A Conversation With A Skverer Chassid
Last night, I had a telephone conversation with a Skverer chassid from Brooklyn about minhagim in Ukraine. In the midst of our conversation, this rabbi informed me that the previous Skverer Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, had the Rabbeinu Tam tefillin of the Degel Machaneh Ephraim. After the Previous Rebbe passed away in 1968, these tefillin were given to the present Skverer Rebbe in New Square, who currently has them in his possession.
I would be fascinated to learn how the Degel's tefillin ended up in New Square, New York. In the Toldos section of the 1995 printing of Degel Machaneh Ephraim there is a note that the Degel had three sons: Rabbi Yaakov Yechiel, Rabbi Yitzchok, and Rabbi Yosef. Rabbi Yosef's daughter married the grandson of the Meor Einayim (Rebbe Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl). The Meor Einyaim even traveled to my family's shtetl to attend this wedding. Perhaps it was from this connection that the Degel's tefillin finally made their way to the Twersky family.
I look forward to talking with this rabbi from Brooklyn again next week after has had a chance to find out more information about this subject.