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Rabbi Michael Shalom Winkler

February 21st, 2008 · 10 Comments

Rabbi Michael Shalom Winkler

מיכאל שלום ב"ר מנשה

Rav, Machsike Hadas, Copenhagen, Denmark

Date of Death: Mon. July 25, 1932 - Tammuz 21 5692

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Cemetery Details
83-45 Cypress Hills Street
Glendale, NY 11385
United States

Phone: (718) 366-5900


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Mount Carmel operates many of the surrounding cemeteries. Gates open Sunday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Closed Saturdays and some Jewish Holidays

Directions to Kever: Mount Carmel Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun Section, right at the end of the first path, at the bottom of the hill, around 20 feet from the RAMA"Z, See map picture below.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: WINKLER, MICHAEL

Biographical Notes:

Winkler Pic
Photo Caption: Rabbi Michael Shalom Winkler, Credit: Needed

Photo Caption: Rav Elchonon Wasserman davening at the kever of Rav Winkler, Credit: Berish Weiss

Photo Caption: As it looks today, Credit: IFJCAH

Bio Information:

Rav Michael Shalom Winkler, a talmid (student) of Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld was born in the old Yishuv of Jerusalem. In 1932, Rav Winkler traveled to New York to raise the necessary funds to establish a yeshiva in Denmark. Unfortunately, he did not succeed with the mission. Unable to collect enough money for the return trip to Denmark, Rav Winkler stayed in New York.

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rabbi Michael Shalom Winkler

Tags: Mount Carmel Cemetery, NY · New York

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shmuel // Jul 17, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    How could that happen

  • 2 Baruch A // Jul 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Apparently fundraising wasn?t his thing.

  • 3 asher // Jul 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    What year did he arrive in the USA.
    Was he 85yo upon his passing? is that an apostrophe between the Peh and Heh (9th line)
    Why is the date on top and why is it spelled as Tarvatz and not TarTzav?

  • 4 curios // Jul 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    His sons live in Yerushalayim and Lakewood. His grandsons are choshuver Marbitzei Torah.

  • 5 curios // Jul 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Here are his seforim:

  • 6 Gershon Winkler // Feb 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Rav Michael Shalom Winkler, zt”l, was also an ardent supporter of Sarah Schenirer, zt”l when she first approached the rabbanim in Europe for their haskamah in starting yeshivos for girls. He served many years as rav of several communities across Germany, and finally of Machzikei Hadas in Copenhagen. He died of heat stroke in NY while raising funds for orphans, for which he was moser nefesh. When he was once asked what he thought about The New Testament, his reply was: “Whatever in it is new, is not good; and whatever in it is good, is not new.” He was a skillful and witty philosopher who knew how to be mekarev even the most skeptical of skeptics. Based on the stories I heard about him from my father,and his letters to my father, and his sefarim, I have always thought of him as a gifted blend of Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch, zt”l, and Rav Chayim Yosef Sonnenfeld, zt”l. His philosophy represented a harmonious mix of the two. He was also a well-known grammar expert in both Hebrew and Aramaic, his corrections and ha’ga’hos appearing in the margins of many of the sefarim we inherited from him, including the Vilna Shas. He was also a shtick’l rebel, refusing to cooperate with the Religious Ministry of Copenhagen when they were conducting their census of the Jewish populace. His opposition was not with the generous Danish kingdom but with the Jewish Ministry, whose leadership at the time did not sufficiently reflect the Torah way.

  • 7 Shulamit Winkler Schroeder // Nov 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Gershon it’s Michael Winklers daughter. It’s very interesting to read all this !

  • 8 YD Miller // Mar 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    הרב מוהר”ר מיכאל שלום ד”ר ווינקלער
    הגאון המופלא והמובהק שהיה רב בקהלת “מואביט” בברלין ואח”כ היה רב בחברת “תורת חסד” בשרלטבורג ואח”כ נתקבל לרב בביה”מ ומורה תלמוד לעדת היראים בעיר מגאנצא, ואח”כ היה רב בעיר וויזבאדן, ואח”כ היה אב”ד ד’ מחזיקי הדת בקופנהאגן דנמרק נפטר בעיר ניו-יורק בשנת תרצ”ב ביום ב’ כ”א תמוז בן שתים וששים שנה.
    חבר ספר “טוב טעם” על הלכות טעם כעיקר, וספר “משברי ים” חלקים אחדים כולל הגהות וחדושים על הש”ס, וספר מדעי בשפת
    אשכנז על ענין ערי המקלט, וגם חבר שו”ת ועוד ספר

    [הגאון הזה נולד בעיה”ק ירושלים ת”ו, ולמד שמה תורה מפי א”ז הרב הג’ מוה”ר מאיר מיאססי, ומהגאון הגדול המופלא מוה”ר מאיר אויער[ב]אך אב”ד בירושלים ת”ו, ומהרה”גאון הג’ מוה”ר יוסף חיים זוננפלד אב”ד לעדת אשכנזים בירושלים ת”ו, ואח”כ יצא לאשכנז ולמד בבית המדרש הרבנים בעיר ברלין ולמד תורה מפי הגאון מוה”ר אברהם ביברפעלד גם הוסיף להשתלם במדעים בהאונברסיטה ונכתר בתואר ד”ר, הוא היה מחשובי הרבנים במערב אירופה, לפני חדשים אחדים נסע לאמריקה בענינים צבוריים חשובים ושם קדמוהו המוות פתאם למגנת לב כל ידידיו ומוקיריו הרבים, [עיין ספר שערי ציון

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    היום בבוקר נסעתי להקבר שלו משום שיש בקול מבשר בהבן שלו שגר היום בלעקוויט INTERVIEW

  • 10 Rivke // Apr 30, 2019 at 9:36 am

    A very interesting article and photo in yated this week.

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