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Rabbi Michael Eliezer Forshlager

March 24th, 2011 · 16 Comments

Rabbi Michael Eliezer Forshlager

מיכאל אליעזר ב"ר אברהם משה הכהן

Gaon of Baltimore

Date of Death: Tue. October 28, 1958 - Cheshvan 15 5719

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: B'nai Israel Cemetery in Baltimore, MD maintains computerized records and will provided a assistance upon request. Location: Enter from the Southern Avenue, follow round around chapel and stay to the left. Make the first left after the chapel and go to the first cross road. The kever is on the right side.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Forshlager

Biographical Notes:

Credit: Dovid Emanuel Feinberg

Credit: S. Schecter, Baltimore, MD

Credit: S. Schecter, Baltimore, MD

Tags: Baltimore, MD

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 farshlufen // Mar 24, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Read YD Miller’s post @ the end for the location:

  • 2 Farshlufen // Mar 24, 2011 at 11:32 am

  • 3 Farshlufen // Mar 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Harav Michoel Forshlager, zt”l – A Gaon in Baltimore

  • 4 asher // Mar 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Wow! Very interesting read, Farshlufen. What a Torah giant, how come he wasn’t known.

  • 5 curios // Mar 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Rav Forshlager was known to those who knew. A Gaon Olam, and tremendous Masmid. He was a talmid of the Avnei Nezer. Unfortunately, “gornisht geblibben” from his children…

  • 6 Litvak // May 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Rav Forshlager is buried in the cemetery on Southern Avenue. He is buried on a corner towards the left side of the cemetery. The kever is a brownish stone. His wife is buried behind him. Other Baltimoreons of note buried in that row are Harry K. Wolpert and Chester Siegel.

  • 7 curios // May 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Harry K. Wolpert, if I’m not mistaken, was known as Koppel Kelemer, he came from Kelm, and learned by Reb Boruch Ber in the years 1904-1910, when the Yeshiva was still in Slabodka.

    There is a tape of Rav Gifter visiting him during the ’80’s, when he was close to 100 years old. He says amazing stories about Reb Boruch Ber, some of them from his visit in America in 1929.

    Maybe we can get a picture of Reb Koppel’s kever?

  • 8 Rabbi Avrum Friedmann // Jul 21, 2011 at 4:00 am

    To Curios: There are several direct descendants of HaGaon Rav Forshlager who are Bnei Torah, besides extended family and talmidei talmidim.

    To Farshlufen: Rav Forshlager is 3rd from the right against the wall in the picture you posted. (small beard). BTW, all pictures of him were taken w/o his consent.

    To All: Avnei Choshen Foundation was formed to “Motzi Laor” all the Ksavim of Harav Forshlager. Contributions and Ideas graciously accepted. Write to me at

  • 9 curios // Jul 22, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Reb Avrum, I’m so glad to hear!
    יהי זכרו ברוך

  • 10 Feinberg // Aug 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm


    3701 Southern Ave
    Baltimore MD 21206

    To get to the kevar directions are:

    Enter the cemetery from the Southern Ave entrance. A chapel will be directly in front of you. Stay to the left (do not turn left) and go around the chapel. Make the first left after the chapel and go to the first cross road. The kevar will be at the corner on your right side. Its brownish red.

  • 11 asher // May 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Newspaper (quality) portrait:

  • 12 SG // Jun 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Click & scroll down for a Picture of Rav Forschlager ZT”L giving a Shiur:

  • 13 YD Miller // Jan 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Photo of the Matzeive

  • 14 CY // Oct 29, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Here is a new article about this Gaon.

  • 15 RYO // Mar 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Rav Aaron z’l said he was the greatest Gaon in America

  • 16 BW // Nov 14, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Not to be disrespectful of Rav Forschlager zt”l, however, every third person is said to have been conferred “the greatest Gaon in America” by Rav Aharon ztl.

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