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Rabbi Abba Chaim Levinsohn

April 26th, 2012 · 11 Comments

Rabbi Abba Chaim Levinsohn

אבא חיים ב"ר יצחק אייזיק

Chief Rabbi, Baltimore, MD

Date of Death: Sat. June 8, 1912 - Sivan 23 5672

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: B'nai Israel Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland maintains computerized records and will provided a assistance upon request. The ohel is in extremely poor condition, caution should be exercised when approaching

Biographical Notes:

Levinshon Abba Chaim Baltimore
Photo Caption: Rav Abba Chaim Levinsohn, Credit: B’nai Israel, The Downtown Synagogue

Credit: Sam Schecter, Baltimore, MD

Credit: Sam Schecter, Baltimore, MD

Credit: Sam Schecter, Baltimore, MD

Tags: Baltimore, MD · Maryland

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Letter From The Rav // Apr 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  • 2 Farshlufen // Apr 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    What is involved in getting this ohel repaired?

  • 3 Farshlufen // Apr 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    The NYT on his passing:

  • 4 Bentzion Turin // May 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Rabbi Levinson was a son-in-law of “R. Shlomo MaHarsha” of Shavel. R. Shlomo had a small yeshiva in Shavel where his talmidim learned for Semicha. R. Shlomo had four daughters. His oldest, Shayna Rivka, married Rabbi Levinson. Another daughter, Fruma Bryna, is my second great-grandmother making “R. Shlomo MaHarsha” my third great-grandfather (cont.)

  • 5 Bentzion Turin // May 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    R. Abba Levinson had a large library that was given to the yeshiva in St. Louis when he passed away. I have been searching for this library for many years as I am looking for my ggg grandfather’s seforim so I can re-print them. Shavel was destroyed by the russians and if any of R. Shlomo MaHarsha’s seforim survived they would have been in R. Abba Chaim Levinson’s library. (cont.)

  • 6 Bentzion Turin // May 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Additionally, according to R. Abba Chaim’s daughter, a sefer of Hespedim was published. I am looking for this sefer as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • 7 Cheskel // May 9, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Why was his Library given to a Yeshiva in the far away St. Louis ?

    Did he or someone of his family ever live there ?

  • 8 Rosh Haqohol // May 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Bentzion, do you which yeshiva it was given to but cannot find the actual collection or do you not know which yeshiva it was to begin with?

  • 9 Bentzion // May 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    R. Abba Chaim Levinson was very close to R. Zacharya Yosef Rosenfeld, chief rabbi of St. Louis. Rav Levinson wrote a very warm haskoma to Rav Rosenfeld’s sefer, “Tikvas Zecharya”, which was on hilchos carrying on shabbos. My theory is that they became close during the time that Rav Rosenfeld spend in Baltimore prior to moving to St. Louis. Rav Rosenfeld died 3 years after Rav Levinson and when the community in St. Louis decided to start a yeshiva in Rav Rosenfeld’s honor “Yeshiva Rabbi Zachariah Joseph” the Levinson family donated the seforim to the new yeshiva. The st. louis yeshiva closed in the 1960’s. I have been trying to track the seforim down, but have not had any success yet. Some have surmised that the chief rabbi of st. louis in the 1960’s may have taken the seforim and donated them to a yeshiva in Israel. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  • 10 Bentzion // May 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    If you google “Rabbi Zecharya Joseph Rosenfeld” you will find information about the yeshiva established in his name.

  • 11 YD Miller // Jul 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    The Jewish Morgan Journal reports on the funeral in Baltimore:

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