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Chanoch Henoch Bornsztain
Fourth Sochatchover Rebbe
Term mid-1940's-1965
Full name Chanoch Henoch Bornsztain
Born  ?
Nasielsk, Poland
Died 23 September 1965
Buried Har HaMenuchot, Jerusalem
Dynasty Sochatchov
Predecessor Dovid Bornsztain
Successor Menachem Shlomo Bornsztain
Father Shmuel Bornsztain
Mother Yuta Leah, daughter of Eliezer Lipman of Radomsk
Issue Menachem Shlomo Bornsztain

Rabbi Chanoch Henoch Bornsztain (died 23 September 1965), also spelled Borenstein or Bernstein, was the fourth Rebbe of the Sochatchov Hasidic dynasty. He acceded to the position of Rebbe following the death of his older brother, Rabbi Dovid Bornsztain, the third Sochatchover Rebbe, who died in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Rabbi Dovid's children were also killed during the Holocaust, leaving no survivors. As Rabbi Chanoch Henoch had moved to Palestine and established a beth midrash in Jerusalem during the 1920's, his assumption of the title of Admor relocated the Sochatchover dynasty from its home in Poland to the new state of Israel, where it flourishes to this day.


Chanoch was the second son of Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain, the second Sochatchover Rebbe, and his wife, Yuta Leah. He grew up in the presence of his illustrious grandfather, Rabbi Avrohom Bornsztain, also known as the Avnei Nezer, who founded the Sochatchover dynasty.

In 1924, Rabbi Chanoch accompanied his brother Rabbi Dovid to Palestine for the purpose of purchasing land. Rabbi Dovid put a down payment on a site south of Ramla. Upon his return to Poland, however, his efforts to collect the remainder of the money were stymied by Polish laws, and he lost his down payment as well as the right to the land.

Meanwhile, Rabbi Chanoch stayed in Jerusalem, living first in the Bucharim neighborhood and then settling in the new Bayit VeGan neighborhood, where he established a beth midrash (study hall).

Upon the death of their father in 1926, Rabbi Dovid acceded to the leadership of the Sochatchover Hasidim, while Rabbi Chanoch continued to live and study in Palestine.

After World War II, when Rabbi Chanoch heard about the death of his brother in the Warsaw Ghetto, he was inconsolable. Later, he accepted the request of the Sochatchover Hasidim to be their leader. He established his court in Jerusalem, preferring to remain in that city even during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, when his followers in Tel Aviv urged him to join him there.[1]

Rabbi Chanoch led the Hasidut until his death on 23 September 1965 (26 Elul 5725). He is buried on Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem.

His son, Rabbi Menachem Shlomo Bornsztain, succeeded him as Rebbe.

Rebbes of Sochatchov

  1. Avrohom Bornsztain, the Avnei Nezer (1838-1910)
  2. Shmuel Bornsztain (I), the Shem Mishmuel (1856-1926)
  3. Dovid Bornsztain (1876-1942)
  4. Chanoch Henoch Bornsztain (d. 1965)
  5. Menachem Shlomo Bornsztain (d. 1969)
  6. Shmuel Bornsztain (II) (b. 1961)


  1. Growise, Yisroel Alter. The Sochatchover Rebbe, Harav Menachem Shlomo Bornstein, zt"l, 40 Years Since His Tragic Passing. Hamodia Features section, 27 August 2009, pp. C4-5.


  • Rossoff, Dovid (1999). Where Heaven Touches Earth: Jewish life in Jerusalem from medieval times to the present. Jerusalem: Guardian Press. ISBN 0-87306-879-3

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