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Rabbi Yehuda Binyamin Middleman

July 17th, 2013 · 16 Comments

Rabbi Yehuda Binyamin Middleman

יהודה בנימין ב"ר משה

Rav, 83 Bayard Street Shul

Date of Death: Thu. June 1, 1865 - Sivan 5 5625

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Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Judah Benjamin

Biographical Notes:

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Tags: New York · Pre 1900 · Queens / L.I., NY

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 asher // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Rav Mittleman (Middleman) was one of the founders of Beis Midrash Hagadol, alongside Rav Yoseh Ash and others, later he split (due to the Shchiteh controversy + dispute regarding Aron Friedman, Baal Shem of America, listed on this site) and created a a minyan in his house which eventually became the Kalavarier congregation. From the link below, he was extremely machmur except being lenient regarding uncovering hair and about the schiteh issue.

    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pagefeed/hebrewbooks_org_6655_247.pdf

    (Mentioned also in this link that Rav Ash was paid a weekly salary of $2 (for his three positions in the Shul, Rav, Shamash and collecting the shul duties)… 130 years later $2 doesn’t pay for a bagel… at one point Rav Ash left the Rabbinic position, went into business and was quite successful, later went back to become a Rabbi)

  • 2 YD Miller // Jul 18, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Rabbi Middleman (this is how we wrote his name in English and even in Hebrew/Yiddish מידלמאן/מידדעלמאן) was perhaps one of the earliest Rabbonim in the US from Ausria-Hungarian empire or Galicia.

    He was born in Lwow-Lemberg and became close to the great Shoel U’maishiv (there are several Tchuvas adressed to Middleman in SM after he was already in NY, dating back to 1850-1860).

    He moved to Warsaw and later came to NY approximately in the early 1840’s, he published a sefer named נתיבות אמת which was later translated into English under the name “Paths of Truth”, this was against a missionary attack written be Rev. Dr. McCaul under the name “Old Paths”.

    Here is the notice of his passing in The Occident:
    http://www.jpress.org.il/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin_TAU.asp?From=Search&Key=OCC/1865/07/01/48/Ar04800.xml&CollName=OCC_1860_1869&DOCID=2098&PageLabelPrint=48&Skin=TAUHe&enter=true&Publication=OCC&AppName=2&Hs=advanced&AW=1374162683171&sPublication=OCC&tauLanguage=&sScopeID=All&sSorting=Score%2cdesc&sQuery=middleman&rEntityType=&sSearchInAll=false&ViewMode=HTML

  • 3 Ben Bee Zee // Jul 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    It was actually Rav Ash who split away from the Bayard Street “synagogue”, and created the Beth Medrash Hagodol.

    In one of his Tchuvas to New York, the great Shoel Umeshiv writes on Middleman; He’s a light tower to the yidden of New York!

  • 4 YD Miller // Jul 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    אודות ר’ יודא מידעלמאן מניויארק אודיעהו כי יש לי הרבה שאלות ממנו גם בגיטין והוא נר לרגלי היושבים שם כי הוא בעל תורה
    (שואל ומשיב מהדורא תליתאה סי’ קפ”ה)
    http://hebrewbooks.org/pagefeed/hebrewbooks_org_1424_66.pdf

  • 5 asher // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    BBZ, Didn’t Rav Ash split (much later) from the Bayard after Rav Middleman left to form his own minyan…?

  • 6 Ben Bee Zee // Jul 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

    you might be right

  • 7 Ben Bee Zee // Jan 7, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks to Asher Lowy for all the photos, thanks Boruch for posting

  • 8 Motti Sofer // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

    נתיבות אמת was never published. A part of is was translated and published in London, 1847.
    The nexus between this Middleman and the author of “Netibot Emeth” should be taken cautiously.
    The only source for this is the Occident obituary Miller linked (thank you). The Occident itself discloses receiving “no particular account”.
    The entry for the author of Netibot in JE makes no mention that he lived and died in America; rather uncharacteristic of JE.http://kevarim.com/rabbi-yehuda-middleman/#more-8223
    None of the accounts of our Middlman’s life mention living or serving as a rabbi in London. Moreover, although this website lists R’ Middleman as the Rav of the Bayard St. Shul, there is no record of that. He was the founder of the original minyan as well as a cofounder of Beth HaMedrash Hagadol, but it is not known that he served in the rabbinic capacity. (Barring the unreliable Occident obituary.)
    The Shoel U’maishiv doesn’t describe him as a rav. In a 1855 directory of New York (NYPL Collections) there is a Judah Middleman on 123 Walker whose occupation was “peddler.”

  • 9 Motti Sofer // Jun 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Sorry, this is the correct link
    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/10799-middleman-judah

  • 10 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I have multiple documents to prove that he was indeed not just the founder of the Bayard Street Congregation and a great scholar but also served officially as its Dayan. Rabbi Middleman arrived at these shores in 1847 and already in early 1848 he wrote articles in the Occident to attack the Reform movement, (see, The Occident 01/06/1848)

    “Path of Truth” By Rabbi Judah Middleman
    https://goo.gl/uyRHGi

  • 11 Motti Sofer // Jun 2, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Ben,

    Okay. “Path of Truth” doesn’t indicate that he was rav of the shul, or that he was even the author of that sefer. Articles in Occident don’t either tell us anything regarding this question.
    You have documents… Would you care to share them with us?

  • 12 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:22 am

    All I can tell you is that the Rabbi Judah Middleman arrived to the US shores on September 2, 1847 and was previously a resident of Great Britain, it’s unknown so far of any rabbinic scholar with the exact same name.

    It is also my assumption that the reason he came here is directly related to the publishing of his book “path of truth” in 1847. Rev. McCaul’s book “old path” was very famous at the time and was translated into many languages. It’s fair to say that Rabbi Middleman had what to fear and therefore fled the country. Again this is my personal assumption…

  • 13 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:43 am

    In the 1850 (under the name Joseph) & 1855 census his occupation is Peddler and I know that he made and sold liquor at the time, he obviously had to make a living.

  • 14 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:48 am

    His occupation in 1860 was ‘silver refiner’

    Name: Judah Middelman
    Birth Year: abt 1807
    Age: 40
    Gender: Male
    Embarkation: Liverpool
    Ship: Senator
    Occupation: Liquor Maker
    Passengers: 282
    Compartment: Steerage
    Native Country: Great Britain
    Destination: USA
    Arrival Place: New York, New York, USA
    Arrival Date: 2 Sep 1847
    Transit Type: Staying in the U.S.

  • 15 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

    His occupation in 1860 was ‘silver refiner’.

    There were classified ads in the newspapers of both his occupations so this is not a secret and at the same time there were other articles about his involvement with the shul.

    Name: Judah Middelman
    Birth Year: abt 1807
    Age: 40
    Gender: Male
    Embarkation: Liverpool
    Ship: Senator
    Occupation: Liquor Maker
    Passengers: 282
    Compartment: Steerage
    Native Country: Great Britain
    Destination: USA
    Arrival Place: New York, New York, USA
    Arrival Date: 2 Sep 1847
    Transit Type: Staying in the U.S.

  • 16 Ben Bee Zee // Jun 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

    There were classified ads in the newspapers of both his occupations so this is not a secret and at the same time there were other articles about his involvement with the shul.

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