Simcha Bunim Alter

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Simcha Bunim Alter (Hebrew: שמחה בונים אלתר‎; April 6, 1898 – August 6, 1992), also known as the Lev Simcha (Hebrew: לב שמחה‎), after the works he authored, was the sixth Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty of Ger, a position he held from 1977 until his passing. [1]

Simcha Bunim Alter
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TitleGerrer Rebbe
Simcha Bunim Alter

(1898-04-06)April 6, 1898
DiedJuly 7, 1992(1992-07-07) (aged 94)
SpouseYuta Hena Alter
ChildrenChaya Ruda Yehudis Alter
Rivka Feyga Alter
Yaakov Aryeh Alter
Jewish leader
PredecessorYisrael Alter
SuccessorPinchas Menachem Alter
EndedMarch 1977 – July 7, 1992
Main workLev Simcha

In 1980, he instituted Yerushalmi Yomi, the daily learning of a page of the Jerusalem Talmud, similar to the renowned Daf Yomi for the Babylonian Talmud.[2]

He died of unknown causes on July 7, 1992 (7th of Tammuz 5752), and was interred in the cave of the Gerrer Rebbes in the Mount of Olives cemetery.

Rebbes of GerEdit

  1. Yitzchak Meir Alter (1799–1866)
  2. Chanokh Heynekh HaKohen Levin (1798–1870)
  3. Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter (1847–1905)
  4. Avraham Mordechai Alter (1866–1948)
  5. Yisrael Alter (1895–1977)
  6. Simcha Bunim Alter (1898–1992)
  7. Pinchas Menachem Alter (1926–1996)
  8. Yaakov Aryeh Alter (b. 1939)


  1. ^ Obituary: Rabbi Simha Bunem Alter, The Independent, (July 11, 1992).
  2. ^ Holder, Meir (1986). History of the Jewish People: From Yavneh to Pumbedisa. Mesorah Publications Ltd. p. 315. ISBN 9780899064994.
Jewish titles
Preceded by
Yisrael Alter
Gerrer Rebbe
Succeeded by
Pinchas Menachem Alter