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Rabbi Binyamin Gittelsohn

November 4th, 2009 · 12 Comments

Rabbi Binyamin Gittelsohn

בנימין ב"ר יהודה ליב

Chief Rabbi, Cleveland, Ohio

Date of Death: Fri. January 1, 1932 - Teves 22 5692

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Cemetery Details
3933 E. 57th Street
Cleveland, OH 44105
United States

Phone: 216.321.8284
Contact: Lee Freedman


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Gates are open 9:00AM – 5:00PM, closed Shabbos and all Jewish holidays. Caretaker on grounds on most days.

Directions to Kever: Lansing Cemetery Association in Cleveland, Ohio maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: See map below.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rabbi Benjamin Gittelsohn

Biographical Notes:

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Photo Caption: Rabbi Binyamin Gittelsohn, Source: J.D. Eisenstein

Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History IFJCAH

Bio Information:
Rav Gittelsohn was born in Lithuania (1851-1853), son of Rav Yehuda Leib a descendant of Rav Yeshaya Halevi Horowitz, Shelah Hakadosh. The Rav’s father passed away when he was eight. Impoverished, he wandered from town to town for charitable donations enabling him to receive a traditional yeshiva education. Rav Gittelsohn attended the yeshiva of Slabodka and thereafter Slonim where he was ordained. The Rav’s first rabbinical post was in Alanta and soon after, Troskunai, a small Lithuanian town. He remained very poor, because the Jewish community was unable to pay an adequate salary. In 1890, the Rav was asked to settle in Cleveland by the growing community of Lithuanian Jews in the city. After serving various congregations throughout the city he was appointed as the Moreh Dasrah of Oer Chodosh Anshe Sfard where he remained until his passing. As Cleveland’s first rabbinic scholar he was led to become the spiritual authority for many of the surrounding congregations.
Rav Gittelsohn published two seforim (books) Ha-Poteah ve-ha-Hotem (New York, 1898) and Seder Haggada shel Pesah ‘im Be’ur Nagid ve-Nafik (Jerusalem, 1904). Additionally, he wrote a commentary on Tefilah (prayer) that was never published. The Rav married Celia “Sippa” Alenik while still in Lithuania, they had 12 children.
(Based on information obtained from The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History)

Credit: Rabbibenjamingittelsohn website

Credit: Rabbibenjamingittelsohn website

Credit: Map to the kever of Rabbi Binyamin Gittelsohn

Tags: Cleveland, OH · Ohio

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rabbi Stern // Nov 4, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Rabbi Gittelson was an early member of the Agudath Harabonim.

  • 2 Shlomo // Apr 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    His safer:

  • 3 Yaakov Berger // Jul 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Row B-3 (north) (From JewishGen)

  • 4 YD Miller // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Still no photo of the kever?

    Here is another sefer from the Rav:

  • 5 Farshlufen // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Yahrzeit 22 Teves 5692 – Jan 1 1932

    Source: Jowbr

  • 6 ohaivsforim // Feb 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    is anyone aware where his writings that arent in a YU ended up?

  • 7 ohaivsforim // Apr 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    The Rav’s complete peirush on the Hagada was just published and I heard its amazing. Any idea where to find it and who did the job?

  • 8 YD Miller // Apr 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    בין המון הגדות הנדפסים בכל שנה ושנה נפלו עיני להגדש”פ ע”פ נגיד ונפיק שנדפסה זה עכשיו מחדש ע”י מו”ה שלום זשייקאב ממונסי הי”ו תלמידו של הגרי”ד שלעזינגער שליט”א.

    הגדה זו נדפסה לראשונה בירושלים לפני מאה ועשר שנים בשנת תרס”ד ונתחברה ע”י אחד מגאוני וגדולי ישראל שחיו חיי מרורים על אדמת אמעריקא וכמעט שנשכח זכרו, ה”ה הגאון רבי בנימין גיטעלזאהן זצ”ל אב”ד קליוולאנד בעמח”ס הפותח והחותם ושא”ס.

    רבי בנימין נפטר בשנת תרצ”ב ונטמן בקליוולאנד, מצבתו עדיין לא נצתלמה ולא בא זכרו באתר קברים, גם לתמונה מהרב לא זכינו עדיין, ואולי יש מחברינו פה דרך למצוא פרטים עליו.

    למה בחר הרב זשייקאב להדפיס את ספרו לא יודע אנכי, ההגדה נתעטר בהסכמת הג”ר שמואל עקיבא יפה-של”ז משטראסבורג אבי הגרי”ד שליט”א.

    בפתיחת הספר יש קוים קצרים לתולדותיו אבל לא עשה עבודת מחקר כראוי וכיאות לגאון הנשכח כמותו.

  • 9 Levi // Mar 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  • 10 ohaivsefer // Mar 25, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    To Levi, very interesting, where can I get the new hagodo?

  • 11 Levi // Mar 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    It was printed by R’ Shalom Jacob in Monsey NY
    He did a nice job!

  • 12 Dovid Gross // May 14, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    He considered himself “Rav of Cleveland.” That’s how he signed his name in a Haskama to a sefer written by my alte zaide in 1903.

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