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Rabbi Mordechai Bord

July 15th, 2013 · 5 Comments

Rav, New York City
d. 29 Kislev 1911 (5672) Chanukah
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Washington Cemetery
5400 Bay Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Location: Section: 4, Along Ash Avenue, Gate/Post: 354, Society: Chevra Mishnaes Anshe Berezin
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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 curios // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Says on stone that he did not serve as Rav!

  • 2 asher // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Curios, correct, it seems from the text (line 5) that “he didn’t desire the Rabbinic pulpit”, however & obviously though, he was pulpit worthy and a Torah giant, as his title “Harav Hagadol” attests (or as written in line 4 “Sar V’gadol Nafal”).

  • 3 YD Miller // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

    It does seem from the marker that he was from a great caliber, here is the full text:

    מ’עיניך ר’ב ד’מעות כ’נחל י’זרום
    ב’עמדך פה בן אדם …. (חאנך?) דם
    ר’ב הישר, מאד גדול השבר
    ש’ר וגדול נפל, ופה מצא קבר
    מ’ורם היה לשאת משרת רב
    ע’ל כס רבנות שבת לא חמד
    ו’במאנו תורתו עשות קרדום
    נ’שא וסבל באמונה ותם
    וליום כ”ט כסלו תרע”ב עלתה נשמת אבינו
    הרב הגדול מרדכי בארד למרום
    M. Bord
    Died Dec. 20 1911
    Age 82 Years

  • 4 asher // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    YD, can u translate the line 5 (מ’ורם היה לשאת משרת רב) and 7 (ו’במאנו תורתו עשות קרדום), thx. Possibly cem records may have more info, say, any fam members buried in this gate, will IYH check next time around.

  • 5 YD Miller // Jul 18, 2013 at 11:22 am


    You translated it in your previous post, it says that although he was definitely the caliber of being a Rav, he chose not to accept a rabbinic position, so he should make use of the Torah “as a shovel to dig” (a talmudic phrase of using the Torah as an instrument to gain wealth).

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