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A while back I was reading about Menachem Mendel Morgensztern Rebbe of Kotzk and found out that the last Kotzker Rebbe in Europe lived in Wyszków my ancestral town. Is there a continuation of the Kotzk dynasty today? Is there a Rebbe? Are there Chasidic who call themselves Kotskers?

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  • My great-grandmother's grandmother was related to him. I wish I could still see the Kotzk chassidus Nov 16, 2023 at 19:11

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The last person to have gone by the title "the Kotzker Rebbe" who carried the title along the direct line of succession from the first Kotzker Rebbe was Rabbi Yitzchak Zelig Morgenstern. He died in 1939 shortly after the Nazis invaded Poland. As a technicality his son Rabbi Binyamin Paltiel Morgenstern succeeded him but at the time he was a rabbi elsewhere in Poland (in Sokolov) and under Nazi oppression. He and most other children and and virtually all the Hasidim themselves were murdered in Auschwitz. His grandson Rabbi Mendel Meir Morgenstern did survive the holocaust and founded a synagogue in Bnei Brak called Sokolov-Kotzk. That synagogue is still around and is as close of a place that considers itself to be a direct continuation of the Kotzk dynasty that is around today as there is.

Many Polish based Hasidic groups consider themselves to be offshoots of and based on Kotzk. The current and previous two Novominsker Rebbes are biologically descendants of Rabbi Yitzchak Zelig Morgenstern mentioned above (and by extension the Kotzker himself).

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I know this post is old. I am a descendant. The last official "kotzker rebbe" was Reb Dovid Shlomo Morgenstern. He was the oldest son of rebbe yakov menachem mendel Morgenstern the rebbe of vengrov. During the war he served as a Rabbi in one of the two shuls In Glasgow Scotland and ended up in Chicago leading a shul.

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Gur and Kotzk were/are closely affiliated, and therefore continues through Gur.

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  • Yes but they are different dynasties. Gur or Gerer chasids don’t describe themselves as Kotzker Hasidim Oct 7, 2019 at 19:59
  • @YehoshuaShalomHaleviSegal They don't, but I've heard it said that the Chidushei Harim's Torah is pure Kotzker Torah.
    – Yehuda
    Nov 17, 2023 at 4:04

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