Rabbi Pinhas Hirschprung
Rabbi Pinhas Hirschprung was a Polish rabbi of Hasidic ancestry, who later immigrated to Montreal, Canada, where he served as Chief Rabbi.
He was born to Rabbi Chaim Hirschprung in the city of Dukla in 1912. He first learned with his grandfather Rabbi DovidTzviZehmin (who was also the teacher of the Rebbe of Klausenburg, Rabbi YekusielYehudahHalberstam) and later became the prime student of Rabbi Meir Shapiro, Dean of the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva and founder of the DafYomi movement. After he reached the age of bar mitzvah, he wrote his first book of Torah novella “PriPinchas” and then went on to write another book “Ohel Torah” soon after. After Rabbi Shapiro died in 1933, Rabbi Hirschprung would test prospective students for admittance to the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. During World War II, he escaped to Kobe, Japan via Lithuania and then traveled on to Shanghai. In 1941, he reached Canada on the last boat to leave before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He served as the chief Rabbi of Montreal from 1969 until his passing on January 25, 1998. Rabbi Hirschprung shared a very close relationship with the LubavitcherRebbe and served as one of the Rosh Yeshivas at the Chabad Yeshiva TomcheiTmimim Montreal until his passing.