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Rabbi Eliezer Silver

January 14th, 2008 · 34 Comments

Rabbi Eliezer Silver

אליעזר ב"ר בונים צמח

President, Agudath HaRabonim of the United States and Canada

Date of Death: Thu. February 8, 1968 - Shevat 9 5728

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Knesseth Israel Cemetery in Cincinnati maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request. From the main gate, in the middle section, to the left.

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Silver and Kopyczyncer Rebbe, Rebbe Avroham Yehoshua Heshel in conversation in Upstate New York
Photo Credit: From the library of Yitz Twersky, Kew Garden Hills, NY

Rav Silver
Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Silver, Credit: Needed
Silver and Boyan
Photo Caption: (L to R) Rav Eliezer Silver, Unknown, Rebbe Mordechai Shlomo Friedman, Boyaner Rebbe d. 1971, Credit: Needed
Rav_Eliezer_Silver Younger Years
Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Silver, Credit: Needed
Rav Silver II
Photo Caption: Rav Eliezer Silver, Credit:

Hamodia Magazine (2012) article:
Rav Eliezer Silver Hamodia


Credit: Machon Rav Silver

Credit: Machon Rav Silver

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Cincinnati, OH · Ohio

34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Miller // Mar 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Its interesting that they spelled on the Matzieve his name ?????? (I saw that his letterhead was also spelled that way) while he is now remembered and written ??????? or ?????

  • 2 Miller // May 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    My previous comment lost the Hebrew words, I was reffering to the diffrence of pernounciation between Zilber and Silver.

    Rabbi Silver, was first Rav in Harrisburg PA, where his son Rabbi David Leib Silver took over, any idea where his son is buried?

    Rav Silver had a famous SIL Rabbi Yehudah Gershoni who later lived in Isreal and printed the Shutah Mkubetzet Hachodosh he was known as an “Ilu” and I think he served in the Merchaz Harav yeshivah from the Mizrachi, can anyone confirm?

  • 3 azi // May 6, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Miller, Rav Silver himself published the Shita MeKubetzes on Yoma. I have seen it / used it. In fact there is a story that when Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik came to the states he gave a shuir to a large crowd of Rabbonim, one of them being his future friend Rav Silver, Rav Soloveitchiks father told him that he shouldn’t be intimidated by all the Rabbis with tall hats and long beards since they havent opened a sefer since they got off the boat. The only person you should be afraid of is Rav E. Silver. And after the shuir was over Rv Silver was indeed the only one to come over to the him with kashas on his shuir. The shuir was on maseches Yoma.

  • 4 Baruch A // May 7, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Rav Silver (son) moved to Kew Gardens Hills to live with his daughter. For many years he davened at Congregation Bais Yosef Dulem (Rabbi Freidman’s shule) as an unassuming congregant. I believe he is buried in EY, I will look into it.
    Thank you,

  • 5 Miller // May 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I asked rabbi Males who is now the Rabbi in Harrisburg PA in the Kesher Israel Congregation.
    His reply was that he was originally buried in Harrisburg and later on transferred to Isreal where he has a son living who is a Rosh Yeshivah in Kerem B’Yavne.

  • 6 Baruch A // Jun 10, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    This morning I met Rav Aaron Benyamin Silver in shule, he told me that his father requested that he be moved after a year.

  • 7 Akiva Males // Jan 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Rabbi David L. Silver z”l and his wife were in fact first burried in Harrisburg, PA.

    They were later moved to Israel.

    Their original tombstones still stand in our shul’s cemetery here in Harrisburg, PA.

    Would you like me to send in a picture?

    Akiva Males
    Harrisburg, PA

  • 8 admin // Nov 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Kopyczyncer Rebbe, Rebbe Avroham Yehoshua Heshel and Rav Eliezer Silver in conversation.
    (Photo Credit: From the library of Yitz Twersky, Kew Garden Hills, NY)

  • 9 MBD // Nov 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Wow how I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during that conversation it looks intense.

  • 10 asher // Nov 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Sorry, It’s not the Kopyczyncer Rebbe – it’s the Brownsviller Rebbe. I got a copy from his grandson.
    If I’m correct, the conversation took place in Kherhonksen, NY – not sure though.

  • 11 curios // Nov 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Nice picture!

  • 12 Cossid // Nov 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    checkout those ruzhiner payos!!!!!!

  • 13 Ben Bee Zee // Nov 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I also doubted about it. It does not look as the Kapitchnitzer. But I do believe in Yitz!

  • 14 Ben Bee Zee // Nov 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    It’s not a regular Bekisha that he wears it looks to me like a frock

  • 15 asher // Nov 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Cossid… last year i was emailed this picture – now, am not sure if Baruch emailed this to me since I mentioned to him that the Brownsviller pic he sent before resembled the Kapishnitzer – or got this from a grandkid. Am waiting feedback from a grand kid – most probably i lived in a mistake.

  • 16 Ben Bee Zee // Nov 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Here you have a picture from the Bronzviller Rebbe

  • 17 yitz // Nov 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Baruch – please post a very large photo so all can see the Kopichenitzer rebbe’s payos – which are specific to Ruzhin. Its no question that its the Kopichenitzer rebbe.

