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Rabbi Chaim Leib Rifkish

May 15th, 2009 · 14 Comments

Rabbi Chaim Leib Rifkish

חיים ליב ב"ר יעקב דוב

Baal (author), Ariel

Date of Death: Thu. October 19, 1939 - Cheshvan 6 5700

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Cemetery Details
1180 Wellwood Avenue
West Babylon, NY 11704
United States

Phone: 631-249-7000


Cemetery Map:

Notes: See cemetery website for hours and directions.

Directions to Kever: New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon on Long Island should not be confused with Old Montefiore Cemetery in Springfield Gardens, Queens. Location: Block: 9, Row: 6, Grave: 4L, Society: CHEVRA BNAE ABRAHAM ANSHA EAST NEW YORK

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: RIFKISH, CHAIN

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Yaakov Dovid Rifkish, Credit: David S. Rosenthal, DC

In Memorial:
Rav Shmuel Eliezer HaLevi Eidels (d.1631), Maharsha

Photo Caption: Ohel and kever of Maharsha,
Note: The noted askonim, Eli Glaser and Joel Shafran of Kew Gardens Hills can be seen in the second photo.

Photo Caption: Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum, K’hal Nachlas Yitzchok, Kew Gardens Hills, NY at the tzion of Maharsha, May 2019, Credit: IFJCAH


Credit: David Weider, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tags: New York · Queens / L.I., NY

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BBL // May 17, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    He may be a descendant of the Minchas Chinuch.

  • 2 Miller // May 17, 2009 at 7:43 pm


    How, did the Minchas Chinuch have a daughter with the name Ravkesh?

  • 3 azi // May 17, 2009 at 8:08 pm


    the same way R’ Y. E. Spector can have a son named Rabinowitz.

  • 4 Miller // May 18, 2009 at 10:40 am

    So you are saying that he had a son Ravkesh?

  • 5 Miller // Aug 4, 2009 at 2:02 am

    His father Reb Yaakov Dov was Rav in a town called Chamsk.

    The sefer Ariel that you mention in his title is availible online, it is basically on the topic of the new Israeli Clonoies and settelments that started just around then and created the Chovevi Zion movement which this Rav seemed to be a part of.

    The Haskomes are also from the Rabonim in that time who were in support of this movement like Rav Rienes from Lida and Rav Mohliver.

  • 6 bzr // Aug 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    is he a descendant of the beer hagolah (on shulchan oruch) whose name was ravkish?

  • 7 YG // Jun 6, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I was there two days ago. His kever is overgrown with greenery and perhaps a tree. Does anyone know if he has relatives here who can address this with the cemetery administration?

  • 8 Admin // Jun 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Do you remember the exact location in the cemetery?
    Thank you,

  • 9 YG // Jun 7, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Section 3, block 9. You enter the gate marked Chevra Bnei Avraham Anshe East New York and walk almost directly 6 rows back. It is in the middle of a row, covered over by overgrowth, as are a number of matzeivos in that area. Very disturbing scene for a kever, especially for someone who apparently was a great talmid chacham.

  • 10 michael tannenbaum // Mar 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Any minchas chinuch descendants named tannenbaum?

  • 11 Chaim Freedman // Mar 8, 2012 at 6:37 am

    “bzr // Aug 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    is he a descendant of the beer hagolah (on shulchan oruch) whose name was ravkish?”

    Moshe Rivke’s not Ravkesh.

  • 12 Dave Rosenthal // Apr 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I believe this is my great, great grandfather. My dad is named after him and my grandfather was named after Rav chaim levs father, rav yakov dov. In the sefer ariel he says in the last paragraph that his ancestors with the Maharsha.
    if anyone has any info about the city of chamsk or anything please contact me.

  • 13 Yonah Lindner // Dec 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    My father said. We are descendants of MC and we have descend from Tenenbaums. I would like to be in touch with you .

  • 14 Yonah Lindner // Nov 5, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    MICHAEL TANNENBAUM ,I would love to be in touch.

    My father said. We are descendants of MINCHAS CHINUCH and we have descend from TANENBAUM’S. I would like to be in touch with you .Please EMAIL,first name and last name at


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