politics and Zionism

'The Israeli branch pursues a non-confrontational but non-Zionist stance vis-à-vis the Israeli government. Their sons do not serve in the IDF.'[4]

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