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Rabbi Yaakov Raphael Cohen

June 22nd, 2012 · 5 Comments

Minister, Mikveh Israel. Philadelphia, PA
d. 20 Elul, 1811 (5571)
Prior to the 1900’s, the Chazan or Minister of a congregation was the central
rabbinic figure. Wedding sermonizes, divorces, circumcision, est. were all the function of the Chazan.
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Tags: Pennsylvania · Philadelphia, PA · Pre 1900

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YD Miller // Jun 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Biopgraphy:

    http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=2334

  • 2 YD Miller // Jun 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    His son was Rabbi Abraham Chaim Cohen of Richmond, VA, it appears that his Matzieve is inscribed in Hebrew only here is the translation:

    (Translation of Hebrew)
    The priests shall bless Israel.
    A man of fine spirit, merciful, noble and large hearted, full of wisdom and
    understanding and God-fearing. His hands were always open for righteousness;
    their works were good. The good and evil he received with love. He was buried
    with the songs of Israel.
    Abraham Hyam Cohen
    departed this life Shebat 6501
    (February 1841) and was buried with his fathers.

    from here:
    http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/richmond/cemeteries/hebrew02.txt

  • 3 Farshlufen // Jul 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Opinion on Cohanim, in handwriting of Abraham H. Cohen, son of hazan Cohen of Philadelphia

    http://digital.cjh.org/view/action/nmets.do?DOCCHOICE=1112149.xml&dvs=1341412808875~133&locale=en_US&search_terms=&adjacency=&VIEWER_URL=/view/action/nmets.do?&DELIVERY_RULE_ID=1&usePid1=true&usePid2=true

  • 4 Ben Bee Zee // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Rabbi Cohen was the first ordained Rabbi in Canada where he came in 1778 serving the Sephardic Congregation before he was called to Philadelphia

  • 5 Gail // Oct 3, 2015 at 3:06 am

    This is in error. Abraham Cohen my 4 greats grandfather, was born in
    Canada, butied was his father Jacob Raphael Cohen who was first Rabbi in Canada. Abraham married Sarah Jeanett Picken, whose mother was an English aristocrat who eloped to America (Manhatten) with Andrew Picken. SJ wrote a book, Henry Luria, which you can get from google books for about $8.00. After their son Henry Luria (after whom the book is named) died at about 8 years old, the couple divorced. ONe of their daughters remained Jewish and the other three became Anglicans.

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