HaRav Nachum Mordechai Perlow, zt”l, of Novominsk, Poland, (5647 / 1887 - 5736 / 1976). Born in Novominsk, to HaRav Alter Yisrael Shimon (the Tiferet Ish) and grandson of R’ Yaakov, the first Novominsker Rebbe and author of the sefer Shufra D’Yaakov.
In 1916, he married Beila Rochma, the daughter of HaRav Yitzchak Zelig Morgenstern, the Sokolover Rebbe. The Sokolover Rebbe was one of the leading founders of Agudat Israel, as well as a Rosh Yeshiva. He was also a direct descendant of the Kotzker Dynasty, and he embodied the approach of Kotzk. Rav Nachum learned with his father-in-law for five years and later helped his father-in-law found the Yeshiva Beit Yisrael in Sokolov.
Reb Nachum Mordechai was given semichah by HaRav Eliezer Shalom, Rav of Piotrkov and HaRav Shmuel, Rav of Wengrob. He served as Rav in Sokolov, Poland, alongside his father-in-law.
In 5685 / 1925, Reb Nachum Mordechai moved to Eretz Yisrael, but, as he was unable to support himself there, was forced to return to Europe. He visited the United States in 5686-87 / 1926-27 to raise funds for the Sokolover yeshivah. While there, he was persuaded to remain by the Novominsker Chassidim who had arrived earlier, choosing to make his home and open his Beit Medrash in the Brooklyn.
Following the petirah of his father on 6 Tevet 5693 / 1933, Reb Nachum Mordechai became the Novominsker Rebbe of New York. He held court first on the Lower East Side and later in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where he attracted people from among both the Chassidic and the Lithuanian communities. It was said that his style of learning was similar to the Brisker derech halimud. Later on, he moved to Boro Park.
Reb Nachum Mordechai was active in Agudat Israel of America and other public bodies on behalf of American Jewry.
He was niftar on 9 Elul, 5736/1976, at the age of 89. He was succeeded by his son, HaRav Yaakov Perlow, shlita, the current Novominsker Rebbe and Rosh Agudat Israel of America.
Reb Nachum Mordechai’s divrei Torah were compiled under the name Pe’er Nachum on the Torah from assorted drashot.


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