The Tisch: Erlau - A unique case of Hassidism

Erlau, it would appear, walks a fine line in remaining faithful to its heritage, yet aligning with Hassidism.

By LEVI COOPER
February 25, 2016 14:32
4 minute read.
The rebbe of Erlau

The rebbe of Erlau died Monday at the age of 92 in Jerusalem. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Most hassidic dynasties trace their roots back to 19th-century Europe, some even further back to the 18th century. There are, however, some dynasties that developed as late as the 20th century.

Perhaps the latest addition to the pantheon of hassidic courts is Erlau. Rabbi Yohanan Sofer (1923-2016) was the person responsible for the establishment and development of the inimitable Erlau hassidic community.

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