  • 18 Baruch A // Nov 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I have a few pictures of the Brownsviller Rebbe which I will try and get up soon for all to compare. As for this picture, I would love to know what exactly they were discussing!!!!!

  • 19 curios // Nov 16, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Baruch, what’s the question, they were discussing Sisrey Torah!! Maaseh merkavah!!
    Or maybe since Rav Silver was a Litvak, a shverer Rashba.

  • 20 Ben Bee Zee // Nov 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I spoke to someone to whom this picture is familiar, he knew when and where this was (I forgot exactly) and knew to say that they were discussing about the Vaad Hatzoloh.

  • 21 Ben Bee Zee // Nov 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    יש אצל אדמו”ר מקופיטשניץ שליט”א בעקיטשע ישן והגיזרה תפור בדומה לפראק, זה יותר מה שנקרא היום ריפס, כאשר הוא ממשי אמית הוא דומה לבעקיטשע.

    זה היה בקעמפ אגודה תש”א, התמונה היה תח”י הה”צ ר’ ישרא’ העשיל ע”ה

  • 22 Farshlufen // Apr 20, 2012 at 10:38 am,3493869&dq=rabbis+coolidge&hl=en

  • 23 SG // Jan 20, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Today is Rav Silver ZT”L’s Yortzeit.

  • 24 Cincinnati // Feb 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Rabbi Silver’s shul in Cincinnati – Knesseth Israel (now called Zichron Eliezer) is looking for any photos, teshuvos, letters, or any other information on HaGaon Rabbi Eliezer Silver zt”l
    to be included in the upcoming publication of a book on the 100 year history of Rabbi Silver’s shul in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rabbi Silver’s klal work including saving Jews during the Holocaust, the Vaad Hatzalah, Agudas Harrabonim and Agudas Yisroel.
    They are also looking for people who have recollections of Rabbi Silver or on the frum Jewish history of Cincinnati to interview for this project.
    If you have any photos, documents, letters, items and are willing to share copies of or are willing to be interviewed, please contact via email:

  • 25 Moshe Escott // Aug 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

    You can still כאפ אריין some דברי תורה before חצות today (at least in the Western Hemisphere).
    Here, R. Lazer Silver delivers a short intro in English (3 minutes) followed by a דבר תורה in Yiddish (13 minutes)
    Seems like it was from a Bar Mitzva (whose?) in May 1961

  • 26 asher lowy // Aug 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Is Rav Berl Wein, noted historian, a SIL of Rav Silver?

  • 27 Moshe Escott // Aug 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Rabbi Wein would be too young. Rabbi Silver had two sons and two daughters. One daughter was married to Rabbi Yehuda Gershuni and the other daughter was married to Dr. Louis Izenstein.

  • 28 asher lowy // Aug 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Thanx Moshe. In a recent article, I believe in the Mishpacha (perhaps 2-3 weeks ago), it mentioned that he was a SIL of Rav Silver z”l, guess they erred.

  • 29 josh schneider // Aug 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Asher Lowey,

    If you want to read more about Rav Silver the best book to read is The Silver Era by Rabbi Aaron Rakeffett. Google it you can purchase it via the OU website. The article I saw was in Hamodia and had a number of errors.

  • 30 curious // Aug 7, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Rabbi Wein is a SIL of Reb Leizer Levine of Detroit (father of R’ Avrohom Chaim RY of Telz Chicago).

  • 31 HBS // Aug 11, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Berel Wein is a SIL of Rabbi Eliezer Levin, not Rabbi Eliezer Silver, as pointed out by a reader in Mishpacha Inbox, issue #520

  • 32 Moshe Escott // Oct 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    A treasure trove of pictures and documents related to Rav Silver can be found at any of the following links:

  • 33 asher lowy // Nov 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Wow! Thanx Moshe… amazing!

    The (image caption/description) on first link says “Rabbi Silver with Yeshiva Boys likely in Camp Agudah 1957” – it’s not Camp Agudah, it’s the Nitra yeshiva building in Mount Kisco, the person talking to Rav Silver is the Reb Michoel Ber Weissmandl.

    In Picture 1 of 2: the bochur behind and to the immediate right of Rav Silver is R’ YM Friedman (who lived there).

    The person on the far right (black jacket, no hat)… resembels a bit Reb Yitzchok Z’ev Meyer (Author of Maharsho Ha’aruch), has to be varified.

  • 34 Cincinnati // Nov 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you Moshe Escott for publicizing our website, which is part of the project mentioned in Comment #26.

    Thank you asher lowy for giving accurate captions which will be used when updating the website.

    Please contact via email at: or by using the comment box on the CJF website.

    If anyone can is able to review the Rabbi Silver pictures on the website and provide captions or identify Rabbanim, I would appreciate it. Please use the identifier when discussing a particular picture (i.e. Identifer: CJF – MG2014020).

    We are uploading new letters and pictures each week.

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