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Rabbi Yehuda Barit

September 23rd, 2009 · 19 Comments

Rav, New York City
d. 24 Shevat, 1895 (5655)
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Directions to kever:
Bayside Cemetery
80-35 Pitkin Avenue
Ozone Park, NY 11417
(Gate: 55, towards the back of the cemetery.)
The cemetery is in disarray, use caution when visiting!!!

Tags: New York · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY · Unknown

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Farshlufen // Sep 23, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Who says that he was a rav?

  • 2 YD Miller // Sep 23, 2009 at 10:41 am

    In Kovne there was a famous Rabbi and Rosh yeshivah Rav Yaakov Barit (the Rabbi of Reb Velvel Margolis of NY, he mentions him countless times) I dont know if they are related.

    There was another Barit, Beb Zevulun Lieb of Plungeon.

  • 3 Baruch A // Sep 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Is your question who said he was a Rav in NYC?

  • 4 Chief Rabbi // Sep 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    It says Harav on the tombstone!!!!

  • 5 Farshlufen // Sep 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    The tomstone says that he was here only for a very short before his passing.

    ובטרם ידעת יומך פה
    דרך אנוש להבל דמה.

  • 6 YD Miller // Sep 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    The tombstone has in interesting writing all-together, can someone explain the meanings of:
    תחתיך איש אחר לא ידענו,
    נצחך באהבתך .. לנו
    צר לנו צר יגון שמענו
    בלתך אב אחר לא מצאנו

    pretty poor grammer.

  • 7 asher // Sep 23, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    On the base of the headstone (not pictured), it is engraved REV. JUDAH BARIT. If i remember correctly, there’s another person with the title REV buried on his immediate right.

    If you walk through that place, you’ll find many Kevarim with the title Rav – i always wondered how you can tell whether they were and orthodox Rav or not.

    In any case, i’d be thrilled if anyone has any more info on this Rav.

  • 8 Rabbi Stern // Sep 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Do you know the name of the society?

  • 9 asher // Sep 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    If i remember correctly, gate 55, i will double check on the cemetery map and the pictures i have. I haven’t been there in 5 weeks due to the summer schedule, IY”H i am resuming my weekly visits after Yom Kippur.

  • 10 YD Miller // Jan 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I find him listed as the Magid (Preacher) of the Congregation Mishkan Yiroel Anshie Suvolk on 56 Kristi St. in NY in 1892, see link

  • 11 Asher // Jan 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    YD, thank you so much… i am thrilled with your find! Was a magid (in those years) in place of a Rabbi? Does it mention anything on his stone about his livelihood?

  • 12 Ben Bee Zee // Jan 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    a Magid-Bal Darshen was a very famous article in those times. most of the Seforim published in America in that times were from such Magidim

  • 13 curios // Jan 28, 2010 at 3:58 am

    To YD Miller: If I’m not mistaken, Reb Yaakov Barit was in Vilna not Kovno.

  • 14 curios // Nov 30, 2010 at 5:11 am

    About Reb Yaakov Barit see here:
    Or here:

    He was known as Reb Yaakov Kovner, but actually lived most of his life in Vilna.

    About Reb Zevulun Barit mentioned above, see here:

  • 15 mt // Jun 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Reb Yaakov Barit was from kovna, then became dayan in vilna and led a yeshiva there..

  • 16 Anthony D Pisciotts // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I am happy to report that I was able to hoist Rabbi Barit’s stone back onto its base. I was able to return Rabbi Jaffe’s stone back to its base as well. I am not Jewish but the condition of these 2 rabbis resting place was upsetting none the less.

  • 17 YD Miller // Oct 7, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Anthony,

    You are doing a great thing with these restorations, we all owe you a big Thank You for all your efforts in restoring this devastated cemetery.

    Keep up your good work!

  • 18 Eli // Oct 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you Anthony for your great work!
    May you be blessed!

  • 19 chaim // Feb 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks, Anthony,

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