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Rabbi
Yehuda Horowitz (1905–1989), popularly known as Reb Yiddelle , was the
Rebbe of Dzikov, who spent his last years in London, England. Although
known as a formidable scholar and a man of exceptional character, he
shunned the limelight and abhorred any reverence or treatment as a
Rebbe.Reb
Yiddelle  was born in 1905 in Dzikov, a shtetl near Tarnobrzeg, Poland.
His mother Chava was the daughter of Rabbi Yisrael Hager, Rebbe of
Vizhnitz, and his father was Rabbi Alter Yechezkel Eliyahu.He
studied for five years under Rabbi Meir Arik of Tarnów, who greatly
admired him. "No one can compare with him in Galicia", he said. Rabbi
Horowitz was brought up in the house of his maternal grandfather, and in
1928 he married his cousin Chana Miriam Sima, the daughter of Rabbi
Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz. Reb Yiddelle  was given Semicha by Rabbi Meir Arik, Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapiro of Munkacz, and by his uncle Rabbi Chaim.Reb
Yiddelle  was a great admirer of the Chasam Sofer, whose seven-volume
responsa of that name he knew almost by heart, as well as his sermons
and Talmudic novellae. He encouraged Rabbi Yosef Naftali Stern of
Romania to publish these works, even giving up his dowry for this
purpose.At
the age of 30, Rabbi Horowitz was appointed Dayan in Klausenberg. At
the outbreak of World War II in 1939, he was in the spa town of Krynica.
He returned to the Dzikov ghetto and then to Cracow. He subsequently
lived in Arad, Bucharest and Klausenberg, and miraculously survived the
Holocaust. Indeed, Rabbi Horowitz's father died in 1943 in Plaszow near
Cracow; Rabbi Yiddelle  was his only surviving son.In 1947, Reb Yiddelle  
settled in Eretz Yisroel, first in Tel Aviv where he was befriended by
the Chazon Ish, and then in Jerusalem, where he came to be highly
respected by Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinky, the head of the Edah Charedis.Rabbi
Horowitz's uncle, Rabbi Eliezer Hager, urged him to become a Rebbe and
continue the traditions of Dzikov. The former, however, was adamant in
refusing to allow people to treat him as a Rebbe, though he acted for a
time as principal of the Kollel Tarbitza in Jerusalem. From
1985, Rabbi Horowitz lived in Stamford Hill, London. He hardly ever
spoke, nor did he deliver any discourses, but spent his days in study
and prayer. However he regularly officiated as a Sandek  and would put
Tefillin on Bar Mitzvah boys.Rabbi
Horowitz was an ascetic who lived a very frugal life. He would eat meat
only on Shabbos, and during the week he never ate bread. In honor of
Shabbos he himself would wash some of his clothes. In addition,
absolutely all the monies forwarded to him by admirers and Chassidim
were immediately distributed to orphans and widows. Rabbi Horowitz was
greatly concerned for the material well-being of the underprivileged.Reb
Yiddele died at the age of 84 in 1989, leaving no will or final
instructions. After extensive communication and deliberation between
relatives in Israel and the United States, he was, on the advice of
Rabbi Chanoch Dov Padwa, interred at Enfield Adas Yisroel Cemetery, and
not in Jerusalem or at Vizhnitz, Bnei Brak. The elaborate Ohel erected
over his grave is frequently visited by all sections of the Chassidic
community.The
Rebbe left many unpublished writings, including glosses on the works of
Rabbi Moses Sofer, on Toldos Yaakov Yosef by Rabbi Jacob Joseph of
Polonnoye, on the responsa of Rabbi Sholom Mordechai Schwadron and on
the works of Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai. His nephews, of Borough
Park and Bnei Brak, took possession of his printed Hebrew books and
original manuscripts.

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