Rabbi Yitzhak Nahum Twersky
Sometime around March or April 1910, a short time after writing hisconfession, the young Yitzhak Nahum married Sheve (Batsheva), thedaughter of R. Issachar Dov Rokeach (1854-1926), the revered
of Belz in Eastern Galicia. This rebbe himself was married to the grand-daughter of R. Aharon of Chernobyl (1787?-1871; the eldest son of R.Mordechai of Chernobyl), and after his marriage he remained in theChernobyl court for about a decade. Issachar Dov of Belz grew toadmire this branch of Hasidism and considered it a great privilege tohave married into it and made every effort to marry off his descendentsto this dynasty as well. Yitzhak Nahum already had been engaged toIssachar Dov’s daughter for six years but had still not seen the face of his future bride, though he had heard some rumors regarding her beautyand character. In his confession, he clearly expresses his trepidationsabout the bride that had been chosen for him without his consent, andhis fear of the life awaiting him in the Hasidic court of Belz.The wedding took place in Belz and, as was customary, Yitzhak Nahum went to live with his in-laws, who provided for his sustenance.
The Belzer rebbe, known to be extremely conservative, was a severeopponent of any trace of modernity. It would seem, however, that theyouthful rebellion that had been brewing within the breast of the youngYitzhak Nahum, and which was vociferously expressed in the pages of his confession, was assuaged, at least outwardly. The Belz court wasfamous for its fortified walls made up of the thousands of Hasidim whoflocked to it, and we can only guess how Yitzhak Nahum endured hisfirst days within the Hasidic court of which he had been so wary. More-over, in complete opposition to his expectations, the match was a suc-cess; he was fond of his bride and she was of him.
According toHasidic sources, Yitzhak Nahum quickly acclimated himself to the Belzway of life, and the Belz Hasidim greatly honored and appreciated him,“for his nobility and his sensitivity, the beauty of his features and thecleanliness of his clothes, his moderated speech, his respect of othersand his hospitality.”
“Rabbis who are not from among us, who come to Belz,” describesa late Belz source, “are met with by R. Yitzhak Nahum, in order to showthem that besides Hasidism, there is also Torah scholarship in Belz.Prominent guests, curious to ‘get a whiff’ of Belz, find great interest inhis home, as he is knowledgeable about all the problems that have comeup from time to time in the life of the Jews in Poland.”
Four years later, R. Yitzhak Nahum traveled back to Shpikov tovisit his ailing father. His father passed away on Passover 1914, and the