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Rabbi Yehuda Binyamin Middleman

July 17th, 2013 · 7 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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Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY
Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY
Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

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

7 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.

    (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:

  • 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)

  • 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

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