||Several works on and by the Admor of Spinka, R. Joseph Meir b. Shmuel Zvi Weiss (1838-1909). Born in Munkacs, as a child, Joseph Meir became known as an "Illui." He studied under his uncle R. Yitzhak Eizig of Svalyava. He also visited R. Shalom Rokeah of Belz. In 1852, he was sent to Ungvar to study under R. Meir ben Judah Leib Eisenstadt. He then continued his studies under R. Eisenstadt's son, R. Menahem, and under R. Shmelke Klein of Nagyszollos.
In 1854, he married Pearl, the daughter of R. Mordecai of Borsa, a descendant of R. Meir of Przemyshlan, where he lived for a number of years and established a yeshiva. Apart from R. Shalom Rokeah of Belz, whom he called "my master, my teacher, and my guide," he also visited R. Mendel Hager of Vishnitz and R. Yitzhak Eizig of Zydaczov, who encouraged him to become a rebbe. He corresponded with the leading rabbinical authorities of his time, among them, R. Yitzhak Elhanan Spector of Kovno and R. Shalom Mordecai Hakohen Schwadron of Brzezany.
In the summer of 1857, his young wife died suddenly. A year later, he remarried. After Purim 1868, his second wife died in Munkacz, leaving him with two young daughters. In 1870, he married the widowed daughter of R. Ezra Jacob Bash of Spinka, a hasid of Zanz.
In Sivan 1873, he became rebbe in Spinka. Thousands of hasidim from Hungary and Galicia thronged to him. like all Hungarian Jews, he was deeply concerned about the Tisza-Eszlar blood accusation of 1882. Apart from his regular yoshvim, all were welcome in his house. "Eat, dear children, eat!" the rabbi exhorted his indigent guests. Every day he distributed eighteen guldenone-third to the poor, one-third to his yoshvim, and one-third to the poor of the Holy Land.
His works were published posthumously: Imrei Yosef on Genesis (Sighet, 1910); on Exodus (Munkacs, 1911); on Leviticus and Numbers (Sighet, 1913); on Deuteronomy (Seini, 1922); on Festivals, part one (Varanov, 1929); part two (Varanov, 1931); Hakdamot Likkutei Torah VeHaShas (Munkacs, 1911); Kuntres Berakhot VeHodaot (Sighet, 1912); Zemirot Shabbat (Brooklyn, 1974); and Sefer Minhagei Spinka (Bene Berak, 1981). In Elu11974, his remains were brought from Romania and reinterred, in Petah Tikvah.