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Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Shurkin

November 28th, 2008 · 15 Comments

Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin
d. 1 Av, 1963 (5723) Rosh Chodesh
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Directions to kever:

Beth David Cemetery
300 Elmont Road
Elmont, NY 11003
Location: Jericho Avenue, between Jackson and Monroe

Reb Irving Bunim, the noted askan (community advocate) is buried directly across the road from Rav Shurkin.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chaim B. // Mar 31, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Where is his FIL, Rav Avroham Kontrowitz, the Chief Rabbi of Newark, NJ buried?

  • 2 Ah Shtikle History // Apr 1, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Beth Shemesh, moved from the Newark cemetery where he was originally buried.

  • 3 curios // Feb 5, 2010 at 8:34 am

    His father-in-law was Reb Yaakov Kanterovitz, father R’ Avrohom.

  • 4 curios // Feb 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

    His son is Reb Michel Shurkin from Yerushalayim, a big talmid of R’ J.B. Soloveitchik.

  • 5 Correction // Jan 6, 2011 at 4:33 am

    There is a beautiful detailed biography of HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Moishe Shurkin zt”l printed at the end of the new edition of “Shiurei Rebbe Yaakov Moishe Shurkin” on Mesechta Baba Kama.

    Correction to to Directions to kever:
    In Elmont cemetary, the kever is on Jericho Avenue, between Jackson Ave and Monroe Ave. (Best to stop in office for map.)

    Corrections to 4 responses above:

    His father-in-law was HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Kantorovich zt”l, which those that knew him (including his nephew HaGaon HaRav Moishe Feinstein zt”l) held of him as the Gaon HaDor. He was Rav of Timkavitch in Russia and at the end of his life, when the communist took over Russia, and all rabbonim’s lives were in danger, he and R’ Moishe were of the last Rabbonim to escape to America where HaRav Kantorovich bacame rav of Trenton, NJ. He authored Tzilusa DeShmaatsa on the Shev Shmaatsa, Chidushei HaGR”Y and other seforim.
    He was originally buried in Trenton. Later on, with a specific psak from his nephew R’ Moishe, the kever was moved to the chelkas harabbonim in Beis Shemesh, E”Y.

    Rav Avrohom Kantorovitch, mentioned above, was a son of Harav Yaakov and a brother-in-law of HaRav Shurkin. He was a shochet in Mexico who had a strong mesorah of nikkur which he passed down to younger butchers. Every year on both his mother’s yarhtzeit and his father’s yarhtzeit he would make a siyum mesechta, and he was mesayim sha”s. He was active in publishing his father’s seforim and wrote introductions t them.

    HaGaon HaRav Y. M. Shurkin’s son, HaGaon R’ Michel shlit”a, is also a talmid of his father, HaGaon R’ Moishe, HaG’ R’ Leib Malin and HaG’ R’ Shmuel Charkover zt”l. He is a Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshivas Toras Moishe in ih”k Yerushalim t”v.

  • 6 Jerusalamite // Jan 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    His father’s full name was Yechiel Michel. Interesting why it’s not on the kever.

  • 7 Jerusalemite // Jan 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    He learned in Radin for 16 years straight, and was zoiche to be one of the ones who did the tAharah on the heiliger Chofetz Chaim.

  • 8 Commentor // Jan 31, 2011 at 3:13 am

    HaGaon R’ Mendel Zaks zt”l (son-in-law of the Chofetz Chaim and Rosh Yeshiva in Radin) wrote the nusach of this matzeivah of Hagaon Harav Shurkin zt”l. They were very close.

  • 9 Commentor // Jan 31, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Harav Shurkin’s wife’s kever is across the road from him. (She was maarich yomim, and was niftarah appx. 45 years after him. [Harav Shurkin was niftar at the relatively young age of 62. His wife was about 9 years younger than him and was close to 100 at her petirah.])

  • 10 Note // Feb 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    He was Rosh Yeshivas Rabeinu Chaim Berlin from the start until he was niftar. Should have been noted on the matzeivah…

  • 11 Note // Feb 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    This bais olam is a few blocks from the Rebbe z”ls Ohel and Ohel Chabad-Lubavitch Center
    226-20 Francis Lewis Boulevard
    Cambria Heights, NY 11411
    Tel: (718) 723-4545
    very easy with GPS
    (For GPS Navigation that is unable to recognize “Cambria Heights”; change to:
    Springfield Gardens or Queens)

    Interesting – they were cousins, born in the same small hamlet Podobranka deep in White Russia over 100 years ago, and endend up having kevorim on the other side of the world not to far from each other!

    If you read the Toldos closely, they did not have much connection, having met here in America only one time. However, there is a letter from the Rebbe where he refers to Harav Shurkin z”l as ” hu ben iri umishpachti v’yorei Elokim bemes”. They say this is the only time the Rebbe wrote on someone “yorei Elokim bemes”…

  • 12 YD Miller // Feb 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm


    You will need to point out which Rebbe you are reffering to (I think you are talking about Lubavitch but not 100 % Sure).

    How were they related?

  • 13 relative // Mar 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Hagaon Rav YM was the younger son of R. Michel and Chaya Henya Shur, a scion of a prominent chabad family in Podobranka (R. YM had it changed at a later date, most likely to evade the Russian military draft).

    His mothers father was R. Zalman Freidin who in turn was the son in law of R. Zalman Chaikin of Podobranka.

    R. Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn was a grandson of the aforementioned R. Zalman Chaikin as well. He and R. YM’s mother were first cousins. His son, the Lubavitcher Rebbe and R. YM were second cousins.

  • 14 Great Grandson of HaRav Meir Shur A"H, older brother of Harav Shurkin // Apr 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Small correction to 11: The Rebbe was born in Nikolayev, it was his father HaRav Levi Yitzchok ZT”L who was born in Podobranka. Where can this letter referring to HaRav Shurkin be seen? I have never seen it before, plus as i wrote, while he was a relative, he was not ben-iro.

  • 15 Visitor // Feb 6, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Maran Hagaon R’ Moishe Feinstein z”l. a first cousin and close friend of Harav Shurkin z’l, was asked to write the nusach of the matzeivah. R’ Moishe z”l deemed it an honor. However, he replied “Der kovod kumt tzu R’ Mendel Zaks” (R’ Mendel being himself a gaon hador, and close like family to Harav Shurkin from 16 years together in the same Bais Medrash of Radin and later in America.)

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