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Rabbi Gedalya Yosef Bernstein

June 19th, 2012 · 26 Comments

Rabbi Gedalya Yosef Bernstein

גדליהו יוסף ב"ר יצחק

Rav, Brownsville, Brooklyn

Date of Death: Thu. October 28, 1909 - Cheshvan 3 5669

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Cemetery Details
5400 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11230
United States

Phone: (718) 377-8690


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Over the years Washington Cemetery has become extremely difficult to navigate due to overcrowding and poor record keeping, getting a map is always recommended.

Directions to Kever: The Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York maintains detailed burial records and will provide assistance upon request. Location: Society: Chevra Machzikei Hadas Anshei Sfard, Gate: 3, about 100 feet on the left side

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Bernstein

Biographical Notes:

Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America

Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America

Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America

Credit: B. Eisenstadt

Tags: Brooklyn / S.I., NY · New York · Washington Cemetery (Brooklyn)

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YD Miller // Jun 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    אשכול עליו באידישע ווועלט

  • 2 YG // Oct 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Rav Bernstein’s kever has become a magnet for people to come and daven to Hashem for yeshuos. Scores of people, men and women, from across the spectrum of Yiddishkeit, came to the kever on the yahrtzeit this past Erev Shabbos, and continue to visit.

  • 3 Farshlufen // Oct 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Dear YG, על מה ולמה? המבלי אין קברים בניו יארק והגלילות?

    Why does a kever of an unknown yid, לכל היותר just another one of the 100’s of מסדרי קידושין in America of שנות הת”ר attract more people the then the Kevorim of the Gedolim and well known rabonim ve’eini hueida like Rav Gavriel Zev Margolies z”l or Rav Avraham Ahron Yudelevitch z”l? Great Rabonim, ת”ח and מס”נ yidden, who sacrificed their lives for the yiddishkeit of אחב”י in America?

    אל תסתכל בקנקן, don’t get excited and fooled by a well paid Matzeiva that was written by Menachem Mendel Dolitzky

  • 4 YG // Oct 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Rav Bernstein must have special zechuyos that crowds of people are visiting his kever. Regarding the matzeivah, we are cautioned to be careful to write the truth, otherwise the niftar suffers, so one can presume that he was a baal madreiga, as appears from the text.

  • 5 Farshlufen // Oct 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

    YG, sounds like you have no idea who Menachem Mendel Dolitzky was.

  • 6 Mo Kennedy // Oct 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm


    how do you know the meitzva was done by Dolitzki

  • 7 Farshlufen // Oct 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Mo, Eisenshtadt:

  • 8 YG // Oct 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Farshlufen: WAKE UP! It says Dolitzky was “mkonein u’meshorer”, not that he composed the actual nusach of the matzeivah.

  • 9 Farshlufen // Oct 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    YG, Please Translate:
    “.ועל מציבתו קונן המשורר הגדול רמ”מ דאליצקי הי”ו של נעליך וכו’ “

  • 10 YG // Nov 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    And the poet lamented over the monument, i.e he spoke there, not that he wrote the text. THE END

  • 11 YD Miller // Nov 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm


    If you read the text on the matzieve and the text of Eisenstadt, you understand that that’s what he is referring to.

    ואם יתעקש המתעקש, שאכן הרב ברנשטיין היה צדיק תמים בדורותיו, וממילא פועל ישועות (כשהוא) בקרב הארץ, תקשה מכ”מ למה לא זכו הרבנים שאכן היו מפורסמים בחייהם כרבנים מובהקים, יראי השם וחושבי שמו, שנלך להדליק נר על קברם, והקול קול מבשר יבשר ואומר, בואו ונעלה לציון של הגאון הגדול ר’ גבריאל זאב מרגליות זצ”ל או לציונו של הצדיק ר’ שמואל מרבינו-קויפמאן ממיראפאל, או לר’ אלטר שאול פעפפער זצ”ל, והרשימה ארוכה מארץ מדה.

    אין זה כי אם פראפאגאנדע בלי שום משען ומשענה, דאמירן בעלמא ואמרו אמן.

    The Begining

  • 12 Shmuel Botchy // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:11 am

    The best way to go is from Bay Parkway, the entrance to the kever is on Judge Sacks Road

  • 13 asher // Jun 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Amazingly, this place became extremely popular and frequented weekly + kaleidoscopically, virtually almost by any genre. It’s the convenience of location (right between Boro (no longer a) Park and Midwood) and mostly because of the many rumors circulating about yeshuos. It’s very accessible via Bay Parkway, parking no problem + easy to get to it.

  • 14 MENDLE // Aug 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Look for Post 295.
    There are some directions at the entrance on the street and when you get to Post 295 the kever is right at the gate and you can see chairs and cards with tefilos and a box for candles

  • 15 tattale // Oct 9, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I was there yesterday. Hundreds of people came there non-stop. Zol ehr zayn a melitz yoisher.

  • 16 Farshlufen // Oct 9, 2013 at 8:34 am

    A similar one:

  • 17 asher // Oct 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Farshlufen – interesting, any info on him…?

  • 18 Nechunya // Sep 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

    here you could see some more information on the Maskil Dolitzky who wrote the matzeiva of Bernstein:

  • 19 chaim reichberg // Jun 23, 2017 at 8:13 am

    pls take out comment 16 17 18 thanks

  • 20 chaim reichberg // Jul 10, 2017 at 4:11 am

    can we ask das gedolim if this is loshon horah,das torah , or din torah ,, thanks

  • 21 chaim reichberg // Aug 15, 2017 at 1:43 am

    a matzeiva is not a maziza or tfilein, anyone may write a matzeiva

  • 22 Josh Darabaner // Oct 20, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I was very sorry to see from these comments that
    there’s quite a Machlokes about who composed
    the text of the Matzeivah. Maybe that’s part of
    his being a hidden Tzadik. that he’s clouded in
    mystery. Anyway, I certainly plan to be there on
    the third day of Cheshvan as I refuse to accept
    those who denigrate his being a true Tzadik.
    Josh Darabaner

  • 23 Josh Darabaner // Oct 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    As a “P.S.” to my previous comment: Just as the Rambam and the Ramchal, for example, were
    even considered heretics at first but were then
    recognized as Gedolei Yisrael, so too one should not denigrate Rav Berenstain, ZT”L, but should
    recognize him as the true Tzadik that he was.
    Josh Darabaner

  • 24 chaim reichberg // Oct 23, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    thanks , mr josh darebaner yasher koach

  • 25 chaim reichberg // Oct 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    ספר יסוד יוסף פרק ס ” ה

  • 26 Nechunya // Oct 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I am not sure why he is posted at all?
    Maybe he was a choshover yid, but he was not a Rav and this site is only for Rabbunim and Rabbis.