Rabbi Chaim Dovid Nota Wichnin O"BM was born in the Chassidic city of Bobruisk on the 28th of Menachem-Av 5698 (1938). His father, Rabbi Nachman Dov z"l, was known in Lubavitch as Berel Schedriner named after Schedrin, the village built by the Tzemach Tzedek to help Jews support themselves by developing the land.
After WWII broke out, the family escaped to Samarkand where his mother and sister perished in 5702 (1941) because of the terrible hunger and sicknesses that prevailed in the city. Rabbi Wichnin left Russia with his father posing as Polish citizens wishing to return back home after the war. They lived in Hallein, Austria and then moved on to France where he studied in the new Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brunoy. Finally, they settled in Montreal, Canada (5711-1951). Rabbi Wichnin enrolled in the Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva where he excelled in his learning. He was also recalled by his peers at the Yeshiva for his stellar personality.
Rabbi Wichnin first traveled to the Rebbe in Tishrei 5712 (1951). He got married in 5723 (1962) and moved to Brooklyn, NY. There, he started a lifelong journey of teaching and educating in many Yeshivos and schools. He was also the principal of the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Boston.
In 5737 (1976) he was called upon to serve as the Rosh Yeshivah of Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown, NJ where he taught, inspired, and uplifted many hundreds of students and their families until his passing on the 26th or Tammuz 5755 (1995). During this time, he was also was the Rav of Congregation Tzemach Tzedek - Lubavitch in Monsey, NY.
Rabbi Wichnin is fondly remembered by his students and congregants for his wise advice, compassionate heart, and listening ear. His broad knowledge, coupled with his sense of humor, drew many to him. He guided and helped people, from all walks of life, spiritually, and materially. In his own unique style, he made a point of connecting to everyone at their level and as a Chassid-Par-Excellence he made a lasting impression on those who met him. Decades later, he is still sorely missed by those whom he influenced.